VIBRANTLY CULTURED

VIBRANTLY CULTURED

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this summer across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

THE COOL FACTOR

Street artist Banksy has always been known for his secrecy. Banksyland, an international touring exhibition, includes more than 80 original studio works, salvaged street artworks, and never-before-seen immersive installations. July 22 ̶ 24; location in zip code 78712; TBD two weeks prior.

At BanksyLand.com.

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

POSITIVE POST

The Blanton Museum will present Ellsworth Kelly: Postcards, a comprehensive survey of over 150 of Kelly’s playful, creative postcard collages made between 1949 and 2005. Many postcards reveal places Kelly lived or visited, such as Paris or New York City. August 27‒November 27. At BlantonMuseum.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Artist. Ellsworth Kelly. Courtesy of Ellsworth Kelly Studio © Ellsworth Kelly Foundation

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DON’T BE CRUEL

Direct from Broadway, Mean Girls is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the cruel ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. August 2‒7. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

IMMERSE YOURSELF

Massimiliano Siccardi, the original Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Monet creator, brings us The Impressionists, a compelling exploration of vibrant colors on a jaw-dropping scale. It features everything from Monet’s celebrated water lilies to Degas’s graceful dancers. July 1‒September 11. At ImmersiveMonet.com.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Photo by Elana Emer

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Dallas Theater Center announces the Public Works Dallas’ The Odyssey. This final grand trilogy reimagines the Greek epic with Public Works’ signature blend of professional actors, community members, and special guests. July 8‒July 10. At DallasTheaterCenter.org.

 

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of the Dallas Theater Center                                 

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

TWO OF A DIFFERENT TIME

The Kimball Museum’s Focus Exhibition will include two paintings depicting different versions of the Old Testament story of Judith and Holofernes—one by Italian Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi and the other by American contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley, realized exactly 400 years apart. July 19‒September 5. At KimbellArt.org.

 

UNDER LEFT IMAGE: Judith and Holofernes, c. 1612–17, oil on canvas by Artemisia Gentileschi (Rome, 1593–Naples, ca. 1653), Inv. Q 378. Napoli, Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte.

UNDER RIGHT IMAGE: Judith and Holofernes, 2012 by Kehinde Wiley (American, b.1977). © Kehinde Wiley. Courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art and Sean Kelly, New York.

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

BUTLER, CANDLESTICK...PANTRY?

It’s a dark and stormy night, and you’re at a dinner party, where murder and blackmail are on the menu. Based on the cult movie and the classic board game, Clue is the ultimate whodunit that will leave you dying of laughter and guessing until the end. July 22‒August 28. At AlleyTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

IS IT REAL, OR IS IT…?

MFAH’s new exhibit Leandro Erlich: Seeing Is Not Believing, features two of his most iconic installations: Bâtiment (Façade) and Le cabinet du psy (The Psychoanalyst’s Office) in two immersive, room-size environments. Through September 5. At MFAH.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

REVENGE IS BEST SERVED…

Is God Is, the 2018 Obie Award and 2016 Relentless Award-winning play by Aleshea Harris, makes its Houston premiere this summer. A modern myth about twin sisters seeking justice in this darkly funny and unapologetic new play. July 14‒August 6. At RecRoomArts.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Rec Room Arts

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

TRUE TO YOUR ROOTS

The San Antonio Botanical Garden presents Rooted, a monumental sculpture exhibition by acclaimed contemporary artist Steve Tobin. The forces of nature are displayed throughout the park, from the towering root systems to polished clouds resting on the earth, bronze egg-laden nests up to 6-feet tall, and spiraling tornados. Through October 30. At SABot.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of San Antonio Botanical Garden

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

COOL COMIDA

Cooling down on a scorching day with a frozen paleta or warming up in a cozy neighborhood diner are the many shared experiences evoked in The Art of SA Eats. Five San Antonio artists explore the city’s culinary landscape through paintings, photographs, sculpture, and video. Through September 4. At McNayArt.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Eva Marengo Sanchez, Fruteria La Mission y Taqueria, 2018. Oil on panel. Courtesy of Henry Muñoz.

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

ISLAND LOVE TRAGEDY REDEMPTION

The Public Theater of San Antonio presents Once On This Island. The classic love story between a peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. July 15‒August 7. At ThePublicSA.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of The Public Theater of San Antonio

ARTISTICALLY INCLINED

ARTISTICALLY INCLINED

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this summer across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

BEHIND EVERY MAN

Irish novelist, James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published on February 2, 1922. The University of Texas’ Harry Ransom Center commemorates its 100th anniversary with the exhibit Women and the Making of Joyce’s Ulysses. It explores women’s essential and largely unacknowledged role in realizing his famed masterpiece and its widespread notoriety and success. Through July 17. At HRC.UTexas.edu.

 

ON IMAGE: Sylvia Beach, who published Ulysses and James Joyce in the doorway of Shakespeare and Company (Alliance Paris, 1922). James Joyce Literary File Photography Collection, Harry Ransom Center.

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

A FLOCK OF SWANS ENCHANT

Join Ballet Austin Mother’s Day weekend for the world’s best-known ballet, Swan Lake. Marius Petipa’s original choreography is featured with breathtaking corps de ballet sequences. All set to Tchaikovsky’s sweeping score, featuring the Austin Symphony Orchestra. May 6‒8. At BalletAustin.org.

 

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of Ballet Austin

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THE SOUND OF NOSTALGIA

The beloved musical The Sound of Music with the Von Trapp Family is reimagined within a ZACH360 experience where The Topfer will be transformed into a lively Biergarten. Spirits will soar to the TonyÒ, GrammyÒ, and OscarÒ-winning scores. June 15–July 24. At ZachTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Zachary Scott Theatre

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

A PAS DE DEUX INSHALLAH

The Dallas Museum of Art’s major exhibition, Cartier and Islamic Art: In Search of Modernity, traces Islamic art’s influence on the objects created by Louis Cartier (1875-1942) and the designers of the great French jewelry Maison from the early 20th century to today. It is also the subject of a Thames & Hudson USA book. April 12‒September 18. At DMA.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Bib necklace, Cartier Paris, 1947. Nils Herrmann, Collection Cartier©Cartier

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

TERRA FIRMA

A celebrated, self-taught, Alabama-born artist, Lonnie Holley, comes to the Dallas Contemporary for his first Texas exhibition, Lonnie Holley: coming from the earth. He has devoted his life to improvisational creativity, working across all art forms, including music. Through August 21. At DallasContemporary.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Lonnie Holley, Memorial at Friendship Church, 2006. Metal, found debris, plastic flowers, and ribbon, Courtesy of the artist.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

WOMEN’S INSIGHT

Women Painting Women is a thematic exhibition featuring 46 female artists and approximately 50 evocative portraits from the late 60s to the present. The portraits allow female artists to share the stage with their male counterparts in defining the evolution of the image of a woman. Through September 25. At TheModern.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Amy Sherald, A Midsummer Afternoon Dream, 2020. © Amy Sherald. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Joseph Hyde

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

JOYFUL ODE

To conclude its season, the Houston Symphony’s new Music Director Designate, celebrated conductor Juraj Valčuha, will lead the orchestra, chorus, and vocal soloists in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Choral. Experience one of classical music’s most moving, uplifting, and inspiring journeys in this exuberant Ode to Joy. May 20-23. At HoustonSymphony.org.

ON IMAGE: Juraj Valčuha, Courtesy of Michael Breyer/Houston Symphony

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

TRUTH CAN BE STRANGER

Extraordinary Realities examines the career of Pakistani American artist Shahzia Sikander during her prolific first 15 years. Bringing together nearly 60 of her works from public and private collections, Sikander explores contemporary issues, including gender, sexuality, race, class, and history, through her paintings, drawings, and video animations. Through June 5. At MFAH.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Shahzia Sikander, Pleasure Pillars, 2001, collection of Amita and Purnendu Chatterjee. ©2021 Shahzia Sikander/Courtesy of the artist; Sean Kelly, New York; and Pilar Corrias, London

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

IT WAS A DARK AND STORMY…

The Alley Theatre presents the world premiere of a sexy, mysterious musical entitled Noir with music by Duncan Sheik of Spring Awakening. Inspired by early radio plays and classic film noir, this story unfolds with a heartbroken man isolated in his apartment with only a radio for entertainment until a couple moves in next door and a new obsession develops. June 2‒July 3. At AlleyTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

PRODIGAL SON RETURNS

The McNay Museum presents a ground-breaking exhibition, DONALD MOFFETT+NATURE CULT+THE McNAY, that is centered around the artistic and curatorial vision of Donald Moffett. It will include an interwoven display from native San Antonian Moffett’s private collection of paintings and artworks from the McNay’s holdings. Through September 11. At McNayArt.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Donald Moffett, Lot 020619, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, and Aspen. ©Donald Moffett

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

THE ARTFUL COWBOY

The Sons of Charlie Russell: Cowboy Artists of America premiers at the Briscoe and consists of 70 works of western art from 17 lenders, 40 artists, and includes paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, with art dating from 1890 to the present. May 27–September 5. At BriscoeMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Painting by Grant Redden. Courtesy of the Briscoe Museum

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

PHONE HOME

Enjoy an evening with the San Antonio Symphony when John Williams’ movie music is presented in a new uplifting way. Williams performs scores from his blockbuster hits such as Jaws, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harry Potter, and more. May 28. At TobinCenter.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

ARTFUL ENDEAVORS

ARTFUL ENDEAVORS

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, with pandemic protocols in place, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this spring across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

ENCHANTINGLY VIBRANT

In 1952, dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández founded the Ballet Folklórico de México to preserve the dancing traditions of her country. Her goal was to share the beauty of Mexican dance with the nation and the world. April 4. At TheLongCenter.org.

 ON IMAGE: Photo by Página oficial del Ballet Folklórico de México

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

FANTASTICALLY FRENCH

French printmakers combined ancient decorative motifs with newly invented ones to create everything from jewelry to architectural façades. Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s extensive holdings, Fantastically French! invites visitors to look closely at these exquisite details. March 5‒August 14. At BlantonMuseum.org.

 

ON MAGE:  Jean Le Pautre, two church façades, plate six from Italianate Church Façades, 1640, etching, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, The Leo Steinberg Collection, 2002

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REACH OUT AND BE THERE

This spring, two legendary Motown giants will co-headline an exclusive show at Bass Concert Hall for an evening of mega-hits, nostalgia, and fun. They were named one of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” by Rolling Stone Magazine. March 9. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

 

ON IMAGE: The Four Tops. Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

DELIGHT IS IN THE HEART

For a look at high fashion at its most fun, the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design presents Delight: Selections from the Texas Fashion Collection, which celebrates the curiosity, wonder, joy, and whimsy sparked by the collection’s unique artifacts. Through May 21. At TFC.CVAD.UNT.edu.

 

 

ON IMAGE: Designer, Patrick Kelly’s pinstripe skirt suit with novelty dice print and buttons (detail), Spring-Summer 1989, Museum Purchase, Texas Fashion Collection

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

THAT FLORAL FEELING

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms, the largest annual floral festival in the Southwest. Expect over 500,000 blooming blossoms, thousands of azaleas, and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees. Through April 10. At DallasArboretum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Dallas, Texas

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

TIMELESS TCHAIKOVSKY

Texas Ballet Theater presents a trio of ballets in Tchaikovsky Evening. Tchaikovsky’s music is showcased and Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, paired with two world premieres, Star Crossed by Ben Stevenson, and Violin Concerto in D by Texas Ballet Theater’s Associate Artistic Director Tim O’Keefe are featured. February 11‒February 20. At TexasBalletTheater.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Photograph by Steven Visneau

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

LIFE, LOVE, ART

Lighthouse Immersive, North America’s leading producer of ground-breaking, wildly successful, experiential exhibitions such as Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Monet, along with Impact Museums, have set their sights on the art and life of Frida Kahlo with their newest art installation, FRIDA: Immersive Dream. Through April 17. At LighthouseImmersive.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Viva Frida Kahlo–Immersive Experience, Photographs by Andy Juchli

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

SURREAL SWISS

Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition is the first major transatlantic retrospective on the Swiss artist and the first in the U.S. in more than twenty-five years. For over fifty years, Meret Oppenheim (1913–1985) produced witty, unconventional bodies of work that remain largely unknown in the U.S. March 25‒September 18. At Menil.org.

ON IMAGE: Meret Oppenheim, New Stars (Neue Sterne), 1977–82. Kunstmuseum Bern. Meret Oppenheim Bequest. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/Pro Litteris, Zurich

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

INCOMPARABLE IMPRESSIONS

For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is lending approximately 100 of the most significant paintings and works on paper from its renowned Impressionist collection. This exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the only U.S. venue. Through March 27. At MFAH.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Woman with a Parasol and Small Child on a Sunlit Hillside, c. 1874–76, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

HOW OPERATIC

This spring, Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto will take over the Tobin Center stage featuring large-scale sets, costumes, lighting, and incredible design. It has often been called the greatest of all operas. The famed opera is an epic testament to the power humans can wield over each other. May 5 and May 7. At OperaSA.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of San Antonio Opera, San Antonio, Texas

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

AMERICA’S MODERNISM

The beginning of the 20th century was a period of profound change for America, demonstrated in the artistic movement known as American Modernism. O’Keeffe blurred the natural and man-made, focusing on individual elements with a wash of vibrant color. Through May 8. At McNayArt.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Georgia O’Keeffe, Pink and Yellow Hollyhocks, 1952. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Helen Miller Jones. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

SHE LOVES ME NOT, SHE LOVES ME SO

Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks, Amalia, and Georg, often do not see eye to eye. After both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement,” they now live for the love letters they exchange. All the while, their identities remain unknown. March 25‒April 16. At ThePublicSA.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Public Theater, San Antonio

ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS

ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this winter across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

IF THEY COULD SEE ME NOW

The Actors Repertory of Texas presents a limited six-show engagement, Cindy Williams starring in Me, Myself & Shirley, a one-woman show at The Long Center. The legendary star of the iconic comedy series Laverne & Shirley will share memories of her career, the hilarious backstage tales, secrets, and the highs and lows of her life in entertainment. February 10-13. At  TheLongCenter.org or MeMyselfandShirley.com.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Christopher Ameruoso

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

OLD WORLD TRADITIONS

The Bullock Museum’s latest exhibition, Mystery and Benevolence, Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art, from the Kendra and Allan Daniel Gift to the American Folk Art Museum, explores the fascinating symbolism and imagery associated with Masonic and Odd Fellows folk art. You’ll discover how fraternal societies used secretive iconography to communicate the core tenets of fraternal teachings. Through March 27. At TheStoryofTexas.com.

ON IMAGE: Chest Lid with Masonic Painting, Probably New England, 1825–1845. Courtesy American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift of Kendra and Allan Daniel, 2015.1.28

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WITH LOVE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

Grammy® Hall of Famer, acclaimed actress, and R&B icon Patti LaBelle returns for her first performance in Austin in five years with a show at Bass Concert Hall on Monday, February 14, 2022. The Godmother of Soul’s dynamic career spans seven decades, selling more than 50 million records worldwide. February 14. At TexasPerformingArts.org. 

ON IMAGE:  Courtesy of Texas Performing Arts

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

CELLULAR THEORY

CELL GRIDS, Peter Halley’s first exhibition in Texas showcases a surprising new way to engage with the artist’s work. Halley’s paintings, with their distinctive iconography and intensely colored rectilinear isolated “cells,” are arranged into syncopated grids. Through February 13. At DallasContemporary.org.

ON IMAGE: Peter Halley. Under the Light, 2021. acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, Flashe, and Roll-a-Tex on joined canvases. Collection of Robert S. Taubman, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. © Peter Halley.

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

LET’S FACE IT

Faceless portraits are everywhere these days, from our social media feeds on. At the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the newest exhibition Milton Avery showcases a 20th-century artist who made faceless portraits cool―before they were cool. This exhibition features approximately 70 paintings from the 1910s to the mid-’60s that are among his most celebrated. Through January 30. At TheModern.org.

ON IMAGE: Milton Avery, March in Brown, 1954, Private collection© 2021 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2021. Courtesy Victoria Miro and Waqas Wajahat

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

MAKE MINE A DOUBLE

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure. The band draws inspiration from the romantic Hollywood musicals of the ’40s and ’50s…with a more global perspective. After almost 30 years, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras worldwide. January 13. At ATTPAC.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Autumn de Wilde

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

INTO HIGH GEAR

Kicking off Memorial Hermann Broadway at the Hobby Center’s new year, Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards®, including Best New Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, makes its Houston debut. It is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and holds you tight. January 4-9. At TheHobbyCenter.org.

 ON IMAGE: Courtesy of T. Charles Erickson

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

JEWEL TONES

Houston Ballet sparkles and enthralls with George Balanchine’s Jewels. Each of the three acts embodies their namesake jewels, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds through the unique musical stylings of their corresponding composer. February 24 – March 6. At HoustonBallet.org. 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Houston Ballet

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

BOSTON PROPER

For the first time, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)  has received a rare loan of approximately 100 of the most significant paintings and works on paper from The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s (MFA), renowned Impressionist collection. The MFAH exhibition, Incomparable Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is the only U.S. venue for this show. Through March 27. At MFAH.org.

ON IMAGE: Edgar Degas, Racehorses at Longchamp, 1871, possibly reworked in 1874, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, S. A. Denio Collection—Sylvanus Adams Denio Fund and General Income. © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/All Rights Reserved

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

LATIN FLAIR

Making its United States debut at the Briscoe Museum, Vaqueros de la Cruz Del Diablo features celebrated photographer Werner Segarra as he invites audiences to peer into the world of the Northern Mexican Vaquero. It has almost 60 photographs that span more than 20 years of the lives of the vaqueros, Through January 25. At BriscoeMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: ©WERNER SEGARRA_En que la milpa de Tony Ríos, Kenya Madrid y Ana Grethel Herrera Madrid. Socadeguachi, Huásabas, 2018

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

BUILDING BRIDGES

Claude Monet’s masterpiece Charing Cross Bridge, Brouillard travels from the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto to the McNay for this special presentation. Along with the Monet and Whistler works are prints by James Jacques Tissot, John Marin, and contemporary New York artist Yvonne Jacquette.Through January 23. At McNayArt.org. 

ON IMAGE: Claude Monet. Charing Cross Bridge, brouillard, 1902. Collection of Art Gallery of Ontario. Gift of Ethel and Milton Harris, 1990. Photo© AGO

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

THE NEW REALISM

The San Antonio Museum of Art’s exhibition Wendy Red Star: A Scratch on the Earth explores how boundaries between cultural, racial, social, and gender lines are reinforced in America and how these lines blur across time and place. Museums across the country are featured in the show, including photography, textiles, and film and sound installations produced over twelve years. February 11―May 08. At SAMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Wendy Red Star, Indian Summer–Four Seasons, 2006, Archival pigment print on sunset fiber rag, Gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D., 2016  2016.46.1.1, Collection of The Newark Museum of Art 

MERRY ENDEAVORS

MERRY ENDEAVORS

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

TWINKLE TOES, MEET FAIRY DUST

Ballet Austin’s 59th annual production of The Nutcracker is one of Austin’s favorite holiday traditions. Hundreds of dancers perform Stephen Mills’ enchanting choreography in colorful costumes to Tchaikovsky’s magical score with live accompaniment from Austin Symphony Orchestra. Catch the Austin notables who play Mother Ginger each year…always a special treat. December 4‒23. At BalletAustin.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Ballet Austin

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

WELCOME TO AMERICA

Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre. This musical has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Dec 7—19.  At TexasPerformingArts.org.

 

 

ON IMAGE:  The company of the touring version of the Broadway smash-hit, Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus].

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POP’N POLITICS

The Blanton’s exhibition Pop Crítico/Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s-1980s, features artists in the United States and Latin America, who increasingly manipulated Pop’s colorful and flashy representation of the familiar into a tool for social and political critique. Through January 16, 2022. At BlantonMuseum.org.

 

 

UNDER IMAGE: Beatriz González, Apuntes para la historia extensa, continuación [Notes for an Extensive History, Continuation], 1968, Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy and Charles W. Tate, 2016.104. © Beatriz González.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

ARTISTIC MERIT

The Ilya+Emilia Kabakov: Paintings about Paintings exhibition at The Dallas Contemporary showcases works that remained in the studio until recently. They filled the artists with revulsion when dragged into the light of day because their light and energy had disappeared. As a result, the strangest method for injecting joy is employed—namely, flowers are sewn onto the artworks. Through February 13, 2022. At DallasContemporary.org.

UNDER IMAGE: Holiday #13, Courtesy of Ilya+Emilia Kabakov.

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

JOY? BEAUTY? YES, PLEASE

The Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection looks at the definitive Dallas-based collection of American art built over nearly 60 years. Twenty-four works, whose dates span approximately a century, touch historical and aesthetic highpoints in American art and are united by a visual sense of harmony, tranquility, and beauty. Through January 9, 2022. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: John Singer Sargent, Sylvia Harrison, 1914, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

DIVINE SUBLIME REFINED

The Carter’s latest immersive contemporary exhibition, Anila Quayyum Agha: A Beautiful Despair, showcases Pakistani-American multidisciplinary artist Anila Quayyum Agha’s site-specific sculptural installation ​and related drawings ​informed by her multicultural experiences. Through January 9, 2022. At CarterMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: A Beautiful Despair (Cube), ©Anila Agha.

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

CHARMING AND CHILLY

Relive the joy and wonder of childhood with a story as fresh and lovely as a new coat of snow. In Ezra Jack Keats’s award-winning work from 1962, The Snowy Day, the story comes to life for the holidays in this much-anticipated world premiere opera from the brilliant creative duo of composer Joel Thompson and librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney. December 9—19. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Art ©The Snowy Day and A Poem for Peter by Erza Jack Keats with Librettist Andrea Davis Pinkney, Courtesy of the Houston Grand Opera.

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

OLD MASTERS ANEW

Light on Old Masters: European Art from Houston Collections, 1300–1700, denotes the artists then working in Europe. Works from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods are included in the show and drawn from the MFAH collections and through generous loans by private collectors in Houston. Through January 23, 2022. At MFAH.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Juan Carreño de Miranda and workshop, The Immaculate Conception, 17th Century, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson, III.

 

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

HALLELUJAH LET’S REJOICE

The glorious holiday tradition of Handel’s Messiah returns to The Houston Symphony this season. Chorus and guest soloists fill Jones Hall with joyous refrains and exultant arias, including the iconic “Hallelujah” Chorus, in this moving and powerful presentation of the most extraordinary story ever told. December 10—12. At HoustonSymphony.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Houston Symphony.

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

BIENNIAL BLOW OUT

The 2021 Texas Biennial, A New Landscape, A Possible Horizon is a geographically-led, independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. It’s the Biennial’s seventh iteration, and the first year it’s distributed across five Texas museums: Artpace, Fotofest, the McNay Art Museum, Ruby City, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. Through January 31, 2022. At TexasBiennial.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Steve Parker, Sirens, 2018, Brass, plastic, conduit, speakers, and recorded voices.Courtesy of Steve Parker.

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

A SHARP-DRESSED MAN

Steeped in memories, both personal and cultural, the art of Wayne Thiebaud is comfortingly familiar. It evokes reflection on our own experiences with the people, fashion, places, and foods we love. Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings celebrate the artist’s 100th birthday through 100 works. Through January 16. At McNayArt.org.

 

UNDER IMAGE: Wayne Thiebaud, Bow Ties, 1993. Crocker Art Museum, gift of the Artist’s family, 1995.9.38. ©2021 Wayne Thiebaud/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

LET’S GET POTTED

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience is a parody created by two-time Olivier Award-nominated and BBC actors Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books into 70 hilarious minutes. November 23—28. At MajesticEmpire.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson in Potted Potter. Photo courtesy of Potted Potter.

CULTURE HERO

CULTURE HERO

The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts maven Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.

AUSTIN

AUS Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son

GLOW MAKES THE EVENING FLOW

After having enormous success worldwide—in Paris, Barcelona, and New York—this creative, enchanting, and new concert series is known simply as “Candlelight.” Not to be missed are Candlelight: Beethoven’s Best Works and Candlelight: Otis Redding, Al Green & Southern Soul Legends, both

performed at the iconic Mansion, an intimate setting amidst walls flickering by soft candlelight.  September 10 and October 3, respectively. At SecretAustin.com.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Secret Austin, Candlelight Series

AUS Torbjørn Rødland, Eggs, 2019. Chromogenic print on Kodak Endura paper. Artwork © Torbjørn Rødland.Courtesy the artist and NILS STÆRK, Copenhagen

SURF’S STILL UP

The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle, performed more concerts than any major rock band in history, and received numerous awards, including the 2001 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  So sport your Wayfarers and enjoy a hang-ten evening of fun.

October 24. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE: The Beach Boys, with original members Mike Love, fifth from left, and Bruce Johnston, third from left. Courtesy of The Beach Boys, archival

Texas Gold Changed the World

FANTASY FAIRYTALE

Composer Stephen Sondheim’s fairytale masterpiece, Into The Woods, plays outdoors in a contemporary, reimagined interpretation. From the Topfer balcony, Rapunzel lets down her hair, Cinderella loses her slipper on the steps, and the Milky White cow sculpture moos to life with Jack and his Beanstalk. September 29―November 7. At ZachTheatre.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of ZACH Theatre

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

DAL Anna, Paris 2017, Photo by Paolo Roversi_Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

FASHION IS ART, BUT OF COURSE

A special exhibition, Canvas & Silk: Historic Fashion from Madrid’s Museo del Traje, from Madrid’s premier museum of historical dress, will be on view thanks to an unprecedented collaboration. In drawing examples from the Meadows’ collection of historical dress and pairing with the Museo del Traje’s, one may view these styles through the lens of Spanish art. September 19―January 9, 2022. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

ON IMAGE: Manuel Piña (Spanish, 1944–1994) [designer], Alex Serna [painter]; Vestido (Dress), 1991. ©Museo del Traje, Spain. Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Etnológico, Madrid, Spain; CE092707. Photo by Lucía Ybarra Zubiaga

DAL Photography is Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum_ Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013

MAGNIFICENT ALICE

As one of America’s most wildly creative and innovative dance companies, MOMIX DANCE/UNBOUND takes you on a walk through the Looking Glass in their reimagined and fantastical Alice. Don’t miss this triumph of imagination, illusions, and special effects in its U.S. premiere performance. September 17–18 at Winspear Opera House. At Titas.org.

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of MOMIX.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

ICONIC & IRREVERENT

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the most important and celebrated American painters of the 1980s. Gifted to the DMA by the late Samuel and Helga Feldman, Sam F is the first work by the iconic artist to enter the museum’s collection. Basquiat painted the impressionistic portrait in oil on a door from the apartment complex where he stayed in 1985 during his visit to Dallas. Through February 13, 2022. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sam F, 1985, oil on the door, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Samuel N. and Helga A. Feldman, 2019.31, © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

HOUSTON

HOUS Moooi Works, manufactured by Moooi, Mega Chandelier, 2018, mixed media and bulbs. © Moooi, New York

QUITE LOVERLY

From Lincoln Center Theater comes Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Prepare for a classic show-tune heaven in the sumptuous, thrilling revival that’s both opulent and daring. September 14―19. At TheHobbyCenter.org.

ON IMAGE: Leslie Alexander as Mrs. Higgins, Shereen Ahmed as Eliza Doolittle, and Kevin Pariseau as Colonel Pickering in The Lincoln Center Theater Production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Photo by Joan Marcus

HOUS David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75. The Menil Collection, Houston jpg

MODERNIST LEANINGS

The Menil Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will debut of Niki de Saint Phalle in the 1960s, the first major U.S. exhibition to focus on the radical work of Niki de Saint Phalle—from the artist’s Tirs, or “shooting paintings,” to her exuberant and powerful Nanas, lively sculptures of the female form. September 10–January 2, 2022. At Menil.org.

ON IMAGE: Niki de Saint Phalle Pirodactyl over New York, 1962 98 Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

FIREY OBSESSION

A tragedy of obsessive love, Bizet’s Carmen from 1875 is considered the most famous opera in the world. Camen captivates the soldier Don José with her beauty, confidence, and provocative lifestyle until his jealousy becomes their undoing. Expect striking costumes and gorgeous dancing in this acclaimed production. October 22―November 5. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

ON IMAGE: Carmen. Photo by Lynn Lane

SAN ANTONIO

SA Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

COMEDY, MEET TRAGEDY

Don Giovanni is sure to be a spectacular opening to a significant opera season. The classic tale balances comedy with tragedy as the Age of Enlightenment’s most notorious womanizer meets his demise. Filled with breathtaking arias and quicksilver ensembles, this is a must-see. October 7 and 9. At OperaSA.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

SA Martine Gutierrez, Still from Clubbing, 2012. HD video. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, © Martine Gutierrez.

ONWARD WE GO

Ruby City celebrates its first anniversary with two new installations from its permanent collection, featuring works in diverse media. In the multi-screen installation, Western Union: Small Boats (2007), British multimedia artist Julien chronicles the global history of African migration and diaspora. Cabrera’s exhibition The Craft of Resistance (2008) comprises 1,500 copper monarch butterflies representing perseverance and persistence. September 25—2020. At RubyCity.org.

ON IMAGE: Isaac Julien Western Union Series No. 4 (Flight Towards Other Destinies 3), 2007. Photo courtesy of Isaac Julien Studio

SA Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen

ART’S RULE

The exhibition Nature, Power, and Maya Royals: Recent Discoveries from the Site of Buenavista del Cayo showcases objects discovered at this archeological site in Belize. The pieces, now being exhibited for the first time, were recovered from two royal tombs, one dating to (ca. AD 450) and another to (ca. AD 650–750). Vessels from the SAMA permanent collection are also on display. Through February 27, 2022. At SAMuseum.org.

Detail of jaguar and coatimundi way on Cylinder Vase with Animal Figures, Belize, AD 650–750, earthenware and mineral paint, Courtesy of The Mopan Valley Archaeology Project. Photo by Bernadette Cap