The Dallas Cowboys have discovered it...
|Ricci Albenda Interior Landscape, Full Spectrum (2009)|
|Olifur Eliasson, Fat Super Star (2008-09)|
spend some time with Charlotte Jones Anderson, Vice President of the Dallas Cowboys Football Organization. We met on a Thursday morning and I have to say it was a very memorable experience. Arriving at the stadium a little early, I looked up at the facade of the structure in awe for just a second or two. It is a little intimidating. The stadium covers 73 acres, over three million square feet and has the largest dome top ever built by mankind. I think respect is the correct word for what I was feeling. I was met at the "A" entrance by Phil Whitfield, a valued member of the Cowboys Stadium staff and all around nice guy. After our introduction, Phil and I began the journey of taking in all of the incredible comissioned art that had been created especially for this venue.
|Doug Aitken, New Horizon (2009)|
The sheer size of the installations that populate the collection is worth noting. 30- and 40- foot walls leave room for a lot of art! We moved from piece to piece and I took the images I would use in my article. Each piece was more astounding than the last as to the range of colors, textures, and size. Some pieces were so spectacular that I was carried away. I do not exaggerate.
In addition, anyone who has been to the stadium knows that it is, in itself, a work of art. It is imposing and inspiring at the same time.
|Mel Bochner, Win! 2009|
|Franz Ackermann, Coming Home and (meet me) At the Waterfall|
|Gary Simmons, Blue Field Explosions (2009)|
With characteristic graciousness, she talked me through the planning stage for the art selection and I could tell from my tour that the planning stage itself had been a giant undertaking.
|Mathew Ritchie, Line of Play(2009)|
The council included art world luminaries such as Michael Auping, Chief Curator for the Museum of Modern Art in Ft. Worth and Charles Wylie, the Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art for the Dallas Museum of Modern Art. The council also included contemporary collectors of note. Among these were Howard Rachofsky, Gayle Stoffel and Melissa Meeks, Director of Two x Two for AIDS and Art. The council was then directed by Mary Zlot & Associates out of San Francisco. This art council eventually chose each artist by group decision. They went through slides from all of the artists who had been selected for review. Then when we had a unanimous vote for that artist, they were the choice. "Charlie and Michael, they just got it. They realized it was a great idea." Charlotte intoned. The council understood that some people may not have the opportunity to visit museums regularly, so to bring the art in the Cowboys Stadium to the fans themselves was the goal. "And the truth is, more people have the ability to enjoy our art by benefit of sheer location"! Charlotte said.
We also talked about Charlotte and Gene's charity work.
As many know, The Salvation Army is the charity organization which demands most of the Jones family's attention.
|The Owners Club|
We went on to talk about her time as the head of the universally-popular Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
|Charlotte Jones Anderson Vice President |
Dallas Cowboys Football Organization
And, beyond all of this, isn't it just fun to be a Cowboys fan?
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Article by Cearan Henley
Allan Knight ~live beautifully
Select photography including images of art and Charlotte Jones Anderson provided by The Dallas Cowboys Football Organization.
Other photography by Cearan Henley