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

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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

CELEBRATING CULTURE

CELEBRATING CULTURE

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 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

HERE COMES THE SUMMER

Zachary Scott Theatre’s Summer Under the Stars: Summer Series brings to you Come Together: Beatles Redux featuring the timeless music of the legendary Beatles. ZACH greats perform iconic hits like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Let it Be, and more. July 8—25. At ZachTheatre.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Michael Valentine performs. Courtesy of Zachery Scott Theatre.

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

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

The Blanton Museum’s new exhibition, Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite, highlights his work in the late ’50s through ’60s. Brathwaite, a key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance, and his older brother, Elombe Brath, founded the African Jazz-Arts Society & Studios (AJASS) and Grandassa Models. June 27—September 19. At BlantonMuseum.org. 

ON IMAGE: Kwame Brathwaite, Sikolo Brathwaite wearing a headpiece designed by Carolee Prince, African Jazz-Art Society&Studios (AJASS), Harlem, ca. 1968; from Kwame Brathwaite: Black Is Beautiful (Aperture, 2019).

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DANCING EXISTENTIALLY

ISHIDA Dance Company presents Faraway, so close, an evening of thought-provoking world premieres in contemporary dance: new works based on original poetic narratives that invite existential questions by Brett Ishida, a new work by former Batsheva dancer and USC Professor Bret Easterling, and a new creation by award-winning European choreographer Kristian Lever. In Austin August 13–14 at Dell Fine Arts Center at St. Andrew’s and in Houston August 19–21 at MATCH Midtown Arts & Theater Center. At IshidaDance.org

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of ISIDA Dance Company

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

JAPANESE AESTHETIC

Tokyo-based artist Tomoo Gokita’s first North American museum exhibition, Get Down, presented by The Dallas Contemporary, features Gokita’s large-scale paintings and never-before-seen pieces. These creations were all done during the pandemic. Through August 22. At DallasContemporary.org.

ON IMAGE: Tomoo Gokita. Remarriage, 2021.© Tomoo Gokita

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

EXOTIC ALLURE

The Kimbell Museum’s new exhibit, Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, presents nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States. It highlights pieces collected by the couple between the ’40s and ’70s. Through September 5. At KimbellArt.org.

ON IMAGE: Shiva as Lord of the Dance (Shiva Nataraja). India, Tamil Nadu. Chola period, about 970. Asia Society, New York: Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection, 1979.20. Photograph by Synthescape

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

ABSTRACTION APPREAL

The Fort Worth Modern’s new exhibit, Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas, features the artist’s most significant works and examines his contribution to the development of abstraction over nearly five decades. Through October 10. At TheModern.org.

ON IMAGE: Sean Scully, Pale Fire, 1988, Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth,
Museum purchase, Sid W. Richardson Foundation Endowment Fund©Sean Scully

HOUSTON

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

DEEP DIVE INTO AMERICA

Three Centuries of American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston highlights more than 200 works from the private collection of Fayez S. Sarofim. The Houston-based collector has assembled an extraordinary representation of painting in America. His devotion to 19th and 20th century painting is at the center of his collection and this exhibition. Through September 6. At MFAH.org.

 

ON IMAGE: John Singer Sargent, Madame Ramón Subercaseaux, c. 1880–81 Fayez S. Sarofim Collection

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

LOVE. RESIST. DREAM.

These rallying cries echo throughout Los Angeles-based artist Cauleen Smith’s works, which remind us to nurture each other and the planet that sustains us. Her exhibition, Cauleen Smith: We Already Have What We Need,  at The Contemporary Art Museum emphasizes acts of caring as antidotes to the injustices and inequities that shape our past and present, envisioning a better world. July 15—October 3. At CAMH.org.

ON IMAGE: Cauleen Smith, Light Up Your Life (For Sandra Bland), 2019. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. Commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Purchase through the generosity of an anonymous donor, 2020.

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

COLOR ME BEAUTIFUL

Color Factory is a collaborative and multisensory exhibit featuring participatory installations of colors and hues. A collection of artists, creatives, and designers have teamed up to tell their unique color stories inspired by the city and space, with NASA also being a collaborator. Through September 6. At ShowClix.com.

 

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Color Factory

SAN ANTONIO

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

MEET ME AT THE FAIR

In 1998, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, a 30,000 square-foot wing, opened to display Latin American art from ancient to contemporary. On Permanent View—Latin America Galleries. At SAMuseum.org.

 

ON IMAGE: Roberto de la Selva (Nicaraguan, 1895-1957), At the Fair (En la Fería), 1934, Museum purchase, 59.19.5, Photograph by Peggy Tenison, Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art.

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

RENAISSANCE ROTTEN

Enjoy an evening of theatre as The Public presents Something Rotten. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom set out to write the first musical in the 1590s after a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing, and acting simultaneously. Fridays through Sundays, July 9—July 18. At CTXLiveTheatre.com.

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Something Rotten national tour

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

HOME, HEART, AND HEARTH

Joanna Keane Lopez, a New Mexico native, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work blurs the boundaries between contemporary sculpture and architecture through the medium of adobe mud. She creates work that seeks healing and reparation of fragmentation towards land, home, family, and community. July 1―September 5. At BlueStarContemporary.org.

ON IMAGE: Nine Ways to Say Hello Adobe bricks, mirror, lime wash, mica, cotton, cochineal insects, onion skins. Courtesy of Joanna Keane Lopez

ARTISTIC MERIT

ARTISTIC MERIT

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 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

UNDER A SUMMER MOON

The Austin Symphony Orchestra presents Moonlight Moods, a live outdoor concert at the stunning new Moody Amphitheater. Beethoven’s euphoric and exquisite Symphony No. 7, often referred to as the “Apotheosis of the Dance,” is sure to move you. May 13―15. At AustinSymphony.org. 

ON IMAGE: Ludwig van Beethoven, portrait by Josef Karl Stieler. Courtesy of ASO.

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

GONNA WEAR MY GOLDEN CROWN…

Zach Scott’s Theatre’s Songs Under The Stars: Spring Series presents Gospel Down by the Riverside. The stellar cast of Zach’s hit Crowns once again raises the rafters in celebration of gospel music made famous by Shirley Caesar, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, and others. April 1―11. At ZachTheatre.org. 

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of Zachery Scott Theatre.

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STRUMMIN’ FROM THE SPHYNX TO TEXAS

From its origins in the Nile Valley to today, the guitar has rocked the world for more than 5,000 years. GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World takes visitors on a fascinating exploration of the science, sound, history, and pop culture behind the world’s favorite instrument. Through August 15. At TheStoryOfTexas.com.

ON IMAGE: Gibson Harp Guitar, ca. 1912. Courtesy of the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

MIRROR MIRROR ON THE WALL

Chris Schanck’s premier DMA exhibition,  Curbed Vanity: A Contemporary Foil by Chris Schanck, pairs the late-19th century Martelé dressing table in the DMA’s collection with Schanck’s contemporary interpretation of the piece. One is a grand example of the Gilded Age’s craftsmanship, and Schanck’s is a tribute to the urban landscape. Through August 29. At DMA.org

ON IMAGE: Curbed Vanity: A Contemporary Foil by Chris Schanck, Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.

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

ARTIFACTS GONE, BUT HISTORY REMAINS

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents two works by the 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz, part of his series of sculptures, The invisible enemy should not exist, and his film, The Ballad of Special Ops Cody. Each examines the connection between present-day conflicts in the Middle East and the region’s ancient history. Through April 18. At NasherSculptureCenter.org. 

ON IMAGE: 2020 Nasher Prize Laureate Michael Rakowitz, The invisible enemy should not exist (Room F, section 1, panel 10, Northwest Palace of Nimrud), 2019, Courtesy of Jane Lombard Gallery, photo by Arturo Sanchez

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

CELEBRATING HOME SWEET HOME

The Meadow’s twentieth anniversary will be marked with a commemorative exhibition: Building on the Boulevard: Celebrating 20 Years of the Meadows New Home, which in 2001 was a defining moment in the museum’s over 50-year history. Through June 20. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org. 

ON IMAGE: Exterior of the Meadows Museum and its sculpture plaza with Santiago Calatrava’s Wave (2002) in foreground. Photo by Hillsman Jackson.

HOUSTON

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

NATURE TIMES TWO

Two visionary artists, separated in time and space, are united by a shared fascination with nature. View David Hockney and Vincent van Gogh’s work side-by-side in the MFAH’s exhibition  Hockney–Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature. It premiered at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the MFAH will be the only U.S. venue. Through June 21. At MFAH.org.

ON IMAGE: David Hockney’s The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011. Credit. Collection Société des Amis du Musée national d’Art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Richard Schmidt.

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

THEN AND NOW

Pompeii: The Exhibition tells the tale of the city buried in ash and volcanic debris after Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted some 2,000 years ago. Visitors discover how people lived, loved, worked, worshiped, and found entertainment through the over 150 artifacts preserved in the ruins. Through September 6. At HMNS.org

ON IMAGE: A pristine Pompeii sculpture showcases the intricacy of artifacts.  Photo courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science.

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

A GRAND OVERTURE OF GREATS

Houston Symphony’s Iconic Overtures: Andrés Conducts Mozart, Beethoven & More breaths life into some of music’s all-time great overtures—dramatic and evocative curtain-raisers that capture us from the first note. May 14―16. At HoustonSymphony.org.

ON IMAGE: Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Music Director, Roy and Lillie Cullen Chair, Courtesy of the Houston Symphony.

SAN ANTONIO

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

OASIS IN THE GARDENS

San Antonio Botanical Garden’s newest exhibition, Frida Kahlo Oasis, brings a captivating rendition of the artist’s iconic blue home, Casa Azul, and lush green sanctuary that profoundly influenced her timeless art. This exhibition uncovers Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. Through Nov. 2. At SABOT.org.

ON IMAGE: Frida’s Oasis Entrance. Courtesy of the San Antonio Botanical Garden.

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

IS IT LIVE, OR IS IT MAGICAL?

The new Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts exhibition, Is It Real? Staging Nature explores the technical side of recreating nature in performance. The show presents artwork that highlights nature as depicted in stories from opera, ballet, and musical theatre to illustrate examples of these designs. April 22―September 30,  2021. At McNayArt.org.

ON IMAGE: Tony Straiges, Maquette. for Into the Woods, painted board and paper, with found objects. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Robert L.B. Tobin.

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

IMPRESSIVE IMPRESSIONISM

As American artists—often having trained in France—returned home in the late nineteenth century, they put a distinctly American twist on Impressionism. America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution explores this history with European origins. June 11―September 5, 2021. At SAMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Willard Metcalf (American, 1858–1925)
Poppy Field (Landscape at Giverny), 1886, Oil on canvas, Collection of J. Jeffrey and Ann Marie Fox.

MORE CULTURE TO LOVE

MORE CULTURE TO LOVE

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

AUSTIN

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

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

The vast Bass Concert Hall stage turns gallery as Texas Performing Arts presents Behind the Scenes: The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop. Visit mid-century Hollywood through the first-ever public viewing of twelve historic Golden Age film backdrops. Through March 21. At TexasPerformingArts.org

ON IMAGE: Courtesy of The Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas Austin, Hollywood, The Prodigal Son.

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

PICTURE THIS

Torbjørn Rødland: Bible Eye, The Contemporary Austin’s first solo photography exhibition, features the L.A.-based Norwegian artist’s earlier works alongside a few newer pieces. A few have a direct link to Austin, taken with the show in mind when Rødland was in the Capital City last year. Through August 15. At TheContemporaryAustin.org. 

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

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TEXAS GOLD CHANGED THE WORLD

The Bullock Museum’s new Texas Oil and Gas permanent exhibition brings together Texas’s oil industry history and how it changed Texas and the world. Discover early prospectors’ wealth through artifact highlights such as a beaded opera cape, tuxedo, and alligator bag. Ongoing. At TheStoryOfTexas.com. 

ON IMAGE: Elegant, sable trimmed opera cape, ornately embellished with pink, gold, and white sequins in the flowing curves of Art Nouveau design, ca. 1912. Courtesy of The Bullock Museum.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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

ETHEREALLY GRACEFUL FLIGHT

Birds, presented at the Dallas Contemporary, will be the first North American exhibition of legendary Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi. It will focus on his long-standing collaboration with the Comme des Garçons fashion brand and its founder Rei Kawakubo. Through August 22. At DallasContemporary.org

ON IMAGE: Anna, Paris 2017, Photo: Paolo Roversi/Courtesy of the Dallas Contemporary.

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

AMERICA, OH SO BEAUTIFUL

This year the Amon Carter Museum of American Art celebrates its sixtieth year of scholarship, collecting, special exhibitions, and its preeminent collection of masterworks since first welcoming visitors in 1961. Through January 9, 2022. At CarterMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Photography is an Art exhibition, Courtesy of Amon Carter Museum; Alfred Stieglitz, A Wet Day on the Boulevard, Paris, Photogravure, 2013.

DAL Photo by Andy Nguyen. Courtesy of Galleria Dallas

YOU SPIN ME ‘ROUND

As we’ve seen on the catwalks, the 80s are back and being celebrated. Thanks to Martini Consignment’s Ken Weber, the new exhibit at Galleria Dallas, She’s Got The Look, represents the best of the decade’s fantasy dressing. March 5–April 3. At GalleriaDallas.com.

HOUSTON

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

BRIGHT…AND JUST RIGHT

The Museum of Fine Art Houston’s Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting is the first large-scale U.S. exhibition to examine international lighting’s artistic and technological evolution over the past 100 years through pivotal creations within major avant-garde design movements by the world’s leading designers. Through May 16. At MFAH.org

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

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

THE ROTHKO ROCKS 50

This spring, the Moody Center for the Arts will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel by presenting Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration, which will highlight the extraordinary impact the Rothko Chapel has had on both artists and the public since its opening in 1971. Through May 15. At Moody.Rice.edu

ON IMAGE: David Novros, Detail of right wall from Untitled, 1973–75, oil on canvas. The Menil Collection, Houston

HOUS Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston

A SONG IN OUR HEARTS

Presented by Houston’s Ars Lyrica, Signature Works exemplifies Polish Baroque music illustrating this culture’s significant and little-known contribution to European musical practice during the “golden age” of the 17th and 18th centuries. Virtual performance on March 14. At ArsLLyricaHouston.org. 

ON IMAGE: Signature Works, Courtesy of Ars Lyrica Houston.

SAN ANTONIO

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

OPERATIC & DRAMATIC

Opera San Antonio will return to live performances at the Tobin Center on May 6 and 8 with Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. The production features Metropolitan Opera star Brenda Rae in the title role, Scott Hendricks as Enrico, and Scott Quinn as Edgardo. The opera contains one of the most famous scenes in opera―Lucia’s descent into madness. At OperaSA.org.

ON IMAGE: Brenda Rae, Metropolitan Opera, Courtesy of Opera San Antonio

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

NO LIMITATIONS AT ALL

The Limitless! Five Women Reshape Contemporary Art exhibition grew out of the McNay’s highly successful 2018 show Immersed: Local to Global Art Sensations. This exhibit features artworks by women artists only. The McNay has a history of supporting women artists because of its founder, Marion Koogler McNay. Through September 19. At McNayArt.org.

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

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

THE ARTISTS’ WAY

The Brisco Western Art Museum celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its Night of Artists exhibition, sale, and Grand Live Auction on March 27. This premier Western Art show consists of nearly 300 new paintings, sculptures, and mixed media by over 80 of today’s leading artists. Public exhibition and sale through May 9. At BriscoeMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Gladys Roldan-De-Moras Memories From My Home, oil on linen.

 

NOW, FOR THE VERY BEST

NOW, FOR THE VERY BEST

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

AUSTIN

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PRINTS CHARMING

The Blanton’s new exhibition, After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints, takes a rare in-depth look from a selection of his over 3500 European prints in the museum’s collection. Long recognized as a rare art historian, Steinberg is less well known as a European print collector. February 7–May 9. At BlantonMuseum.org

ON IMAGE: The Vanity of Worldly Possessions, after Abraham Bloemaert, 1600, by Jan Saenredam. Courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin

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THE BEAUTY OF HUMANS

The first solo museum exhibition in Texas by native Austinite and artist Deborah Roberts critiques notions of ideal beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of African American children. In tandem, a new figurative mural on the exterior of the Jones Center building titled Deborah Roberts: I’m, will be on display. January 23–August 15. At TheContemporaryAustin.org.

ON IMAGE: Deborah Roberts, The duty of disobedience, 2020. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photo by Paul Bardagjy.

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LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE

The Texas Performing Arts Center presents STOMP, an international, award-winning, explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique show that appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Two special performances on January 9. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of The Stomp Company, LLC.

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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HOME SWEET HOME

For a Dreamer of Houses is an imaginative and immersive exhibition of over fifty works from the DMA’s collection that explores the significance of the spaces we inhabit and how they represent ourselves, our values, and desires. Through July 4. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: Alex Da Corte’s Rubber Pencil Devil (2018). Photo by John Smith. Courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art.

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THREE ICONIC PIECES, ONE INCREDIBLE NIGHT.

Texas Ballet Theater presents Serenade, a Balanchine classic, Ben Stevenson’s world premiere of Star Crossed, a passionate pas de deux of the famous lovers, Romeo and Juliet and the World Premiere by Tim O’Keefe featuring never-before-seen choreography. Performances February 5-14. At TexasBalletTheater.org.

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of the Texas Ballet Theater.

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REALLY REGAL

The Kimbell Art Museum’s special exhibition, Queen Nefertari’s Egypt, celebrates Nefertari, one of the most celebrated, highly regarded, and educated queens of ancient Egypt and the great Pharaoh Ramesses II’s favorite wife. Nefertari and other royal women are brought to life through approximately 230 exceptional objects. Through March 14. At KimbellArt.org.

ON IMAGE: Statuette of Ahmose-Nefertari Photo courtesy of Kimbell Art Museum.

HOUSTON

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SO NEW AND ENGAGING

The Museum of Fine Art Houston’s new, translucent Kinder Building is dedicated to displaying the venue’s outstanding and fast-growing international collections of modern and contemporary art. At its street level is a light-filled environment by James Turrell. The first installations are accompanied by major site-specific commissioned works by artists such as El Anatsui, Ólafur Elíasson, and Ai Weiwei, to name a few. At MFAH.org.

ON IMAGE: The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Photo by Peter Molick.

Through December 27. At MFAH.org.

ON IMAGE: Egypt, Mosque Lamp, c. 1320, enamel and gilded glass, The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

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DOORWAY TO OPPORTUNITIES

The Menil’s exhibition Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon explores early Christian texts that describe acedia as a demon that besieges the soul at noon when the day listlessly drags. Seven sculptural works by Puerto Rico-based artists Allora & Calzadilla revolve around this concept. Through June 20. At Menil.org. 

ON IMAGE: Installation view of Allora & Calzadilla, Graft, 2019. Courtesy of The Menil. Photo by Paul Hester.

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MULTIGENERATIONAL IN YEARS YET KINDRED SPIRITS AT HEART

The Contemporary Art Museum of Houston’s Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves exhibition brings together paintings by Elizabeth Murray and the work of New York-based sculptor Jessi Reaves. Although Murray and Reaves are generations apart, this exhibition highlights each artist’s simultaneously lyrical, playful, and rigorous engagement with the decorative, domestic, and bodily. January 21–May 16. At CAMH.org.

ON IMAGE: Elizabeth Murray, Night Empire, 1967-68. Oil on canvas. Collection Arthur and Susan Murray Resnick. ©2020 The Murray-Holman Family Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

SAN ANTONIO

THERE IS NO OCEAN WIDE ENOUGH

No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean, 1945 ―Present features approximately 75 works of modern and contemporary art by Latin American global dialogues between their Asian heritages and Latin American or Caribbean identities, and Caribbean artists of Asian descent. On view February 12–May 9. At SAMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Tomie Ohtake, Untitled, 1968, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the

STOP IN THE NAME OF HOPE

Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love honors the late Pop icon’s life, art, and resounding legacy. A self-proclaimed painter of signs, Robert Indiana shaped a highly original body of work that explores American identity; his own personal history; and the power of abstraction, symbolism, and language. Through January 24. At McNayArt.org.

ON IMAGE: Robert Indiana, Sheet from Four Seasons of Hope, 2012. Screenprint. Gift of Michael, Leif, and Simona McKenzie, American Image Art.

IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

Please Form A Straight Line is a timely, diverse, and innovative group exhibition featuring artists who explore collectivity, municipality, property, architecture, and the control and regulation of bodies. The Blue Star Contemporary’s show acts as a mirror to our current realities. Through May 9. At BlueStarContemporary.org.

ON IMAGE: Jamal Cyrus, Lemon’s New World Blues, 2014, latex on masonite, Courtesy of Inman Gallery Houston

CHOOSING MORE CULTURE

CHOOSING MORE CULTURE

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

AUSTIN

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TRANSFORMATIVE TIMES

Expanding Abstraction, Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas, 1958–1983, from the Blanton’s extensive collection of abstract painting from the 1960s and 70s, explores how painting was transformed during these decades. Many of the works are large scale and have rarely been shown before.

Through January 10, 2021. At BlantonMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Alice Baber, Lavender High, 1968, oil on canvas, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Michener Acquisition Fund, 1969.

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LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement tells a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. The Bullock Museum is pleased to include more than a dozen additional images representing activism and protest in Austin’s own local history.

On view through December 6. At TheStoryofTexas.com.

ON IMAGE: MFDP delegates demonstrate as President Lyndon Johnson was nominated. Victoria Gray, from Hattiesburg, the woman at the center, is a prominent MFDP leader. Atlantic City, New Jersey. ©1964 George Ballis, Courtesy CDEA.

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THE GREAT WHITE WAY GOES LOCAL

The Texas Performing Arts announced that it is presenting Live from the West Side: Women of Broadway featuring Tony Award winner Laura Benanti (11/14) and critically acclaimed actress and singer Vanessa Williams (12/5). Each virtual show will feature a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs, and personal stories from each artist’s life.

November 14 and December 5. At TexasPerformingArts.org.

ON IMAGE: Vanessa Williams: Photo courtesy of Rod Spicer

DALLAS / FORT WORTH

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WORLDWIDE AND TIMELESS

To Be Determined, juxtaposes works from many centuries, geographies, and cultures to trace how art’s significance can shift when presented in new contexts. Drawn from the DMA’s global collection, from the 13th century to the present, it affirms individuals’ and communities’ resilience that resonates with both current and historical struggles.

Through December 27. At DMA.org.

ON IMAGE: Perro Aullando, 1960, Art©Tamayo Heirs/Mexico/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

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CREATING COMMON GROUND

Contemporary artist Marina Adams highlights seven of her energetic abstract paintings that are immersive in scale, as well as recent small gouache, works on paper in her exhibition Focus: Marina Adams. Adams’ paintings are rooted in textile design and architecture, with literature and history also playing important roles.

Through January 10, 2021. At TheModern.org.

ON IMAGE: Marina Adams, Cheops, 2018

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TIMES ARE A CHANGIN’

The Nasher Sculpture Center presents Resist/Release, a dialogue between forms of resistance and release in sculptures by several artists, including newly-acquired works by Magdalena Abakanowicz and John Chamberlain. Recently resistance has been embraced by artists who have struggled for acceptance due to their gender or race.

Through January 7, 2021. At NasherSculptureCenter.org.

ON IMAGE: Dorothy Dehner, Resist/Release, 2020, Courtesy Nasher Sculpture Center, Photo courtesy of Kevin Todora

HOUSTON

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SHINE YOUR LIGHT

Discover themes of light and radiance in the exhibition Art of Islamic Lands: Selections from the al-Sabah Collection, Kuwait from one of the most significant privately-held collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum’s landmark partnership with the Kuwait-based al-Sabah Collection and the cultural institution Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah continues with this expanded installation that more than triples the original display to now over 250 works.

Through December 27. At MFAH.org.

ON IMAGE: Egypt, Mosque Lamp, c. 1320, enamel and gilded glass, The al-Sabah Collection, Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah, Kuwait.

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CLICK, CLICK, CLICK

Photography and the Surreal Imagination presents the broad reach in modern and contemporary photography that questions the very nature of representation. Groundbreaking photographers in the show include Eugène Atget, Allison Janae Hamilton, Hans Bellmer, Cindy Sherman, Man Ray, and Lorna Simpson.

Through November 29. At Menil.org.

ON IMAGE: Max Ernst, German, 1891 – 1976 Health through Sport (La santé par le sport), ca. 1920. Photograph, 1981-044 DJ.

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LET FREEDOM RING

The U.S. premiere of Mandela: Struggle for Freedom is a rich sensory experience of imagery, soundscape, digital media, and objects that explore the earthshaking fight for justice and human dignity in South Africa–and its relevance to issues of today. Visitors can experience the tiny cell where Nobel Peace Prize-winning and first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela was held.

Through January 3, 2021. At HMH.org.

ON IMAGE: Mandela with a raised fist, moments
after his release from prison (after 27 years) on
February 11, 1990. Photograph by Graeme
Williams.

SAN ANTONIO

MODERN TIMES, MODERN DRAWINGS

The McNay has been known for its collection of drawings and watercolors by American modernists. The Hockney to Warhol: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection exhibition is visitors’ first opportunity to view an exclusive selection in a single show. Drawings by Leonardo Drew, David Hockney, Beth van Hoesen, Yvonne Jacquette, Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol are presented.

Through January 2, 2021. At McNayArt.org.

ON IMAGE: David Hockney, Looking at Pictures on a Screen, 1977. Colored pencil on paper. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Robert H. Halff. © David Hockney.

BE TRANSPORTED TO MAGICAL TIME

Enjoy Vadim Gluzman with the Olmos Ensemble and Timothy Jones in an exclusive socially distanced concert, The Soldier’s Tale, that brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries to one of Texas’s premier chamber music organizations make for a magical evening.

Special performance on November 7. At TobinCenter.org.

ON IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Marco Borggreve

FORTY FOR FORTY

The museum’s Elizabeth and Robert Lende collection has promised the Museum their outstanding collection of silver adornments, assembled over the past forty years. The exhibition, Exquisite Adornment: Turkmen and Miao Jewelry from the Elizabeth and Robert Lende Collection showcases their gift and features a broad range of exquisitely crafted silver.

Through January 3, 2021. At SAMuseum.org.

ON IMAGE: Headdress or Bridal Diadem, Turkmenistan (Yomud, Teke, Nochuoli), late 19th to early 20th century, Silver inlaid with carnelian, Promised gift from Elizabeth and Robert Lende, L.2020.23.7. Photo courtesy of Seale Studios.