On Wednesday, we shared some photos from our first look at the Kimbell Art Museum’s new Renzo Piano-designed Piano Pavilion. Today, we bring you a video tour with the museum’s director, Eric Lee. In the video, he explains some of the building’s design features and talks about the excitement surrounding its Nov. 27 opening.
For the time being, our cameras were only allowed a glimpse of the exteriors of the building. To get an idea of what the insides might look like, here is an animated rendering:
FWSO’S MUSIC MAN: For the new season, Irishman Donnacha Dennehy will serve as the Fort Worth Symphony’s composer-in-residence. And beginning Friday, you’ll get a taste of his work when the orchestra performs its Strauss & Dennehy program. Dennehy’s contribution is a song cycle called That The Night Come, based on poetry by his countryman William Butler Yeats. “Yeats is a poet that we grow up with in Ireland. His poetry is in your bloodstream,” Dennehy tells dfw.com. “So I chose poems [for this work] that resonated deeply with me. I had a strong emotional response to those texts. They reveal some of these obsessions of Yeats. Things like his anger at time fleeting, and the lack of permanence in life.”
TINA ON TV: The big news Wednesday for Breaking Bad fans is that its spin-off – dedicated to seedy lawyer Saul Goodman – is a go. It’ll be called Better Call Saul and air on AMC. Which raises an obvious question of local interest: Will Kitchen Dog artistic director Tina Parker, who plays Saul’s receptionist on Breaking Bad, make the transition to the new show? Parker tells dallasnews.com that she doesn’t know just yet. Fingers crossed.
QUOTABLE: “I think my movement is human in a way that it reaches out to the everyday person and it’s not meant to confuse. I really believe that dance should be for everyone and it shouldn’t be something you need a strong background in understanding movement to appreciate. It should be something anyone can be inspired by and find interesting.”
The Kimbell Art Museum is still a little over two months away from unveiling its new addition designed by architect Renzo Piano. But this week, the museum removed the fences hiding the project from the street to shoot architectural photos of the new space.
When the Piano Pavilion opens Nov. 27, it will provide the Kimbell with another 16,000 square feet of gallery space, classrooms and a theater.
“The Piano building echoes the Kahn building in many ways,” Kimbell director Eric Lee said when asked about the similarities between the museum’s Louis Kahn-designed home and its new space. “And I think it walks this very fine line between being differential to the Kahn building but being a strong building in and of itself.”
Below is a video the Kimbell produced showing how the walls of the Piano Pavilion were constructed:
Well, right now, ‘global’ means America and Europe — with more locations possibly coming — but still, it is a world’s first: In February, the Dallas Opera will live simulcast Tod Machover’s sci-fi ‘robot opera,’ Death and the Powers, to ten different locations from San Francisco to Stockholm, New York to London. One of those locations will be just down the street and across the Woodall Rogers from the Winspear Opera House: the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
What’s more, this simulcast will be interactive. Patrons anywhere in the world will be able to interact in real-time with the matinee performance on Feb. 16, 2014. Via an app on smartphones, tablets or other handheld devices, they will be able to influence the lighting in the Winspear’s Moody Chandelier and the onstage set’s lighting. Also, via the app, patrons will be able to choose live footage from different ‘perspectives’: a ‘robot’s eye view,’ for instance, or the scene inside the “System,” the giant computer system into which the main character has downloaded his consciousness.
This kind of technological innovation is not surprising, coming from Machover, who teaches at MIT’s famed Media Lab and was the first director of musical research at composer-conductor Pierre Boulez’s IRCAM in Paris.
And a final reminder: Single tickets for the DO’s season are subject to ‘dynamic pricing’ — meaning the earlier they’re purchased, the lower the price. And they are on sale now for as little as $19. Season subscriptions start at $76.
Congratulations to Anna Dykema, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is the third time in three years for Anna; she follows last week’s winner, Ty Troutman of Irving. You can learn more about Anna and her photography at her blog, her Facebook page or her Etsy site.
If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Monday to Sunday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Monday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Wednesday.
Now, here’s more from Anna:
Title: Laurie Frick’s “Quantify-me” Installation
Equipment: iPhone 4s
More about the photo: A friend of mine took me to see this installation at the City Arts Center in Oklahoma City. The artist, Laurie Frick, used collage, countertop samples and 96 laser cut drawings to create a visual intersection between science and art. She collected her own self tracking data, like sleeping patterns, exercise, computer usage, eating habits and translated that numerical data into visual patterns. Her work poses questions about our own personal data, our identities and how our own patterns can help us know ourselves more deeply. Her visually stunning show moves to Marfa, TX this Fall.
Because the Big Green Bank of America building has been dark for a couple months but will be coming back brighter than ever in November, it occurred to us, here at Deep Thought Central, that this seemed a likely peg for some consideration: These days, why is every building taller than ten feet trying to blind us with nighttime bling? Is this a good thing or what? Also worth noting on that peg: the return of Expanded Cinema, VideoFest’s one-night-only transformation of the Omni Hotel into a giant video screen.
The greybeards among you with long memories know that I expounded extensively on this topic last year. But that was an online essay prompted by a panel discussion held by the Dallas Center for Architecture. The world has changed since then. For one thing, the Dallas Morning News has a new architecture critic, Mark Lamster, who will be talking tomorrow at the Dallas Museum of Art. For another … did we mention the Big Green Nightlight going off and coming back?
Ah, but most of all, now we’re going to talk the talk on the radio. Host Krys Boyd will be chatting with both Lamster and me on the subject of dressing up skyscrapers with extra wattage today at noon on KERA’s THINK.
The Bank of America Plaza in downtown Dallas became an icon because of its green, argon lighting. But in July that glowing outline of the 72-story-tall skyscraper went dark for a major renovation. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports, when the lights come back on, they’ll be noticeably different.
KERA Radio report:
The Big Green Building will be a bit more ‘green’ – that is, the lighting will be a little more environmentally friendly. LEDs are more efficient than old-style argon tubes, they use less energy. And they’re brighter. The Bank of America building already could be seen from jet planes flying in and out of Dallas. After this upgrade, maybe it’ll be visible in Oklahoma.
Another big advantage of LEDs? They’re programmable. They can dim or flicker on and off, they can change colors – just like the flashing displays on the Omni Hotel. Sarah Hinkley is a senior vice president at Peloton Commercial Real Estate, which leases the tower. She says the Bank of America tower will have similar technology to the Omni, “but we won’t be constantly changing it like the Omni. You’ll mostly see the building light up green, and then for special events, if the Cowboys win the playoffs or something like that, we can light it up blue and white.”
Did you ever wonder how Peter Pan was able to fly, or how he and his band of lost boys came to live on the mysterious island of Never Land, or how they ended up with a fairy named Tinker Bell? If you’ve pondered these and other questions about the childhood story of Peter Pan, then we’ve got a Big Deal for you. Peter and the Starcatcher is the grown-up’s prequel to the story of Peter Pan and takes a stab and answering those questions. The Tony Award-winning musical will soon fly into the Winspear Opera House, and we have two pairs of tickets to giveaway for opening night on Tuesday.
The Angelika Film Center in Dallas and Plano will premiere Dream Theater’s concert film Dream Theater Live at Luna Park on Sept. 19. The film gives viewers a front-row seat and backstage pass to the progressive rock band’s concert recorded over two nights at Luna Park in Buenos Aires. And if you win this Big Deal, then you and a friend will get to see the film for free!
Don’t forget to check out our other Big Deal this week – tickets to see Peter and the Starcatcher at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. And I might have mentioned this once or twice before, but it is worth repeating: Only Art&Seek e-newsletter subscribers are eligible to win the Big Deal. So if you don’t get our e-newsletter, which is packed with informative arts reporting and a calendar of arts related events, then you can take care of that right here.
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