Renowned collectors Cindy & Howard Rachofsky name their must-sees for an art-filled Dallas day
Gone are the days when Dallas was associated merely with a TV show and an assassination. In the last decade, the Texan city has emerged as one of the country's most dynamic art destinations—thanks, in no small part, to former hedge fund manager and philanthropist Howard Rachofsky and his wife, Cindy. Aside from cofounding The Warehouse, an 18,000 square foot gallery showcasing pieces from their private collection of some 1,000 works, the couple is also the driving force behind Two x Two, an annual art auction benefitting the Dallas Art Museum and amfAR. This year’s event, which was held at the Rachofsky’s Richard Meier–designed home, honored the artist Wade Guyton, who, like past honorees including Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel, Peter Doig, and Ed Ruscha, stayed at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Here, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky share a list of some of the art spaces to visit while in town.
The Power Station
3816 Commerce Street
The story: The founder, Alden Pinnell, is an avant-garde collector in his 40s with a different perspective on the art experience. He focuses on more conceptual, site-specific installations by younger artists like Walead Beshty and Oscar Tuazon.
The must-see: Latvian-born, New York–based artist Ella Kruglyanskaya’s new show featuring colorful, cartoon-esque sketches of femininity, on view through December 12, 2014.
The AT&T Stadium
1 AT&T Way, Arlington
The story: Gene Jones, the wife of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, became interested in art and wanted to do something with it at the football stadium. So she convened an advisory committee and commissioned original, large-scale works from contemporary artists like Olafur Eliasson and Lawrence Weiner—none of which are sports-related.
The must-see: So much—from iconic text pieces by Weiner and Doug Aitken to abstract murals by Franz Ackermann and Gary Simmons.
The Goss-Michael Foundation
1405 Turtle Creek Boulevard
The story: The musician George Michael and his partner Kenny Goss are both big collectors, and they opened this space to promote British contemporary art. They’ve had shows by Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Tim Noble & Sue Webster.
Recent hit: British artist Adam Ball’s multidisciplinary investigation of human genetics, biomechanics, and the natural world.
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora Street
The story: This center, which is located next to the Dallas Museum of Art, was founded by Raymond Nasher, who had one the greatest collections of modern sculpture in the world, including masterpieces from Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, and Auguste Rodin.
The must-see: Nasher’s survey of British designer Thomas Heatherwick’s celebrated work, seen here in chairs, sculptures, prototypes, and large-scale models, on view through January 5, 2015. (Side note: Heatherwick was once deemed the “Leonardo da Vinci of our times” by Sir Terence Conran.)