Artist’s hand-painted, hand-crushed red Solo Cups suggest a wild party’s aftermath in hot new show

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Just a little over two years ago, artist Paula Crown came to Dallas to stage a show at the Goss Michael Foundation. Kenny Goss, the foundation’s co-founder, called it “a striking visual experience.” Well, now, Crown is back, albeit not in Dallas. She’s part of a new show, being staged by Dallas Contemporary — in Venice. “Paula Crown: The Architecture of Memory” will open May 25 and run through November 26 at 16th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Studio Cannaregio, where the show is unfolding, is a new space in the oldest part of the city. As Crown says, “It’s the perfect setting for reflection and to ask the pressing question — what will be contemporary culture’s mark on the planet?” You can contemplate the answer while taking in Crown’s Solo Together, an installation of 150 plaster casts of hand-crushed red Solo Cups, which have been hand-painted and arranged to suggest a wild party’s aftermath.

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