Dallas Contemporary, 2013
Installation view of works by Michelle Rawlings and Arthur Peña. Photo: Kevin Todora
To celebrate its 35th birthday, Dallas Contemporary dons the mask of the Roman god Janus, the mover of human life and a symbol of change + transition. With two faces, Janus simultaneously looks into the future and to the past representing the continuity and finality of time. In a similar fashion, this exhibition investigates 35 years of reflecting and projecting.
Dallas Contemporary’s restlessness and velocity has ignited the institution’s rapid growth from a small local organization into an internationally recognized art center and a hotbed of artistic activity. The institution continually invests in new stimuli. 35 Dallas/Fort Worth-based artists were invited to reflect on generational changes on the local art scene and continuous competition with time.
Viewed holistically, the exhibition explores a variety of concepts such as anxiety and fear; vigor, impatience and competition; image saturation and epistemic acceleration; the histories, ancestries and futures.