Summer may still be around the corner, but Texas’ art scene is already just as hot as ever. Our cultural curator Jonathan Spindel selects the best for you to enjoy.
One of this year’s most talked about films made a lasting impression with its dazzling visuals and memorable music. Hear James Hurwitz’ award-winning score brought to life by the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Friday, June 30. At http://wwwwTheLongCenter.org
The Paramount Summer Classic Film Series kicks off with Casablanca. See Bogie and Bergman light up the silver screen in Austin’s beloved historic theatre. May 25. At http://www.AustinTheatre.org
We love that Matthew Weiner, creator of AMC’s period masterpiece Mad Men has donated the show’s Mid-century treasure trove archive to The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. At http://www.HRC.UTexas.edu
A perennial favorite, Command Performance delivers an unforgettable show featuring artists from the world’s leading dance companies. Described as “the pyrotechnics of dance,” this event will captivate even the skeptical dance viewer. May 13. At http://www.AttPac.org
A pioneer of fashion, Iris Van Herpen created a daring fusion of technology, science and fashion. Favored by style icons like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Björk, her pieces are true works of art to behold. See them from May 21 to August 20. At http://www.DMA.org
Among the greatest master builders of the century, Louis I. Kahn designed Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum as well as myriad monuments around the world. See an unprecedented collection of his drawings, models, photographs, films and other precious artifacts of his creative process. Until June 25. At http://www.KimbellArt.org
COLORS OF THE OASIS
These colorful Ikat garments were the it look of cosmopolitan oases throughout the Asian continent in the 19th century, but their bold designs inspire timeless inspiration. Until June 4. At http://www.MFAH.org
“When I see a white piece of paper,” the artist Ellsworth Kelly once remarked, “I feel like I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything.” The Beginning of Everything celebrates the generosity of three trustees and patrons who helped establish the Menil Drawing Institute. On view until June 18. At http://www.Menil.org
The unexpected smash hit Fun Home is an uplifting play based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel memoir. A refreshingly honest musical about family and childhood, the play breathes fresh air into Broadway. May 16-28. At http://www.TheHobbyCenter.org
Transcend into Pure Land bliss among dozens of masterworks devoted to the concept of the Amitabha, or the Buddha of Western Paradise. Some say Paradise is a state of mind, so why not visit this exhibition for some inspiring perspective?
June 16 to September 10. At http://www.SAMuseum.org
Drawn entirely from the McNay’s collection of French prints, this special companion exhibition to the previously featured “Monet to Matisse” features works on paper by Degas, Renoir, Matisse, Chagall and more. Until May 21. At http://www.McNayArt.org
Travis Will, choreographer of “So You Think You Can Dance,” brings his vision to life with Shaping Sound, a spellbinding performance weaving music, story and movement into an emotionally dynamic tour de force. Don’t miss it. June 6. At http://www.TobinCenter.org