CULTURE THAT CAPTIVATES

CULTURE THAT CAPTIVATES

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Claire-Lise Greve who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state in this issue.

AUSTIN

A TALE OF PERSEVERANCE

Taking place the week after the tragic attacks of September 11th, Come From Away tells the true story of what happened to the 7,000 stranded passengers of the flights that were ordered to land in the aftermath of the attacks. Filled with life lessons about culture and perseverance, this is a wonderful musical for all to see. February 18 through 23. At TexasPerformingArts.org

photo courtesy of the West End production of Come From Away

AVANT-GARDE IN LATIN AMERICA

Coming to the Blanton Museum of Art this February, The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta explores the development of avant-garde art in Central and South America. Created by José Carlos Mariátegui, the Peruvian magazine known as Amauta was known for its political and cultural pieces throughout the 20th century. This must-see exhibit shows Latin American avant-garde art through its connection to Amauta. February 16 through May 17. At BlantonMuseum.org

Photo courtesy of The Blanton Museum

PEAKS AND TRAGEDIES

Continuing its 2019-20 season, Austin Opera presents Everest, the story of the infamous 1996 climbing season at Mount Everest, which notably took so many lives. Originated by the Dallas Opera in 2015, this production features three of the leads from the original. This is a wonderful show that runs about 75 minutes and is recommended for patrons above the age of 8 due to its dark subject matter. January 23, 25, & 26. At AustinOpera.org

Photo courtesy of The Austin Opera

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

MUSIC’S MAGIC

Winner of 10 Tony® Awards, The Band’s Visit tells the story of a group of lost musicians who stumble upon a small town, and through music, they breathe new life into the town. Coming to the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas this February, this musical will make you laugh and cry all in the span of about two hours. February 18 through 23. At ATTPAC.org

Photo courtesy of original Broadway company of The Band’s Visit

WHAT BEAUTIFUL BIRDS

Paving the way for nature photography as we know it, Eliott Porter was known for his polychromatic renderings of the fascinating marvels of nature. The Amon Carter Museum presents Eliot Porter’s Birds this January to highlight his love for photographing birds. Spanning over 50-years, this exhibit shows some of the most stunning and unique examples of avian photography. January 4 through May 10. At CarterMuseum.org

Photo courtesy of The Amon Carter Museum

STRENGTH FOR THE AGES

Fort Worth’s Bass Performance Hall presents The Color Purple as part of its Broadway Special Series. Running for only one night, this Tony award-winning revival tells the story of one of Broadway’s most resilient characters, Celie, over a 35- year span of her life. Set in Georgia in the early 20th century, this drama with a Grammy® Award-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, combined with exhilarating dance numbers is a joy to behold for the whole family. January 5. At the BassHall.com

Photo courtesy of Bass Performance Hall

HOUSTON

A CLASSIC FAIRYTALE

For their 50th anniversary season, the Houston Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty choreographed by the iconic Ben Stevenson. This exquisite ballet takes inspiration from the famous French fairytale in which a young princess is fated to sleep for 100 years, but is saved by a magical kiss from her lover. Coming this February, this classic story is perfect for the whole family. February 27 through March 8. At HoustonBallet.org

Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

RADICAL & INVENTIVE

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston presents Radical: Italian Design 1965-1985, The Dennis Freedman Collection, a new exhibit that examines the radical designs of Italy after World War II. Everything from furniture to architecture to even lighting designs are featured, with about half of the works being gifts from the Dennis Freedman Collection. February 14 through April 26. At MFAH.org

Photo courtesy of MFAH

A TIMELESS CLASSIC

This January, the Houston Grand Opera presents Verdi’s Aida with new designs and enchanting choreography. Set in ancient Egypt, this opera tells the story of a captured princess and a general who fall into a forbidden romance. This epic tale of love and loyalty is a must-see for all opera aficionados. January 31 through February 16. At HoustonGrandOpera.org

Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

SAN ANTONIO

COMPELLING WOMEN

Mary Cassatt’s Women focuses on the artist’s images of the ordinary and often intimate moments from the daily lives of upper-middle-class women like herself—as they care for children, ride the public omnibus, or enjoy the ritual of having tea. What makes Cassatt’s work compelling is how she elevates what could be dismissed as mundane subject matter through her masterful approach to color and composition. Through February 9. At McNayArt..org

Courtesy of McNay Art Museum

IN LOVE AND WAR

From the creators of Les Miserables, Miss Saigon tells the dramatic story of a young Vietnamese woman who falls in love with an American G.I. but is torn by love, war, and family during the Vietnam War. Coming this January to San Antonio’s Majestic Theatre, this is a heart-wrenching show for more mature audiences. January 7 through 12. At SanAntonio.Broadway.com

Photo courtesy of the North American Touring Company of Miss Saigon

A NEW HISTORY OF ABSTRACT ART

This February, the San Antonio Museum of Art presents Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art, a new exhibition that explores female artist’s exploration of abstract art in the 20th century. Featuring artists such as Dorthy Antoinette LaSelle, Susie Rosmarin, Terrel James, and many more, this exhibit incorporates a cultivated collection comprising a variety of materials, processes, and works. February 7 through May 3. At SAMuseum.org

Photo courtesy of The San Antonio Museum of Art and Terrell James

CULTURAL ADVANTAGE

CULTURAL ADVANTAGE

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Claire-Lise Greve who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state.

AUSTIN

STOP! IN THE NAME OF COOL

Motown: Sound of Young America is the exhibit that recalls the 1960s when the music label and its talents burst onto the music scene…and the world has continued to love it since. Take a trip into yesteryear with this fabulous look at sights, sounds and the costumes that changed pop culture. Through January 26, 2020. At LBJLibrary.org

The Supremes costumes, the 1960s.  Photo courtesy of  LBJ Presidential Library

 

WOMAN POWER

Sister Suffragists is a centennial celebration exhibit of the movement that brought suffrage to the women of Texas and the nation. On June 28, 1919, Texas became the ninth state to ratify that amendment, which would later become the Nineteenth Amendment when  women nationwide won the right to vote. See the era unfold in this can’t-miss look into our past at the Bullock State History Museum. Through August 31, 2020. At TheStoryOfTexas

Photo courtesy of Bullock State History Museum

A CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC

With a story about life and how we choose to live it, Dear Evan Hansen portrays the tough social issues that many young Americans face today in a deeply moving and groundbreaking way. Coming this December to Austin’s Bass Hall, this six-time Tony Award®-winning musical is one not to miss. December 10–15. At  TexasPerformingArts.org

 Photo courtesy of Matthew Murphy, Dear Evan Hansen U.S. Tour

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

A SLEEPING BEAUTY

In a new exhibit at the Dallas Contemporary Museum, artist John Currin focuses on depictions of gender, the masculine identity, and the male gaze, as well as an analysis of his own masculinity as it is tracked through his art in My Life As A Man. Through December 22. At DallasContemporary.org.

John Currin. Detail of Fishermen, 2002. © John Currin. Photo by Rob McKeever. Courtesy of Gagosian and Dallas Contemporary

THE NEW TIDE

After a year-long renovation project, the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth reopens to the public with the first exhibit to feature the formative years of photographer Gordon Parks’ career, a favorite of Vogue. In Gordon Parks: The New Tide, The Gordon Parks Foundation collaborated with the National Gallery of Art to conceive this inspiring collection displaying his photos of African American life in the middle of the 20th century. Through December 29. At CarterMuseum.org.

Photo courtesy of The Gordan Parks Foundation

A TASTE OF SPAIN

Spain’s most celebrated artists are presented like never before at the Meadows Museum in the exhibit El Greco, Goya, and a Taste for Spain. On loan from the Bowes Museum in the United Kingdom, these paintings represent a vast scope of history ranging from the 15th to  19th centuries as well as Josephine Bowes’ role in collecting these works of art. Through January 2020. At the MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

The Repentant St. Peter by El Greco. Photo courtesy of The Meadows Museum.

HOUSTON

SPANISH FLAIR

The Houston Grand Opera presents the world premiere of El Milagro del Recuerdo/The Miracle of Remembering, the prequel to Cruzar la Cara de la Luna. Perfect for all ages, this opera explores family dynamics while dealing with life-altering changes. Dec. 5–22. At HoustonGrandOpera.org

Photo courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

PIVOTAL ARTISTS

Monet to Picasso: A Very Private Collection showcases paintings from some of the world’s most renowned artists including Pissaro, Renoir, Picasso and many more at pivotal moments in their careers. This never before seen collection is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. September 10–Jan. 12, 2020.     At MFAH.org

Woman Seated in an Armchair (Femme assise dans un fauteuil), 1941, oil on canvas, private collection. © Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of MFAH.

HOLIDAY’S TRADITION

The Houston Ballet presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, the holiday story about a young girl and her Nutcracker as they venture to the land of Sweets where they encounter the mystical Sugar Plum Fairy. Featuring stunning choreography and an iconic score this is a must-see for the whole family this holiday season. November 29–December 29. At HoustonBallet.org

Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

SAN ANTONIO

BEYOND THE CATHEDRAL

Paris: Notre Dame and Beyond, a new exhibit by the McNay Museum, sparked by the recent fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral this year, features several lithographs depicting some of the most architecturally stunning aspects about Paris’ famed Cathedral. December 5–February 23. At McNayArt.org

Henri Rivière, Du Haut des Tours Notre-Dame from Les Paysages Parisiens, 1900.

Lithograph from the collection of the McNay Museum.

CITY CELEBRATION

With a tripartite presentation entitled Waking Dream, Isaac Julien: Playtime and Jewels in the Concrete, the inaugural opening of the new Ruby City will feature seminal works by contemporary artists including Do Ho Suh, Teresita Fernández, Ana Fernandez and Chuck Ramirez. At RubyCity.org

Photo of Teresita Fernández Silver Screen (30 Dissolves), 2011,  courtesy of Ruby City

VICTORIAN RADICALS

British art had a dynamic period of growth in the late 19th century and was revolutionized by new avant-garde techniques of the Victorian era. The San Antonio Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibit Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement highlights this time period with various paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Through January 5. At SAMuseum.org

Photo courtesy of The American Federation of Arts and SAMA

ELEVATED PURSUITS

ELEVATED PURSUITS

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Claire-Lise Greve who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state in this issue.

AUSTIN

BROADWAY, MEET FRANCE

Coming to UT’s Bass Concert Hall in September, the Tony Award®-winning musical Les Misérables brings to life Victor Hugo’s classic story of human rights, class conflict and justice. This production took inspiration from the paintings of Victor Hugo to create a new, reimagined scenic design that captivates audiences. September 10—15. At  Austin.Broadway.com

 

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Les Miserables US Tour

LET’S MIX IT UP

The Modernist Networks exhibition drawn from Annette Campbell-White’s collection of Modernist writers and artists, features manuscripts, books, letters, photographs, and illustrations that chart creative influences across generations, disciplines, and continents. Campbell-White’s memoir, published in conjunction with the exhibition, offers a compelling backstory to this selection of highlights from her collection. Through January 5. At HRC.utexas.edu

 

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center

TEXAS-SIZED AMBITION

ANN offers a glimpse into the complex and passionate life of  Ann Richards, the colorful 45th Governor of Texas. This hilarious, yet captivating play provides an intimate setting to tell the story of one of the most impressive women in modern day politics.

Through September 8. At ZachTheatre.org

 

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of ZACH Theatre

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

WHO’S REALLY THE FAIREST ONE OF THEM ALL?

Texas Ballet Theatre presents Sleeping Beauty, a story of fate, curses, and love. Performed at the Winspear Opera House, this ballet showcases stunning costumes, dazzling scenery, and wonderful music, making it perfect for the whole family.

September 6—8. At TexasBalletTheater.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater

WILL ROBOTS TAKE OVER?

The Psychedelic Robot show hosts a variety of interactive, multimedia installations from local and International artists including fashion, sculpture, painting, photography, video, music, costuming, performance and more in a 13,000 square foot venue at the Crescent Court. Through September 29. At PsychedelicRobot.com

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Psychedelic Robot

MUSIC OF ANGELS

This sensational production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera returns to tell the story of a young ingénue who becomes entranced by her “Angel of Music” through breathtaking choreography, dazzling costumes and powerful vocals. Sept. 24—Oct. 5. At BassHall.com

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of The Phantom of the Opera Touring Company

HOUSTON

WHAT A CUT-UP

The Printing Museum’s newest installation, Paper Couture, features origami artist, Joan Son’s take on retro-inspired fashion. Son created a variety of full-sized gowns through numerous techniques he learned throughout his career as a contemporary origami artist. Through December 22. At PrintingMuseum.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Printing Museum

RAZZLE DAZZLE

TUTS kicks off their 51st season with one of Broadway’s most iconic musicals at the Hobby Center. Telling the story of underpaid and overworked actors, A Chorus Line explores the timeless lives of Broadway chorus dancers. September 10—22. At Houston-Theater.com.

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the Touring Company of A Chorus Line

LOVE, THEN DECEPTION

Houston Ballet presents Giselle, a wonderful example of a 19th-century ballet that tells the story of a peasant girl who is tricked by an aristocrat pretending to be a commoner. Featuring themes of redemption, love, and betrayal, Giselle is one of the most stunning ballets ever produced. September 6-15. At HoustonBallet.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the Houston Ballet

SAN ANTONIO

KNIGHT & DAY

For the Tobin Center’s anniversary gala 10-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight will entertain in her inimitable way. A seated dinner, silent auction and after party will make this a can’t-miss event. October 24.

At TobinCenter.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the Tobin Center

PAINTING FOR PERFORMANCE

Painting for Performance features designs of five different artists who have delved into the world of theatrical performance. The McNay museum’s new exhibit offers a glimpse into the technical skill that goes into creating the costumes and backdrops for many stage productions. September 12­—December 8.

At McnayArt.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the McNay Art Museum

LIVING FOR THE ART

Puccini’s tragic opera Tosca tells the story of an actress who truly lived for her art before sadly falling victim to the head of the secret police. Opera San Antonio uses the marvelous sets from the esteemed Seattle Opera’s rendition to create a visually stunning production. September 12 and 14. At OperaSA.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Opera San Antonio

NOW APPEARING

NOW APPEARING

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurers Claire-Lise Greve and Lance Avery Morgan who share our favorite recommendations from across the state in this issue.  

AUSTIN

OVER THERE IS NOW HERE

The new exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum, WWI America, presents the stories of a divisive and transformational America told through original artifacts, images, voices, music, hands-on exploration, and multimedia presentations to capture the era that changed the world. Thru August 11.

At TheStoryOfTexas.com

Photo courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum

LONGINGS THEN & NOW

From four-time Tony Award® winner, screenwriter Terrence McNally is Immortal Longings. In his newest show, the tempestuous relationship between the flamboyant impresario, Sergei Pavlovich Diaghilev  and  Vaslav Nijinsky, the sensational superstar of his troupe is explored in Les Ballets Russes at ZACH Theatre. Recommended for ages 17+ and up due to language and mature situations. Through July 14.

At ZachTheatre.org

Photo courtesy of ZACH Theatre

TODAY’S ART WORLD

Jeffrey Gibson: This is the Day features over 50 remarkable pieces including everything from beaded wall hangings to paintings to ceramics and even garments. This Blanton Museum exhibition features a brand new video, I Was Here. that was commissioned  specifically for the show, Opening July 14.

 

At BlantonMuseum.org

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DELECTABLE DIOR

The Dior: From Paris To The World exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art features designs from every creative director from Dior over the 70 year history of the fashion house. It showcases nearly 200 haute couture dresses as well as accessories, original sketches, and other rare archival materials. The cathedral-like installation room of gowns is a must-see. Through September 1.

At DMA.org

Photo courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art

FINE IMPRESSIONS

Monet: The Late Years, the new exhibit at The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth portrays the evolution of Monet’s painting style from 1913 until his death in 1926. It features many paintings that are being shown in the United States for the first time ever. Through September 15.

At KimbellArt.org

Photo courtesy of the Kimbell Art Museum

MATCHMAKING MUSICAL

Coming to Fair Park, Hello Dolly, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, is the story of a socialite turned matchmaker who tries to assist her latest clients in finding love. This great show for the whole family is classic Broadway and features Broadway great and native Texan, Betty Buckley in the title role. Through July 17.

At FairParkBoxOffice.com

Photo courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals

HOUSTON

ISN’T IT ICONIC?

Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston  is an exhibition showcasing over 200 photographs from various fashion photographers. It highlights  how their work shaped the industry into the cultural force it is today. Through September 22.

At MFAH.org

 

Dressed, 1981 by Helmut Newton. Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

A MAGICAL TIME

Aladdin, adapted from the Academy Award®-winning animated Disney film and centuries-old folktales including One Thousand and One Nights, is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin’s journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance brought to the stage by Broadway At The Hobby.

At BroadwayAtTheHobbyCenter.com

 

Photo by Deen van Meer

WE HAVE LIFT-OFF

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and see how the miracle of space happened when all eyes were on the moon in July, 1969. We recommend the NASA Tram Tours featuring Historic Mission Control at NASA Johnson Space Center.

 

At SpaceCenter.org

 

Photo courtesy of NASA

 

 

SAN ANTONIO

WARHOLS MEETS GENDER STUDIES

The Swinging Sixties are alive and kicking as the McNay Art Museum presents two innovative and inclusive exhibitions—Andy Warhol: Portraits and Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today..  The Warhol show features over 120 paintings, prints, photographs, films, and videos that captures New York from the 1960s through the 1980s. The Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today exhibit is the country’s first broad survey of contemporary artwork from across North America to explore the construction of identity through gender and outward appearance. Through September 15

At McNayArt.org

 

Andy Warhol, Valentino, 1974. Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. 1998.

YOU’RE MY SUPERHERO

The colorful Men of Steel, Women of Wonder exhibit at the San Antonio Museum of Art analyzes the world’s response to superheroes like Superman and Wonder Woman…ranging from their creation in the Great Depression to their modern portrayals in film. Through September 1.

At SAMuseum.org

 

Photo courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art

WESTWARD HO!

Into A New West: Contemporary Works From The Booth Museum at the Briscoe Museum of Art includes modern art from the 1960s in a way that challenges our conventions of what represents western art, as well as art from the present day. Through September 1.

At BriscoeMuseum.org

 

Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Museum of Art

EXPERIENCE THE BEST

EXPERIENCE THE BEST

The best plays, musical performances and exhibits in Texas are being enjoyed by record number crowds, according to our cultural adventurer Rob Giardinelli, who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state. 

AUSTIN

HOW OPERATIC

Austin Opera presents a classic work by iconic Italian Composer Giacomo Puccini, La Bohème, the epic story of young bohemians who struggle to find love and make their dreams come true in the Paris Latin Quarter circa 1840. Through May 5. At AustinOpera.org

FAIRYTALES REVEALED

The Tony Award winning and family friendly play by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical, is an empowering story about a young girl with telekinesis who overcomes obstacles and takes things into her own hands. April 3 – May 12. At ZACHTheatre.org

STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Street Cars takes a look at how the street car era (1875 through 1940) impacted life in Austin and how it influenced the city’s residential development. Through May 26. At Library.AustinTexas.gov

IMAGE: Congress Avenue and 6th Street, 1913 C02001 Chalberg Collection of Prints and Negatives

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

COLOR WEAVING

World-renowned artist Sheila Hicks, whose vibrant works have graced such iconic spaces as Versailles and the Highline In New York City, comes to Texas with new, textile installations. May 11 – August 18. At NasherSculptureCenter.org

 

IMAGE: Image from 2018 Shelia Hicks Migdalor Magasin III Jaffa Exhibit in Tel Aviv. Photo courtesy of Nasher Sculpture Center.

BEAUTIFUL MUSIC

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical chronicles the life of one of the world’s most beloved and influential songwriters of the second half of the twentieth century. Hearing the timeless tunes of this legend has created over the last six decades will have you singing too. June 18 – June 23 at the Winspear Opera House. At OperaHouseDallas.org

PARK’S RECREATION

David Park: A Retrospective, is the first museum in exhibition in more than 30 years of one of the influential artists of post WW II Abstract Expressionism. Known as the father of San Francisco figurative art, Park’s works from his Cubist-inspired paintings in 1930s through his figurative paintings of the 1950s are featured. June 2 – September 8, The Modern Museum. At TheModern.com

IMAGE: David Park, Four Men. Photo Courtesy Of The Modern Museum

HOUSTON

CONTEMPORARY FOCUS

50 master works from one of the world’s most influential artists of all time, Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art features works throughout his life from his early years in the Netherlands to his landscapes in Saint-Rémy and Auvers. March 10 through June 27. At MFAH.org

HALF A CENTURY LATER

Stonewall 50 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the June 1969 Stonewall Riots that became a seminal moment in LGBTQ right movement. The exhibit features works on a broad range of topics including transgender issues and intergenerational dialogue on the path to equality. Through July 29. At CMAH.org

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

RISING AGAIN

The Phoenix is an opera based on the incredible life of Venetian priest and poet Lorenzo Da Ponte, who after getting kicked out of Venice due to scandal, meets Wolfgang Amadeus Motzart and becomes a top librettist. Through May 10. At HoustonGrandOpera.org

SAN ANTONIO

STAGE’S DESIGN

America on Stage celebrates stage designers of the most substantial theatrical productions of 20th and 21st centuries. Drawn from the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts it includes works ranging from Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma to Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights. Through June 30. At McNayArt.org

IMAGE: Douglas Schmidt, Scene design for Grease, 1972. Collage on board with acrylic, ink, and varnish. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin

FAIRYTALE FUN

Cinderella is the ultimate children’s classic with an underdog to root for, a wicked step-mother, a prince, a fairy god-mother and most importantly, a happily-ever-after ending that never gets old for kids and kids at heart. May 16 and May 17. At ChildrensBalletOfSanAntonio.org

IMAGE: The Arrival by Xiang Zhang

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

The Grammy and Tony Award- winning musical, Once is the musical adaptation of the 2007 film by John Carney. It’s the story of an Irish musician and Czech immigrant who grow close in Dublin due to their mutual love music. May 16 – June 9. At ThePublicSA.com

IMAGE: Photo courtesy of The Public Theatre of San Antonio

DIVINE DIOR

DIVINE DIOR

Before it even opens, it’s a colossal hit. When Dior: From Paris to the World, debuts this month, the feast for the eyes begins, according to our ardent fashion follower Lance Avery Morgan.

 

It might be the biggest thing to hit Texas since the actual New Look debuted in 1947. Dior: From Paris to the World, an exhibition which surveys more than 70 years of the House of Dior’s legacy and global influence will be on view in Dallas May 19 through September 1, 2019 at the Dallas Museum of Art. In fact,  Texas will be the only US venue beyond the recent showing in Denver for this extensive and highly anticipated retrospective of the celebrated Haute Couture house. We’re counting the minutes because as seen on recent red carpets, his design spirit is alive and kicking in celebrity gown fashion choices.

Just what can we expect to see? The exhibition will feature a selection of more than a hundred haute couture dresses, as well as accessories, photographs, original sketches, runway videos and other archival material, and trace the history of the iconic haute couture fashion house. His New Look revolutionized the fashion world. Dior’s sophisticated designs, featuring soft shoulders, accentuated busts, nipped waists, and dancing corolla shaped skirts, were inspired by his passion for flowers. The result was elegant feminine contours that brought a breath of fresh air to the fashion world through luxurious swaths of fabrics, revolutionary design and lavish embroidery. This marked the beginning of an epic movement in fashion history that would eventually lead to Dior successfully becoming the first worldwide couture house.

The exhibit will profile its founder, Christian Dior, and subsequent artistic directors, including Yves Saint Laurent (1958–1960), Marc Bohan (1961–1989), Gianfranco Ferré (1989–1996), John Galliano (1997–2011), Raf Simons (2012–2015) and Maria Grazia Chiuri (2016–present), who have carried Dior’s vision into the 21st century. Organized by DAM and curated by Florence Müller, the DAM’s Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art and Fashion, it spans more than seven decades, this retrospective will offer a new perspective on the fashion house’s legacy following the Paris exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

“Dallas has long recognized the artistic significance of Dior, most notably when in 1947, early in his career, Christian Dior traveled here to receive the Neiman Marcus Award for fashion. We are excited to welcome this innovative creative voice back to our city and to offer DMA audiences the opportunity to be inspired by the remarkable legacy of a global icon,” shared Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director.

Visitors will be able to capture the unique technique of the Dior ateliers in a dramatic visual display presenting a glimpse into this secret world, including sketches, toiles, and the intricate process of embroidery. The atelier represents the heart of the house where seamstresses work with Dior’s creative directors to collaboratively bring couture to life. And this exhibit, in turn, breathes more life into couture.