Art, Urbanism, and Power in America's Western Sun Belt
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El Paso/Juarez. Photo: LandSat

New Cities, Future Ruins is a four-year curatorial initiative inviting artists, designers, and thinkers to re-imagine the extreme urbanism of America’s Western Sun Belt. Fast-growing symbols of opportunity and entrepreneurialism, the region's cities are sprawling agglomerations in delicate ecosystems, marked by resource overuse, dramatic demographic change, and political struggle that particularize and illuminate global crises of rapid urbanization. Suburban in texture, they are 21st-century spaces that resist creative traditions inherited from the industrial city.

New Cities, Future Ruins launches with a convening November 11-14 in Dallas, TX. A hybrid conference and festival open to the public, the convening will feature artists’ projects, tours, and events throughout the city, as well as talks, roundtable discussions, screenings, and workshops.

Looking East Over Unbuilt “Ascaya” Lots, Black Mountain Beyond, Henderson, NV, 2010. Photo: Michael Light

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Friday, November 11

Press preview and community event in the morning and a workshop with Guillermo Gomez Pena in the afternoon.

Saturday, November 12

Public Programs Begin: Gallery talk at SMU, afternoon bus tour and evening public programs in Dallas’ Jubilee Park neighborhood.

Sunday, November 13

Intensive: A morning marathon of mainstage presentations at SMU shift gears into an afternoon of breakout sessions. In the evening, the convening moves off campus and back into the city for a night of performance and other time-based works at The MAC.

Monday, November 14

Reflection: The convening concludes with critical responses and public feedback at the Nasher Sculpture Center. In the afternoon, a closed-door session for New Cities, Future Ruins partners and advisors is used to discuss the residencies and public commissions being planned across the region for 2017 and 2018.

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