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Famed French artist keeps Dallasites on their toes at 'Unplayed' opening

Famed French artist keeps Dallasites on their toes at Unplayed opening

Nancy Rogers, Charles Smith II, Erika Oliver, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Nancy Rogers, Charles Smith II, Erika Oliver Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Loris Gréaud, Peter Doroshenko, Dallas Contemporary Loris
 Loris Gréaud, Peter Doroshenko Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Lisa and John Runyon, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Lisa Runyon, John Runyon  Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Graysha and Anais Assoun, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Graysha Assoun, Anais Assoun Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan, Dallas Contemporary Loris
 Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Ashis and Preeta Monga, Dallas Contemporary Loris
 Ashis Monga, Preeta Monga Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Harris Polakoff, Tracey Lelah, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Harris Polakoff, Tracey Lelah Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Lynn Higginbotham, Debby Mull, Dallas Contemporary Loris
 Lynn Higginbotham, Debby Mull Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Dallas Contemporary, Loris
Some of the works for "The Unplayed Notes Museum" were destroyed as part of the opening-night "show." Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Dallas Contemporary Greaud
Loris Gréaud's "The Unplayed Notes Museum" runs through March 21 at Dallas Contemporary. Photo by Jenifer McNeil Baker
Nancy Rogers, Charles Smith II, Erika Oliver, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Loris Gréaud, Peter Doroshenko, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Lisa and John Runyon, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Graysha and Anais Assoun, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Ashis and Preeta Monga, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Harris Polakoff, Tracey Lelah, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Lynn Higginbotham, Debby Mull, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Erin Cluley, Tearlach Hutcheson, Dallas Contemporary Loris
Dallas Contemporary, Loris
Dallas Contemporary Greaud

Art fanatics couldn’t wait to hit the Dallas Contemporary for the opening night of Loris Gréaud’s buzzy new exhibition, “The Unplayed Notes Museum.” It’s the Frenchman’s first major solo exhibition in the United States.

Not only is this a special show for Gréaud, but it’s also the first time the Contemporary has devoted all 26,000 square feet to one person. Museum executive director Peter Doroshenko was instrumental in persuading the world-renowned installation artist to do his thing in Dallas — and Gréaud says it has been “one of the best experiences over the past 13 working with an institution.”

Gréaud, who describes his works as “obsessions,” had a surprise in store for guests: Some of the artwork on display was partially destroyed, playing into the artist’s ability to challenge the boundaries between exhibition and reality. It also cuts down on shipping costs when the show comes down, Greaud joked to CultureMap contributor Kendall Morgan prior to the opening.

Among those who got a first look at Gréaud’s little experiment were Nancy Rogers, Charles Smith II, Erika Oliver, Ekaterina Kouznetsova, Michael Dylan, Lisa and John Runyon, Lisa Shardon, Angelo Di Filippo, and Carol and Frank Riddick. “The Unplayed Notes Museum” is on display at Dallas Contemporary until March 21.