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.

Nelsona Mandela Freedom Ring

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