AUTUMN’S COOL CULTURE

As we welcome the shifting season, let us explore new perspectives by taking in our state’s finest arts. Our audacious arts arbiter Jonathan Spindel leads the way to the most exciting exhibitions.

Austin

ART ALL AROUND

Chicago-based Jessica Stockholder brings painting into three-dimensional space, blending site-specificity with color, form and abstraction. Until January 13, 2019. At TheContemporaryAustin.com

THE WORLD ON A STRING

Hearing Joshua Bell, one of the most celebrated violinists of his era, perform exquisite music on an authentic Stradivarius is something you won’t want to miss this. October 6. At TheLongCenter.org

EDGE OF THE CITY

The Blanton Museum unveils a bold display of work by Vincent Valdez, inviting you to confront a portrait of ideas that are challenging, yet strikingly familiar. Until October 28. At BlantonMuseum.org

Dallas

IT’S A SMALL WORLD

Meadows Museum brings together a salient selection of Salvador Dali’s minute masterpieces. The selected paintings offer an understanding of Dalí’s artistic and formal influences, as well as his technical mastery. September 9 to December 9. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

BALENCIAGA IN BLACK

The fashion designer revered by all other designers, Cristóbal Balenciaga created the most stunning pieces for the most influential clients of his day. View a selection of all-black vibrant, hand-made costumes and accessories. October 7 to January 6, 2019. At KimbellArt.org

ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION

DIAVOLO uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. The visceral and awe-inspiring works reveal how we are affected by the spaces we inhabit. September 14-15. At AttPAC.org

HOUSTON

PORTRAITS & REGALS

MFAH presents a sweeping survey of the kings, queens, princes, and princesses who have graced the British crown. October 7 to January 27, 2019. At MFAH.org

NOW THAT’S A BRIGHT IDEA

While the main building of the Menil Collection is closed for updates, check out the nearby installation in Richmond Hall like Dan Flavin’s immersive fluorescent masterpiece. At Menil.com

RAISE YOUR VOICE

Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music and is dedicated to sharing the joy of faith through music with audiences around the world. October 24. At SPAHouston.org

SAN ANTONIO

THE WEST GOES POP

Two exhibitions, rooted in American Pop Art, pay tribute to America’s collective mythology of the West with Andy Warhol and Billy Schenck, two titans of the Pop Art movement. Until September 3. At BriscoeMuseum.org

TERRIFIC TRAVIATA

Verdi’s classic opera is one of the best-known stories of the 19th century, and its enduring themes still resonate with audiences today. An excellent introduction to opera, and a treat for connoisseurs of the genre. September 13 and 15. At OperaSA.org

CRAFTED & COLLECTED

The McNay presents the first major presentation of San Antonio native Dario Robleto, recently appointed the Texas State Artist Laureate. His fascinating assemblages, made from collected and crafted items, address deep humanistic themes. Until September 23. At McNayArt.org