The ACTX Top Ten: May 2017

Katherine Bernhardt, Pink Panther + a Cigarette, 2016, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 40 × 30 in.
Courtesy of the Artist, CANADA, New York, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.

#10:  Katherine Bernhardt at The Modern

FORT WORTH—New York artist Katherine Barnhardt shows over two dozen of her bright and colorful pattern paintings as part of the Modern Museum of Fort Worth’s FOCUS exhibition programming, through July 9.

Katherine Bernhardt, Sunset, 2016, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 96 × 120 in. Courtesy  of  the  Artist,  CANADA, New  York, Carl Freedman Gallery, London, and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels.
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#9:  Alice at Ballet Austin and Texas Ballet Theater

AUSTIN—Texas can boast two Alice in Wonderland ballets this month with Ballet Austin  performing Septime Webre’s acclaimed storyballet Alice in Wonderland, May 12-14 at The Long Center, and Texas Ballet Theater performing Ben Stevenson’s treasured Alice, May 19-21 at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, and June 2-4 at Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

Carolyn Judson in Ben Stevenson’s Alice in Wonderland.
Photo by Steven Visneau.
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#8:  Paul Ramírez Jonas at CAMH

HOUSTON—Atlas, Plural, Monumental, an exhibition at CAMH thanks to the museum’s curator Dean Daderko, is a midcareer retrospective of the artist Paul Ramírez Jonas, known for his public art, sculpture, social practice projects. Whether anonymous or participatory artworks, the artist consistently reminds us that when we say ‘public,’ we mean actual people. The show is on view through Aug. 6.

Paul Ramírez Jonas, The Commons, 2011, cork, pushpins, and hardware, 153 x 128 x 64 inches.
Courtesy the artist and Galeria Nara Roesler.
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#7:  SOLI Chamber Ensemble

SAN ANTONIO—SOLI Chamber Ensemble closes their season with Under the Ligurian Sun Part II, with works by Dan Visconti, Pierre Jalbert, and a world premiere by Uruguay native Miguel del Águila, May 15 at Jazz TX in the Pearl District and May 16 at Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, Trinity University. After the show, SOLI heads off to Europe for their first international tour.

Ertan Torgul – violin, David Mollenauer – cello, Carolyn true – piano, Stephanie Key – clarinet,
at EXPERIENCE Concert, Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, The Tobin Center.
Photo by Jason Murgo.
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#6: PrintHouston

HOUSTON—PrintHouston 2017 is an array of exhibitions and events highlighting a range of traditional and experimental techniques,  accompanied by receptions, artist talks, readings or other programming. The festivities begin in May and run through August at various venues.

Jon Goebel, Roots (detail), drypoint and aquatint print on paper, 14 x 11 inches.
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#5:  De Troya at Cara Mia Theatre Co.

DALLAS—Cara Mia Theatre Co. closes their season with the world premiere of  Obie-award winning playwright Caridad Svich’s De Troya, part ghost story part mythic urban fable for today’s world, directed by David Lozano, through May 14.

Ivan Jasso as Gusty and Stefanie Tovar as Raya in the Cara Mia Theatre Co. production of Caridad Svich’s De Troya.
Photo by Linda Blase.
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#4:   HJ Bott at Anya Tish

HOUSTON—Anya Tish Gallery is helping Houston’s legendary HJ Bott celebrate 70 years of artmaking, including his signature DoV module system, with the exhibition Thick and Thin and Back Again on view through May 27.

HJ Bott, Literal Whoosh, 2017, 34 x 20 x 16 inches.
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#3: Susan Graham at San Antonio Symphony

SAN ANTONIO—San Antonio Symphony presents Susan Graham: an American in Paris in a program that features the Grammy Award-winning mezzo soprano in Berlioz’s La mort de Cléopâtre (The Death of Cleopatra), along with selections from French operetta and American musical theater, May 12-13 at  H-E-B Performance Hall at The Tobin Center.

Susan Graham
Photo by Dario Acosta.
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#2:  Lionel Maunz at The Contemporary Austin

AUSTIN— Artist Lionel Maunz asks viewers to consider the destruction and psychological violence of familial relationships, religion, and childhood as portrayed by his arguably beautiful dystopian figurative sculptures. His exhibition Discovery of Honey / Work of the Family is on view through May 14 at The Contemporary Austin.

Installation view, Lionel Maunz: Discovery of Honey / Work of the Family,
The Contemporary Austin–Gatehouse Gallery at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, 2017.
Artwork © Lionel Maunz. Courtesy the artist and Bureau, New York.
Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.
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#1:  The Tempest at Houston Ballet

HOUSTON—Judging from the number of Bard ballets out there it’s safe to say that Shakespeare’s poetry translates well to dance. Fans will get a chance to find out for themselves when Houston Ballet presents David Bintley’s The Tempest, in a co-production with Birmingham Royal Ballet, featuring a commissioned score by British composer Sally Beamish and designs by Rae Smith (War Horse), May 25-June 4 at  the Wortham Center.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Jenna Roberts as Miranda and Joseph Caley as Ferdinand in David Bintley’s The Tempest.
Photo by Bill Cooper courtesy of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
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