In 2010, Jordan Roth and his mother Susan Roth Romans set up an exhibition on the second floor of the Fairmont Hotel during the Dallas Art Fair. A veteran in the art world, Romans knew this would attract attention from the collectors visiting the fair or staying at the hotel. That weekend, their pop-up space saw 1000 visitors.
"From that place we launched the brand of RO2 Art and acquired our first artists," Roth says. "This year we chose to participate because it's grown so much in the past six years and you've got galleries from all over, thousands of collectors and everyone is looking to find new galleries."
Across the city, gallerists, museums, event spaces, theater companies are picking up on that same synergy Roth and his mother seized in 2010. We've compiled a list of recommended arts events happening this week that aren't necessarily part of the Dallas Art Fair.
6 p.m. Tuesday: Re-imagining Art in Dallas: A Creative Conversation with Mayor Mike Rawlings When we got wind of the panelists for this year's #DallasArtsWeek discussion, we found something amiss. That being said, we have nothing but respect for the six women sitting on this panel. Individually, the opinions of Anne Bothwell, Linnea Glatt, Sally Glass, Morehshin Allahyari, Katherine Owens, and Letitia Huckaby would be interesting enough, but putting them on a panel together is bound to generate insightful dialogue. Head to the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St., for this one. Free entry.
6 p.m. Wednesday: The Power Station Exhibition Opening OK, this is technically part of the Fair. But it's not halls of gallerists exhibiting work with blatant price tags. It's a notable gallery in Exposition Park presenting the work of Fredrik Vaerslev. This satellite event introduces visitors to East Dallas with a series of new paintings by an artist interested in presenting the intersection between architectural features and space. Stop by the Power Station, 3816 Commerce St., from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday
8 p.m. Thursday: Galatea Over in Trinity Groves, young artists are hanging out in warehouses making art. A fledging theater company, Prism Co., opens a physical theater piece this Thursday. Expect a show that blends visual magic with theater, with the help of aerial silks, choreography and magic inGalatea. Tickets are $15. See it Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday this weekend. Show up early to peruse the site-specific work by more than a dozen local artists throughout the performance space. On Saturday, directly following the show, TheaterJones.com will be hosting a party in collaboration with the Trinity Groves arts community.
7:30 p.m. Friday: The Barber of Seville at AT&T Stadium Want to see some opera but don't have your gloves and pearls at ready? Head to AT&T Stadium for a simulcast of The Barber of Seville, which classical music critic, Katie Womack, gave a rave. Show up at 7 p.m. for a screening of the cartoon, The Rabbit of Seville.
8 p.m. Friday: DB14 at Oliver Francis Gallery The Dallas Biennial is mounting the work of important artists from around the world in gallery spaces throughout the city. This week, OFG gets a taste of DB14 with a presentation of work by New York-based artists José Lerma and Josh Smith. Oliver Francis Gallery, 211 S. Peak St., will be open from 8-10 p.m.
8 p.m. Friday: Francisco Moreno's Open Studios After you stop by OFG, head around the corner and peek into Francisco Moreno's studio for a glimpse at the artist's new paintings and upcoming projects. Currently, the artist is working on a recreation of Washington Crossing the Delaware, painting it onto a car, as well as an oversized canvas. If you want to ask him, why the hell he's doing this, here's the perfect opportunity. His studio is located around the corner from OFG at 211 S. Peak St and will be open from 8-10 p.m. Saturday.
11 a.m. Saturday: Sightings at Nasher Sculpture Center It's not every day that a museum announces an exhibition that is a recreation of a gasoline service station, but those are the exact words the Nasher Sculpture Center used for Bettina Pousttchi's Sightings installation that opens Saturday. The first American exhibition for German-Iranian artist Pousttchi will be a "drive-thru" experience that recreates an urban landscape with sculpture, architecture and photography. Walk down the black top road and fill up your artistic tank at 11 a.m. Saturday. The exhibit remains on display at 2001 Flora St. through July 13. Admission is $10 for adults
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1 p.m. Saturday: Trans.lation Vickery Meadow As part of the Nasher Xchange Exhibition last year, artist Rick Lowe and the Trans.lation Team devised the White Cube Galleries, which host small exhibitions at various times. Dallas based artist and writer Darryl Ratcliff sustains the program with curation. From 1- 5 p.m. stop by the Heart of Vickery Meadow Festival, 6327 Ridgecrest, for work by Ronnie Edwards, Rita Elizalde-Crocker and Heart House Dallas.
4 p.m. Saturday: Stile Arsenale DB14 Another effort from Dallas Biennial pops up this weekend at a warehouse in West Dallas. Swing by 500 Singleton Blvd from 4 - 8 p.m. Saturday for this pop-up show.
5 p.m. Saturday: The Public Trust and Liliana Bloch Gallery Liliana Bloch hosts its first public art piece, by draping Ann Glazer's Trading Post over the gallery space. On Saturday, The Public Trust hosts a reception for its current show, which features work of artists who deal in textual art. Stop by to see both from 5-8 p.m. Saturday.
7 p.m. Saturday: POP UP at W.A.A.S. Gallery This gallery space hosts a special exhibition from a variety of local and national artists. Plus, it will be screening, Cykochik X Dallas, a video of women hula hooping in various locations around Dallas. There will be a DJ during the opening reception from 7-10 p.m. Saturday at W.A.A.S., 2722 Logan St. We're just guessing, but there will probably be a hula-hooping competition. BYOHH.