Mix Tape

My mom is such a trendsetter. Before fancy upscale boutiques were selling wallets and purses covered in it, she was using duct tape to fix everything. Hem of your skirt coming loose? Add some duct tape; it's adhesive and flexible. Don't have a lint roller handy? A loop of duct tape will remove that sweater fuzz or pet hair. Of course, it also fixed ducts, taped things and stuff.

So I wonder if Glasgow artist Jim Lambie's mom had a similar affection for the silver, sticky fix-all. Colored vinyl tape (duct tape's silver is so passé) is Lambie's medium for his artwork. He creates patterns on floors, patterns on walls, patterns on objects--all using strips of black, white and primary-colored tape. His latest is a site-specific installation in the Contemporary Art Galleries and South Concourse of the Dallas Museum of Art as part of its series highlighting living artists. Called Concentrations 47: Jim Lambie, the exhibit also includes assemblages to hang or stand that Lambie will build from objects found locally at flea markets and junk stores. The results are wild spaces that look like a room in a wacky music video or a junkyard in Dr. Seuss-land.

Concentrations 47: Jim Lambie opens Friday, which is also the museum's monthly Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art event. In addition to being able to view the exhibit, visitors can also watch Lambie, a DJ and musician who was in the band Boy Hairdresser, when he hosts a musical event from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden. Late Nights will also include music by Havana NRG!, Bollywood performances, karaoke, gallery tours, kung fu demonstrations, the Asian Film Festival of Dallas' screenings of The Last Emperor and The Emperor's Shadow, Arts & Letters Live's Literary Café, open-mike poetry, yoga, free coffee from Starbucks, kids activities such as Bedtime Stories with Arturo (the museum's mascot) and even more. So whether you love duct tape, art, music or just free family fun, the DMA is the place to be Friday night.