Doris Salcedo: Plegaria Muda
Last year, the Nasher Sculpture Center announced the Nasher Prize, a $100,000 award for a contemporary sculptor, in the vein of the Pritzker Prize. It signaled the Center’s serious exploration of the future of the art form, but it also threw Dallas onto the international map in a significant way — especially when it was announced that the recipient of the first prize would be Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo. Leading up to the official celebrations in April, the Nasher (2001 Flora St.) will exhibit Salcedo’s Plegaria Muda, a large-scale installation that developed from Salcedo’s research into gang violence in Los Angeles. Like much of her oeuvre, it is a politically charged piece in which Salcedo wrestles with issues of socioeconomic stratification, violence and individual significance. The sculptures consist of tables, the size and shape of human coffins, stacked one on another with grass growing up from a layer of earth between. Her work is deceptively simple, revealing powerful messages as the viewer unpacks the layers. The exhibition opens at the Nasher at 11 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10. More at nashersculpturecenter.org.
Working Spaces: K. Yoland
London-born, Dallas-based artist K. Yoland will be the first featured in Talley Dunn Gallery's new series of exhibitions, Working Spaces. Yoland's interests in issues of the body, identity, power and borders manifest in various media, primarily working in video photography and live performance. Swing through the opening from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at 5020 Tracy St. Also on display are Sarah Williams: Area Codes in the Project Gallery and Joseph Havel: Spill in the Main Gallery.
The Next Chapter: Photographs Do Not Bend
This weekend, Photographs Do Not Bend opens its new gallery space in keeping with the move west of Dragon Street. The first exhibition in the new location across from the Dallas Contemporary at 154 Glass St. will feature a group of the gallery's roster of artists, with many of the artists in attendance at the opening reception, 5-8 p.m. Saturday. More at pdnb.com.
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CAMARADERIE: Tom Burleson, Moshe, Ike Morgan
If you aren't clamoring to see if Leo finally gets his due or to send Tweets with the appropriate hashtags about white washing, or if you don't know what any of that means, then your best bet on Sunday is a hop, skip and a jump to Webb Gallery in Waxahachie. The latest exhibition features boy artists Tom Burleson, Ike Morgan and Moshe downstairs, with the girl artists Martha Rich, Julie Murphy, Esther Pearl Watson and Sophie Roach upstairs. There will entertainment by popular local band The Lucky Pierres, so what do you have to lose? 4-7 p.m. Sunday at 209 W. Franklin St.
Infusion at Kettle Art
When Frank Campagna and Paula Harris look for inspiration in Dallas artists, they don't have to look far. For the latest exhibition at the gallery, Infusion, they focus on a dozen artists whose work has inspired them lately. At the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, catch the work of these artists: Venus Art, Elizabeth Dryden, Jenny Heissenhuber, Jose May, Eric Mancini, Eliana Miranda, Lock Murrell, Alfredo Pena, Francois Shogreen, Jeff Skeely, AnneMarie Talon and Emily Yandell. More at kettleart.com.
Bonus: Bring Snacks at Pariah Arts.
It’s a 3-for-1 special at Pariah Arts (1505 Gano St.) this weekend. A trio of Dallas-based artists — Paul Winker, Shelby David Meier and Randy Guthmiller — show their latest work in Bring Snacks, which is as much a title as a command. Rather than explain their work ahead of time, they’ve requested simply that you show up, bring a friend, oh, and bring snacks. The exhibition opening is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday. More information, but not much more, at pariaharts.com.