The C3 Gallery is an innovative participatory space where creativity and experimentation serve as both our methods for developing activities and our goals for visitor experiences. Each month we highlight one of our gallery activities. Read the Gallery Spotlight section below to learn about a work of art currently on view, see its corresponding activity, and read examples of visitor responses. Scroll down to read about past exhibitions in the Center for Creative Connections. Click here to see works of art currently on view.
Drawing to Look
It is a well-known statistic that most museum visitors spend between three to seven seconds in front of a work of art. One of our goals in the Center for Creative Connections (C3) is to provide opportunities for visitors to slow down in order to write, read, make, think, and talk about art. Paramount to each of these activities is close looking. During gallery tours or classes, close looking can be achieved through directives and questions provided by the facilitator. In self-guided spaces like the C3 Interactive Gallery, while text prompts are helpful to spark close looking and discussion, we’ve found that simple drawing activities naturally inspire visitors to spend more time looking at a work of art.
Visitors spend anywhere from one minute to one hour drawing The Minotaur by Marcel Dzama, and during that time they come to notice the intricate details that they might have otherwise walked past. The uneven horns, the raised ridges on his head, the way the fabric drapes over the form are brought to light through close looking.
Here are some of our favorite visitor drawings of The Minotaur.
September 25, 2010–Fall 2012
Center for Creative Connections
We take up space. We move in space. We encounter space. Closed spaces and open spaces, full spaces and empty spaces—these can affect us differently, both physically and emotionally. These same reactions can be a part of our experiences with the space of a work or art.
Artists change space. Just as artists make choices about how they use color, lines, and shapes, they also make choices about how they use space. As you move through this exhibition and view works of art from varying physical distances and perspectives, think about how the artists use space and give you a way into their art. Reflect on your responses to the spaces you encounter in art, as well as those you encounter in your everyday life.
Monitor Wall Visitor Photo Submissions:
TEXAS SPACE - On view in C3 September 2010-February 2011
DESIGNED SPACE - On view in C3 March-September 2011
FILLED SPACE - On view in C3 October 2011-March 2012
PEACEFUL SPACE - On view in C3 April-October 2012
POSITIVE/NEGATIVE SPACE - On View in C3 November 2012 - January 2013
The Living Room
July 27–September 24, 2010
Center for Creative Connections Temporary Location, Tower Gallery, Level 4
During the summer of 2010, the Center for Creative Connections moved into the Museum’s fourth-floor Tower Gallery as construction began on a new exhibition, Encountering Space. To continue to serve visitors and the community, artist Jill Foley was brought in to create a dynamic installation for the Center’s temporary "home away from home.”
Jill Foley is a Dallas-based artist who creates large-scale imaginary-type spaces to host her puppet-like figural sculptures and her paintings and drawings. She has used recycled cardboard to create naturalistic forms and makeshift home furnishings to surround visitors in an active living space. Foley wanted to create an inviting space like that of a living room that reflects the personality of C3. She was also inspired by the DMA's collections and the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection period rooms on Level 3. Throughout the summer, Foley and the C3 staff hosted participatory programs, happenings, and performances in the gallery. Visitors created artwork to contribute to the space, reflecting the involvement of the community.
Materials & Meanings
May 3, 2008–July 25, 2010
Center for Creative Connections
What do the materials of works of art mean to artists? What do the materials of works of art mean to you? Materials & Meanings, the inaugural exhibition of eight works of art selected from the Museum’s encyclopedic collection, focused on the materials from which a work of art is made and on the meanings associated with those materials to both the artist and the viewer.
Materials can have powerful meanings for the artist who selects and manipulates them as part of the creative process. You bring your own experiences with materials when you look at a work of art. The works of art in this exhibition were from different cultures and time periods, but all are made from materials that suggest meanings to the artist and perhaps to you.