“PRELUDE: A PREVIEW OF AURORA 2017” SET FOR TWO NIGHTS IN OCTOBER
Off-Year Event Features Compact Footprint of
AT&T PAC Campus, Meyerson Symphony Center
(Dallas) On the heels of the successful biennial Aurora public art event last year, the nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center, in partnership with the founders of Aurora, today announced that the tradition of a mini-event in the off-year will continue.
Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017 – Powered by Reliant will be held on two nights this year instead of one, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016. Prelude, which remains free to the public, will have a more compact footprint transforming parts of the AT&T Performing Arts Center campus and the Meyerson Symphony Center with light, video and sound-based, immersive arts installations.
“We have narrowed down the curators and artists for Prelude and are really excited about what we’re presenting,” said Shane Pennington, one of the founding artists of Aurora. He and co-founder Joshua King have scheduled eight significant immersive works for 2016. “We want to make sure the experience for visitors is personal, surprising and exciting and allows them to see art in a different way.”
Aurora events in 2011, 2013 and 2015 stretched across the Dallas Arts District. Last year’s attracted a record 50,000 people in a single night. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he’d like to see Aurora expand to an annual, multiple-night event that becomes a major, destination tourist attraction.
“Aurora drew its biggest audience ever in 2015, which was an incredible achievement,” said Center President and CEO Doug Curtis. “We know visitors still want that unique and intimate experience with the art. Spreading the visitors over more nights, and fine tuning the location of the art and signage, should help boost the artistic impact and provide new strategies as we plan for another major Aurora year in 2017.”
Guest curators for Prelude are Justine Ludwig (Dallas), Nadim Samman (Berlin), and Dooeun Choi (New York). Details on the artists and installations will be released at a later date.
Prelude: A Preview of Aurora 2017 is being sponsored by the Center’s official energy provider, Reliant. Prelude’s media partner is The Dallas Morning News. To sign up for updates and to RSVP to this free event visit www.attpac.org/prelude.