November 10 — lauren woods is a Dallas-based conceptual artist whose hybrid media projects — film, video and sound installations, public interventions, and site-specific work — engage history as a lens through which to view the sociopolitical nature of the present. Challenging the tradition of documentary/ethnography as objective, woods creates ethno-fictive documents that investigate invisible dynamics in society, remixing memory and imagining other possibilities.
November 3 — Valerie Hegarty is a Brooklyn-based artist who creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that often address themes of memory, place, and history. Her site-specific 2012 exhibition Alternative Histories, in which Hegarty “activated” the period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum, exemplifies her work. In an article on the show by Benjamin Sutton for Blouin Artinfo, the artist explained, “This is really setting a movie scene, the way you have to think about the framing in here, like framing a painting.
October 27 — Charles Gaines, a pioneer of conceptualism and a highly influential educator, is an established Los Angeles-based artist and longstanding professor at California Institute of the Arts. Celebrated for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper, Gaines investigates how rule-based procedures produce order and meaning.
October 20 — Randy Brown, FAIA, is a recognized architect whose expertise falls into three types of projects: cultural, dwelling, and identity.
Nicolas Bourriaud (b. 1965) is a French curator, writer, art critic, and author of theoretical essays on contemporary art. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, London, where he curated The Tate Triennial: Altermodern (2009). He co-founded and was co-director of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 1999 to 2006. He founded the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art, of which he was director from 1992 to 2000, and worked as a Parisian correspondent for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995.
“A more modest and perhaps more fruitful approach might be to consider the fragments of memory in terms of geography. In every life we would find continents, islands, deserts, swamps, overpopulated territories and terrae incognitae. We could draw the map of such a memory and extract images from it with greater ease (and truthfulness) than from tales and legends.
October 6– “The Public Object: On Sculpture and Thingness in Public Space”
What makes an object a sculpture? What makes a thing recognizable as art? How does the public realm shape these questions differently than the white cube?
September 29–LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs is a poet, sound artist, and author of TwERK (Belladonna, 2013).
Join us at the Modern on Father’s Day and give dad the experience of trying his hand at something new – casting a fly rod! The team from Backwoods will be out on the reflecting pool from 11 am to 1 pm demonstrating the art of casting, sharing advice, and giving patrons the opportunity to try it for themselves.
Have you made reservations for Father's Day yet? Café Modern will feature a few Father's Day specials in addition to the regular menu. Please call 817.840.2157 for reservations.