press release

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) presents the first major exhibition in the Museum’s history dedicated to artists’ film and video. Truth: 24 frames per second brings together 24 visionaries and over six decades of work. Inspired by the DMA’s pioneering interests in this area, the exhibition takes its title and focus from French film director Jean-Luc Godard’s well-known statement, “cinema shows truth at the rate of 24 frames per second.”

The artists included in the show draw our attention to marginalized or excluded societal positions, and challenge the powers that may be keeping them hidden or silenced. They are not suggesting that filmic representations are unequivocally true, but that they can frame reality and therefore effectively participate in a meaningful construction of it. The exhibition is designed around three filmic techniques—appropriation, documentary, and montage—that have been selected to confront the viewer with actual pieces of reality within a particular frame. These approaches have been chosen to create rich combinations, not as the neutral picturing of reality but as a way of coming to terms with it.

Participating artists include Ant Farm, Dara Birnbaum, Mark Bradford, James Coleman, Phil Collins, Bruce Conner, Willie Doherty, Omer Fast, Morgan Fisher, Coco Fusco & Paula Heredia, Tatiana Gaviola, John Gerrard, Catherine Gund & Zoe Leonard, Arthur Jafa, Steve McQueen, Shirin Neshat, Pratibha Parmar, Ben Rivers, Rachel Rose, Anri Sala, Chick Strand, Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Anne Tallentire, and Rosemarie Trockel.

On view through January 28, 2018, the exhibition is curated by the DMA’s Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art Gavin Delahunty with The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art Anna Katherine Brodbeck.