Your Guide to a Busy, Awesome, Sweaty, Weird Weekend of Art in Dallas

It's the classiest dumpster you'll ever dive in.
Dumpster pools. Performance art. Local designers. Gallery openings.

This weekend we celebrate local artists. The people who don't fly off to summer homes and instead stay put, baking in Dallas' concrete heat with the grackles. They're performing at the DMA, selling their goods at the Dallas Contemporary and covering the walls of our galleries. And the best part? As your reward for staying put too, all of this is free.

Here's a guide to the weekend's best art events.

Thursday 8/8
Performance Art Double-Dose -- An interesting element of DallasSites: Available Space, the all-local DMA exhibition, is the amount of room being given both directly and indirectly to performance art, a medium that's been back on the regional upswing in the last two years.

Slurp up two body shots of it Thursday as Apophenia Underground (the collective behind the Deep Ellum Windows project) intersects with PerformanceSW for a panel discussion featuring Rachel Cook, Anthony Thompson Shumate, and Jesse Morgan Barnett, moderated by Darryl Lauster. You'll get a few performances in there too, a highlight being when the AO updates from their just-wrapped, six week road trip: a cross-country gig documented on Tumblr that turned each day into a piece of performance-based art. See this from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Elsewhere in the DMA: Interestingly enough, that direct conversation about the medium is counterbalanced with HOMECOMING! Committee's ongoing showroom, which is itself an evolving blend of 2-D, installation and performance. Set off further, and also booked from 7 to 8:30 p.m., is a performance hosted in that space titled I hate it when a book smells bad by local body mover/shaker, Danielle Georgiou. There you'll find a double-scoop of theory, blending Antonin Artaud's ideas that "cruelty leads to a believable reality" and Trisha Brown's concepts of avant-garde performance. It's all free at the DMA (1717 N. Harwood St.).

Put a ring on it, with f. is for Frank
Saturday 10/10
Be a Dumpster Diver -- Leave it to the Dallas Contemporary to make a resort-worthy dumpster pool. While other dumpster pools have been just that, the one DC's putting up from noon to 8 p.m. has a wrap-around deck, a swim-up bar and a mural by Sour Grapes painted along its exterior. Oh, and it's FREE.

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