September 21, 3677

Arts District Excitement Builds!

Arts District Excitement Builds!

There are many exciting events being planned for the October launch of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to the week-long festivities being planned by the DCPA itself, other organizations in the District are coming up with their own ways to welcome the Wyly and the Winspear to the neighborhood.

Here at DCFA, we will undertake our most significant exhibition to date:  PUTTING IT IN CONTEXT: THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT will run from October 7, 2009 to January 8, 2010.  This exhibition—including several models, original blueprints and other artifacts— will examine the District’s evolution and place its buildings into a larger context within the extraordinary architectural richness of the region.

After all, the foundation for the District began over 25 years ago with the relocation of the Dallas Museum of Art from Fair Park to its newly constructed Edward Larrabee Barnes-designed building downtown.  Today, the Arts District is a veritable living museum of architecture—featuring not only the work of four Pritzker Prize-winning architects: Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, I.M. Pei and Renzo Piano—but also other buildings important in the civic history of the city.  Even before the Arts District, the neighborhood included parts of Freedman’s Town as well as Ross Avenue, the toniest residential street in Dallas.  We’ll look at the big picture—past, present, and future.
The DCFA exhibition will be accompanied by walking tours of the Arts District as well as other special events and programs.  (We were just strategizing today with our friends from the Nasher about a collaborative film series.  Stay tuned for more on that…)

Speaking of the Nasher, they will join the celebration with The Art Of Architecture: Foster + Partners, a retrospective of the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and his firm, running from September 26, 2009 to January 10, 2010.  They also will have some wonderful auxiliary events, including education programs and  a lecture by Spencer Grey, Senior Executive and Head of Design for Foster + Partners.

The Dallas Museum of Art will also have a special exhibition with items from their archives tracing the history of the DMA and its neighbors over the last several decades.

The Arts District promises to be the place to be this fall and DCFA is glad to be in the thick of things.  Make sure you join our e-mail mailing list and follow us on Facebook to get all the latest information and updates.

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