FALL INTO THE ARTS

As summer transitions into autumn, the weather is cooling down but the arts scene is heating up. Our ardent art aficionado Jonathan Spindel presents a few of selected happenings.

Austin

THE TREE OF LIFE

See local filmmaking legend Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life like never before, accompanied by a live score featuring Austin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Austin. September 30. At TheLongCenter.org

CREDIT ON IMAGE: Image courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

MEXICO GOES MODERN

Discover the pivotal chapter in 20th century art, when artists, curators, journalists and public figures across North America created and promoted Mexican art born of indigenous traditions, modern trends, and international aesthetics. September 11 to January 1, 2018. At RansomCenter.org

GIANT INSPIRATION

In homage to the Texas epic film Giant, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s art interweaves forms of storytelling and invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on place, history, and memory. Until October 1. At BlantonMuseum.org

Dallas

THE MEETING OF MASTERS

During the Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s first solo exhibition in Paris, he had an opportunity to meet Pablo Picasso in his studio. See how this momentous meeting affected the style of each of these legendary artists. Until November 5. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

STYLED WITH POISE

Japan’s Edo period was known for its flourishing arts and culture. See exquisite paintings and woodblock prints of the era’s courtiers, lively townspeople, tragic heroines, and virtuous deities, as portrayed by master artists of the 19th century. Until January 7, 2018. At CrowCollection.org

INFINITE IMMERSION

Venture into one of Yayoi Kusama’a signature Infinity Mirror Rooms, the installations beloved by the “Instagram generation” of art aficionados. This is currently the only installation of its kind in North America. October 1 to February 25, 2018. At DMA.org

HOUSTON

GLAMOUR AND ROMANCE

Celebrating the life and career of the influential fashion designer, this historic overview Oscar de la Renta’s design work showcases pieces from private archives, private lenders, and the costume collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. October 8 to January 28. At MFAH.org

Image:  Oscar de la Renta with models wearing evening looks during the finale of his spring 1996 fashion show. Image courtesy of Oscar de la Renta, LLC.

Johns, Jasper

VISUAL PRESENCE

The artist Jasper Johns used symbols and motifs throughout his drawing career, representing his evolving relationship with his own visual medium. Get to know his career with pieces from his 50-year oeuvre. October 7 to December 31. At Menil.org

FABULOUS FOODIES

Gourmands may recognize Christopher Kimball from his tenure at America’s Test Kitchen. Now, he’s taking his epicurean project Milk Street on the road, where each audience member participates in cooking competitions, tastings and more. VIP packages available. September 21. At TheHobbyCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO

FULL OF SOUND AND FURY

The story of Macbeth, described by Verdi, the composer, as “one of mankind’s greatest creations,” is a classic thriller of power, greed, and the destructive costs of tyrannical ambition. Set to Verdi’s gripping and ferocious music, Macbeth is a spellbinding opera with musical fireworks and stunning drama. September 8 and 10. At OperaSA.org

IMAGE: Opera San Antonio. Photography by Karli Cadel

ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO

San Antonio artist Chuck Ramirez employed the visual techniques found in advertising and package design, and re-contextualized familiar objects to explore cultural identity, mortality, and consumerism through his photographs and installations. See his first career retrospective survey this fall. September 14 to January 14, 2018. At McNayArt.org

UNA NOCHE EN LA GLORIA

A yearly celebration that highlights local and regional artists, the 9th annual La Gloria celebration will feature emerging artists, poets, musicians, fashionistas, and visual artists to inspire you. October 14. At LaGloriaArts.org