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5/10/14 – 6/28/14

MAC@20 Part I
Featuring The MAC exhibiting artists from 1994 – 2004

Moving, Not Moving
Featuring artists of the Core Residency Program of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Robert Jessup
Selections – New Work: 2013-2014

An opening reception will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, located at 3120 McKinney Avenue, in the Uptown District of Dallas.

Exhibitions will be on view through June 28, 2014.


Large Gallery
MAC@20 Part I
Featuring The MAC exhibiting artists from 1994 – 2004.

This year, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) will celebrate 20 years in operation at 3120 McKinney Avenue. The MAC opened as an alternative exhibition space in 1994 as the first venue in North Texas where contemporary art in all disciplines could be explored under one roof. With exhibitions by more than 300 regional, national, and international contemporary artists, The MAC is home to some of the most inspiring, challenging and riveting art in Dallas and North Texas.

In celebration of The MAC’s 20th Anniversary Season we will hold a two-part group exhibition featuring artists who have held solo exhibitions or been part of a curated group exhibition. In May 2014, MAC@20 Part I will include exhibiting artists from 1994 through 2004. In November 2014, MAC@20 Part II will include exhibiting artists from 2005 through 2013.

For the past twenty years, The MAC has maintained its important mission to stand as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom, offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. The MAC is honored to be a platform for the many artists in our region and to have introduced so many national and international artists to our thriving artist community.

MAC@20 Part I Exhibiting artists include:

John Alexander (2002), David Bates (1998), Matt Clark (2000), Mark Cole (2000), Georganne Deen (2002), Judy Desanders (2001), Kaleta Doolin (2001), James Dowell (2002), Corbin Doyle (1997), Carol Flax (1998), David H. Gibson (2002), Linnea Glatt (2003), Alan Govenar (2001), Trenton Doyle Hancock (2000), Michael Henderson (2001), Ben Herrara (2000), Benito Huerta (2001), Otis Jones (2001), Pamela Joseph (2002), Brandon Kennedy (1996), Sant Khalsa (1996), Heidi Kumao(1997), Giles Lyon (1995), James Magee (1996), Jesús Moroles (2002), Tom Orr (2002), Aaron Parazette (1995), John Pomara (1996), Dan Rizzie (2000), Andrea Rosenberg (2000), Cameron Schoepp (2002), Ludwig Schwarz (1995), James Surls (2000), Barbara Takenaga (2004), Ellen Frances Tuchman (2004), Valton Tyler (2000), Daniel Wiener (1996), John Wilcox (2000), David Young (1997)

MAC@20 Part II will open November 8 and runs through December 20, 2014. Exhibiting artists will be announced in late summer.

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Square Gallery

Featuring artists of the Core Residency Program of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Julia Brown, Anna Elise Johnson, Senalka McDonald, Harold Mendez, Madsen Minax and Ronny Quevedo

The collaboration with the Core Residency Program is a pivotal mile stone for continuing The MAC’s mission to support contemporary artists in Texas. Moving, Not Moving will be the third exhibition of the collaboration between the residency program and The MAC. In June 2011, The MAC proudly presented Material Differences: Selections from Core 2011, the first exhibition located outside of Houston dedicated to Core residents. In spring 2012, the artists in residence returned with the exhibition Of Other Spaces, curated by critics in residence, Sally Frater and Philip Kelleher.

The past exhibiting artists from 2011 and 2012 include: Miguel Amat, Nick Barbee, Anthea Behm, Lourdes Correa-Carlo, Fatima Haidar, Steffani Jemison, Massa Lemu, Gabriel Martinez, Nicole Miller, Julie Ann Nagle, Kelly Sears, Jang Soon Im and Clarissa Tossin.

Mary Leclère, Associate Director at the Glassell School of Art, on the Core Residency Program:

The Core program awards residencies to exceptional visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training and are working to develop a sustainable practice. The 2013-14 Core artists in residence are Julia Brown, Anahita Ghazvinizadeh, Anna Elise Johnson, Senalka McDonald, Harold Mendez, Madsen Minax and Ronny Quevedo. Working in a variety of mediums, including film, video, installation, drawing, and sculpture, the artists focus intensively on their own studio practices and engage in critical dialogue with their peers. While their work deals with a wide range of topics and concerns, this year’s Core fellows share an interest in “research-based practice.” Whether the issues they are dealing with are historical (Senalka, Anna Elise, Julia), cultural (Ronny), literary (Harold) or psycho-social (Madsen and Anahita), the materials they use are as discursive as their practices are. Artists have always engaged in research, but for previous generations it was often limited to the practices of their predecessors. For some theorists, artistic research answers the question of what the artwork’s “object of study” might be after conceptual art’s dematerialization of the art object. For the Core fellows, however, this approach would appear to take postmodernism’s intertexuality as its point of departure. Artistic research itself does not constitute the work but acts as a catalyst for the development of artworks that are not simply the result of—i.e. reducible to—documentation.

The title of this exhibition, Moving, Not Moving, refers to the relationships both within and between the fellows’ work, and to the impact their work might have on prospective viewers. It alludes as well to the fact that some of this work is stationary while some involves moving images. The negation of the thesis (moving) by its antithesis (not moving) also implies a dialectical movement that will ultimately lead to a synthesis, which is, of course, the show itself.

Artist Biographies

Julia Brown received her MFA from CalArts in 2006 and BA in studio art from Williams College in 2000. Brown was the 2006 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting Award. Her work has been exhibited in New York at Ogilvy + Mather, Art in General, The Kitchen, Scaramouche Gallery, Pace University, Harvestworks Media Festival, Talman + Monroe, LMAK Projects, and the Artists Space Project Room; in Los Angeles at LACE and Supersonic at Barnsdall Gallery; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Provincetown Art Association Museum (PAAM); and at Via Farini, Milan, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Form Video, London, and Blank Projects, Cape Town. Brown has attended numerous residencies, including Via Farini-in-Residence, the Whitney Independent Study Program, the Fondazione Ratti Corso Superiore di Arti Visive, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a two-time Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.

Anna Elise Johnson received her MFA from the University of Chicago in 2012 and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005, with a major in painting and a minor in art history. She was born in Starnberg, Germany, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After completing her BFA, Johnson worked in the arts in Baltimore and Denver and as an assistant to her father, who is also an artist. She has exhibited her work in the United States as well as in Berlin and London.

Senalka McDonald received her MFA from California College of the Arts in 2012, where she received a Graduate Merit and Diversity fellowship and a Murphy Cadogan fellowship. McDonald received a BFA and a BA in cultural geography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She has participated in residencies including the Austin Project in 2008 and 2009 and ROOTED (Austin) in 2007. Recent exhibitions include John Baldessari: Class Assignments (Optional) (San Francisco), Queer State(s) (Austin) and Home After Dark (San Francisco).

Harold Mendez received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2007, BA from Columbia College in 2000 and studied at the University of Science and Technology, School of Art and Design, Ghana, West Africa in 1999. Mendez has participated in residencies at Ox-bow; the Experimental Sound Studio; the Headlands Center for the Arts; the Lighthouse Works and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. In 2008, he was featured in a 12 X 12: NEW ARTISTS / NEW WORK exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He was awarded the Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship in 2013 and the 3Arts award in 2012. His work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem; the Museum of Modern Art / PS1; the Renaissance Society and the Knoxville Museum of Art, among others. Reviews of his work have appeared in the New York Times, Artforum and Frieze Magazine.

Madsen Minax received his MFA in art theory and practice from Northwestern University in 2012 and BFA with emphasis in sound, film, video, and new media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005, with additional study at Utrecht School of Art, department of music and technology (The Netherlands). Minax was an artist-in-residence at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago); a 2008 recipient of the Crossroads Fund Fire This Time Award; and an Ed Paschke Honorary Fellow at Northwestern (2010–12). He received an Urbana Arts Council Envision 365 Grant in 2010 and a Chicago Instructional Technology Foundation Digital Media Production Fund grant in 2012. His first feature film, Riot Acts: Flaunting Gender Deviance in Music Performance, aired on the Free Speech TV cable network in 2012.

Ronny Quevedo received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2012 and BFA from the Cooper Union. He has participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture; Aljira Contemporary Art Center’s Emerge program (Newark); the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Artists in the Marketplace program; and the Keyholder Residency at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York. He has exhibited his work at El Museo del Barrio; the Bronx River Art Center; Saltworks Gallery (Atlanta); Carol Jazaar Gallery (Miami); and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.


New Works Space
Robert Jessup
Selections – New Work: 2013-2014

Robert Jessup, Black Night Snow, 2013, oil on canvas, 70" x 90"

The MAC welcomes Robert Jessup for a solo exhibition in the New Works Space this summer. Selections – New Work: 2013-2014 includes selected paintings from the past year, which explore his journey into a “free play of form”. The intuitive, non-representational form making gives his paintings an open ended resolution, keeping singularity in meaning out of his works. Having identity without being identifiable, the paintings are free to speak for themselves through an abstract visual narrative.

The dynamics of composition, the dialogue of shape and line, and the interaction of color have been central to Jessup’s pictorial inventions over a three decade career. Working within a career of academia and training artists, Robert Jessup received his Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa in 1978. Currently a painting professor at University of North Texas, Jessup was recently awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, UNT which allowed him to create this new body of work with selections on display for the first time at The MAC.

Robert Jessup’s paintings have been displayed at galleries across the country including the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, TCU, The Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Besharat Gallery, Atlanta, GA and most recently at McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, TX. Jessup has work in private and public collections including The Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, Dallas Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, N.Y.

Robert Jessup is represented in Dallas by Conduit Gallery.

An Art Talk with Robert Jessup will take place Wednesday, June 11 at 6:30. All Art Talk programs at The MAC are free and open to the public.