[Originally Published in Arts and Culture Magazine]
Goss-Michael Puts Dallas in the Spotlight by Hosting “MTV RE: DEFINE”
Dallas is synonymous with many things. “Edgy” is not one of them. However, in 2007, when Kenny Goss and pop-star George Michael brought some of the most lauded — and hotly debated — international artwork to the city, its cool factor was ratcheted up. At this point, most people with a pulse realize that the Goss-Michael Foundation is single-handedly doing more to re-brand Dallas than any other institution in town. They’ve imported work from internationally known artists to a place that would otherwise be relegated to images of Dealey Plaza, flashy cars, hyper-inflated cleavage and restaurants with nice décor. Consequently, it’s safe to say that the work of Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Jim Lambie and a host of other Young British Artists (YBAs) make GMF a refreshing outpost of cutting-edge art. In fact, Big D might finally be achieving the “world-class” status it’s long been fond of claiming.
With typical flair, GMF is hosting an exhibition to be held from September 16-24 that will culminate in an auction scheduled for 7 pm on the evening of the 24th. The show will feature original works by some of the world’s most widely known artists, including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, as well as photographers and sculptors. The event is being held to mark 30 years since the AIDS virus was discovered and the proceeds from the auction will support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in its work towards preventing the spread of HIV in both local communities and around the world.
For “RE:DEFINE” all of the participating artists were asked to incorporate the concept of “defining or redefining in ways that relate to themselves, other individual or subjects or simply as an idea.” The theme evolved as an extension of the work of Staying Alive Foundation grantees that make a positive difference in their homes and communities and around the globe. The project is a joint effort on the part of Future Tense (the organization curating the show), MTV and, of course, the Goss-Michael Foundation. Sponsors include Neiman Marcus, The Dallas Morning News and Moët & Chandon. Whether you consider GMF über-Chic Theatre or the best the art world has to offer, it never disappoints. This event is sure to be no exception.