The Dallas Museum of Art’s “State of the Arts” series is a little different from other lecture series, on-stage interviews and salons. It pairs up arts leaders, sometimes from seemingly unrelated fields, and gets them talking about the creative process, the cultural landscape. For the audience, it’s kind of like getting to eavesdrop on a side-conversation that might take place at an arts lover’s fantasy dinner party.
Part of the credit for that goes to the man guiding the conversation, KERA’s Jeff Whittington, host of Anything You Ever Wanted to Know and senior producer of Think.
The lectures are free, reservations recommended. And the full lineup follows after the jump.
And here’s a special note to football lovers – or those who might be tired of Super Bowl hoopla and want to see a different side of football: January’s conversation features Bryan K. Trubey, who designed Cowboys Stadium, Annette Lawrence, who’s work Coin Toss is installed there, and DMA curator Charles Wylie, who’s also part of the Cowboys Stadium Art Council. That’s the group commissioning contemporary artists to create site-specific work for the stadium.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART announces THE Second
season of “STATE OF THE ARTS”
Acclaimed Series Presents Dallas Arts Leaders
In Conversation about Today’s Cultural Landscape
DALLAS, TX – September 10, 2010 – The Dallas Museum of Art announces the second season of the innovative series State of the Arts. Introduced by Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and moderated by Jeff Whittington, KERA host and senior producer, State of the Arts will present a series of five evenings with eleven of Dallas’s key artistic leaders in thought-provoking conversations about the arts and the cultural landscape of Dallas. The second season will premiere on September 22 with Jaap van Zweden, Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Texas-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock.
“Exploring the creative process and the nature of performance is at the heart of State of the Arts,” said Bonnie Pitman, The Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art. “We are delighted to present this second season of stimulating conversation with its ongoing focus on the drive to create, the magic of the imagination, and the passion for performing—qualities that connect artists, dancers, actors and musicians alike.”
“Given KERA’s commitment to covering and celebrating the dynamic visual and performing arts scene in North Texas and beyond, I’m very excited about collaborating with the Dallas Museum of Art on season two of this series, said Jeff Whittington of KERA. We have a great schedule of fascinating, in-depth conversations with artists and arts leaders planned for this season.”
State of the Arts will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Horchow Auditorium on five different evenings. Each lecture will present a pair of arts leaders and will be moderated by KERA’s Jeff Whittington. The lectures are free with general admission to the Museum, but reservations are encouraged. To reserve tickets, call 214-922-1818 or visit www.tickets.DallasMuseumofArt.org.
The State of the Arts season will feature:
Wednesday, September 22 Jaap van Zweden, Music Director, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden begins his third season as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra this month. Under his leadership, the orchestra has received rave reviews, and he has been invited to guest conduct some of the top orchestras in the world. Concurrently with his post in Dallas, van Zweden is Music Director of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgium.
Trenton Doyle Hancock, Artist
Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock creates prints, drawings and collaged felt paintings that work together to portray an unfolding narrative. Hancock was featured in the 2000 and 2002 Whitney Biennial exhibitions, becoming one of the youngest artists in history to participate in this prestigious survey, and his From a Legend to a Choir is part of the Cowboys Stadium Art Program.
Thursday, October 14 Kevin Moriarty, Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Kevin Moriarty joined the Dallas Theater Center as Artistic Director in 2007, and he previously served as Artistic Director of the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, New York. In Ithaca Moriarty directed world premieres of plays written by Itamar Moses, Robert Aguierre-Sacassa, and others, as well as a number of classic dramatic and musical productions. He also directed the national tour of the Broadway production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Moriarty is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the recipient of a Drama League directing fellowship.
Anne Pasternak, President and Artistic Director, Creative Time
Since 1994 Anne Pasternak has served as President and Artistic Director of Creative Time, a New York–based public arts organization that has a history of commissioning, producing and presenting adventurous public artworks. These projects give artists the opportunity to innovate their practice while engaging millions of people with art that permeates everyday urban life. Creative Time was one of the inaugural recipients of the recipients of the inaugural Meadows Prize artists’ residency given by SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts.
T Thursday, November 11 Graeme Jenkins, Music Director, Dallas Opera
Graeme Jenkins has served as the Dallas Opera’s Music Director since 1994. He has conducted more than fifty productions in Dallas and over 160 operatic productions in the U.S. and abroad, including Così fan tutte for the English National Opera and Baz Luhrmann’s La bohème with the Australian Opera, among others. He holds degrees from Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, where he was named the Adrian Boult Conducting Scholar. Jenkins has served as the chief guest conductor at Germany’s Cologne Opera and Music Director of the Glyndebourne Touring Company.
Special Guest–To be announced
Thursday, January 13 Annette Lawrence, Artist
Annette Lawrence is a visual artist whose work relates to text and information and in response to physical space and time. Lawrence’s art is widely exhibited and held in museums, including the Dallas Museum of Art, among many others. In June 2009 she received a commission for a large-scale permanent installation titled Coin Toss at Cowboys Stadium.
Bryan K. Trubey, AIA
Principal/Director of the HKS Sports & Entertainment Group
Bryan Trubey designed Cowboys Stadium, the award-winning home of the Dallas Cowboys, and local sports venues including American Airlines Center, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Lone Star Park and Pizza Hut Park. On an international level, his design portfolio includes the Liverpool FC Stadium, the Vikings’ new stadium, Lucas Oil Stadium, Miller Park and renovations at Dodger Stadium. In September 2010 Trubey was named among ESPN’s “Faces of the Game,” which notes people who are playing a pivotal role in the NFL.
Charles Wylie, The Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art, and Member of the Art Council for Cowboys Stadium
Charles Wylie has organized a number of major exhibitions, including Performance/Art, Willie Doherty: Requisite Distance and On Kawara: 10 Tableaux and 16,952 Pages, which was cited in Artforum magazine as one of the top 10 exhibitions of 2008. He serves as a member of the Cowboys Stadium Art Council, which directs the initiative to commission contemporary artists to create monumental, site-specific installations for the stadium.
Wednesday, February 23 Michael Cain
President, M3 Films, and Chairman of the Board, Dallas Film Society
Prior to joining Liener Temerlin to found the Dallas Film Society, Michael Cain was Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Arts Fighting Cancer and also producer of the Deep Ellum Film Festival. His documentary TV Junkie was a 2006 Sundance Film Festival selection and received the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Excellence. He is currently producing and directing a documentary on the 1980s set in Dallas and the infamous Starck Club. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute.
George Fenton, Award-winning composer
British composer George Fenton has written the music for over sixty feature films, including Ghandi (with Ravi Shankar), Dangerous Liaisons and The Madness of King George, and has collaborated with some of the most influential filmmakers of the late 20th century. He also composed the score to the hit BBC original television series Planet Earth. Fenton will conduct the debut performance of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Masters of Film Music project on February 25, 2011.
About the Dallas Museum of Art
Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs are its encyclopedic collections, which encompass more than 24,000 works and span 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Established in 1903, the Museum today welcomes more than 600,000 visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary readings and dramatic and dance presentations.
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.