Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Episode 1-September 17, 2014


Art This Week Bios: Conduit Gallery
Nancy Whitenack Interview, Part 1

Episode 1-September 17, 2014

Our first series of interviews for Art This Week Bios explores the history of Conduit Gallery. Nancy Whitenack opened the gallery at 2814 Elm Street in the heart of Deep Ellum on March 17, 1984. At that time, Deep Ellum was beginning one of its most important eras, both for art and music. Nancy was right there in the middle of it all helping to build and support the area along with many artists and musicians. You can find her quoted in Dallas Morning News articles describing the vibrant time. In this first interview, we go back to the 1980s and ask her about this first space. Nancy talks about what she did before the gallery, the hardships of opening the gallery, what it was like to live and work in Deep Ellum, and some of her favorite memories.
Here is a very brief timeline of events for Conduit Gallery…
March 17, 1984
Conduit Gallery opens at 2814 Elm street with two exhibitions-Shep Miers (MFA Graduate Student from the University of Dallas) and Lee Connerant
May 1984
Dallas Arts Kazoo (now Dallas Arts Revue) on KNON-JR Compton mentions Shep Miers exhibition (First mention of the gallery I can find anywhere)
May 29, 1986
Dallas Morning News-Janet Kutner’s first review of Conduit for the exhibition “4 at Conduit”, a four person show that includes Robert Barsamian, Judith Garrett, Albert Scherbarth and Margaret Van Wagoner.

This is the beginning of a series of interviews we filmed with those involved with the gallery over its first thirty years. We will post more of these interviews over the next few weeks, so keep watching!

Show Notes:
To watch the full interview we filmed with her on the origins of Conduit Gallery, click here!
Conduit Gallery
1626 Hi Line Drive
Dallas, TX 75207

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ATW links for the week of September 7-14

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Emma – Now that the Met joins the ranks of the MoMa and the Guggenheim, by adding their own IOS app, what does this say about other museums both in NYC and around the US? With social media and the use of electronic devices becoming so prevalent in our everyday life, does this set those who are digitally ‘tapped in’ apart from others who are not as ahead of the game? What can they do to adapt? Are they really missing out? What do you think?

On view from Sept. 18-21, a selection of photographs from FotoFest 2014 Biennial exhibition of Contemporary Arab photography, video and mixed media art will be on view during the Houston Fine Art Fair.  One artist in particular from FotoFest 2014 that stuck out in my mind was Hassan Hajjaj – Moroccan stylist and photographer. Read more about his work in The Huffington Post.

KC – As a painter (and lover) of portraits, I’ve found beauty and inspiration in early fashion photography, particularly those of regular vogue photographer Horst P. Horst who is being recognized at the Victoria and Albert Museum in the retrospective show “Horst: Photographer of Style.” The show, which is on view through January 4th, shows Horst’s manipulation of light and variety of subjects.

Linda- 2 pieces of weird art news: Shaq curates a group show? And Prada Marfa gets to stay.

Logan – I was interested in this article because I know there were a few Dallas-based artist’s studios they visited, and I think it’s such a great idea. I can’t wait to get up to Arkansas and see the museum for myself!

Richard – A short film with Ai Weiwei called The Sand Storm. Or check out Thomas Heatherwick’s TED talk-The exhibition at the Nasher opens this weekend. Watch him here….

 

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ATW links for the week of August 24 – 31

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KC – In light of the recent selfie explosion, Ted Lawson has really challenged modern views of self, narcissism, the gesture and popular culture with his “Ghost in the Machine.

Linda – More than 75% of artists participating in the São Paulo Biennial signed this open letter appealing to the Biennial Foundation to boycott support from the Israeli government in protest of Operation Protective Edge among other recent events. Also this.

Logan – Art and fashion have always gone hand-in-hand, as has art and religion, but what about all three together? If you love Matisse, you should read this articleand others from the Tate’s blog surrounding their current exhibition:Henri Matisse: The Cutouts.

Richard – Leonard Bernstein’s call to support the arts (1943). New information on Stonehenge.

 

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ATW links for the week of August 17 – 23

Emma – Art not only reflects a specific time period or cultural influences in the past, but also history and social happenings during the time. Specifically for this, giving key leads in a multiple decades old murder mystery :)

 

Linda – National Gallery, a documentary directed by Frederick Wiseman that premiered in Cannes earlier this summer will show in September at film festivals in Toronto and New York. It looks like Texans will have to wait a bit longer. Here is a link to the trailer.

 

Logan – Marjan Teeuwen recycles debris from demolished homes to create beautiful and surreal installations. I love that even the photos of the installation are beautiful pieces of art in and of themselves.
Richard – Whoa! The great Willie Baronet on All Things Considered!

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Art This Week-In The Company of Cats and Dogs

At the Blanton Museum of Art
In the Company of Cats and Dogs
Dr. Francesca Consagra Interview
Episode 219-August 21, 2014


This week, we visit the Blanton Museum of Art and speak with the Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings and European Paintings, Dr. Francesca Consagra, about the exhibition, In the Company of Cats and Dogs. The exhibition is up through September 21, 2014.

Show Notes:
Blanton Museum of Art
200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Austin, TX 78712
And thanks to Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden for letting us film in the garden!

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Art This Week-The Art Books of Henri Matisse

At the San Antonio Museum of Art
The Art Books of Henri Matisse: Works from the Bank of America Collection
Dr. Katherine Luber Interview
Episode 218-August 6, 2014


This week, we visit the San Antonio Museum of Art and speak with The Kelso Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, Dr. Katherine Luber, about the exhibition, The Art Books of Henri Matisse: Works from the Bank of America Colleciton. The exhibition is up through September 7, 2014. You can also see the exhibition Matisse: Life in Color-Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art at the museum. Together they from an excellent overview of the work of Matisse.

Show Notes:
San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78215
And thanks to Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden for letting us film in the gallery!

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