CYDONIA is a contemporary art gallery. Our programming is committed to co-operating with artists whose practices reflect conceptual research. We approach art as a cultural good related to reciprocity, praxis, and discourse.
The name ‘CYDONIA’ refers to a region on planet Mars. Astrophysicist and cosmologist Carl Sagan wrote and spoke frequently about the red planet, even drafting a letter to future Mars explorers months before his death in 1996. This Sagan quote influenced the vision of the gallery: “Mars has become a kind of mythic arena onto which we have projected our earthly hopes and fears.”
CYDONIA opened in September 2014 with a curated exhibition and catalogue entitled Ex-Y: Representations of Contemporary Masculinity, featuring 9 different artists who explored masculinity after all three waves of feminism. Since its inception, CYDONIA has received critical praise from numerous press outlets locally and internationally. The Dallas Observer noted: “[T]he perfect combination of education and eye candy can be found at Cydonia Gallery. This commercial space features a roster of international artists, all of whom show potential to rise to art-stardom. [The gallery] has a keen eye for talent, offering numerous artists their first exhibitions in the United States.”
CYDONIA was the first gallery in entire North Texas region to have internationally-focused programming. The gallery introduced the contemporary, primary market to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. CYDONIA was also the first gallery in the region to bring programming to fairs in Berlin and Toronto.
In 2018, the gallery was invited to accept a long-term residency inside the Texas Theatre. Under new directorship, CYDONIA has been re-formatted as a gallery-artist co-operative space that works more closely with exhibiting artists in the context of a historic venue. CYDONIA remains a concept-gallery. The methods of exhibition have become more experimental and collaborative in nature, where the gallery co-conceptualizes exhibitions with artists, when appropriate.
Gallery programming featuring women
Fair presentations featuring women
Solo and Two-Person shows with women
All programming in gallery and fairs dedicated to women
Located inside the historic Texas Theatre, CYDONIA is open when the Theatre is open and by prior arrangement.
The theatre is open Thursday – Sunday.
Appointments are available 7 days a week. We welcome guests to contact us for complimentary private tours.