The ACTX Top Ten: January 2020

Amber Eagle, Spotted, gouache on paper, 9 x 12, Photo courtesy of the artist.

1) Amber Eagle at Galveston Arts Center

GALVESTON—Amber Eagle’s work, on view in the exhibition Nap Dreams at Galveston Arts Center through Feb. 23, is driven by and builds upon Mexican folkloric themes integrated with ephemeral forms of celebration—prize ribbons, cake decorations, bouquets, and more.

Roberta Paixao Cortes and Lindsey McGill in Representation of Form. Photo by Christopher Peddecord.

2) Group Acorde at MATCH

HOUSTON—Group Acorde, the interdisciplinary, Houston-based quartet—dancers Lindsey McGill and Roberta Paixão Cortes, bassist Thomas Helton and saxophonist Seth Paynter—are in the middle of their fourth season. Their upcoming January show will premiere a new collaboration with New York-based dancer/photographer Christopher Peddecord, Jan. 9-11 at MATCH Gallery.

Martine Gutierrez Body En Thrall, p120-121 from Indigenous Woman, 2018 C-print mounted on sintra Edition of 8, plus 2 AP Framed: 71 3/4 × 107 3/4 x 2 in. Courtesy of the Artist and RYAN LEE Gallery, NY

3) Martine Gutierrez at The Modern

FORT WORTH—Martine Gutierrez ’s work is featured in The Modern’s current FOCUS exhibition through Jan. 12. On view are photographs from Indigenous Woman, a 146-page magazine that “closely mirrors” Andy Warhol’s infamous Interview and recognized as Gutierrez’s most ambitious project to date.

Chilina Kennedy and Sasson Gabay in The Band’s Visit. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

4) The Band’s Visit Tours Texas

HOUSTON/DALLAS—The Band’s Visit, the musical inspired by the Israeli film, makes two stops in Texas this winter, in Houston, presented by Broadway at the Hobby (Jan. 28-Feb. 2), and in Dallas, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals and AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Broadway Series  (Feb. 4-23). The production stars international film, television and stage actor Sasson Gabay, who played the part of Tewfiq in the Israeli film.

Dolores Guerrero-Cruz, Untitled, 1987, screenprint, 20 x 26 1/4 in., Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017.

5) Arte Sin Fronteras at the Blanton

AUSTIN—Arte Sin Fronteras: Prints from the Self Help Graphics Studio at the Blanton Museum is an exhibition based on a gift of more than 350 prints from the recently retired University of Texas professor Dr. Gilberto Cárdenas. Self Helps Graphics Studio is a mainstay of Latinx and Chicanx printmaking practice in East Los Angeles since the early 1970s. On view through Jan. 12.

Stages Repertory Theatre’s new Gordy Complex. Photo courtesy of Stages.

6) The Fantasticks at Stages New Gordy Complex

HOUSTON—Stages presents The Fantasticks, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones, and music by Harvey Schmidt, is the longest-running musical in world history, and will be the The Gordy’s inauguration, Jan. 24-March 15 on the Sterling Stage.

Donald Judd American, 1928-1994
Untitled 1961-1979
Gift of John M. Parker Jr.

7) Minimalism  at McNay Art Museum

SAN ANTONIO—Austin collector John M. Parker, Jr., a San Antonio native, donated more than 100 Minimalist works to the McNay Art Museum in 2017. Many of them are on public display for their first time in What You See is What You See, through May 17.

Delfos Danza Contemporánea; Photo by Lois Greenfield.

8) Delfos Danza Contemporánea at TITAS

DALLAS—TITAS Presents brings Delfos Danza Contemporánea, Mexico’s premiere contemporary dance company, in Cuando los Disfraces se Cuelgan (When the Disguises are Hung Up), an evening-length reflection on appearances and the disguises we put on in order to navigate a world, Jan. 31 at Winspear Opera House.

Ini Archibong, Theoracle. Courtesy of Ini Archibong.

9) Speechless at DMA

DALLAS—Dallas Museum of Art presents new options for communicating beyond words in Speechless: Different by Design, an exhibition presenting the “multi-sensory” works of six designers and design-teams. On view through March. 22.

Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland. Photo by Gareth Jones.

10) Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland at SPA

HOUSTON—Society for the Performing Arts presents Mark Morris Dance Group in Pepperland, a tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, set to an original score by Ethan Iverson that blends arrangements of songs from the album with new pieces, Jan. 30-31 at Cullen Theater at Wortham Center.