NEW HORIZONS AHEAD

This is the season to open our eyes to what’s happening all around us… in the art world, and beyond. Our artistic arbiter Jonathan Spindel points out some exceptional exhibitions we recommend.

Austin

TEXAS FROM ABOVE

One airplane. One pilot. 36 hours of flying time. 569 gallons of fuel. 44,000 photographs. The borders of Texas as you have never seen them before come to life in this portrait of the state’s boundary lines. January 26 to July 16. At TheStoryOfTexas.com

CONTESSA GOES BAREFOOT

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, shares her natural approach to food, entertaining tips, stories, and maybe even some recipes. Get an insider’s view of her hit TV show, an in-depth exploration of her latest book, Cook like a Pro. February 5. At TheLongCenter.org

COSTUME COUTURE

Dive into the world of Hollywood’s Golden Age legendary costume designer Edith Head in a series of her films that pay homage to her decades-long talent, thanks to the Austin Film Society. Highlights include The Lady Eve, The Sting and The Heiress. Jan 3 – 31. At AustinFilm.org

Dallas

FORTUNY AND FRIENDS

Extremely popular in Europe and the U.S. during his lifetime, Mariano Fortuny y Marsal painted lush portraits that were a hit with collectors and contemporaneous artists. See a few prestigious examples of his work, on loan from the National Gallery of Art. February 2 to June 3. At MeadowsMuseumDallas.org

 

SOARING SPIRITS

Cirque du Soleil’s touring show Amaluna features stunning aerial acrobatics, dancing and music, all revolving around a romantic story of epic proportions on a mysterious island. January 23 to February 17. At CirqueDuSoleil.com/Amaluna

DASHING DESIGN

See this exhibition of recent works by seven contemporary female designers. International in origin and diverse in their visions, this dynamic group of emerging and mid-career female designers contributes to the Dallas Museum of Art’s growing collection of contemporary design. Until February 17. At DMA.org

HOUSTON

KINDRED SPIRITS INDEED

Louise Nevelson and Dorothy Hood, independent artists at the forefront of the midcentury vanguard, took Cubism and Surrealism into a bold Modernist artistic language. Working in the 1940s—Nevelson in New York, and Hood in Mexico and Texas—they frequently drew inspiration from common sources yet worked in styles of their own. Until February 3. At MFAH.org

ABSTRACT EXUBERANCE

Finding inspiration in ancient history and geography, Greek and Roman mythology, classical literature, and poetry, Cy Twombly captured a richness of ideas in exuberant, sensual canvases; at times epic in scale or on multiple intimate panels. On view now. At Menil.org

SLICE OF HEAVEN

Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, this irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareilles. Waitress tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and enters a baking contest in a nearby county for a chance at a fresh start. January 23 to February 3. At TheHobbyCenter.org

SAN ANTONIO

MODERNIST MARVELS

You may know Harry Bertoia’s furniture without knowing his name – the Italian designer lent his vision to countless modernist icons in jewelry, sculpture, and architecture too. See it all in this chic exhibition. Until March 31. At SAMuseum.org

GLORIOUS GLASS

See the personal collection of Jeanne and Irving Mathews, whose family owned Frost Brothers, a Texas high-fashion retail chain. They began collecting Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass in Paris in the 1960 and developed one of the finest collections in the United States. On view now. At McNayArt.com

SPANISH PASSION

Ballet San Antonio presents Carmen, Georges Bizet’s famous tale of love, passion and jealousy. Set in Seville, the seductive opera features classically beautiful music and enrapturing choreography. February 15-17. At TobinCenter.org