SPRING INTO THE ARTS

AUSTIN

Wonderment and Curiosity at The Harry Ransom Center
Dive down the rabbit hole at the Ransom Center’s celebration of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Discover the center’s vast collections and get a new look at the story that delighted generations and inspired artists from Salvador Dalí to Walt Disney.
On view through July 6. Hrc.utexas.edu

Jersey Boys at The Long Center
The Broadway show everyone’s been talking about is as hot as ever. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, the true-life musical phenomenon of four boys from Jersey whose vocal performance took the world by storm. This classic show will have you dancing in your seat. March 24-29.
Texasperformingarts.org

Creation, Struggle and Power: Art of the Civil Rights Movement
Showcasing a broad range of artists working in various media, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties shows how artists of the civil rights period not only responded to the political and social turmoil of the era, but also helped influence its direction. The compelling artwork conveys the dramatic struggle for social progress, a powerful force that still speaks to viewers today. On view until May 10. blantonmuseum.org

DALLAS

World-class Song and Verse at Dallas Museum of Art
Join award-winning poet Billy Collins and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann for a rare evening of poetry, music and conversation. Collins’s classic American verse and Mann’s sharp lyrics convey timeless poetic depth while embracing innovative contemporary wit. April 11. Dma.org

A Small Prado In Texas: Paintings at The Meadows Museum
When oil tycoon Algur Meadows resolved to acquire a selection of European masterworks, he intended to keep them in his private collection in Dallas. Now open to the public, “50 Years of Spanish Art in Texas” offers an intimate peek into the collector’s stash of world-renowned Spanish masterpieces. April 18 – August 2. Meadowsmuseumdallas.org

A Connoisseur’s Collection at The Kimbell Art Museum
Featuring pieces by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, Matisse, and more, The Collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass, two pillars of Texas philanthropy and business, offers a special view of post-World War II Impressionist painting and sculptures. March 1 – May 24. Kimbellart.org

HOUSTON

Mesmerizing Movements at the Society for Performing Arts
Based in France, Campagnie Käfig makes its Houston debut with an electrifying showcase of modern dance based on bossa nova and capoeira. The twin dance pieces Correria (Running) and Agwa (Water) plunge viewers into an exciting race of bodies and movement that will take your breath away. Friday, April 17.
Spahouston.org

Modern Minimalism at the Menil Collection
The Menil Collection presents the later work of Barnett Newman, one of the major painters in the abstract expressionism. Existential in tone and content, these paintings invite deep introspection. This is an essential exhibition for fans of midcentury American modern art. March 27 – August 2.
Menil.org

Unfolding Worlds: Japanese Decorative Arts at The Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Exquisite large-scale folding screens, displayed together with contemporary ceramics, showcase three centuries of Japanese artistic traditions. This unique collection includes dozens of pieces that range from the 17th century Edo period up until contemporary works from the 20th century. March 1 – May 10. Mfah.org

SAN ANTONIO

Theatrical Inspiration at the McNay
The vibrant art deco styles that emerged in the early 20th century continue to inspire fashion designers today. This rare collection of hand-stenciled prints from 1920’s Parisian theatre features vibrant colors and bold patterns that pop right off the gallery walls. See the glamorous aesthetic that changed the world, it will surely inspire you as well.
February 21 – June 21. Mcnayart.org

Three Worlds of Fine Art at The San Antonio Museum of Art
The Spanish painter José Arpa y Perea came to San Antonio in the early 20th century and wowed collectors with his bold colors, expressive brushwork and inventive compositions. Having spent time in Mexico, Spain and San Antonio, his paintings reflect a unique view of three distinct, yet culturally connected lifestyles. April 18 – June 21
Samuseum.org

Balanchine Ballet at the Tobin Center
An evening of contemporary dance spotlights choreography by the iconic George Balanchine, one of the greatest names in ballet. Featuring Ballet San Antonio’s Artistic Director Gabriel Zertuche, this performance is sure to impress any lover of ballet, both classic and contemporary. March 27-29
Tobincenter.org

[ot-gallery url=”http://societydiaries.wpengine.com/gallery/spring-into-the-arts/”]