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Announcing the AURORA Biennial 2020–21 Program!

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On the heels of our AURORA Expanded event ‘Area 3,’ we are thrilled to announce the curatorial program and details for our fifth biennial, titled ‘Afterwards was already before.’ Led by Brooklyn-based curator Noam Segal along with Dallas-based associate curators Trey Burns and Tamara Johnson, AURORA’s free and public 2020–21 Biennial event will unfold over the next year in a new decentralized format, kicking off with a project by Marina Rosenfeld and continuing in physical and digital formats throughout 2021.

Join us on October 28 from 1–2 pm CDT for a kick-off conversation online with presentations from Segal, Johnson, Burns, AURORA Executive Director and Co-founder Joshua King and artists Jan Tichy, Tichy’s local collaborators and Jess Garland. During the digital event, they will offer insights into the AURORA Biennial 2020–21 theme, its decentralized program and more. You can register to tune-in here.

Then, mark your calendars for November 6, the official launch day of ‘Afterwards was already before,’ which will begin with the world premiere of Ssalute, a new site-specific sound installation and performance, November 6–8, 10–15, 2020, occupying a section of Headington Companies’ parking garage at the corner of their Ross Avenue and Field Street development site. The piece will inhabit the upper levels of the parking structure in downtown Dallas and visitors will enter into a drive-through sound and performance installation featuring a single trumpet player, whose performance will be amplified and augmented throughout the space. At a time when public group gatherings are discouraged, Ssalute recreates the nostalgic feeling of being in a public square to viewers who will experience the work from the safety of their own vehicles.


Marina Rosenfeld: Ssalute, 2020, billboard, 5×20 ft, courtesty of artist

Prior to the physical opening of Ssalute, we will also host an online artist talk on November 6thwith Rosenfeld and Segal. The pair will speak about Ssalute as well as Rosenfeld’s artistic practice, which explores acoustic architectures and experimental forms of participation and sociality through sound installations and performances. Stay tuned for the time and registration information.

We look forward to welcoming you physically and digitally to ‘Afterwards was already before’!



AURORA Biennial Opening Presentation (Online): 
Date: October 28, 20201-2pm CDT 
Our opening online program will feature presentations from AURORA Executive Director and Co-founder Joshua King, 2020-21 Biennial Curator Noam Segal and Associate Curators Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns, artist Jan Tichy, Tichy’s local collaborators and artist Jess Garland. 
Register to join the online event.

Artist Talk with Marina Rosenfeld (Online): 
Date: November 6, 2020; time TBC 
Join us for an online conversation with Brooklyn-based composer and artist Marina Rosenfeld, Noam Segal and Seth Knopp discussing Rosenfeld’s sound installation and performance Ssalute, which will launch the AURORA Biennial 2020-21 program. Rosenfeld’s works explore acoustic architectures and experimental forms of participation and sociality through sound installations and performances. Registration information to follow on

Marina Rosenfeld: Ssalute 
Sound installation and performance 
Dates: November 6–8 and 10–15, 2020 
Open Hours: 7–10pm daily 
Location: Laz Parking Garage, 1200 Ross Ave, Dallas 75202 (entrance on San Jacinto Street) 
Performers: Freddie Jones and Raquel Samayoa 
As part of the 2020–21 AURORA Biennial, we are proud to present the world premiere of a newly commissioned site-specific installation and performance by Marina Rosenfeld titled Ssalute, which will inhabit the upper levels of a parking structure in downtown Dallas from November 6-15. 
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AURORA is a public art and cultural mission to expand the future of art through a dialogue that engages the creative possibilities within ourselves and each other.

Made possible by the generous support from: TurningPoint Foundation, YPO Gold Maverick Dallas, Visit Dallas, Hartland & Mackie Family Foundation, Downtown Dallas Inc., M.O.B. Foundation, Preciate, Paperlyte, Headington Companies LLC, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, Ruibal’s and InLight Gobos.

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AURORA would like to thank the following individuals for their continued support: _ 
Lydia and Bill Addy, Beth and Peter Beck, Nancy and Randy Best, Barbara and Mason Brown, Christie and Trey Brown, Molly Byrne, Lucilo Pena and Lee Cobb, Emily and David Corrigan, Catherine Corrigan, David B. Deniger, Claire Dewar, Bill and Rusty Duvall, Lahav Halevy, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Cinda and Thomas Hicks, Mary Jalonick, Nancy and Mike Kerr, Carol and John Levy, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Vicki and Brian Miller, Susan and Bill Montgomery, Jay and Ruthie Pack, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Cynthia and Charley Redden, Stacey and Gerald Ridgeley, Deedie Rose, Catherine and Will Rose, Stephanie and Mark Ruibal, and Nicole and Justin Small, Robie and Fallon Vaughn._


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