Those in town for the Dallas Art Fair are in for a treat in art, dining, entertainment, and more. Below, we give you a Top 12 list of things to be sure and do while in town.
Dallas Art Fair
This year marks the tenth edition of the Dallas Art Fair. Bringing together nearly 100 galleries from 30 cities, the fair takes place again at Dallas’s Fashion Industry Gallery. New this year in director roles are Kelly Cornell and Brandon Kennedy, rising to positions as fair director and director of exhibitions, respectively.
The Nasher Prize
The 2018 Nasher Prize Laureate is Theaster Gates. The third to receive that honor, Gates was chosen by an international jury meeting in London at Tate Britain. The significant prize of $100,000 goes to an individual who has had a major impact on the understanding of what sculpture can be. Given this April, the award is followed by a series of public programs—the Nasher Prize Dialogues.
Using the literary device of the doppelgänger as a starting point, Rodrigo Moura has curated “DOUBLES, DOBROS, PLIEGUES, PARES, TWINS, MITADES,” including work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Kris Martin, Laurie Anderson, Steve Wolfe, Janine Antoni, Ellsworth Kelly, Lygia Clark, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Marlene Dumas, and more.
Harry Nuriev at Dallas Contemporary
“Fears” at Dallas Contemporary is a glimpse into the varied course of the relationships between an architect and a gallery space and between an architect and the design briefs set for him. The bespoke installation also explores Nuriev’s design process, working methods, and philosophical approach and illuminates the emotional and artistic content of his work.
Hosted by Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, chaired by Brooke Davenport and Maxine Trowbridge, the seventh annual MTV RE:DEFINE benefit, a world-premiere art exhibition, auction, and gala will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018. Presented by NorthPark Center and held in the CenterPark Garden, this year’s event honors Tracey Emin, with a live auction led by Simon de Pury, and will feature an exclusive musical performance.
Laura Owens at Dallas Museum of Art
The L.A.-based artist Laura Owens has an innovative painting practice. She experiments with figuration and abstraction, exploring themes around pop culture, technology, and traditional painting. This acclaimed solo show, organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and now on view at the Dallas Museum of Art, looks back on her 20-year career.
Adam Gordon at the Power Station
The multidisciplinary artist Adam Gordon lives and works in New York. His practice ranges from immersive installations to video, and from constructed encounters to photorealistic paintings. Using banal materials, he focuses the viewer’s attention on impressions of physicality rather than distinct forms.
The Joule is the place to be in Dallas. The hotel boasts the best spa in town, as well as restaurants like Americano and CBD Provisions, and the go-to late-night spot is their underground craft cocktail salon, Midnight Rambler. The Joule is undoubtedly the cultural epicenter of Downtown Dallas.
A nod to la dolce vita, the thoughtfully designed, spacious setting of Mille Lire draws you in with Italian charm and contemporary concepts. Chef Giuliano Matarese wows guests with traditional Neapolitan dishes that offer unexpected modern twists. Open for lunch and dinner, the not-to-be-missed restaurant exudes unforgettable authenticity and distinction.
The cuisine at Jalisco Norte—served in a space designed by Coeval Studio—is full of familiar yet elevated Mexican plates like flautas, chilaquiles, tacos, and nachos. Chef José Meza Arróyave trained in Mexico City with Enrique Olvera, and his surprising dishes reflect true cultural culinary expertise.
NorthPark Center, a sprawling retail destination, is home to top-performing luxury retailers and department stores like Gucci, Versace, Canali, Neiman Marcus, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli, and Hublot. It offers an internationally acclaimed art collection with works by artists like Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Beverly Pepper.
Forty Five Ten
Forty Five Ten’s new flagship on Main Street features top collections for men and women, home decor, fragrance, and beauty. It is no stranger to hosting designers, celebrities, and clients like Narciso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Jeremy Scott, Derek Lam, and actively supports organizations like amfAR, and the Dallas Museum of Art.