Letters without an address
The MAC in Collaboration with The Reading Room
Invites Viewers on a Multimedia Journey
Through Dallas’ Southern Sector
with Two Exhibitions by K. Yoland
Letters without an address at The MAC
Opening Reception Saturday, May 7, 7-10 p.m.
and Hidden Histories at The Reading Room
Opening reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9 p.m.
As part of the New Urban Landscape series, The MAC is proud to present Letters without an address, new video works by international artist K. Yoland, on view during three receptions on May 7, 7-10, May 12, 6-9, and May 21, 6-9. In collaboration with this exhibit, The Reading Room presents Hidden Histories, which features photography and video stills by Yoland, on view May 7 through May 30. The opening receptions for both exhibits will take place on May 7 from 6-9 at The Reading Room and from 7-10 at The MAC. Yoland’s video installation at The MAC integrates images shot across Dallas with fictitious letters written in response to news reports and historical events. Visitors to the two galleries will be led on a multimedia journey through Dallas’ southern sector.
Letters without an address includes footage of the Trinity River, Freedmen’s Cemetery, Fair Park, Oak Cliff and a Paupers Cemetery. Although the video footage is all shot in Dallas, the letters leave location, time and context ambiguous. Each letter is addressed to someone who has disappeared or has been forced out of their home for reasons left unknown. The work, influenced by Yoland’s research of regional and national news reports, acknowledges the many people in various communities and cities who have been marginalized or excluded. This includes a reference to the artist’s home country, England, highlighting its active engagement in selling and owning slaves, and the profit gained even from abolishing it.
K. Yoland is from London, England and came to the United States as the inaugural artist-in-residence at Marfa Contemporary in 2012. She has also been artist-in residence with UTD CentralTrak, South London Gallery, and Acme in London. Among Yoland’s recent exhibitions are: The Lisson Gallery (London), Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas), Art League Houston 2015 FotoFest (Houston), Turner Contemporary (UK), Oklahoma Contemporary (Oklahoma City), BeefHaus (Dallas), Alan Cristea Gallery (London), and Marfa Contemporary (Marfa). Yoland is currently teaching socially and politically engaged art at the University of Texas at Dallas, and researching the history of segregation, racism and marginalized communities in Dallas and the United States.
The MAC in collaboration with The Reading Room presents
K. Yoland: Letters without an address
Opening reception Saturday, May 7, 7-10
Reception Thursday, May 12, 6-9
Reception Saturday, May 21, 6-9
1601 South Ervay Street
Entrance at 1600 Gano St. and street parking on Gano St.
K. Yoland: Hidden Histories
May 7 – 30, 2016
Opening reception Saturday, May 7, 6-9
The Reading Room
3715 Parry Avenue
The MAC has embarked on a new series of exhibitions, art talks, and site-specific projects revolving around the theme New Urban Landscape. April through September 2016, programming will address the role of the arts in shaping the Cedars and the broader community of Dallas, striving to empower through the exchange of ideas, values, culture, and knowledge. Dallas and Fort Worth artists in the series include Willie Baronet, Christopher Blay, H. Schenck, Giovanni Valderas, and K. Yoland, who explore issues related to homelessness, displacement, gentrification, and immigration.
New Urban Landscape will take place from April through September of this year – stay tuned for more details on specific projects.
1601 South Ervay Street
Dallas, TX 75215
entrance on 1600 Gano St.
Sponsored by: Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Sally Francis Public Relations