The second exhibition to be featured in the Museum’s groundbreaking Center for Creative Connections (C3) galleries, Encountering Space presents works of art from the Museum collections and asks visitors to consider how space is used to invite engagement, raise questions, and create meaning. As viewers begin to encounter works of art this way, they are no longer passive observers but active participants.
In approximately twelve works of art from the Museum’s collections—including the paintings Eiffel Tower by Robert Delaunay and High-Speed Gardening by Michael Bevilaqua, the sculptures Mercury’s Gift to the Mirror by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Three Men Walking by Alberto Giacometti, and a 16th-century Benin wooden plaque from Nigeria and an ancient clay vessel from Peru’s Moche civilization—Encountering Space explores the different ways space affects us, both physically and emotionally, and the impact of these reactions on our total experience with a work of art. A painting can show us real spaces from a particular point of view in a way that makes us feel as if we could actually enter those spaces. Sculptures can push into our space or draw into their spaces. We can physically enter the space of some works of art, like the DMA’s Fleischner Courtyard, also included in the exhibition, to literally become a part of the work.
New design elements will be installed throughout the C3 galleries, including an immersive entrance to the exhibition. Video labels accompanying works of art will provide contextual information related to space as a theme. Encountering Space will also include a community-based response installation and several areas for visitor participation.
Encountering Space is organized by the Dallas Museum of Art. DMA educators and curators collaborated with the Museum’s collections and exhibitions department to conceive and develop the exhibition.