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                                Seventeen Hundred Seeds field at peak, May 2012, Dallas, Texas.

                               Cynthia Mulcahy is a Dallas-based conceptual artist and independent curator whose intermedia works range from large-scale

                                      public interventions to small quiet gestures. Be it a community square dance, farming as street theater or an evening of

                                      musical performances to recognize a public city park's forgotten history, her participatory public artworks place emphasis on

                                      the history of place and traditions while often 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 A Field Guide to Flora and Fauna of Southern Dallas (Dallas, 2017); 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

                                      collaboration with Robert Hamilton in a vacant city block (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. Mulcahy's work is represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas,




                                          Recent Projects and Exhibitions by Cynthia Mulcahy

                                           Fall 2017

                                     Cynthia Mulcahy's work is now represented by Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas.
                                     Works on paper from War Garden, Mulcahy's recent body of work that examines
                                     the United States war machine, will be included in THIS IS NOW, a group exhibition
                                     of gallery artists kicking off the fall season that opens Saturday, August 26th and
                                     closes October 7th. For more info, please follow this link to the gallery website:







                                 Top: fly-poster field guide publication. Second row: Roseate Spoonbill / Platalea ajaja  (after J.J.), watercolor and  pencil on Arches

                                 paper, 2017 and Egg of the Sharp-shinned Hawk / Accipiter striatis, watercolor and pencil on Arches paper, 2017, courtesy of the

                                 artist Cynthia Mulcahy and Talley Dunn Gallery. Third and fourth rows: a brass band plays under Oak Cliff's historic Moore Park's

                                 enormous pecan trees during an afternoon baseball game, circa 1940s, gelatin silver photographs courtesy of the Dallas Municipal

                                 Archives. Bottom left: Osprey / Pandion haliaetus, watercolor and pencil on Arches paper, 2017, courtesy of the artist Cynthia Mulcahy

                                 and Talley Dunn Gallery. Bottom right: Otis Dozier sketchbook pencil drawing of a sunflower, 1974, courtesy of the Dallas Museum of

                                 Art (gift of the Dozier Foundation, 1989) and Dennis Davis Washburn, William Miegel and Elizabeth Miegel.



                        A Field Guide to Flora and Fauna of Southern Dallas is a public art project by Cynthia Mulcahy
                        in the form of a free fly-poster field guide of southern Dallas flora and fauna with hand-painted
                        illustrations, heavy on the history of place. Locations include the Trinity River; the Great Trinity
                        Forest; Joppa Preserve; Little Lemmon Lake; Moore Park, one of Dallas' most historic black parks;
                        the Santa Fe Trestle and Skyline hike and bike nature trails; the Upper and Lower Chain of Wetlands
                        and the Japanese Garden in Kidd Springs Park, Dallas' only public Japanese garden. The fly-poster
                        field guide is now available for free in the fall season months of September, October and November
                        of 2017 (or until the guide runs out) only in southern Dallas at the following Dallas Public Library
                        branches, Dallas Park Department rec centers and City of Dallas cultural centers:

                                Thurgood Marshall Park Recreation Center                   Polk-Wisdom Branch Library
                                          J. C. Phelps Park Recreation Center                            Highland Hills Branch Library
                                          Cummings Park Recreation Center                              Paul Laurence Dunbar Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library
                                          Singing Hills Park Recreation Center                            Hampton-Illinois Branch Library
                                          Anita Martinez Park Recreation Center                         North Oak Cliff Branch Library
                                          Mattie Nash-Mrtyle Davis Park Recreation Center          West Dallas Branch Library
                                          Exline Park Recreation Center                                     Oak Cliff Cultural Center
                                          Eloise Lundy Park Recreation Center                       
                                          Kiest Park Recreation Center
                                          Beckley Saner Park Recreation Center
                                          Kidd Springs Park Recreation Center

                           A Field Guide to Flora and Fauna of Southern Dallas is supported by a 2017 public art grant from
                      the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Additional support
                      provided by Judy Vetter.




              Exhibition views at Gasser Grunert

                            Engines of War

                                                                  An exhibition examining the United States wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

                                curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy

                                                           Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc.

                                                           524 W. 19th St., Chelsea, NYC

                                                                March 28 - May 4, 2013  Reception: Thursday, March 28


                                    Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

                                    Heather Ainsworth

                                    Lisa Barnard

                                    David Cotterrell

                                    Benjamin Lowy

                                    Christopher Morris

                                    Eugene Richards

                                    Jamel Shabazz

                                    Anthony Suau

                                    Teun Voeten


                                    The United States Army-designed war video game America's Army

                                      and digital comics for iPad and Android tablets


                                        For more info and press reviews: Engines of War Exhibition




         Seventeen Hundred Seeds


   March 15 - June 30, 2012

                  A temporary site-specific public artwork, a collaboration between Robert Hamilton and Cynthia Mulcahy, in an empty 1.6

                  acre city block in the middle of the city of Dallas.




  *For more info: Seventeen Hundred Seeds




                  XXI: Conflicts in a New Century          

                                           Curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy


                                Lisa Barnard  Head Gear. Used by a soldier receiving treatment for PTSD. 2008



                                       Oak Cliff Cultural Center

                                        April 15 - June 15, 2011

                                                   The City of Dallas' newest cultural space located at 223 W. Jefferson Blvd., Dallas, TX, 75208  214 670 3777


                         The exhibition XXI: Conflicts in a New Century, co-curated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Cynthia Mulcahy, examines conflicts in the first decade of

                         the 21st century including wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, the Congo, and Ivory Coast through photographs by many of the most notable artists,

                         documentary photographers and photojournalists working today including American photographers Stephanie Sinclair, James Nachtwey, Christopher

                         Anderson, Jamel Shabazz, Eugene Richards, Christopher Morris, Lori Grinker, Alex Majoli, Rania Matar and Oak Cliff-based independent photographers

                         Kael Alford and Thorne Anderson; British photographers Lisa Barnard, Tim Hetherington and Gary Knight; Dutch photographer Teun Voeten, Middle

                         East photojournalist Natan Dvir; and African photographers Akintunde Akinleye (Nigeria), Guy Tillim (South Africa) and Fatagoma Silue (Ivory Coast).

                         On May 11 we will also be hosting a free screening of Restrepo at the newly-restored Texas Theatre, located directly next door to the Oak Cliff Cultural

                         Center. Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Restrepo

                         won the Grand Jury Prize for best documentary at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar. Filmmaker Tim Hetherington will

                         be in attendance and his portraits of soldiers stationed at Restrepo are also included in XXI: Conflicts in a New Century.

                          Nota Bene: A screening of the documentary film Restrepo was hosted in conjunction with the exhibition in honor of Tim Hetherington and his extraordinary

                                              work as a filmmaker, photographer and humanitarian. Tim was originally scheduled to give a talk as part of our programming after the screening

                                              of his film on May 11, 2011; he was killed covering the war in Libya, two weeks before his talk in Dallas.



             Square Dance: A Community Project


             Square Dance: A Community Project, curated by Leila Grothe and Cynthia Mulcahy, proposed social

             engagement as art in the form of an outdoor seasonal community dance at the Trinity River Audubon

             Center in Dallas on Saturday, November 12, 2011. This project was a collaborative initiative that insisted

             on fellowship in our community and is consonant with the belief  that art resides in every day life as

             social, cultural practice. Square Dance was generously funded in part by an Idea  Fund Grant from

             The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts which supports new, risk-taking forms that help

             to define new practices in contemporary art.   For more info: Square Dance



             The Andy Warhol Foundation for The Visual Arts Idea Fund

                             The Idea Fund provides cash awards to projects by individual artists, curators, performers, collectives or collaboratives that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual,

                             entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support. The grant awarded to the co-curators in 2011 is one of ten

                             awarded in Texas by the Andy Warhol Foundation in partnership with Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks, Artspace, and Project Row Houses.                                                                   





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