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Glasstire Top 5: Artspace111 And The Dallas Museum of Art

Glasstire’s top five art events this week includes a sound performance by New York sculptor Kevin Beasley.

You have to hurry to catch Kevin Beasley: Black Rocker. Beasley’s timed performances and interactive sculptural components get switched on tonight, Friday, at the Dallas Museum of Art. It is part of the DSO’s SOLUNA Music and Arts Festival.  And if you are on the other side of the interstate, also opening this weekend is Devon Nowlin: Casual Luxury Complex.  The Fort Worth artist’s paintings will be on view at Artspace111 now through June 20.

 

 

 

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Climbing The Andes With The DMA

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Tunic from Peru, Andean highlands, Inca (Inka) culture, camelid fiber, A.D. 1400–1540. Photo: courtesy of the DMA

Today, the Dallas Museum of Art opens its first exhibition from its extensive collection of ancient South American art. The show is called Inca: Conquests of the Andes, and KERA’s Jerome Weeks checked out the more than 120 objects – from pre-Columbian gold cups to Spanish-influenced weavings.

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Observe Dallas 2015: Everyday Life Blown Up 5 Stories High

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“Ronnie,” at 500 S. Ervay. Photo: Richard Andrew Sharum.

Photographer Richard Andrew Sharum captures images of everyday people on the streets of Dallas. It’s the way he’s displaying them that’s unusual.

The photos are several stories high – the tallest is 10 stories – and they’ve been hanging on facades of buildings around downtown over the past several weeks.  Sharum‘s exhibition is called Observe Dallas 2015. He says he hopes his work will help people feel empathy and celebrate the ordinary.

Listen to the story that aired on KERA FM

Where to find the photos:

  • April 10-April 2016: One Main Place, 211 N. Ervay St.
  • April 13-May 25: Metro Bar, 800 Main St.
  • April 20-May 11: Ronnie, 500 S. Ervay St.
  • April 27-May 18: Father and Daughter, 601 Elm St. 
  • May 4-May 31: Father and Son, 601 Elm St.
  • May 11-May 31: Homeless Woman, 500 S. Ervay St.
  • May 18-May 31: Woman at Crosswalk, 601 Elm St. 
  • May 25-May 31: Immigrant Reform Protest, 800 Main St.

 

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Art Conspiracy Gets SKEWED June 6th

artconspiracyBy now, we all know how ArtCon works, right? Something like 150 local artists show up at a warehouse, create individual paintings in a single day, the artworks are auctioned off live that night in between music sets by local bands and all the money raised goes to an already selected, deserving, arts-related beneficiary.

And let’s not forget: Add beer, crowds, food trucks and auctioneers shouting.

Well, SKEWED takes those ingredients and puts a different slant on them (get it?). The more than 40 artists are chosen beforehand, while the beneficiary isn’t announced until after the auction. And then there’s a selected theme for the artworks, which happens to be, well, skewing concepts.

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The Big Screen: The Wonder Of Flying

Photo: National Geographic

Photo: National Geographic

BIG SCREEN LOGO FOR POSTIt’s easy to get frustrated by the hassle of air travel – all those lines and taking off your shoes and what not. Yet even today, the idea of flying thousands of miles in just a few hours remains awe-inspiring. This week, we talk about how commercial flights have made the world smaller with the director of Living in the Age of Airplanes, which plays at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science through Labor Day.

Be sure to subscribe to The Big Screen on iTunes. Stream this week’s episode below or download it.

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The 2015 TITAS Command Performance: Bringing Together The New And The Classic

Lil Buck will be this year's special guest performer.

Lil’ Buck

In early April 2015, choreographer Adam Hougland returned to Dallas, his hometown, from Bristol, England. Dallas is also his constant launching pad. He’s had a three-year long residency at Southern Methodist University and now a newly commissioned piece for TITAS’ annual Command Performance—the highlight of TITAS’ dance season at the Winspear Opera House. Awaken, his new duet, will be danced by former Complexions Contemporary Ballet dancer Clifford Williams and Albert Drake of the Bruce Wood Dance Project.

Since graduating from Booker T. Washington High School and Juilliard, Hougland’s career skyrocketed. He is currently the principal choreographer for the Louisville Ballet, a resident choreographer at Cincinnati Ballet, and is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand choreographers in the United States. Earlier this month, his latest piece, Ask Me, premiered at Smuin Ballet in San Francisco. The current commission is just another step in this upward climb, and it reunites him with fellow Juilliard classmate Williams.

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The Big Deal: Texas Ballet Theater Artistic Director’s Choice

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Photo Texas Ballet Theater

Enter to win tickets to Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director’s Choice at Bass Performance Hall.  This production features a tantalizing ballet trio:  the hauntingly provocative Petite Mort; the jubilant Rubies, and a world premiere piece choreographed exclusively for TBT’s dancers by stage and screen wunderkind, Jonathan Watkins. Winner’s tickets will be good for the May 20, 2 p.m.

If you love this Big Deal then you’ll want to sign up for our other Big Deal, tickets to see the Mejia Ballet International Spring Repertoire at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. Or if up for some fun but rude entertainment then sign up for tickets to see Stop Hitting Yourself with Rude Mechanicals – part of the Off Broadway on Flora Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director’s Choice.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Thanks for playing.

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The Big Deal: Off Broadway on Flora: ‘Stop Hitting Yourself’ With Rude Mechanicals

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Rude Mechanicals, the brash theatre group from Austin, will be heading north on 35 and will be bringing their original production, Stop Hitting Yourself to the Wyly Theatre for four shows. The production is presented as part of AT&T Performing Arts Center’s bold and adventurous Off Broadway on Flora series. Invoking 1930s Hollywood glamour, the satire is part Pygmalion, part Busby Berkeley, and part self-help lexicon – topped off with a queso fountain. Now who doesn’t love a good queso fountain? Enter to win a pair of tickets for the May 28 performance. When scrolling through your contacts to pick the perfect date, please be aware that this saucy play contains adult content, language and nudity.

And now for something completely different. Whether you like your ballet neo-classical or contemporary be sure to sign up for our other Big Deals this week. Win tickets to see the Mejia Ballet International Spring Repertoire at Texas Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, or tickets to Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director’s Choice performance at Bass Hall in Fort Worth.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Stop Hitting Yourself with Rude Mechs.

UPDATE: We have our winners. Come back next week for more Big Deals.

 

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The Big Deal: Mejia Ballet International Spring Repertoire

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Photo: Marty Sohl

Photo: Marty Sohl

Texas Hall, on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington, will host world renowned Mejia Ballet International for two performances. The company’s Spring Repertoire program will include Mejia’s Romeo and Juliet, Brahms’ Waltzes, Sylvia Pas de Deux and For Five. For this Big Deal choose to attend either the Saturday or Sunday performance Memorial Day weekend.

If this Big Deal has got you in the mood to see more great ballet then sign up for our other Big Deal, tickets to see Texas Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director’s Choice performance at Bass Hall in Fort Worth. And if you feel like you need some laughs then sign up for a chance to see Stop Hitting Yourself with Rude Mechanicals, part of the Off Broadway on Flora Series at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

PLEASE NOTE: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers can win the Big Deal.  If you are not a subscriber take care of that first, then sign up below for a chance to see Mejia Ballet International

Sign up here to see the Spring Repertoire performance on Saturday, May 23 at 8 p.m.
UPDATE: We have our winners.

And sign up her to the Spring Repertoire performance on Sunday, May 24 at 2:30 p.m.
UPDATE: Thanks for playing!

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A New ‘Dawn’ Comes To Old Parkland

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The figure of Dawn or ‘Eos,’ with the protective wrap still on for hauling her up into place. Photo: Mark A. Mathews

Something rare has gone up at Old Parkland Hospital in Oak Lawn. Real estate developer Harlan Crow bought the hospital in 2006. He had the derelict brick building and the nearby nurses’ quarters renovated, turned them into high-price offices and added modern headquarters for his own company, Crow Holdings. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, now the private office complex has something truly unusual: a nearly fifty-foot-tall decorative bronze column straight out of the Belle Epoque.

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