Betelhem Makonnen, untitled (our misunderstanding of time, of ourselves)
2020, Detail, Rocks, watches, simulacrum grass, Image courtesy of the artist.
Tito’s Prize Winner Betelhem Makonnen at Big Medium
AUSTIN—Betelhem Makonnen is the 2019 recipient of the Tito’s Prize, a $15,000 award funded by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, which includes a solo exhibition at Big Medium. “My practice is obsessed with capital ‘H’ history,” says Makonnen, whose show Rock Standard Time runs through April 4. “We insist on the linearity of history. We insist on a separateness of past, present and future. But that leads to a constant misperception of history.”
HOUSTON—Trey McIntyre, who grew his choreographic talent right under the Houston Ballet roof, premieres Pretty Things, his first new work for the company in nearly two decades, as part of Forged in Houston, which also includes Christopher Bruce’s brilliant Hush, and Jorma Elo’s wonderfully whimsical ONE/end/ONE, March 12-22 at Wortham Center.
Mark Dion at Amon Carter
FORT WORTH—Mark Dion, a conceptual artist, has spent the past four years tracing four characters’ journeys through Texas for the exhibition The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion, which runs through May 17 at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. The exhibition, his solo Texas debut, creates “a cross between Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Borat, and Lewis and Clark’s expedition,” says curator Maggie Adler, “There are these things called artist-explorers; there are these people called our explorers.”
Ido Tadmor with Open Dance Project and Houston Jewish Film Fest at the J
‘Come from Away’ at Hobby Center and Dallas Summer Musicals
HOUSTON/DALLAS—The true story of how Canada’s easternmost province found room for so many frightened and sometimes grieving travelers became the inspiration for one of Broadway’s recent hits, Come From Away, which wraps up its Texas tour at Broadway at the Hobby in Houston March 3-8, and Dallas Summer Musicals, March 10-22, Music Hall at Fair Park.
‘Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin: 50 States: Louisiana’ at DiverseWorks
HOUSTON—The artistic duo Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin found their way to their home in Houston while doing research for a series titled 50 States, which uncovers hidden queer histories state by state across the U.S. Commissioned by DiverseWorks and on view through April 18, 50 States: Louisiana is the sixth iteration of this series, but for the artists, it’s a continuation of their anthropological process.
Dallas Opera and Dallas Black Dance Theatre Collaborate for ‘Pulcinella’
DALLAS—Candace Evans directs the Dallas Opera production of Pulcinella, which has been paired with another short opera, La Voix Humaine, or The Human Voice, running April 3-8. Evans sets the opera in a present-day Italian café and uses projections to establish the surroundings. But the big news is that Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Sean J. Smith has choreographed the opera and dances the title role. Dallas Black Dance Theatre dancers are also part of the production in this unique collaboration.