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Dallas Contemporary Premiers 3 Breathtaking Socially-Charged Exhibitions

The Dallas Contemporary unveiled 3 stunning exhibitions exploring women, Asia, and gay identity. Diverse in form and subject, the three exhibition offer a poignant depiction of social issues through sculpture, painting, and visual media. Never one to shy away from exhibitions focused on social commentary and sometimes controversy, the DC has hosted world-renowned artists such as Pia Camil, Ross Bleckner, Bruce Weber, Dan Colen, Helmut Lang, Paola Pivi, and many more. Headed by Executive Director Peter Doroshenko, the current shows were curated by senior curator Justine Ludwig and assistant curator Lilia Kudelia. All of the exhibitions are always free to view and open 11am-6pm Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 pm Sunday. To become a member and receive insider access to exhibition openings, discounts at area businesses, and more, click here.

Kiki Smith's Mortal offers a moving journey through life and death, her work focused on the moments in life we tend to keep hidden. Smith's largest work, Pilgrim, allows the viewers to walk through a woman's life shown on 30 mouth-blown stained glass panels, starting from birth to death. Introspective yet relatable, Smith's exhibition offers an immersive view on morality and life.

Invisible Cities features a collection of digital media in partnership with the Crow Collection and an in-depth look inside Japanese collective Chim↑Pom. Videos from abandoned shipyards and a display of waste document the ugly side of Asia. Street rats painted as Pikachu ravage tiny cities as documentation of their capture plays in the background.

Renowned duo McDermott & McGough present a powerful retrospective, I've Seen the Future and I'm Not Going, featuring painting, photography, and more. First rising to fame for their meticulous dedication to leading a 19th-century lifestyle (sans electricity or plumbing) in New York, they have since created powerful works focused on gay identity, the AIDS epidemic, and humanitarian crimes.

All photos by Nick Glover of Nick Glover Photography.

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