The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC) officially kicked off its 20th anniversary, dubbed MAC@20, with a festive celebration at Komali restaurant. Owner Abraham Salum welcomed art enthusiasts for a Casa Noble tequila tasting, Casa Noble tamarind margaritas and tasty hors d’oeuvre.
MAC supporters — including executive director Lisa Hees, Trammell Crow, Karen Weiner, Brandon Kennedy, Inette Brown, Mark Perkins and Susan Matusewicz — were buzzing about the wonderful opportunities provided by the MAC in the last two decades, but we were most taken by the words of longtime supporter Kevin Vogel. He summed up perfectly what this organization means to its community:
“From experimental to classic, the MAC has always shown the broadest range of edgy, visionary, inspired, thought-provoking and educational works in the city,” he said. “It has become North Texas’ most important proving ground for young talented artists, providing them a place to see how their work stacks up against their peers, allowing them to discuss their work in a public forum and, most important, be seen. It is an exceptional and unique venue in Dallas that needs to be nurtured and supported by everyone who has a love for art.”
This kickoff party was the first in a series of MAC@20 events that will take place over the next year. As a part of the celebration, the MAC will hold a two-part retrospective in May and November featuring artists who have held solo exhibitions or have participated in a curated group shows at the MAC, so save the dates for May 10 and November 8.