AURORA presents an immersive, drive-thru exhibition titled Area 3 as part of its 2020 AURORA Expanded program. The exhibition has transformed over 100,000 square feet of a parking garage in downtown Dallas into an exhibition showcasing large-scale light, video, and sound installations, as well as performances, by sixteen regional artists. Area 3 is viewable from the safety of attendees’ own cars.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dallas’s parking garages and art and culture industry have seen their business cut by over $68 million—with the artists themselves having been among the hardest hit with a tremendous amount of work opportunities lost. Area 3 proudly functions on a shared profit model in an experiment to support local artists and vendors whose income has been affected in the wake of COVID-19. Through this exhibition, as well as our newly initiated AURORA Artist Relief Fund, we are thrilled to be able to support the incredible artists and vendors, with whom AURORA has worked for the last 10 years.
AURORA’s auxiliary program, AURORA Expanded, is a citywide program focused on spotlighting and supporting North Texas artists through a year-round series of site-specific installations, special events and social gatherings. Previous Expanded program events have included educational programs as well as exhibitions and performances held in parallel to the Biennial exhibition to activate additional art spaces throughout Dallas.
In parallel with AURORA Expanded’s Area 3 exhibition, AURORA is also proud to present the 5th edition of our AURORA Biennial exhibition titled Afterwards was already before. The program will launch with the official AURORA Biennial Opening Presentation (online) on October 28, followed by the opening of Marina Rosenfeld’s Ssalute sound installation and performance on November 6. The program will continue to unfold with artist-created live and online activations through 2021. Visit dallasaurora.com for all biennial event information and registration details.
We look forward to welcoming you for to our current and future AURORA programming!
AURORA is a Dallas-based public arts organization working at the intersection of art, technology and community that presents works by the most visionary artists of our time. Through the AURORA Biennial exhibition, AURORA Expanded program and AURORA Artist Relief Fund, the organization engages with both regional and international audiences alike.
In 2010, artists Shane Pennington and Joshua King, along with veteran Dallas arts supporter Veletta Forsythe Lill, founded AURORA. The inaugural exhibition was a one night artist-initiated public art event featuring light, video and sound artworks; now, AURORA exists as a multifaceted platform.
October 1st, 2020– January 1st 2021
Hours of Operation:
November: Sunday and Monday (Currently) 6pm-11pm. Tuesday thru Saturday (Currently) 6pm-1am
December: Sunday and Monday (Currently) 6pm-11pm. Tuesday thru Saturday (Currently) 6pm-1am
DalPark Parking Garage – Across from Neiman Marcus in Downtown Dallas
1600 Commerce Street Dallas, Texas 75201.
Exhibition takes place on the visitor side of the garage areas 3-5.
Ticket Pricing and Details:
Tickets are $30 per car before arrival.
All ticket purchasing happens on-line through website
Some add-ons may be included throughout the run of the exhibition at an additional cost.
All tickets are sold in hour blocks to maintain traffic flow and safety.
What it is:
Area 3, transforms over 100,000 square feet of a parking garage in downtown Dallas. Area 3 will function on a shared profit model in an experiment to support local artists and vendors whose income has been affected in the wake of COVID-19. Featuring works by sixteen regional artists, the exhibition will include large-scale light, video, and sound installations as well as performances which will be viewable from the safety of attendees’ own cars.
It is important to arrive during your hour window. Staff will be there to assist you through the garage to the appropriate level.
– Please be aware that you will be driving your motorized vehicle through the exhibition with your lights off and the only thing lighting your path is the artwork.
– In case you are sensitive to light please be aware that there is a lot of different forms of lighting used in this exhibition. (There is no strobe lighting)
– There are many works involving sound in the exhibition and please be prepared for different levels of decibels.
– There is a possibility for smoke/haze while traveling through a few of the artworks.
– Please make sure you have enough gasoline in your motorized vehicle to get from the lobby, exhibit and exit safely. Approximate length of entire visit will be about an hour.
– Clearance is 7′ in the garage. Please ensure you’re able to enjoy the exhibit without any damage to your vehicle.
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