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Get excited about Aurora Dallas this fall

I’m pretty bummed that this year’s Aurora in Dallas opens just as the Logan Hicks/Beau Stanton show I’m co-curating with Natalie Kates in New York opens…it looks pretty amazing and is programmed by the incredible Monica Salazar, who genuinely heads up Berlin Art Link.


Dallas, TX – In it’s fourth edition, Aurora proudly announces a newly expanded exhibition format for their 68-acres experiential public art exhibition, presented across the Dallas Arts District and Klyde Warren Park this October 16, 2015. This year’s edition will present a fresh lineup of contemporary artists and, for the first time, the inclusion of four Guest Curators hailing from Dallas, New York and Berlin to join co-founders Shane Pennington and Joshua King in the curatorial process. Each of the curators have been assigned a designated section to curate under the common All Together Now theme and will choose work from a proportional representation of local and international artists who will be selected independently and through an Open Call.


Aurora 2013

The 2015 Guest Curators are: 

  • Carson Chan (Independent Curator, Writer and Editor-at-Large of 032c magazine, Berlin)
  • Tim Goossens  (Adjunct Curator at Clocktower; Director at envoy enterprises; Adjunct Faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York City)
  • Julia Kaganskiy  (Director of New Inc. at the New Museum, New York City)
  • Aja Martin (Director of Zhulong Gallery, Dallas)

Each curator brings a wealth of knowledge and specialized experience in institution-level public art and international exhibitions, as well as working with a spectrum of emerging to established contemporary artists. In addition, the talented students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will again curate and exhibit their own featured section within the scope of the expansive public art exhibition.

This year’s theme, All Together Now, refers to the concept of synesthesia: a term describing the joining together of senses. The participating artists will use unexpected materials and technologies to create transformative reactions that play on the imperceptible borders between the five basic senses. The theme also hints at Aurora’s new integration of local and international guest curators into their planning team, as well as the event’s new partnership with nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, and the coming together of the local and international community for the enjoyment of public art.

“Partnering with the AT&T Performing Arts Center and having this incredibly talented group of Guest Curators join us this year allows our creative team to focus even more on the quality of the art being presented; which we know is already setting Aurora apart as a must-experience, full-sensory event,” said Aurora co-founder Pennington.


AV installation by Simon Longo


The Guest Curators radiate a mixture of professional experience and fresh perspectives, and are attuned to the latest trends in contemporary art worldwide. Their collective experience spans from curating at the renowned MoMA PS1 in New York City and PROGRAM non-commercial art and architecture space in Berlin to ground-breaking city-wide biennales and art projects in Delhi, India and Marrakesh, Morrocco.

Participating institutions and venues to date include:
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Booker T. Washington High School FPVA
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Dallas City Performance Hall
Dallas Museum of Art
Dee and Charles Wyly Theater
Flora Lofts
Klyde Warren Park
Meyerson Symphony Center
Nasher Sculpture Center
One Arts Plaza
St. Paul United Methodist Church
Virgin of Guadalupe Cathedral

For one night, 19 city blocks in downtown Dallas will be transformed into an open-air urban playground of new media art: light, video, sound, and performance. Visitors will experience their everyday urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art.

“This is about using contemporary art to turn our everyday impression about our city on its head,” said Aurora co-founder King. “The Arts District is a canvas, and we’re using light and sound to transform it for a night in a way you’ll never forget.”

Aurora will again be free to the public, but this year will include exclusive VIP experiences for purchase, donors and corporate sponsors, allowing them access to hospitality tents stationed around the district. There will also be a ticketed, late-night afterparty until 2 a.m. For more information or for signing up for ongoing updates, visit

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