Seventeen Hundred Seeds field at peak, May 2012, Dallas, Texas.
Cynthia Mulcahy is a Dallas-based conceptual artist and independent curator whose large-scale intermedia works and ephemeral environments create immersive experiences
that re-interpret cultural traditions while often addressing socio-political issues. Be it a community square dance or farming as street theater, her participatory public artworks 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.
Recent Projects and Exhibitions by Cynthia Mulcahy
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
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 land work and social sculpture, a collaboration between
Robert Hamilton and Cynthia Mulcahy, located 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
All images and content copyright Cynthia Mulcahy.