Event info

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm



Pollock Gallery Exhibit: “Wide Open” - Opening reception

Since the late 1800s, Dallas has imagined itself as the center of economic trade, equidistant to major ports and hubs throughout the United States. The Port of Dallas, a vision for an inland port stretching from Dallas to Houston via the Trinity River, was a topic of conversation for over 125 years. The massive engineering feat of rerouting the river around Dallas’ city center was embraced by Dallas visionaries regardless of its environmental effects on the community and ecosystem. Eventually, the creation of the port failed upon the approval of DFW Airport, diverting investment toward a new vision for trade through the skies. With the Port of Dallas’ failure came the scarring of a landscape, with capital divested and reinvested into new infrastructures. Wide Open explores the historic precedents and free market visions established in past centuries that have helped form today’s landscape in Dallas. The exhibit is a multimedia installation with completed video works from local, Texas and international artists in conversation with historical documents from SMU archives about the Port of Dallas. The exhibit is co-curated by Pollock Gallery Curator Sofia Bastidas and artist Guillermo Leon Gomez as part of the ongoing research of Port to Port, a curatorial initiative interested in the economic and political networks created by the trade industry and their effects on the built environment in global container port cities.
Hours: Tues. - Fri.: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
Sat.: 1 - 5 p.m.
Sun. & Mon.: Closed


For more information email abastidas@smu.edu or call 214.768.4439.