Art of What You Can do, or Should Not Do with a Can

It was seventy percent public relations and thirty percent art, but the thirty percent kept me long enough to take a quick look at thirty or so objects on display in the Dallas Galleria.  I had missed the opening for the Red Bull-sponsored Art of Can, but no matter I imagine the energy drink was served instead of the usual and more welcome wine.

Yes, it’s all about Red Bull and isn’t so different than the folky down home beer can art we’ve seen over the years, yet still large groups of gawkers repeat the phrase, “wow, you made that from a can?” I agree its a better use for a can than the Beer Can Chicken at Bone Daddy’s (I really couldn’t believe they served a chicken with a Miller High Life can sticking out of it. Still this is original and requires some creativity. I even noticed an attractive still life with a Red Bull can painted in by a Fort Worth artist. The exhibit is on display in the mall through August 22. It’s also appeared in Miami, Washington, DC and elsewhere.

The are offering free samples of the drink, which I tried for the first time.

About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage.

When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city.

With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s.

The result will be a book with a video component.

We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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