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Photo Essay: Jennifer Rubell’s Made in Texas at the Dallas Contemporary

This mountain of freshly made chips was placed not only to look interesting, but for benefit-goers to snack on. Taking the first chip from the may have felt strange, but breaking boundaries is a major part of Legendary Presents. In addition to the aesthetic appeal, artist Jennifer Rubell says she hopes they taste good too, adding with a laugh that “if it doesn’t taste good, it’s all for naught.” (Photo by Desirée Espada)

Last night, intern Jessica Melton and photographer Desirée Espada attended the LEGENDARY event at Dallas Contemporary that featured Jennifer Rubell’s Made In Texas multifaceted art installations. Seven platforms displayed the human labor that is most often hidden inside the kitchens, factories, and warehouses of Texan businesses. Each platform was a living scene taken directly from a factory, workshop, or enterprise in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It was a gorgeous night.

See it for yourself below.

One long table was placed along the far wall of the gallery for people to sit, eat, and enjoy the show. (Photo by Desirée Espada)

Left: Aaron Parazette ( his show is opening next week at the Dallas Contemporary) and Frank Francis. Right: Fashion blogger Gregg Asher and his friend David Martin. (Photo by Desirée Espada)

Left: Flowers were prepped and cut for table displays during a live performance by Marion Marshall of Absolutely Blooming. People who chose to visit the station had the option of getting a single, yellow rose or a display to take with them to the table. Right: Local beer Saint Arnold was kept on ice in these barrels for people at the exhibit to drink. Beer bottle openers hung on the wall next to the beers so anyone who wanted one could walk over, pop the top, and enjoy both the beer as well as being included in the art exhibit themselves. (Photos by Desirée Espada)

Left: Tamales were made on site as part of the piece. State-fair salsa winner Moises Silguero and his family made the meal in a kitchen designed to look like his mother’s. Right: One of the workers at the station making the salsa from Moises Silguero’s recipe pours from a large vat into a pitcher to more easily fill jars for the guests. (Photos by Desirée Espada)

Left: Contemporary artist Jennifer Rubell stands with Moises Silguero, winner of the Texas state fair’s best salsa in front of the mountain of chips. Right: Anthony and Nicole Aramoonie with friends Loc Truong and Nini Nguyen. (Photos by Desirée Espada)
Elm Street’s own Mozzarella Company produced freshly made mozzarella at the exhibit by. This station was placed in the middle of the gallery so event-goers could watch the way the cheese was made and sample a piece as soon as it was ready.(Photo by Desirée Espada)