AURORA’s sixth biennial exhibition is set to take place on November 16, 2024 at Dallas City Hall and surrounding areas. Titled FuturePresentPast, it is curated by New York City-based artist and curator Kendal Henry and Austin- and Mexico City-based curator and writer Leslie Moody Castro. Together they work with regional and international artists to realize an expansive exhibition of technology-based public art. 

“AURORA has always set the tone for brilliantly bringing communities together through their art and technology programming and biennials,” says Henry. “Leslie Moody Castro and I are committed to continuing this legacy by delivering exceptional and thought-provoking experiences that leave a lasting impression on the public.”

“My first experience with AURORA remains one of the most memorable I have ever had in Dallas,” says Moody Castro. “I am honored to be a part of a team that produces such innovative and provocative programming. I couldn’t be happier to be in Dallas again and can’t wait to see what unfolds.”

With FuturePresentPast as the biennial theme, Henry and Moody Castro look into the past and various shared experiences of the North Texas region in order to shape our future through the present. Bridging disconnected communities, health advocacy, environmental sustainability, and urban transformation as a result of displacement and migration are some of the topics that will be addressed in the upcoming biennial.

"AURORA 2024 will bring back our city's largest free public art event, continuing a 15-year mission ignited by a pair of Dallas artists and a civic leader who envisioned a future where North Texas would become a cultural capital for art and technology,” says AURORA Co-Founder/ Executive Director Joshua King. “Our aim is to inspire a more accessible future where anyone, from any background, can have transformative and meaningful experiences with public art."

Participants of the 2024 AURORA Biennial are a diverse group of emerging and renowned artists who will experiment with sound, site-specificity, interactivity, and the digital. Through a unique, multi-sensory exhibition experience, they will propose new and varied perspectives on societal issues and engage the audience in enriching conversations about our shared past, present, and future.

The AURORA Biennial 2024 is made possible by:
The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Addy Foundation, The M.R. and Evelyn Hudson Foundation, Sapphire Foundation, Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District, Downtown Dallas Inc., The City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, The Dallas Foundation, The Bowdon Family Foundation, Paperlyte films, Hoque Global, and MONA.

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AURORA 2024 Biennial Curators: Leslie Moody Castro and Kendal Henry

2024 Curators

Kendal Henry is a New York City-based artist and curator who has over 30 years of experience in the field of public art. Through his projects, he illustrates that public art can be used as a tool for social engagement, civic pride, and economic development. He’s currently the Assistant Commissioner of Public Art at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and an adjunct professor at NYU, as well as a guest lecturer at various universities and educational institutions including Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. Kendal served as the Director of Culture and Economic Development for the City of Newburgh, as well as the Manager of Arts Programs at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Arts for Transit. He was also the Curator-at-large at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, NYC, and was elected to serve two 3-year terms on the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Council.

Leslie Moody Castro lives between Mexico City and Austin, Texas. In Austin, she co-founded Co-Lab projects, curated at spaces such as Women and Their Work and Mexic-Arte Museum, and worked at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Lora Reynolds Gallery, and Artpace San Antonio. Her most recent independent curatorial projects have been collaborative and international in scope. She is committed to expanding the world of visual arts across borders by initiating moments of international connections and conversations and has dedicated her professional career to opening the doors between Mexico and Texas. Moody Castro has produced projects and exhibitions at Co-Lab Projects, Texas State University, CentralTrak Dallas, Contemporary Art Month San Antonio, and The Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin. 



To get a taste of past events, check out our AURORA 2018: ‘Future Worlds’ trailer: