NEW AND EXTRAORDINARY

NEW AND EXTRAORDINARY

The finest cultural experiences in Texas are back, according to our cultural adventurer Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations from across the state.

AUSTIN

BLOSSOMING THIS FALL

In Courtney Egan’s exhibition, Superflora, the central work is a large-scale interactive video projection. As viewers move along the walls, the floral imagery blossoms, and fades, responding to their presence. On view September 17―January 10. At UmlaufSculpture.org.

IMAGE: Courtney Egan Sleepwalkers (Night Blooming Cereus) 2013 Looping video projection, HD (Ed. of 10)

WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL

The newly opened Wonderspaces Austin, a 24,000 square foot industrial space, partners with artists to present an evolving showcase of extraordinary art to new audiences. It currently features over a dozen artists with multiple interactive displays. Of particular note is a sculpture, The Immigrant comprised of 2,300 wooden balls, by Brooklyn-based artist Michael Murphy. On view currently. At  Austin.Wonderspaces.com.

 

IMAGE: October 01, 2019, by Arseny Vesnin in 2019, art. USA, Portfolios

JUST A DREAM

Artist Juan Mũnoz’s Last Conversation Piece appears theatrical in its arrangement. However, visitors at The Contemporary―Laguna Gloria may enter the conversation space, even as the sculpture’s stony faces pay them no mind. One may sense a subtle disconnect from reality as if confronting the figures in a dream. November 19―Ongoing. At  TheContemporaryAustin.org.

IMAGE: Juan Muñoz, Last Conversation Piece, 1994–1995. Collection of Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Museum Purchase, 1995. Artwork © Juan Muñoz. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

TO ADMIRE…NOT TO BREAK

Commissioned for the reopening of the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Puente Nuevo is an immersive experience of large-scale artwork made from materials used to construct piñatas. Contemporary artist Justin Favela draws on his own Mexican and Guatemalan heritage. September 14–November 15. At www.CarterMuseum.org.

IMAGE: A walk through a #papermache #garden #denver #colorado…awesome #installationart by Justin Favela
@denverartmuseum

SPANISH RENAISSANCE CAPTURED

Berruguete Through the Lens: Photographs from a Barcelona Archive parallels this past spring’s major exhibition, Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain. Featuring early-twentieth-century photographs of works by Alonso Berruguete (c. 1488–1561). Through January 10. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

IMAGE: Copyright: © 2019 Institut Amatller d’ Art Hispànic-im. 05583046 (foto Mas C-80351/1934) Information extracted from IPTC Photo Metadata

MEET YOU AT THE FAIR

Over the past two decades, Mark Bradford has created monumental works of abstract painting and collage. Growing up in his mother’s hair salon and becoming a hairdresser himself, in End Papers, he incorporates in his art the thin, delicate papers used to protect hair from overheating during the permanent wave process. Through January 10. At www.TheModern.org.

IMAGE: On a clear day, I can usually see all the way to Watts, 2001. The Bluff Collection. © Mark Bradford

HOUSTON

OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD

Hats Off: Halston Hats from the Masterson Collection explores the art of millinery in the mid-20th century through hats and hair accessories designed by renowned American fashion designer Halston. Of particular note is the now infamous pillbox hat designed by Halston for Jackie Kennedy that she wore at the 1961 presidential inauguration. Through January 21. At MFAH.org.

IMAGE: Halston, for Bergdorf Goodman, Hat, 1959–67, white mink fur, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Rienzi Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

WHY BE ORDINARY?

Breaking Tradition: Contemporary Approaches to the Decorative Arts features three artists, Sophie Glenn, Steven Young Lee, and Beth Lipman, who challenge the dominant cultural narratives of the decorative arts through iconoclastic furniture, porcelain, photography, and cast-metal pieces. Through January 3. At CraftHouston.org.

IMAGE: Steven Young Lee Gourd Vase with Bats and Clouds, Contemporary, Ceramic, Sculpture, Cobalt, 2019

FOUR FOR THE SHOW

The Mercury Chamber Orchestra is performing the audience-favorite Vivaldi’s Four Seasons under the baton of Antoine Plante, artistic director, with soloist and concertmaster Jonathan Godfrey. Experience the elements of the four seasons with an energetic performance, complemented with dramatic lighting. Special performance on September 5. At www.MillerOutdoorTheatre.com.

 IMAGE: Courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre

SAN ANTONIO

CAPTURING THE RENAISSANCE

Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Scene captures the Renaissance in both theatre and cinema. Six hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) studio will “guest star” in this exhibition, alongside exquisite artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. September 10―April 4. At www.McNayArt.org.
IMAGE: Courtesy of McNay Art Museum

THE ANCIENTS' DNA INSPIRES TODAY

The new VISUAL VOICES: Contemporary Chickasaw Art exhibition contains nearly sixty artworks of fifteen present-day Chickasaw painters, potters, sculptors, metalsmiths, and weavers that convey a beautiful and compelling contemporary visual story. On view September 24―January 18. At www.BriscoeMuseum.org.

IMAGE: Copyright: All images property of Andrew Feiler

GO BEHIND THE SEAMS

The Witte’s exhibition, Fiesta Couture: Behind the Seams, takes a rare glimpse inside the workrooms where skilled artisans work together for months, hand-sewing embellishments on the iconic gowns and dazzling trains that together result in the most glamourous night of Fiesta. Through November 15.  At WitteMuseum.org

IMAGE: Fiesta Couture, courtesy Witte Museum

DIGITALLY CULTURAL

DIGITALLY CULTURAL

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

AUSTIN

DEEP IN THE VAULTS OF TEXAS

Sixty From The 60s, an exhibit originally on view in 2015 at the LBJ Library, is now available online. It features iconic photographs, historical objects, and more related to sixty Americans who made an impact on this seminal, swinging era. At LBJLibrary.org.

ON IMAGECourtesy of The LBJ Presidential Library

GLOBAL SUCCESS REWARDED

The Harry Ransom Center, drawing primarily from its own collection of over 300 items, including numerous documents, photos, and videos never before seen in public, presents Gabriel García Márquez, The Making of a Global Writer. Márquez is best known for his Nobel Prize-winning novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude. Through August 30. At HRC.UTexas.edu.

ON IMAGECourtesy of The Harry Ransom CenterTexas.

EXPLORE THE BLANTON. ANYTIME. ANYWHERE.

The Blanton Museum of Art has its assortment of digital resources available so that you can #MuseumFromHome. Explore their permanent collection, peek behind the scenes with Blanton staff, watch artist interviews, learn about Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin, and more. At BlantonMuseum.org.

ON IMAGEEllsworth Kelly’s Austin. Courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

STAY IN. STAY DMA.

One of Alfredo Ramos Martínez’s masterpieces, Flores Mexicanas: Women in Modern Mexican Art, is on display for the first time at The Dallas Museum of Art. The loan of this monumental painting inspired the exhibition. Online and on view through September 20. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: Alfredo Ramos Martinez, Flores Mexicanas, 1914-1929. © The Alfredo Ramos Martínez Research Project, reproduced by permission. Courtesy of Dallas Museum of Art

ALWAYS DIFFERENT, AVAILABLE & FREE

The Dallas Contemporary has announced #dcfromhome—a digital hub to inspire creativity for all ages. Explore their website for family-friendly, and adult content programming such as curator guided deep dives into exhibitions, virtual studio visits, and more. Don’t miss their weekly Spotify playlist, Hang Tight. At DallasContemporary.org.

 ON IMAGE: Paola Pivi, Ma’am, 2016. Courtesy of Dallas Contemporary

MEET YOU AT THE FAIR

The Dallas Art Fair will present Dallas Art Fair Online, a new platform allowing collectors to preview, and purchase works digitally from participating galleries. The Fair has been rescheduled to October 2020. At DallasArtFair.com.

ON IMAGE: Isabelle du Toit, Casual Chat, 2020. Courtesy of Cris Worley Gallery, Dallas Art Fair

HOUSTON

ASIA SOCIETY: AROUND THE WORLD

The Asia Society will now be brought directly to you through its digital channels with content for all ages. Join the journey on social media via #AsiaSocietyAtHome and be a part of the adventure. Available online at AsiaSociety.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Asia Society

MFAH IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has launched a new virtual museum experience, #MFAHatHOME, to share its treasures with audiences around the world. Online at MFAH.org.

 ON IMAGE: Painting by Richard Stout. Courtesy of MFAH

MUSIC TO OUR EARS

The Houston Symphony understands there is no substitute for a live orchestral performance. However, they will still bring you their transporting sounds on Spotify. Also, their broadcast programs are available both online and at Houston Public Media each Sunday. At HoustonSymphony.org.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of The Houston Symphony

SAN ANTONIO

DREAMING OF SELENA

The McNay Art Museum pays tribute to the beloved 90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez in its exhibition Selena Forever/Siempre Selena with five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer. Online and on view through July 23, 2020. At McNayArt.org.

ON IMAGE: Selena, 1992. By John Dyer. Collection of the artist, courtesy of McNay Art Museum

SAMA CURATES TO YOU

SAMA remains committed to enriching lives through exceptional experiences with art. Discover through a digital landscape its permanent collection of art from around the world. Check out its exhibition Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art. Follow samuseum on Spotify to listen to the museum’s #SAMAJams series. Don’t miss kids’ story time with educators every Thursday or explore online learning and art-making activities for the kids. Available online at SAMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: The Game, 2015. Photo by Terrell James. Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Photography by Peggy Tenis

WITTE YOU WERE HERE, WITTE WHERE YOU ARE

Witte Where You Are provides engaging, interactive experiences that you can do at home. Investigate how the past connects to today and digitally explore Witte artifacts, take virtual gallery tours, and more. At WitteMuseum.org.

 ON IMAGE: Courtesy of the Witte Museum

 

CULTURAL ADVANTAGES

CULTURAL ADVANTAGES

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

AUSTIN

HERE’S TO THE CROONERS

While Harry Connick, Jr. is the definition of a multi-talented star, the foundation of his art has always been his music. Enjoy an evening with this bayou renaissance man and his band for an intimate performance of songs from his impressive new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter, as well as classics from his remarkable career. March 10. At TheLongCenter.org.

Courtesy of the Harry Connick, official website and The Long Center

LOOKING FASHIONABLY FORWARD…

The Fashion Forward exhibit at the Bullock State History Museum explores the evolution of style and how we think about clothes, all through a Texas lens. Discover the historical and cultural context of garments from some of the fashion world’s biggest names. Create your own looks at a fabric draping station and strike a pose on the runway. Through April 12. At TheStoryOfTexas.com.

Evening Dress, Valentino Garavani. Photo courtesy of the Bullock Museum in collaboration with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas.

SOMETHING TO WISH FOR

Discover a whole new world at Disney’s Alladin; the hit Broadway musical. This timeless story is a thrilling new production that is filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. March 11-22. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

Photo by Deen van Meer.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

EXTRAVAGANTLY SEDUCTIVE

The special exhibition, Flesh and Blood, will feature nearly 40 masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. These incredible paintings are a journey through the Italian Renaissance and Baroque periods. Such extraordinarily beautiful scenes can be moving or imposing, violent, extravagant, or even seductive. On view March 1―June 14. At KimbellArt.org.

Guido Reni, Atalanta and Hippomenes, c.1620―25, oil on canvas. Photo courtesy of the Capodimonte Museum in Naples. “

MASTERFUL CLICKS

Looking In: Photography from the Outside takes an in-depth look by six influential twentieth-century artists: Richard Avedon, Morris Engel, Laura Gilpins, Dorothea Lange, Danny Lyon, and Paul Strand, who navigated their role as “outsider” differently, raising complicated questions about perception, representation, and power. Through May 10. At CarterMuseum.org.

Freida Kleinsasser, Thirteen Year Old, Hutterite Colony, Harlowton, Montana, 1983, Gelatin silver print, Richard Avedon (1923–2004). Photo courtesy of Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

REVOLUTIONARY SCULPTOR

The Meadows Museum and The National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.) present Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain (c. 1488–1561), the first major U.S. exhibition dedicated to the Spanish sculptor who emerged as 16th century Spain’s most innovative artist, revolutionizing Spanish art. March 29―July 29. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org.

Alonso Berruguete (Spanish, c. 1488–1561), The Sacrifice of Isaac, 1526–1533. Painted wood with gilding. Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid. Image © Museo Nacional de Escultura, Valladolid (Spain); photo by Javier Muñoz and Paz Pastor.

HOUSTON

LET FREEDOM RING

Perfect as a reminder for these political times, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, presents Norman Rockwell: American Freedom, an exhibition devoted to Rockwell’s iconic depictions of FDR’s Four Freedoms—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want. Houston is the fifth venue for the acclaimed exhibition’s seven-city tour organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Through March 22. At MFAH.org.

Photo courtesy of Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), “Freedom of Speech,” 1943. Illustration for “The Saturday Evening Post,” February 20, 1943. Photo courtesy of the collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum © 1943 SEPS: Licensed by Curtis Licensing, Indianapolis, IN. All rights reserved.

SHE ALWAYS GETS WHAT SHE WANTS

R. Strauss’s compelling psychodrama Salome returns to the Houston Grand Opera for the first time in 20 years in a production directed by Francisco Negrin. The revolutionary score reinvents Oscar Wilde’s biblical drama of a deeply disturbed princess who has fallen in love with Jokanaan (John the Baptist). April 18―May 1. At HoustonGrandOpera.org.

 

Courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

COME FROM AWAY AND STAY AWHILE

Broadway’s Come From Away is a Best Musical winner across North America. This New York Times Critics’ pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 9/11’s 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. March 3–8. At TheHobbyCenter.org.

Courtesy of Michael Murphy

SAN ANTONIO

RUNWAY READY

The McNay Art Museum’s new exhibit, Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday features iconic and innovative garments plus video art from the 1990s—a decade that’s known for revolutionizing the fashion and art worlds. It features designers including Oscar de la Renta, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, and more. Through May 17. At McNayArt.org.

Victor Costa, Wedding Dress, 1992. Silk satin, net, rhinestones. Texas Fashion Collection, University of North Texas, Gift of the Estate of Doris I. Dixon, 1996.016.002.

THE MAGIC OF CLAY AND FIRE

This ongoing focus installation, The Magic of Clay and Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, is now in its second rotation, featuring sixteen new works that showcase unique shapes, techniques, and glazes. Through April 22, 2020. At SAMuseum.org.

Miyashita Zenji, Japanese, 1939-2012, Ki no jôshô (Rising Air), 2004, Stoneware and colored clays bands with clear overglaze; h. 19 ¼ in. (48.9 cm); w. 12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm); d. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm), Collection of Susan L. and C.J. Peters, Photography by Richard Goodbody.

A HEAVENLY GIFT

Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away! March 27-29, 2020. At TobinCenter.org.

Courtesy of Shen Yun.

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