The Contemporary is the new incarnation of the beloved, decades-old Forum for Contemporary Art, so its opening last September was accompanied by high expectations. It also had a new Brad Cloepfil building to deal with, a fairly prominent next-door neighbor (the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts), a new director (Paul Ha) and an ambitious inaugural exhibition (A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad
). The stakes were high, but the Contemporary has succeeded spectacularly, with high attendance and great reviews. It's also become the best place in town to hear world-class artists and curators speak, while it continues to support regional artists and local causes. The cocktail hours and annual Dada Ball aren't bad either.