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The Pollock Gallery is located inside the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the SMU campus at 3140 Dyer, Dallas, TX 75205.

The gallery is open to the public without charge Tuesday to Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 1 to 5 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Current Exhibition

Wide Open
November 3 - December 2, 2017.
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017, 5-7 p.m.
The Pollock Gallery and SUNSCREEN The Power Station (3816 Commerce St, Dallas) will partner to screen The Forgotten Space by Allan Sekula and Noel Burch on Saturday, November 4th at 7pm.

Wide Open, a research exhibition exploring modern global infrastructures that shape our contemporary geological and material landscape, consisting of works by Marcos Agudelo, Ursula Biemann, More&More Unlimited (an Illogistics Company™) (Marina Zurkow, Sarah Rothberg, and Surya Mattu), Rebecca Moss, Armin Mühsam, Liam Young, and Tamir Zadok. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog with essays by Heather Davis, Peter Fend, Laray Polk, and a foreword by curators Sofia Bastidas and Guillermo León Gómez.

Since the late 19th century, Dallas has envisioned itself as a center for economic trade. The Port of Dallas, a planned (but never realized) inland port with a fluvial network stretching from Dallas to Houston via the Trinity River, would bring Dallas to the forefront. This has been an ongoing topic of conversation for the past 125 years. As a massive engineering and dredging project that has rerouted the river around Dallas’ city center, the vision of the Port of Dallas overlooked any harmful effects on communities or ecosystems in its path. With the project’s eventual failure from a lack of political and economic support came the scarring of a landscape. WIDE OPEN explores the historic precedents of global trade established in the past centuries that have formed the present political, economic, and geological landscape of Dallas. The exhibition will consist of a multi-media installation with works by international artists in conversation with historical documents from SMU DeGolyer Library Archives on the late 1800 and 1900’s Port of Dallas project, which in the planning left a transformed and diverted Trinity River.

The exhibition is co-curated by Pollock Gallery curator Sofia Bastidas and New York-based urbanist Guillermo Leon Gomez as part of their ongoing curatorial initiative Port to Port, a project interested in how urban zones are globally networked through processes of economic investment and trade, facilitated and accelerated by telecommunications and finance. Symptomatic of the neoliberal urges of global capitalism, these processes lead to the creation of homogeneous forms of infrastructure and design. WIDE OPEN surveys these issues in multiple scales - from macro to meso - depicted through varied mediums in the exhibition. Selected works explicitly and implicitly illustrate material and geological transformation by economic, political, and physiological forces representative of the current capitalist planetary urbanization paradigm.

Spring 2018

Let's See Action
Curated by MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo
February 3 - March 10, 2018
Opening reception: Saturday, February 3, 5-7 p.m.
COBRA Tokyo-based artist Lecture: Wednesday, January 31, 7 p.m.

Let’s See Action considers the uniquely cooperative and internationally oriented approach to the creation and dissemination of contemporary art that has been a characteristic of Japanese art practice, post-war to present day. The exhibition focuses on a group of artists active within Japan and abroad over the past 10 years; however, the exhibition is rooted in, and in some cases directly influenced by, the practice of historical collectives such as Jikken Kobo/ Experimental Workshop (1951-58) and High Red Center (1963-64). Let’s See Action will feature work in a variety of media and will be tailored to the specific context of a university gallery; the exhibition aims to present an entry point to understanding a contemporary Japanese aesthetic and its history via the presentation of contemporary artists engaged in playful experimentation with the very notion of such an aesthetic. The exhibit is curated by MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (Jeffrey Ian Rosen + Misako Rosen).

Participating Artists: Shimon Minamikawa and Ei Arakawa; with Richard Aldrich, Chim↑Pom, XYZ Collective (presenting: COBRA, Soshiro Matsubara, Futoshi Miyagi, Maki Katayama), Tobias Madison & Matthew Lutz-Kinoy.

COBRA Tokyo-based artist and member of the artist run space XYZ Collective. XYZ is best known for presenting exhibitions which playfully question otherwise accepted assumptions behind art world presentation. Exhibited in New York, Tokyo and Warsaw, among other venues.

Gallery Hours: Tues. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Sat.: 1 - 5 p.m.
Sun. & Mon.: Closed

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Sat, 02/03/18

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Pollock Gallery Exhibit: Let’s See Action

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