Art This Week Bios: Valley House Gallery
Episode 6-October 15, 2014


Art This Week Bios: Valley House Gallery
Kevin Vogel Interview

Episode 1-October 15, 2014

Our second series of interviews for Art This Week Bios explores the history of Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The first incarnation of Valley House opened on April 9, 1951 as Betty McLean Gallery in Preston Center (near Preston Road and Northwest Highway). Started by Betty McLean, who funded it, and Donald Vogel, the Gallery Director, it hosted a mix of Texas artists, and national and International artists. From Bror Utter and Kelly Fearing to Henri Matisse and Alexander Calder, the gallery brought some of the most important works of art to Dallas at that time.
By the time the Betty McLean Gallery closed, Donald had moved his then growing family north to the dirt road Spring Valley. It was there he decided to open the gallery and build a frame shop. They opened as Valley House Gallery in 1954 and continued to show the same artists Betty McLean Gallery had shown. Donald continued to bring major exhibitions to north Dallas at Valley House, including Charles Umlauf, Henry Moore and Georges Rouault.
For our first episode, we speak with gallery President Kevin Vogel about his father, Donald, and the early history of Valley House Gallery.
An important historical document is Donald’s memoir, Memories and Images: The World of Donald Vogel and Valley House Gallery. It tells the story of his own life and his personal experiences running the gallery. There are a couple of important things that come out of reading the book. First, it gives a sense of what the Dallas art scene was like during the middle decades of the 1900s. He was working with many of the key figures of the scene, including major museum directors and staff. Second, he also worked with many of the important Texas artists from that era. He constantly showed and supported the contemporary Texas artists, something that Valley House Gallery continues to do today. A review of the memoir at Texas Monthly can be found here.
An article from the Dallas Morning News on the history of the gallery can be found here.
A 2012 article from the Dallas Morning News on Betty Blake (then Betty McLean) can be found here.
To watch the full interview with Kevin, click here.

Show Notes:
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden
6616 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, Texas 75254-8635

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Art This Week-URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s: Kenny Scharf

At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s
Kenny Scharf Interview
Episode 223-October 13, 2014


This week, we visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and speak with artist Kenny Scharf about his installation, Cosmic Cavern, in the exhibition, URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s. The exhibition is up through January 4, 2015.

Show Notes:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
And thanks to Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden for letting us film in the garden!

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Art This Week-URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s

At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s
Chief Curator, Michael Auping Interview
Episode 222-October 10, 2014


This week, we visit the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and speak with Chief Curator, Michael Auping about the exhibition, URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s. The exhibition is up through January 4, 2015.

Show Notes:
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
And thanks to Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden for letting us film in the garden!

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Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Episode 6-October 8, 2014


Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Danette Dufilho Interview

Episode 6-October 8, 2014

Our first series of interviews for Art This Week Bios explores the history of Conduit Gallery. For our sixth episode, we speak with Conduit’s Assistant Director Danette Dufilho. Danette has worked at the gallery since it was at the 3200 Main Street Space. She now curates the Project Room. Here, she talks about her origins with the gallery, what’s it has been like to work with Nancy, and what it is like to curate for the gallery.
To watch the full interview with Danette click here.

Show Notes:
Conduit Gallery
1626 Hi Line Drive
Dallas, TX 75207

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ATW links for the week of September 28 – October 4

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Linda – The Turner Prize exhibition opened at Tate Britain this week. Here is a short video on the history of the turner prize and here is a short article where you can read a bit more about this year’s artists.

Logan – Ai Wei Wei has done it again–created something completely original and politically charged! As of the 27th, his 7 site-specific installations created for Alcatraz are on view for the public. There have been numerous studies that prove the many benefits that art has on the incarcerated. Wouldn’t it be great if he started creating similar work for functioning prisons next?

Richard – Interesting court case about being an artist/professor and what the IRS thinks of you….

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Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Episode 5-October 6, 2014


Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Marty Walker and Nancy Whitenack Interview

Episode 5-October 6, 2014

Our first series of interviews for Art This Week Bios explores the history of Conduit Gallery. For our fifth episode, we speak with former Conduit Gallery Assistant Marty Walker and Nancy together. Marty worked for the gallery while at the 3200 Main Street Space in the late 1990s. She also helped start The Annex, a secondary exhibition space at this location. In this video, Marty and Nancy discuss the Dallas art scene in the 1990s and what it was like to run the gallery then.
The Dallas Observer review for the first Annex show, Good/Bad Art Collective’s show, can be found here.
Update: Click here for the full interview with Marty and Nancy.

Show Notes:
Conduit Gallery
1626 Hi Line Drive
Dallas, TX 75207

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