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Tour Inside Artworks At The DMA’s “For A Dreamer Of Houses”


by Jerome Weeks 15 May 2020

Every day on Art&Seek, we’re talking to people who have tips for virtual art experiences.  Share yours with us on Facebook, Instagram or @artandseek on Twitter. Click above to listen to Art&Seek’s Jerome Weeks share his tip about the Dallas Museum of Arts with KERA’s Nilufer Arsala.

Plenty of museums and galleries have virtual tours these days. But they’re often just a series of still images – like a row of pictures on a wall. With its show, “For A Dreamer Of Houses,” the Dallas Museum of Art lets viewers peer inside some of the artworks. It’s an exhibition, after all, about ideas of domesticity, shelter, comfort, fantasy, public image, homelessness. In fact, with its 50 photos, paintings and installations, this is the largest exhibition of contemporary works the museum has had in some time. This is DMA curator Katherine Brodbeck:

“So we have the so-called ‘Neon House,’ [above, “Rubber Pencil Devil” by Alex Da Corte]. You can enter this space that has hundreds of pieces of neon. And inside, there’s a three-hour video where the artist and his assistants are dressed up like different childhood icons and perform.”

The full video isn’t available on the tour – but you can see behind-the-scenes images of its creation. One of its inspirations was actually Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. “For A Dreamer Of Houses” even has an underwear chandelier – the “Massachusetts Chandelier” by Pipilotti Rist. It’s this chandelier frame, draped with underwear. Don’t worry – they’re all clean. In fact, they need to be because they’re used for projections. It’s like a giant kaleidoscope. You look at it from different angles, it changes colors.

There’s also Dallas artist Francisco Moreno’s “Chapel” — a wooden structure you can enter and, inside, it’s covered with a swirl of images – paintings that evoke whole histories of church art, murals and public buildings.

“Chapel” by Francisco Moreno.

There’s also a delicate, lace-like installation, a recent acquisition by the DMA. It’s a life-scale recreation of the entranceway to the childhood home of South Korean artist Do Ho Suh. And among the framed works on display  are works by photographer Diane Arbus and painter Romare Bearden.

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