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My Night at the Rachofsky House


by Stephen Becker 4 Feb 2011

This week, nearly every structure with four walls and a roof is being used to host a Super Bowl-related party. But at an event last night sponsored by Audi, the “where” was every bit as important as the “who.”

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This week, nearly every structure with four walls and a roof is being used to host a Super Bowl-related party. But at an event last night sponsored by Audi, the “where” was every bit as important as the “who.”

The Audi Forum Dallas was held at the Rachofsky House on Preston Road just north of Northwest Highway. For the uninitiated, the Richard Meier-designed house could just as easily be called The Rachofsky Museum. It holds Howard and Cindy Rachofsky’s stunning contemporary art collection, including work by Richard Prince, Gerhard Richter and Donald Judd, just to name a few. In fact, the collection is so large that work is rotated in an out. (Take a look at the list of what’s on display now.) Plenty of local arts luminaries were there, including Kenny Goss, DMA board president John Eagle and Jaap van Zweden, who had an unplanned Thursday night off when the DSO canceled its performance.

The Rachofskys made news a few years back when they, along with Deedie and Rusty Rose and Marguerite and Robert Hoffman, bequeathed their collections to the DMA. But you don’t have to wait until that transition to get a look at the Rachofsky collection. For starters, they frequently loan out their work to the DMA. I was reminded of that fact as I was checking out Sigmar Polke’s The Illusionist, which was hanging next to the bar on the second floor last night.¬† You might remember seeing it in the DMA’s “Performance/Art” show last year.

You can also get a look at the collection by taking a guided tour of the house. They’re by appointment only, but based on what I saw last night, I think I’ll be headed back .

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