Insider Notes

Texas and the open road go hand-in-hand for artists, who are as prone to roam as anybody. As Rachel Adams reports, Rick Lowe, founder of Houston’s Project Row Houses, is taking his social practice to Dallas’s Vickery Meadows neighborhood, where he’ll present a series of Pop-up Markets as part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s citywide public-art exhibition Nasher Xchange. Harbeer Sandhu gets on the bus with Christopher Sperandio, who founded Texas’ only mobile art residency, Cargo Space, as he takes his maiden voyage to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sperandio and Lowe grace our October cover.

I ran into Windsync at a send-off party for Carnegie Hall-bound Apollo Chamber Players. “What’s new?” I asked Windsync’s Anni Hochhalter. “Nothing much. Well, there’s our Carnegie debut.” “Oh, that old thing!” Nancy Zastudil gives us the road report as Houston troupes Windsync, Apollo, NobleMotion Dance and Houston Ballet all head to New York City this month, along with Austin Ballet’s three-city tour of Israel.

The Dallas Museum of Art’s recent Hotel Texas exhibition, which travels this month to Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum of American Art, prompted A+C visual arts editor Devon Britt-Darby to reflect on how cities use art to tell the world — and themselves — who they are.

When celebrated artist Francis Alÿs came to install his video installation Rehearsal 1 in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990, he spoke exclusively with Noah Simblist about the tensions between the poetic and political impulses of his practice.

Music gets a lot of love in this issue, as it should since Houston Symphony music director designate Andrés Orozco-Estrada is on Texas soil this month. Chris Johnson finds Texas a place that cherishes its symphony orchestras, and gives us a flash history and some need-to-know news. A + C’s resident Opera cowboy Gregory Isaacs rounds up everything you need to pay attention to for the fall opera season at Houston Grand Opera, Dallas Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and beyond.

With all this talk of comings and goings, we welcome back baritone Liam Bonner and singer-songwriter Walker Lukens. Finally, a big Texas-sized welcome to the Paul Taylor Dance Company, making their first stop in Houston in a decade.

Here’s to coming and going,

Nancy Wozny
editor in chief