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Thursday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 14 Jul 2011 7:59 AM

Today in the roundup: Watching Bill T. Jones create, Kevin Todora reports from Venice and the Dallas Contemporary makes a hire.


BIG BILL: “Sometimes I wake up, and I think, ‘You’re not big enough to deal with Lincoln.’ ” That’s how choreographer Bill T. Jones – a titan in the world of modern dance – describes his struggle to create a work based on the 16th president. But create he does, which eventually leads to Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray. That creative struggle is documented in the film A Good Man, which will air on Channel 13 in the fall. But if you can’t wait until then, you’re in luck – the film will screen on Sunday at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Director Bob Hercules will be in attendance and will field questions from yours truly after the film. For a preview of what you’ll see, check Manny Mendoza’s writeup on

AH, VENICE: Kevin Todora is making the most of his recently earned Dallas Museum of Art travel grant. Todora packed up his camera and headed out to the Venice Biennale. He shares some of his experiences and a slide show of photos from the trip over on Front Row.

ARTY ADDITION: Earlier in the week, the Kimbell made news by hiring George T.M. Shackelford from the Museum of Fine Art, Boston as its senior deputy director. And now the Dallas Contemporary has an addition of its own to announce. The gallery has hired Florence Ostende as an adjunct curator. Ostende comes to town from Paris, and that international experience is important to the Contemporary. “Dallas Contemporary is interested in creating a two-way path of bringing the best international emerging artists to Dallas and creating opportunities for regional artists to exhibit globally,” Contemporary Director Peter Doroshenko says, “With Florence we can begin this practice.”