Visual Art

4 Art Exhibits to See this Weekend

Sherwin R Tibayan/Index
You ready for a bit of mind-blowing trivia? Susan Sontag's tour de force, On Photography, doesn't have an index. I know, it sounds impossible, but if you dust off your copy from college, you'll find that it's true. Although, I suppose in some ways that bit of trivia is moot now that Sherwin R Tibayan has created one. In a new exhibit at The Reading Room, Tibayan will display the index he constructed. And if that sounds a little dry, we trust gallerist Karen Weiner knows what she's doing. It's worth seeing just for the sheer size of the undertaking. 

Soliloquy: Mylan Nguyen
The Public Trust's Brian Gibb recently launched a series of shows where he challenges the artists to create a singular work that holds the entire gallery space. Very little is revealed about the work until the first viewing, but I've been told that Nguyen is creating an installation for the space that includes a small, fully functional boat. Beyond that little tease you'll have to show up from 6-9 p.m. Saturday to see it all in situ. 
Frances Bagley and Ryan Burghard 
Dallas-based artist Frances Bagley and Portland-based artist Ryan Burghard don't know each other. It was Cydonia gallerist Hahn Ho who, during a studio visit with Bagley where she saw a number of the artist's older pieces, made the connection between the work of the two artists. Bagley is one of the need-to-know Dallas artists — she has worked in sculpture and installation for several decades. The exhibition, Where You End and I Begin, explores ideas of marriage by placing the work in relationship. See it in opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Saturday. 
Skeletons in the Closet
Sad news, folks. Earlier this month, CultureMap Dallas reported that RE Gallery is one show away from closing the doors to its shotgun shack gallery. We've come to anticipate gallerist Wanda Dye's sharp, eclectic taste, as she introduces us to or reframes our understanding of off-beat artists. Her last show sounds as unusual as ever. Artist Butch Anthony is a collector of bizarre objects, arranging them into what he calls his "Museum of Wonder." His work is odd but captivating. The reception will be from 6-9 p.m. Sunday. Yep, you read that right: Sunday.