Site131 Grand Opening
A striking new nonprofit contemporary artspace, Site131, enters the Dallas scene. Originating from the imagination of entrepreneur and art collector, Seth Davidow, it teams Seth with his arts professional mother, Joan Davidow. The mother-son partnership will present four exhibitions annually showing emerging and under-recognized artists who address a similar issue, concern, or way of working. Curator Joan will bring artists from here, there and beyond: Texas, United States, and abroad. Site131’s core pursuit will spotlight each grouping of artists to engage both experienced and new audiences, from under-exposed students to apprehensive adults, to foster new ways to look at and think about contemporary art.
The opening exhibition, Layering: Different Strokes, features artwork by Lauren Muggeo from New York, and Marjorie Schwarz and Art Peña from Texas. The trio, whose paintings differ greatly, nurture individual ways of applying paint: Muggeo’s freeform, floating images dart across an almost underwater surface;
Schwarz’s cautiously and intellectually layered ground slowly builds to an opaque area; and Peña’s meticulously and repetitively applied paint swabs a dotted, checkerboard façade. A scholarly essay by Dallas arts professional Kevin Reuben Jacobs will address the artworks.