Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Reframe your perspective with this Groupon.
$25 for One-Year True Blue Membership to The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (Up to $50 Value)
- Eligibility to submit a piece in the annual Membership Exhibition
- Subscription to the MAC newsletter
- Exhibit invitations by mail
- Discounts at MAC and Kitchen Dog Theater events<p>
Running from August 4 to September 1, this year’s Membership Exhibition is entitled Trans- and focuses on one of the English language’s most common and most versatile prefixes. Members with an inclination for visual, literary, or performance art can take up the open-ended challenge and produce a piece on topics from transformation to transgression to the Transylvanian mass-transit system. All artists should enter their work on July 27, 28, or 31 and will be invited to the reception on Saturday, August 4, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The gallery is currently exhibiting home-less-bound, a visually striking think piece that calls attention to our country’s invisible citizens, created by Robert Mateo Diago in collaboration with Willie Baronet and Cristella Medrano. In Vernacular, Diago shows a different view of hubcaps, painting the valuable metal in bright colors and adorning it with slang terms for money. Baronet’s work Signs recontextualizes cardboard signs purchased from people living in poverty. Todd Camplin of Modern Dallas gave the exhibit a rave review, and a portion of sales from the show will benefit SAFE in its mission to enrich the lives of current and former foster children.<p>
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC to its friends) opened its vibrant purple doors in 1994 to fill a local void in venues for new and emerging visual artists. Committed to facilitating arts in the community since its inception, the nonprofit welcomes one and all to view the exhibits, lectures, and readings with only a small suggested donation. The gallery space also encourages homegrown talent in the annual Membership Exhibition, which invites patrons to tap their inner artist or simply take the oven mitt off their Van Gogh–possessed hand. Exhibits from professional artists rotate on a monthly basis and, not including member exhibitions, the gallery has displayed more than 275 individuals in its 18-year history. For evenings lit by the spotlight, the organization's resident troupe of players, Kitchen Dog Theater, puts on roughly five shows per season, touching on classic plays and new, contest-winning scripts.