Migratory and Portals – Two new exhibitions opening at the Bath House Cultural Center

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July 6-August 3, 2019
Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019 (7-9 PM). Featuring music by Len Barnett and Percussions Things  

Migration is an ever-present natural phenomenon that occurs all around us in a multiplicity of ways.  Whether human or non-human, migration is an activity that offers an extraordinary view into the complexity of how the world and the universe work.  Migration conveys different meanings and notions:  It can be perceived as beautiful and consistent with nature or it can be seen as an inevitable instrument of change and transformation that is necessary for survival.  It  can also be associated with social and political issues that cause much debate and disagreement, as reflected by the current discourse connected to immigration.  

The Migratory exhibition explores different types of human and non-human migration with art that studies the causes, actions and effects of people, animals, or things moving from one place to another.  The participating artists look at that process of motion from various perspectives and present works that involve subject matter related to nomadic activity, change of position or location, and migratory behavior.   

The exhibition includes artwork by artists from the U.S. and from Mexico, Spain, Chile, China, South Korea, Ethiopia, and Canada, providing evidence that the concept of migration is of global interest.   

Participating Artists: Kathy Boortz, Xavi Bou, Soojin Choi, Djay Chung, Michelle Cortez Gonzales, Inyang Essien, Angie Flanagan, Juan J. Hernández, Freddie McCoo, Jas Mardis, S. Chuck McCarter, Tina Medina, Analise Minjarez, Juán de Dios Mora, Benjamin Muñoz, Lupita Murillo-Tinnen, María Oliveira, Roger Peet, Rocío Ramírez, Yocelyn Riojas, Jess X. Snow, T. Stone, Elise Techentine, Elysa Voshell, Sarita Westrup, Liliana Wilson, and Abebe Zelelew.

Curated by Enrique Fernández Cervantes

July 6-August 3, 2019

Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019 (7-9 PM). Featuring music by Len Barnett and Percussions Things  

For a number of months, fourteen visual artists from the DFW region have worked together to bring about a project titled Portals… An Entrance, a Doorway a Journey.  The artwork resulting from this project is being presented as a new exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center this summer.   

The pieces featured in the Portals exhibition, made with a variety of materials and techniques, convey an assortment of views and ideas that are informed by the concept of portals and other types of entrances or passages.  

One of the first physical elements that serves as a fitting foundation for the artwork is that the shape of all the artists’ frames mimics the architectural design of a window or door.   Although all the pieces share this common structural characteristic, the work that was produced is certainly diverse, as artists were asked to interpret the theme in their own personal and unique way, using the media of their choice, and imagining what they might find if they were to pass through a doorway, peek through a window, or take a journey beyond a portal. 

Participating Artists: Rita Barnard, Vicki Charlotta, Sheila Cunningham, Steve Danner, Jacque Forsher, John Irizarry, Jackie Johnston, Laurie Mahoney, Patricia McMillan, Margo Miller, Christine Smith-Atkins, Evita Tezeno, VET, and Cheryl Vorhis.   Curated by Jacque Forsher.



Manager –
Marty Van Kleeck – (214) 670-8722 marty.vankleeck@dallascityhall.com

Performing Art Programs –
Stewart W. Mikkelsen, Performing Arts / Technical Coordinator (214) 671-0060 stewart.mikkelsen@dallascityhall.com

Visual Art Programs – Enrique Fernández Cervantes, Visual Arts Coordinator / Curator (214) 670-8723 enrique.fernandez@dallascityhall.com

The Bath House Cultural Center is a facility of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs that is dedicated to fostering the growth, development, and quality of multicultural arts. The center emphasizes innovative visual and performing arts, as well as other multidisciplinary events throughout the year.