October 10-November 14, 2015
Reception with the Artists:
SUNDAY, October 11, 2015
For twenty-nine years, the Bath HouseCultural Center has presented its annualDía de los Muertos art exhibition. One of the longest-running Día de los Muertos events in the region, this exhibition of altars and contemporary art draws inspiration from the ancient Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead. The annual autumn custom merges aspects of pre-Columbian ceremonial rites and the Catholic observance of All Saint’s Day. Throughout the years, this fascinating marriage of cultures and beliefs has given birth to a type of artistic imagery, styles and aesthetics that have been admired and embraced by artists from Mexico and, increasingly, from many parts of the world.
This year, the main focus of the Bath House exhibition is on the depiction of the festive side of the Day of the Dead.
The show includes art by Chandra Armstead, Cynthia Armstrong, Robin Bachtler Cushman, Sissy Bingham, Dan Birlew, Penelope Bisbee, Angie Bolling, Amy Branch-Lambert, Tarran Caldwell, Hector Cantu, Paul Carranza, Gabrielle Castañeda Pruitt, Carlos Castellanos, Justin Clumpner, Cynthia Daniel, Dan Dudley, Lori Dudley, Brett Dyer, Ann Slate Gaspari, Kelly Giesecke, Cynthia Green, DJ Guerra, Melissa Hayes, George Wayne Hensley, Michael Hilden, Duke M. Horn, Mary Ann Kaylor, Joanna LaGrone-Headrick, Craig Lewis Hoffman, Miriam Lizcano, Rebecca Martin, Cyndi McDonnell, Brian McGregor, Malachy McKinney, Marcela Mihaloglou, Vincent Morin, Jr., Alicia Norrigan, Teri Novelen, Sharon O’Callaghan Shero, Eva Peña, Kristen Penrod, Kelly Pevehouse, Beth Herrin-Phelps , E. Floyd Phelps, Larry Pile, Ann Ranson, Lynn Reagan, Marc Reeves, Janet Reynolds, Gail Roberts, Alfredo Rodriguez, R. D. Romero, Jose Balmore Salazar, Evan N. Sartin, Kate Schatz, Linda Slaughter, Fancy Oliver Tanner, Madeleine Terry, Sammy L. Thomason, Mary Ann Turner, Jose Vargas, Judy Williamson, Theresa Wood, and Mayra Viviana Zamora.
Enrique Fernández Cervantes curated the exhibition.
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Día de los Muertos – Art workshops and reception with the artists
All the workshops are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so get there early!
Workshop 1 – Papier mâché Day of the Dead skulls. Instructor: Eva Azul
Workshop 2 – Paper and mixed media marigold flowers – Instructor: Guadalupe Robles
Workshop 1 – Devotional Day of the Dead candles. Instructor: Jose Vargas
Workshop 2 – Repujado (embossed metal) art. Instructor: Janet Reynolds
Workshop 3 – Day of the Dead coloring. Instructor: Marcela Mihaloglou.
The reception with the artists will feature wonderful live music by Waco artist, Chris Castañeda, and Dallas musician, Stephen Houpt.
Don’t forget to wear your favorite Day of the Dead Costume and/or makeup.
No time to put your Dia de los Muertos makeup on before leaving home?
Don’t worry. Let our face-painting artist do the work for you!
Post: Recent artwork by Shawn Saumell
October 10, 2015-January 30, 2016
Presented at the White Rock Lake Museum, located inside the BathHouse Cultural Center.
Shawn Saumell is a visual artist born in New York who currently lives and works in Dallas. When the artist was first asked to develop a new exhibition, he considered the mission of the White Rock Lake Museum of bringing the preservation of the environment to the forefront of public discussion. The artist’s new show,Post, is an important project that echoes some of the ideas and concepts of ecological conservation that are regularly presented in the museum.
Post features a series of prints mounted on aluminum panels that depict colorful, yet desolated and otherworldly desertscapes. Within some of the artist’s imagined environments, he includes abandoned metal buildings and other structures that might represent societies or cultures perhaps long-gone. These landscapes could symbolize Earth or other planets whose civilizations may have made similar self-destructive choices to their environment. The title of the exhibition refers to the co-relation of Mr. Saumell’s invented spaces with views and thoughts about post-war, post-natural disaster, post-nuclear winter, post-apocalyptical world, post-Earth civilization, and other similar concepts.
More information about the artist can be found at www.shawnsaumell.com.
The Bath House Cultural Center is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The center is dedicated to fostering the growth, development and quality of multi-cultural arts within the City of Dallas. The center emphasizes innovating visual and performing arts as well as other multi-discipline events throughout the year. Funding for the Bath House Cultural Center is provided by the City of Dallas, with additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.
LOCATION AND HOURS:
The Bath House Cultural Center is located on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake at the end of Northcliff Dr. off of Buckner Blvd. at 521 E. Lawther, Dallas, TX 75218. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. The center is open until 10:00 PM on nights with theatre performances. For general information about cultural programs at the Bath HouseCultural Center, please call (214) 670-8749 or visit the center’s website athttp://www.bathhousecultural.