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Margaret Meehan Modern Billings - Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth

via The Modern website   |   Jun 22, 2022  

https://www.themodern.org/modern-billings

Using space from Clear Channel Outdoor as programming sites, Assistant Curators of Education Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith work with a variety of artists to situate imagery and text onto billboards, elements of the city that traditionally present commercial advertisements rather than cultural curiosities. For MODERN BILLINGS, artists place works into under-served communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth. These large-scale installations along Jacksboro Highway and the Lancaster corridor extend the reach of the Modern and the education department and provide an intervention opportunity for contemporary art in urban landscapes.

MODERN BILLINGS XI, June 24 - August 7, 2022

Margaret Meehan is a Virginia-based artist whose work is a research-based, multidisciplinary exploration that pulls from film, music, popular culture, folklore, and traditional crafts. She considers the origins of outcasts through their representation. Meehan’s research includes teratology and medicine, ornithology, the esthetics of cuteness, materiality in high and low culture as well as modes of feminist protest. This all stems from her curiosity about the lines that separate what is protected from what is feared and how gendering plays into these expectations. For MODERN BILLINGS XI, she references the Greek myth of Cassandra as a way to give voice to women and femme identified individuals in the world today.

Annabel Daou interviewed by Tique Contemporary Art

Tique   |   Apr 20, 2022  

https://www.tique.art/six-questions/annabel-daou/

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Annabel Daou

Billy Hassell at Art Museum of South East Texas

Mar 15, 2022  

https://www.amset.org/upcomingexhibitions

Billy Hassell's exhibition, Topography, will open March 26 and be on view through June 19, 2022.

This exhibition will focus on works from Mr. Hassell’s oeuvre that depict animals and plants that are local to Southeast Texas communities, as well as extinct animals that were once native to the area. The exhibition will emphasize to viewers the importance of conservation and preservation on the local and state-levels, as well as include programming that introduces community members to ways they can participate in these efforts.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, April 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Light drinks and
refreshments will be served, and a brief gallery talk with the artist will take place at 7:15 p.m.

AMSET is excited to partner with the Big Thicket to present a one-hour presentation on the wildlife of
East and Southeast Texas at our next First Thursday on April 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. This presentation will be led
by Community Outreach Manager for the Big Thicket National Preserve, Heidi Dietze.

A Taste of the Arts Lecture is currently scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2022 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Lamar University Professor of Painting and Drawing, Donna Meeks, will be speaking. Meeks will give a 30-
minute gallery talk about Hassell’s work. Visitors are encouraged to join Meeks and the AMSET staff for a
Dutch-treat lunch in the café after the gallery talk has ended.

The catalogue for this exhibition will be released at AMSET’s May First Thursday, May 5, 2022 from
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This full color catalogue includes an essay by Susie Kalil. All events are free and open to the
public.

Annabel Daou at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

Jan 26, 2022  

https://ulrich.wichita.edu/ulrich_exhibition/annabel-daou-declaration/

Annabel Daou's solo exhibition DECLARATION at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, opens January 27, 2022 and runs through May 7, 2022.

In 2019-2020, the artist Annabel Daou created and exhibited a 20-foot text-covered sculptural scroll, WHEN IN THE COURSE OF HUMAN EVENTS, titled in an allusion to the Declaration of Independence. The text for the scroll was sourced collectively and contained everyday expressions interspersed with lines borrowed, stolen, or gifted by other artists, poets, writers, and activists. In 2020, Daou created the sound piece DECLARATION (running time: 24 minutes 40 seconds) in collaboration with the sound artist Miriam Schickler. The work features Daou’s voice reciting phrases from the scroll as first-person actions, interspersed with a mix of sounds, both of peaceful city life and chants from recent protests in Chile, Lebanon, and other places around the world. The Ulrich Museum of Art acquired the piece for its permanent collection in 2021.

Annabel Daou at the Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA

Jan 26, 2022  

https://arlingtonartscenter.org/exhibits/2022/global-spotlight-annabel-daou/

GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT: ANNABEL DAOU

ON VIEW: JANUARY 29 - MARCH 19, 2022

Truland & Experimental Galleries

The first in a new series dedicated to the work of international artists, Global Spotlight: Annabel Daou features two recent video works by the Lebanese-born, New York-based artist. The two works – A Year Like Any Other (2020), and chou hayda / if you only knew (2017-2018) – offer meditations on the human relationship to time and its passage, particularly in periods of crisis. In both works, Daou blurs the boundaries between the mundane experiences of day-to-day life and the dramatic events that mark moments of political and historical cataclysm, capturing the disorientation that results as individuals are swept up in the narratives of history.

Fahamu Pecou at the The University Art Gallery of the University of the South

Jan 19, 2022  

https://new.sewanee.edu/university-art-gallery/current-exhibition-2/

Dr. Fahamu Pecou opens a new exhibit at the University of the South featuring never-before-seen process images and photography.
The University Art Gallery of the University of the South is delighted to present “Behind the SEEN: Process, Performance, and Practice in the Work of Fahamu Pecou” (January 11- March 9, 2022).

Maja Ruznic at Palazzo Pretorio, Prato, Italy

Dec 10, 2021  

https://www.artsupp.com/en/prato/exhibitions/hi-woman-la-notizia-del-futuro

Curated by Francesco Bonami, the exhibition HEY WOMAN! includes the work of Maja Ruznic and 21 additional contemporary artists in conversation with the art and artifacts in the collection of the Palazzo Pretorio.

Heyd Fontenot featured in Dallas Voice

Dallas Voice   |   Dec 3, 2021   |   by Jenny Block

https://dallasvoice.com/bewilderingly-beautiful/

Heyd Fontenot's current exhibition Color! Pattern! Propaganda! is reviewed in the Dallas Voice.

Nasher Sculpture Center Acquires Jeff Gibbons' Sculpture B.O.B.O. (Boat O.A.R. (Oceanic Auto-Reclaimer))

Nov 3, 2021  

https://www.nashersculpturecenter.org/

Nasher Sculpture Center Announces Recent Gifted Acquisitions
Five major works from contemporary artists including Jeff Gibbons


The Nasher Sculpture Center announces recent gifts to the collection: five large-scale works by contemporary artists Jeff Gibbons, Nicolas Party, Kathleen Ryan, Arlene Shechet, and Bosco Sodi. Generously given to the Nasher Sculpture Center by various private donors, the group of sculptures expand the museum’s holdings of works by living artists. Jeff Gibbons is the latest artist based in Texas to join the collection.

“The gifts of these important works of sculpture to the Nasher collection are tremendous, as they each enrich the understanding of the future of sculpture while making evident the deep ties to the traditions of the past still at play in current artistic practice,” says Director Jeremy Strick. “We are exceedingly grateful to the benefactors that have made these acquisitions possible, and we look forward to presenting these new works to the public.”

Jeff Gibbon’s B.O.B.O. (Boat O.A.R. (Oceanic Auto-Reclaimer)) offers a potent summation of the artist’s varied artistic pursuits and philosophical perspective, incorporating found objects, movement, and sound in an amusing and engaging sculpture that considers an episode of great personal significance and even greater implications for humanity. Like many of Gibbon’s sculptures, B.O.B.O. (Boat O.A.R. (Oceanic Auto- Reclaimer)) is a functioning machine, composed of a variety of objects oriented abnormally and playfully. The front of the organ sports a rendering of floating ice factories that Gibbons made to illustrate his idea for an invention to help counteract global warming and create more fresh drinking water. The idea expanded on earlier sculptures he had made using refrigeration equipment that grew ice in beautiful forms and patterns. It also serves here as a remnant of a poignant episode in his life when the artist spoke to the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C. and later sought a patent for his invention but was unable to see the process through due to lack of funds and advocacy, only to see someone else develop the same process successfully several years later. The title for the work, B.O.B.O. (Boat O.A.R. (Oceanic Auto-Reclaimer)), is also the name Gibbons gave to his invention and underscores the affection he typically places on inanimate objects, activating and personifying them—cast-off, downtrodden objects as stand-ins for human experiences. The work by Gibbons continues the Nasher’s acquisitions of important works by Texas artists and its more recent support of artists in the region. The work also expands the lineage of Dada, represented in the collection by the founding presence of Jean Arp, and adds to the Nasher’s growing range of found object constructions from Joan Miró to Elliott Hundley and including Texas artists Jim Love and David MacManaway.

About Jeff Gibbons | Jeff Gibbons (American, born 1982) is an artist, musician, poet, writer, and curator based in Dallas. His work engages a variety of media and forms including painting, sculpture, photography, video, sound, experimental music, and dance. Over the past decade, he has been one of the most innovative artists working in the region, showing independently at Conduit Gallery and at a variety of non-profit art spaces throughout Texas, including the MAC, the Power Station, and the Goss-Michael Foundation, as well as international exhibitions in Guadalajara and Querétaro, Mexico, and Marseille, France. He has also collaborated and performed with a variety of artists and performance groups, including the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet and in 2018, for the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family SOLUNA International Music and Arts Festival, with fellow artist and musician, Gregory Ruppe.

Johnny Floyd Hyperblack Spectacle reviewed in Dallas Morning News

Dallas Morning News   |   Oct 15, 2021   |   by Darryl Ratcliff

https://www.dallasnews.com/arts-entertainment/visual-arts/2021/10/14/in-hyperblack-spectacle-johnny-floyd-asks-us-to-reconsider-how-we-view-black-people/