Big-Time Birthday Party

Dallas Contemporary blows out 35th anniversary with splendid 2-day spree

Dallas Contemporary blows out 35th anniversary with 2-day spree

Deanna Johnson, Anne Stodghill, Joyce Goss, Erin Cluley, dallas contemporary alive for 35
Deanna Johnson, Anne Stodghill, Joyce Goss, Erin Cluley Photo by Daniel Driensky
Aaron Adamson, Katie Bivins, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Aaron Adamson, Katie Bivins Photo by Daniel Driensky
Anais Assoun,  John Gustafson, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
John Gustafson, Anais Assoun Photo by Daniel Driensky
Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke Photo by Daniel Driensky
dallas contemporary alive for 35
Dallas Contemporary kept the party going for 35 hours. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Ben Trowbridge,  Maxine Trowbridge, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Ben Trowbridge, Maxine Trowbridge Photo by Daniel Driensky
Florian Oger, Renee Rouleau, Dallas contemporary alive for 35
Florian Oger, Renee Rouleau Photo by Daniel Driensky
dallas contemporary alive for 35
Dallas Contemporary brought in entertainers like the Folkorico Azteca. Photo by Daniel Driensky
David Nichols, Joyce Goss, Dallas Contemporary alive for 35
David Nichols, Joyce Goss Photo by Daniel Driensky
Stephanie Roberts, J.R. Roberts, dallas contemporary alive for 35
Stephanie Roberts, J.R. Roberts Photo by Daniel Driensky
Shelby Wagner, Lainie Kritser, Ellet Miciotto, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Shelby Wagner, Lainie Kritser, Ellet Miciotto Photo by Daniel Driensky
Robyn Trowbridge, David Trowbridge, Dallas contemporary alive for 35
Robyn Trowbridge, David Trowbridge Photo by Daniel Driensky
dallas contemporary alive for 35
The "entertainment" also included live tattooing. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Mike Wyatt, Justin Moon, Piper Wyatt, Brant McFarlain, Dallas Contemporary alive for 35
Mike Wyatt, Justin Moon, Piper Wyatt, Brant McFarlain Photo by Daniel Driensky
Kai Assoun, Erin Stafford, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Kai Assoun, Erin Stafford Photo by Daniel Driensky
John Terlingo, Kelle Jackson, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
John Terlingo, Kelle Jackson Photo by Daniel Driensky
Gwen Echols, Lel Echols, alive for 35 dallas contemporary
Gwen Echols, Lel Echols Photo by Daniel Driensky
dallas contemporary alive for 35
Bandan Koro performing at Alive for 35 at the Dallas Contemporary. Photo by Daniel Driensky
Deanna Johnson, Anne Stodghill, Joyce Goss, Erin Cluley, dallas contemporary alive for 35
Aaron Adamson, Katie Bivins, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Anais Assoun,  John Gustafson, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
dallas contemporary alive for 35
Ben Trowbridge,  Maxine Trowbridge, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Florian Oger, Renee Rouleau, Dallas contemporary alive for 35
dallas contemporary alive for 35
David Nichols, Joyce Goss, Dallas Contemporary alive for 35
Stephanie Roberts, J.R. Roberts, dallas contemporary alive for 35
Shelby Wagner, Lainie Kritser, Ellet Miciotto, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Robyn Trowbridge, David Trowbridge, Dallas contemporary alive for 35
dallas contemporary alive for 35
Mike Wyatt, Justin Moon, Piper Wyatt, Brant McFarlain, Dallas Contemporary alive for 35
Kai Assoun, Erin Stafford, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
John Terlingo, Kelle Jackson, Dallas Contemporary Alive for 35
Gwen Echols, Lel Echols, alive for 35 dallas contemporary
dallas contemporary alive for 35

To celebrate 35 years of stimulating the local art scene, Dallas Contemporary threw a party unlike any other. Who says a birthday bash should be limited to just one day? The Contemporary said to heck with that rule and rolled out 35 consecutive hours of innovative and free programming for its Alive for 35 event.

The most art-minded socialites in Dallas — including Renee Rouleau, Barbara and Don Daseke, Stephanie and J.R. Roberts, David Nichols, Joyce Goss, Kenny Goss, Joanne and Charles Teichman, Michelle Moussa, Piper and Mike Wyatt, John Terlingo, Kelli and Allen Questrom, Gwen and Lel Echols, Matthew Simon, Anne Stodghill, and Maxine and Ben Trowbridge — packed the non-collecting museum to enjoy the Acceleration exhibit (with the works of 35 artists) as well as a slew of live entertainment.

Among the oh-so-exciting entertainers were the Harem Jewels belly dancers, African dance and drum group Bandan Koro, Folkorico Azteca, and gospel choir the Hensley Ensemble. And that's just for starters.

Los Angeles-based artist James Gilbert also performed his interactive wrestling with attendees — because, hey, a group that wrestles together stays together, right? If guests were feeling especially daring, there was also live tattooing by Saints & Sinners Tattoo artists Dru Bias and Will Card.

But let's not forget about the art itself. Exhibiting artist for this exciting affair included Morehshin Allahyari, Jesse Morgan Barnett, Andrew Blanton, Bradly Brown, Cassandra Emswiler, Vernon Fisher, Nathan Green, Timothy Harding, Judy Hearst, Nevada Hill, Quin Mathews, Margaret Meehan, Francisco Moreno, Michael A. Morris, Lisa Nersesova, Arthur Peña, Morton Rachofsky, Brittany Ransom, Michelle Rawlings, S.C.A.B. Collective, Trent Straughn, George Tobolowsky, Jason Willaford, Chesley Williams and Trey Wright.

Dallas Contemporary’s mission is to present the art of our time to the public — such as the upcoming Richard Phillips one-man show featuring the headline-making Playboy Marfa — which is exactly what it pulled off for this unprecedented anniversary. The lineup of festivities was thoughtfully put together by a host committee of 35 board members headed up by co-president board of directors Shelby Wagner and Muffin Lemak.

Needless to say this was a birthday bash that will not soon be topped — and that's coming from a group that loves to throw an good party.