Visual Art

Essential Art, June 9-12: Up-and-Comers at Kettle Art and a Mysterious Musical

Savages (a slight return) at Kettle Art
2650 Main St.

This love letter to artist and Kettle Art owner Frank Campagna was originally a two-day pop-up event on Dragon Street. It was also one of the most lively shows of the year, drawing huge, extroverted crowds on both days and bringing together a ridiculous amount of local talent. Some of these artists have only had a couple or few shows; others have been at it for decades. But fear not if you missed it the first time around: This essential group show is coming to Deep Ellum for two more weeks. Savages runs from Thursday, June 9-23. More info here.  

#ashstudios at H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery at El Centro College
801 Main St.

The H. Paxton Moore Fine Art Gallery’s summer exhibition is a group show focusing on the artwork and social activism of the Ash Studios art collective near Fair Park. The studio is headed by Darryl Ratcliff, who recently hosted the Michelada Think Tank workshops on cultural equity in the arts, and artist Fred Villanueva. Ash Studios is a working studio and social laboratory that also provides mentoring for emerging artists. The two will curate a selection of art that has been produced at Ash Studios and present documentation of their social practices. Artists will present examples of large scale painted murals, sculpture, drawings and video. Ratcliff and Villanueva will also have a workshop open to the public at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 16. The opening reception is from 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 10, and the show runs through July 1. More info here

Acoustic Nerves at Texas Theatre
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

They're back. Dean Terry and Patrick Murphy received a $5,000 grant as part of the Cultural Projects Program of the Office of Cultural Affairs for a three-day nonprofit event that combined installation, performance art and music. But then Fire and Rescue showed up near the end of the third night and shut the event down, a first for the Ice House Warehouse in West Dallas. Terry and Murphy promised to reschedule the third night and, luckily, few asked for refunds. Acoustic Nerves takes place at 8 p.m. Friday, June 10. More info here

Hot and Sweaty at 500X Gallery
500 Exposition Ave.

Established in 1978, 500X is one of Texas’ oldest artist-run, cooperative galleries providing exhibition spaces to up-and-coming Dallas artists. Located in a 1916 tire factory, 500X was founded by Will Hipps and Richard Childers to provide exhibit spaces in a professional venue free of outside influences and dealer restrictions. Hot and Sweaty is the annual open show, unjuried without a curator for any artist wishing to exhibit their work for a small fee. This event is from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, June 11. More info here.

ENDLESS/NAMELESS at The Reading Room
3715 Parry Ave.

Artist and Vice Palace founder Arthur Peña presents ENDLESS/NAMELESS, an ongoing collaborative musical he wrote and directed. Expect a 20- to 30-minute performance, but there are no ins and outs once the doors close and the art begins. The performances explore notions of beauty, loss and catharsis through experimental storytelling and song. The scripts were written by Peña and there are three primary components: music, narration of the story and visual art. This is the first of three performances over the next few weekends, with collaborators changing for each performance. The first features Ariel Saldivar
and Drew Chapa with Dennis Congdon, Fatima-Ayan Malika Hirsi, Lord Byron, Michael Morris and an original score by Poppy Xander. This event takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 11. More info here