Dallas Museum of Art presents "To Be Determined" opening day
The Dallas Museum of Art will present "To Be Determined," a new exhibition that explores individual and collective meanings through works of art, sacred objects, and design. Drawing from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, including 13 new acquisitions and three major paintings by Dallas-based artists, the exhibition juxtaposes works from across time, geography, and cultures, from the 13th century to the present day, to trace how the resonance of art can shift when presented in new contexts and as viewers imbue them with their own personal meanings.
Through an audience-centered, open-ended approach to interpretation, the exhibition additionally aims to affirm ongoing struggles that are manifesting in new ways in the current moment - including those caused by the pandemic and those related to long-existing barriers and challenges created by systemic racism and other forms of oppression - and the resilience of individuals and communities during this period in history.
Spanning seven centuries of media, geographies, cultures, and perspectives, the cross-departmental exhibition presents evocative - and occasionally unexpected - groupings of works from across the collection in open-ended ways that are designed to elicit and encourage individual interpretation and meaning. Sacred objects, modern sculpture and design, and works by historic and contemporary artists - including Frederic Edwin Church, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Mel Bochner, Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe, Adam Pendleton, and Hiroshi Yoshida, among others - are juxtaposed throughout the exhibition to invite the viewer to engage with each object in new ways.
The presentation includes recent DMA acquisitions of significant works by Ini Archibong, Thornton Dial, Jeffrey Gibson, Glenn Ligon, Isamu Noguchi, Lorna Simpson, Matthew Wong, and Charles White. It will also feature a new work by Dallas’ Oshay Green, and Archibong has modified theoracle, an interactive sound installation originally commissioned by the DMA for "speechless: different by design," which ended its run early when the museum closed in March due to the pandemic.
In the central gallery, the DMA will debut a major new commission made specifically for this exhibition by Dallas-based artist Jammie Holmes. Holmes has created two large-scale paintings that reflect on his childhood memories of growing up in Thibodaux, Louisiana, depicting scenes from the day of his cousin’s funeral, with a sense of closeness and loss emanating from the quiet, intimate moments of a family gathering marked by sadness.
The exhibition will remain on display through December 27.