Museum of Street Culture Grand Opening

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Mary Ellen Mark
Photo by Mary Ellen Mark

Encore Park’s Museum of Street Culture, a museum in the making for the last five years, is set to launch literally on the street with programming about the street. The groundbreaking museum concept founded by Dallas-based writer, photographer, and filmmaker Alan Govenar and designed in part by French museographer Adrien Gardère, will open with a 12-month phased exhibition entitled “Looking for Home: A Yearlong Focus on the Work of Mary Ellen Mark.”

The exhibition will present Mark’s work in an unprecedented, but mission-aligned fashion: the installation will be both outside on the street and inside some of the spaces the museum calls home: The Stewpot and Encore Park’s 508 Park, 508 Amphitheater, and Community Garden. It is the first time the Mary Ellen Mark Foundation has granted permission for an exhibition of this magnitude.

The event will also feature:

  • Street entertainers, including Lone Star Circus performers and local buskers
  • Concert paying tribute to Blues, Conjunto Tejano, and Western swing music recorded in 508 Park in the mid-1930s
  • Interfaith Blessing of the Animals Service, hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Dallas
  • Docent-led Mary Ellen Mark exhibition and Encore Park Sculpture Wall tours
  • Free lunch for all served in The Stewpot
  • Special guests, including filmmaker and Mark’s husband, Martin Bell

Event Details



Encore Park
508 Park Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201

Ticket Info

Admission is free.