Archive for January, 2016

Three Literary Short Films by Richard Bailey

When: Thursday, May 19, 7:30 pm
Where: The Margo Jones Theatre in Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210.
Admission: This is a free event.

Richard Bailey 1ONE OF THE ROUGH (17 min.)  A poetic road movie that presents a driving dream of color, doubt, philosophy, and wonder. The title is from a line in Whitman’s Song of Myself (“…an American, one of the roughs, a kosmos”). Like the persona in Whitman’s poem, the driver marvels about America in a way that is dreamy and intense.
Richard Bailey 2AN ERRAND OF HIP AND CHIN (10 min.) Casey is a young man who enjoys hooping and playing drums. Then one day a mysterious phone call sends him on an errand to take a message to the people. Borrowing loosely from the Book of Amos, the film is an adventure story that batches the prophetic imagination and the popular enthusiasm of hooping.
Richard Bailey 3A SPIRAL WAY (17 min.) Meet Leon Gordon Agee, a small town storyteller and songwriter. He weaves macabre and philosophical tales. He is especially fond of “lady of the lake” and “goddess of the forest” stories. And his adventures reveal currents of magical realism flowing secretly across the landscape of the American south.
Richard Bailey portraitRichard Bailey makes films with mythic emphasis, poetic language, and sharp humor.  His  films have shown in festivals across the U.S., including SXSW, Black Maria, Dallas Video Festival, Anthology Film Archives, and have recently shown in Europe at Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland, Here Be Dragons: The International New Genre Festival, England, and Proyector International Video Art Festival, Spain. He has work forthcoming in the Journal of Short Film, a peer reviewed journal in DVD form. Find out more at

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They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy @ ArtSpeak

When: Saturday, January 23, 9 pm
Where: Mighty Fine Arts, 409A North Tyler St, 75208
Hosted by: Steve Cruz

gregg prickettWordspace presents the first Artspeak of 2016 with a rare performance by “They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy”. Guitar virtuoso grand master Gregg Prickett and musical partner vocalist Sarah Ruth Alexander expand the notions of music and poetics with stunning soundscapes and atmospheric improvisations. Sheer brilliance will prevail as your third ear will unfold and your sonic horizons enhanced! This performance is in conjunction with the art reception for ‘Shabby Saints and The Rusty HooDoo Blues” featuring new work by the legendary Andy Don Emmons! Art Reception 6-9 and performance around 9ish! Mighty Fine Arts is located at 409A N.Tyler in Historic North Oak Cliff 75208.

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WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas

When: Sunday January 31, 2-5 pm
What: WordSpace @ Chalet Dallas
Where: The Nasher Sculpture Center
Admission: Adult: $10, Seniors 65 and over: $7, Military with ID: $7, Student with ID: $5,Children under 12: FREE, Members: FREE
WordSpace is honored to partner with The Nasher Sculpture Center to present literary programming during Piero Golia’s Chalet Dallas.  


pierogolia2Piero Golia is a conceptual artist, architect and myth maker.  For Chalet Dallas, he has collaborated with architect Edwin Chan to completely transformed the Nasher’s Corner Gallery into a luxurious gathering space that integrates architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall, and Christopher Williams.

The Naples-born, Los Angeles-based artist Piero Golia has been described as a mastermind of monumental gestures and precise orchestration. In 2013 he opened Chalet Hollywood, arguably the most radical and ambitious representation of this characterization. Working with architect Edwin Chan, Golia transformed a storage area off of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles into agesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, integrating architecture, entertainment, and works of art by Pierre Huyghe, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Wall and Christopher Williams. Golia’s intent was to create a space of rare beauty that would gather visitors from the vast reaches of L.A. to meet in a luxurious environment that encouraged interaction and led to a more developed sense of community. For over a year on select evenings, Golia opened the Chalet to friends and visitors for gatherings that ranged from extravagantly large-scale to quiet and intimate.  Golia designed these evenings with an unpredictable structure, mingling artists and celebrities, as a way to build a mythology around theChalet and encourage meaningful interactions between visitors united by their shared experience in the space. After sixteen months of operation, Chalet Hollywood closed November 3rd, 2014.

With the help of the Nasher Sculpture Center, Golia was able to resurrect the Chalet and bring it to Dallas in an effort to extend his utopian idea of community building through carefully orchestrated social gatherings. Again, Golia worked with Chan to reconfigure the architectural elements of theChalet Hollywood to its new environment in the Nasher Corner Gallery. Reusing nearly all of the original elements from the Hollywood version, Chan has recreated the feeling of Chalet Hollywoodinto a space that is unique to Dallas, transforming the gallery into a warm and convivial environment with modular white oak furnishings, Venetian plaster walls, and textiles designed by Johnson Hartig.

Also from Chalet Hollywood, Golia has included Pierre Huyghe’s aquarium—an ecosystem of crabs and floating rocks; Mark Grotjahn’s painting Untitled (My Beautiful Brother Eric Baboon Face 43.30)of 2011;  Jeff Wall’s photograph A Sapling Supported by a Post of 2000; and Christopher Williams’ piano, handed down from generations at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf and rumored to have been played by Joseph Beuys, the father of social action as art, during his tenure as professor there in the 1960s.

Chalet Dallas follows a similar structure to its Hollywood predecessor. On certain evenings, it operates akin to a salon, where a wide range of guests and performers meet to experience whatever entertainment Golia has arranged for the evening. In addition, the Chalet will be accessible during the daytime as a place for museum visitors to gather, view the works of art, and experience the environment. On select Saturdays, public tours will highlight certain aspects of the evening gatherings, providing a sense of Chalet Dallas as not only a physical structure but also a space for myth-making and social engagement.


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