Green Family Art Foundation Announces Move from Dallas Design District to Arts District


The Green Family Art Foundation (GFAF), a Dallas-based nonprofit foundation, announced on social media that it has acquired a new permanent space in the city’s downtown arts district.

Although the GFAF only opened its doors physical space in 2021, the foundation was established in 2001. Established as an operating foundation, the GFAF initially focused on grants to museums to support acquisitions and exhibitions. Over the years they have funded The Guggenheim, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the hammer museum. Texas-based museums have acquired works by the following artists with GFAF support:

—Dallas Art Museum: Jenna Gribbon, Lucy Bull and Ebecho Muslimova, and Nina Chanel Abney
—Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art: Jammie Holmes and Danielle Mckinney,
—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Rachel Jones
—Nasher Sculpture Center: Nicolas Party and Simone Leigh
—Blanton Art Museum: Louis Fratino

Nina Chanel Abney, “Whatever It Takes,” 2018, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 84 1/2 x 120 1/8 x 1 1/2 inches, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Green Family Collection.

With the opening of their space, GFAF has expanded its mission to also include exhibiting works by emerging and established artists, and raising awareness among the general public about artists who tackle culturally relevant topics. Currently, GFAF is located in the Dallas Design District, a few blocks west of the Dallas Contemporary.

A detailed rendering of the floor plan for the Green Family Art Foundation's new space in downtown Dallas.

Floor plan of the Green Family Art Foundation’s new space located on Flora Street in downtown Dallas.

The foundation’s newly acquired permanent space in the Dallas Arts District is within walking distance of the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Eric Green, one of the foundation’s trustees, told Glasstire that the new 4,000 square foot space is set to open in June. GFAF is currently in talks with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts to host the institution’s exhibit Joan Semmel: Skin the Game as the inaugural show in the new space. Alongside the Semmel exhibition, the GFAF is planning a simultaneous exhibition of the work of Hannah Lupton Reinhard.

As well as providing more space for larger exhibitions, GFAF Director Bailey Summers told Glasstire that the new venue will also expand the foundation’s opportunities to host artist talks, panel discussions and exhibitions. other events.

Beyond the work of the foundation, the Green family has also spent the past fifteen years building up their own private collection. The family’s eldest son, Adam, who holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, spearheaded this process.

Currently, the collection consists of over four hundred works of art and includes pieces by Texas artists David Bates, Jammie Holmes, Francisco Moreno and Deborah Roberts. Other notable artists in the collection include Amy Sherald, David Hammons, Mark Bradford, Ed Clark, Dana Schutz, Nicole Eisenman, Nicolas Party, Louis Fratino, Doron Langberg and Alice Neel. The collection also has gifted works of art to institutions across the United States.

A painting by Amy Sherald.  A black woman is painted in gray tones, she gazes into the distance at the viewer.  She has shoulder-length, bright red, straight hair with a black flower in it.  She wears a striped "A line" dress and a black leather jacket adorned with a cross pattern made of metal studs.  The figure holds a doll against itself.  The doll has red curly hair and two red bows.  The doll wears a green and red plaid skirt, a black shirt and black and red boots.  The figure is placed on a purple background.

Amy Sherald, “Breaking Free Was One Thing, Owning That Freed Self Was Another,” 2015, oil on canvas, 54 x 43 inches. Image: Green Family Art Foundation

The final exhibition in the current GFAF space, Women of today: dialogues of memory, place and identitywill be visible from February 12 to May 22, 2022.


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