MAGICAL MYSTERY TOURS
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas takes art appreciation on the road
Despite welcoming gallerinas, eclectic patrons and free booze, the world of the modern art gallery can be an intimidating one. Patrons who have yet to darken the door of one of the city’s emerging spaces can ease into a more artistic state of mind on one of CADD’s (the Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas) ongoing bus tours.
“Our No. 1 goal is to get people familiar with coming into galleries,” explains Missy Finger of Photographs Do Not Bend (PDNB) Gallery, spokesperson and member of CADD’s publicity committee.
“Our role is to get people familiar with what are some of the best galleries in Dallas and show them it’s a friendly atmosphere,” says Missy Finger, CADD spokesperson.
“Generally, when people enter a gallery, they just feel uncomfortable. That’s not good or bad; it’s just a part of our culture people don’t tend to understand. Our role is to get people familiar with what are some of the best galleries in Dallas and show them it’s a friendly atmosphere.”
Past tours have included a viewing of the contemporary art collection at Cowboys Stadium, a jaunt through art studios in Denton and behind-the-scenes peeks at some of the city’s private art collections.
First up for 2013? A January 19 trip to PDNB Gallery in the Design District and the Barry Whistler Gallery in Deep Ellum, plus a look at the alternative space the Reading Room. After a brief talk, patrons can enjoy lunch from Hypnotic Sushi before traveling to the home of Lizzie and Dan Routman for a glimpse at their collection.
Retired Dallas Morning News arts critic Janet Kutner will be along for the ride to guide the tour, which costs $50 and contributes to the CADD-Booker T. Washington Scholarship Fund.
Formed in 2006, CADD is a nonprofit organization that promotes the advancement of all levels of contemporary art, and its ongoing contributions to the Booker T. Washington Scholarship Fund has helped to support the next generation of Dallas artists. Our city is a fertile one for both up-and-coming and established talent, as Art Place America recently recognized the Dallas Arts District, with parts of Deep Ellum and Exposition Park, as one of America’s Top ArtPlaces 2013.
Future tours include Holly Johnson and Cris Worley galleries on March 1, and Valley House Gallery and 500X on May 18, along with TBA visits to studios or private art collections. For more information, please visit the CADD website.