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ART + DECORATION 56 W hile neglect and r e d e v e l o p m e n t are destroying the remarkable modernist architecture in Dallas at an alarming rate, a new Instagram– based initiative, @ModTexas, is documenting our city's mid-20th-century treasures in an effort to save them. Amy Walton's brainchild uses social media crowdsourcing to team with preservation groups, such as internationally based Docomomo, to catalog at-risk buildings in the area. The social-media mapping initiative, which launched in January and changes themes each month, relies solely on public involvement. Mid-century enthusiasts, architects, preservationists, and others have already posted more than 150 cellphone shots of favorite modern buildings, design elements, art, and public spaces from their own neighborhoods. Walton records the photos' geotags and other identifying information in an Excel spreadsheet, which she shares with preservation groups around Texas and anyone who requests it. If buildings can't be saved, at least photographs of them can be archived for posterity, she says. "Instagram engages people and gets more people to pay attention to the important historic modern buildings that are out there," Walton says. "While there is a benefit to having pictures of these buildings before they disappear, we hope to take it beyond that. I hope we can begin to save them." Rebecca Sherman PICTURE THIS C elebrity portraiture and the banner of transgendered image-making commingle this summer in San Antonio when the McNay Art Museum mounts a pair of ground-breaking shows (through September 15). Curator René Paul Barilleaux takes the lead on both, beginning with "Andy Warhol: Portraits." This blockbuster dives deep into the Pop king's portraiture practice with more than 120 paintings, photographs, films, prints, and videos from the institution that has the mother lode of Warhol works and ephemera: The Andy POP + TRANSGENDERED PORTRAITS: SAN ANTONIO'S DOUBLEHEADER Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The show serves up revelations about how Warhol created the ultimate society portraits of the second half of the 20th century: Mick Jagger, Joan Collins, Debbie Harry, Valentino, and more — many of whom graced Interview covers. Alongside these visages are swinging fashion ensembles by Halston, Saint Laurent, Pucci, Gucci, Cavalli, and Mary McFadden, as well as Warhol's 16mm screen tests for figures such as Salvador Dalí, conjuring the decades of uptown glamour and downtown excess spun around Andy's fame train. In dialogue with Warhol mania is "Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today," billed as the country's first broad survey to explore gender in art. Aligned with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, "Transamerica/n" spans the 1970s through today, with works by many underrepresented talents from the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, as well as iconic artists such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Yasumasa Morimura. The latter steals the show with his life-size photographic self-portrait that casts the artist in a drag version of Goya's painting of the Duchess of Alba — piquant and poignant at the same time. Catherine D. Anspon WARHOL IMAGES © 2019 THE ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR THE VISUAL ARTS, INC. / LICENSED BY ARS, NYC. COLLECTION THE ANDY WARHOL MUSEUM, PITTSBURGH. © 2019 YASUMASA MORIMURA. COLLECTION MCNAY ART MUSEUM, SAN ANTONIO. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND NOHRA HAIME GALLERY, NYC. © 2019 LESLEY DILL. Clockwise from top: Andy Warhol's Robert Mapplethorpe, 1983. Andy Warhol's Mick Jagger, 1975. Yasumasa Morimura's Dedicated to La Duquesa de Alba/Black Alba, 2004. Lesley Dill's Poem Dress for a Hermaphrodite, 1995. Design elements snapped by Instagrammers

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