Hello sensory overload! Last night, I braved the crowds of the monthly Dallas Arts District Art Crawl and DMA late night, to wander through the halls of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Walking into the museum, you immediately know something incredible is going on. Everyone at the front desk is donning the Gaultier, white and blue sailor stripe shirts, and behind them the entire wall is fashioned to match their shirts.
Looking in on the exhibit from the outside, gave me goosebumps. As I began to walk into the blue lit entrance of an exhibit, it proved to take the visitors breath away. Absolutely no cameras were allowed in this exhibit, and there was a disclaimer on the wall stating that the content was not appropriate for young audiences. As I walked into the main room, the eager viewers were greeted by a dozen or more mannequins that all assumed a Mona Lisa effect. The exhibit designers had a rigged system of projectors that showed images of different models talking by moving faces onto the blank mannequins face. There was audio playing in the sea-themed room, where Mr. Jean Paul Gaultier greeted you as you walked in. His mannequin was made to interact with the audience and give a background story as to what was happening in this room, and what we would see as we made our journey through his archive of pieces from his collections. The front room set the tone for the rest of the rooms. Each mannequin in this room had a projected face that would move and interact with other mannequins that gave an added intrigue to the perfected, over-detailed garments that they were wearing. The walls were covered with large framed photographs that accompanied the theme the models were wearing. Continue reading
If you haven’t seen the cult classic Fight Club then you most likely do not have an obsession with Chuck Palahniuk like the other Y Generation cronies. Chuck Palahniuk has been writing since 1990 and among his works are Fight Club, Invisible Monsters, Snuff, Haunted, Tell All, Survivor, Choke, Lullaby, Diary, Rant, Pygmy, Stranger Than Fiction, Fugitives & Refugees, and his newest Damned. Palahniuk does a wonderful job of being dark and satirically honest; most of his novels are categorized as media res. We can get up close and personal with the cult god at the Dallas Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30pm. Although this event is currently sold out there is overflow seating available. The DMA is hosting additional events in this Arts & Letters Live Series with Dava Sobel and Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith. Students get access to these events for a whopping $10 which is a steal considering the normal price is $25. The DMA is also close to the DART red line, so don’t forget to use your UTD DART pass and ride downtown for free. The DMA does a wonderful job of creating interesting and intellectual events that fit perfectly into a college student’s tight budget.
Wake up kids, it’s October and that means the Dallas Art District is celebrating Art in October, which is the biggest art event in Dallas. This week you can catch three monster stars of their own time unite in one movie for an epic screening at the Annette Strauss Square for a viewing of the 1956 classic Giant.
If you love classic films or have a need for a little Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Rock Hudson, this is the movie for you. Giant was one of the last three films that James Dean would film as a leading actor, and he died before Giant was released. See him in this epic Western drama romance about a Texas Rancher on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:30pm outside the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Annette Strauss Square. This event is free and seating is on the grass so be sure to bring blankets and chairs! Also, don’t forget you can take the DART rail down to the Arts District and ride for free with your UTD DART pass. While you are down in the Arts District, be sure to enjoy the creative eats at the food trucks that are scattered throughout the area.
If you are looking for something new and exciting to do this weekend, come out on October 1st and 2nd to Cottonwood Park in Richardson, Texas for the bi-annual event, the Cottonwood Art Festival! This event has FREE admission, so invite all of your friends and family.
The art being displayed was created by over 240 artists, falling under the categories of 2D Mixed Media, Metal, Acrylic and Oil Paintings, Ceramics, 3D Mixed Media, Watercolor Paintings, Digital Photography, and more!
Not only do adults get to view different art, but the festival is designed for the kids too! There is an ArtStop Children’s Area where children can participate in hands-on activities such as painting with life size paint brushes and making pottery! There will be many contests going around such as the Chair Art Contest. When you need a break from walking around, there will be local and regional musicians in “the Courtyard” performing; this will be perfect opportunity to just relax and eat while listening to blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll. Speaking of food, there are many delicious vendors open to serve you! In the Courtyard, there will be beer, wine, and frozen margaritas offered. Island Noodles will be having Hawaiian style wok-fried soba noodles and Kona Ice has shaved ice and ice cream novelties. Mario’s Cuisine has gyros and Sonny Bryans will be having their famous BBQ. There will be more than just the vendors listed, so come out to enjoy a meal while viewing creative and unique art!
The wait for the red line DART train was almost more anticipation than a girl could take while on the road to attend an Art Walk in perhaps my favorite cubby hole of the city. On Saturday, September 24 I had the great pleasure of exploring the possibilities that were the Deep Ellum Art Walk.
A Welcome to Deep Ellum Texas
Being a thrifty college student, I decided not to drive but to let the city’s public transportation take me to my final destination; it didn’t hurt that UTD was so kind to give it’s attending students a free DART pass for all forms of DART transportation. My roommate and I hopped on the red line train, which only took about 20 minutes to get from Arapaho Station to Pearl Station, before we were launched off of the red line train and ran across the pathway to the green line train. We almost missed the green train towards Buckner which would drop us off right at the Deep Ellum stop so that we only had to walk a block to Elm St.