What’s New in the Studio: January

Franz Ackermann, My "Ready Now", 2006

Is your household suffering from post-holiday football over-saturation? Between college bowl games, the NFL playoffs, and the Super Bowl it’s a veritable smorgasbord of pigskin pugilism for your favorite couch potatoes to feast on. Why not propose a cultural intervention even they can enjoy? Like those Chef Boyardee commercials claiming that kids won’t notice the “hidden” serving of vegetables in every can, sneak your family its daily allowance of art under the guise of football by taking a trip to Cowboys Stadium. Constructed to be both an architectural and cultural icon, it boasts an incredible collection of contemporary art. Featuring bold and monumental works by nationally and internationally recognized artists, the Art Program at Cowboys Stadium seeks to transform the visitor experience. For more information, go to: stadium.dallascowboys.com/art.

Even if you can’t make it to the Stadium, you can still bring the experience home by visiting the exhibition Big New Field: Artists in the Cowboys Stadium Art Program at the DMA, on view through February 20th. All of the works of art in the show were created by artists featured at Cowboys Stadium.

Annette Lawrence, Free Paper 12/05, 2006-2008

If you’re visiting on a Saturday or Sunday, come and join us afterwards for Studio Creations, our family art-making activity. For the month of January we’ll be focusing on Big New Field. In particular, we will look at a work by Annette Lawrence, a visual artist and professor at the University of North Texas, entitled Free Paper (shown above). Constructed from a month’s worth of junk mail that she collected, cut, and stacked it not only calls to mind notions of  environmental consciousness and conservation but time as well. During Studio Creations you’ll have the chance to create your own sculpture from junk mail. For additional information on Studio Creations, go to: DallasMuseumofArt.org/Family/index.htm.

Big New Field offers a truly unique connection between art and sports that’s accessible for all ages and makes a wonderful gateway for relating the interests of art lovers and football fans alike. Once they see it for themselves, your family may even forget about the football part.

Posted by: JC

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