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New Interactive Art Wonderland to Hit Dallas, Bringing Art and Entertainment Stars

Gilley's Southside Ballroom to be Transformed by 29Rooms

BY // 07.23.19
photography Getty for Refinery 29

The immersive art installations just keep on coming and with that, the stakes for what catches audience’s attention are getting higher.

This August 9 through 18, 29Rooms: Expand Your Reality, will stop in Texas for the first time ever. The exhibit comes from Refinery 29, a website with content geared for young women. For 10 days, 29Rooms will take over Gilley’s Southside Ballroom.

With about 29,000 square feet of room, the second stop on the five city tour will showcase local and national, established and emerging creators. Collaborators range from art and entertainment to politics and style.

29Rooms will also hit Chicago, Atlanta, Toronto and Washington D.C. — with plans to add Los Angeles and New York on the horizon.

In Dallas, local artists include Dan Lam and UNT professor Alicia Eggert. Lam is contributing to The Art Park, which invites a local artist from each 29Rooms tour stop to “transform a geometric playground into a canvas for creativity.” She specializes in blobs, squishes and drip sculptures. You’ve just got to see it. Her work is currently on display at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Eggert created The Traveling Billboard for the 29Rooms installation. New to the tour, this is a full-scale billboard mural by locally-based artists, again showcasing one from each artist in each city. Focusing on the relationship between language, image and time, Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work has been exhibited throughout the world, including CAFA Art Museum in Beijing and the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.

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Other collaborators featured from around the country include Yvette Mayorga, NNEKKAA, hanski, Trap Bob, Kali Uchis, Carlota Guerrero, Uzumaki Cepeda, The Hoodwitch and the ACLU.

Tickets are available now starting at $34.

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