Aurora Biennial

AURORA’s sixth biennial exhibition —FuturePresentPastis set to take place on November 16, 2024 at Dallas City Hall and surrounding areas. Curated by Kendal Henry (New York City) and Leslie Moody Castro (Austin/Mexico City), this free public event explores North Texas' shared history, exploring topics of community, health advocacy, environmental sustainability, and the impact of displacement and migration on evolving cities in order to ignite new ideas about the future. Read more about the upcoming biennial here

The AURORA Biennial—the largest free event of its kind in North America—is our signature exhibition of technology-driven public art and has been central to our arts organization over the last decade. Aligning with our mission, the biennial aims to inspire a more accessible future of art and technology by supporting the voices of today’s artists and connecting diverse communities through transformative public art experiences.

Presented across an expansive urban footprint and centered on the iconic I.M. Pei-designed Dallas City Hall, each edition brings together dozens of leading regional and international artists to realize a one-of-a-kind public art event. This unique convergence of art, architecture, and technology continues to give prominence to Dallas’ standing as an international contemporary art destination.

Since its foundation, the AURORA Biennial exhibitions have commissioned and presented over 300 regional and international artists and attracted more than 350,000 visitors to experience a free cultural event like no other. Continuing to expand its impact as well as our collective ideas of the future, AURORA aims to be a global cultural center for art and technology,  generating meaningful, creative exchanges between artists and the public.        

Each biennial showcases a diverse line-up of contemporary artists selected by esteemed national and international curators who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in institution-level public art and international exhibitions. 

The AURORA Biennial 2024 is made possible by: 
The Eugene McDermott Foundation, The Addy 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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Refik Anadol: ‘Melting Memories.’ Comprised of data paintings, augmented data sculptures and light projections, the artwork was projected onto Dallas City Hall during AURORA Biennial 2018.