March 23, 2017

Curtain Drop

Daniel Arsham’s sculpture makes its big premiere

In celebration of the sixth annual MTV RE:DEFINE fundraiser (March 24 at Dallas Contemporary), Headington Companies hosted a patron preview last night in the Design District to unveil its newest commission, Moving Figure.

The 18-foot tall piece is renowned artist Daniel Arsham’s first major public solo installation. The monolith portrays a human figure falling backwards, its surreal silhouette extending dramatically toward Oak Lawn Avenue. The opposite, concave side faces a new open-air pavilion designed by Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig. The space, called Center Court, is new to the Design District—a welcome addition to the neighborhood currently experiencing a significant growth spurt. Center Court will soon house three new restaurants. Gastropub Wheelhouse opens this Saturday (more on that to come). Italy-by-way-of-California eatery Sassetta and grab-and-go concept Go Go will soon follow.

The New York-based artist was in attendance for the event, making a brief stop in Dallas before heading to his current exhibition, Hourglass, at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Speaking to crowd, he highlighted the importance of projects like Moving Figure. “Putting art in a public space is a great thing. It’s kind of amazing that the guys who are developing this see the value both to the public as well as art being able to define a place.”

Arsham’s work has been shown at PS1 in New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami; the Athens Bienniale; the New Museum in New York; Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California; and Carré d’Art de Nîmes, France. Now you can add Dallas to the list.

The Details: Wheelhouse opens March 25 at 1617 Hi Line Drive. To see where Daniel is off to next, follow him on Instagram @danielarsham.