Participants/ Cynthia Mulcahy

Dallas-based conceptual artist and independent curator

Cynthia Mulcahy participatory public artworks range from community square dance to farming as street theater, they place emphasis on the history of place and traditions and on notions of beauty and humility while also functioning as temporarily appropriated spaces for social interaction. In like manner, Mulcahy’s interrelated practice of platforming the work of others through organizing/curating exhibitions has focused on pressing contemporary subjects such as modern warfare and American militarism. Recent projects include Performance as Gesture: Songs for a City Park (Japanese Garden, Kidd Springs Park, Dallas, 2015); Engines of War, an exhibition that examined the United States wars in Iraq and Afghanistan co-curated with Charles Dee Mitchell (NYC, 2013); Seventeen Hundred Seeds, a site-specific land work collaboration with Robert Hamilton (Dallas, 2012); and Square Dance: A Community Project, co-curated with Leila Grothe at the Trinity River Audubon Center (Dallas, 2011). Square Dance proposed social engagement as art in the form of an outdoor seasonal community dance and was funded in part by an Idea Fund Grant from 

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Reviews of Mulcahy's work have met critical acclaim appearing in The Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and New York Magazine