DallasSITES: A Developing Art Scene, Postwar to Present

Celebrating and documenting 50 years of North Texas’ bold and distinctive contemporary art community, this digital publication is organized by neighborhood and focuses on seven Dallas communities to trace the unique development of contemporary art in each geographic area and their collective contribution toward making Dallas the vibrant arts center it is today.

The current release includes chapter essays on the seven neighborhoods, two scholarly essays on the early history of collecting contemporary art in Dallas, an interactive gallery map documenting the history and locations of over 150 commercial galleries and nonprofit institutions in North Texas from the mid-1950s, and media-rich appendices that feature oral histories, interviews, and detailed listings of collections in the DMA Archives related to the DallasSITES research project. Future installments will include an interactive timeline and a checklist for the exhibition DallasSITES: Charting Contemporary Art, 1963 to Present, on view at the Dallas Museum of Art from May 26 to September 15, 2013.

We invite you to explore this unique online publication—the Dallas Museum of Art’s first to utilize the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) Toolkit, an open-source suite of tools generously supported by the Getty Foundation and developed by the Indianapolis Museum of Art for publishing online scholarly art history catalogues.

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Research for this publication and the accompanying exhibition is led by Dallas Museum of Art Research Project Coordinator Leigh Arnold as part of a three-year grant from the Texas Fund for Curatorial Research. The larger goal is to uncover, document, consolidate, and bring greater public awareness to the richly variegated yet widely underrecognized history of Dallas’s contemporary art avant-garde. Research materials will be housed in the Dallas Museum of Art Archives, creating a centralized repository for the history of contemporary art in North Texas.

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