Summer Art Exhibits & Events In The DFW Area

May 30, 2011 5:45 AM

North Texas art lovers will have a wide variety of options this summer, so there’s no excuse for skimping on the culture. From fine art from the masters to concerts in the garden and Shakespeare in the park, there’s an art event for you. Forget seeking solace from the heat in a movie theater. Check out some of our summertime recommendations, and get your art on.
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Matisse’s Ivy in Flower (credit: Dallas Museum of Art)

Afterlife: The Story of Henri Matisse’s “Ivy in Flower”

Dallas Museum of Art
June 12 – December 11, 2011
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX
Adults: $10; Seniors (65+) and Military Personnel: $7; Students: $5; DMA Members and Children: FREE
Reviews, Directions & More

During his final years, Matisse was too crippled to paint and began to work with gouache-coated papers. “Ivy in Flower” was commissioned in 1952 as a design for a stained glass window and Matisse was originally excited about the design, which superimposes a grid pattern on the cutout shapes. Two years later, however, his feelings about the project changed drastically. “It is a miserable business that I should be treated like this at my age, and with all my past work to speak for me,” he wrote his son Pierre. What could have gone wrong? The intriguing backstory is the focus of this new exhibition, which features ones of the Dallas Museum of Art’s most beloved pieces.

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Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment (credit: Kimbell Art Museum)

Picasso and Braque: The Cubist Experiment, 1910-1912

Through August 21, 2011
Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX
Adults: $8; Seniors (60+) and Students: $4; Members: FREE
Reviews, Directions & More

This intimate exhibition features only 16 paintings and 20 etchings and drypoints, but it is a must for art lovers, and especially fans of the revolutionary art form now known as Analytic Cubism.  The groundbreaking exhibition focuses on an intense – and pivotal — period of artistic dialogue between Picasso and Braque, a period that saw the two masters invent a new irreverent style that took the basics of traditional European art into a whole new level.

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Don Quixote (credit: Texas Ballet Theater)

Don Quixote Presented by Texas Ballet Theater

June 10 – 12, 2011
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX
$19 – $99
Venue Reviews, Directions & More Info 

Texas Ballet Theater artistic director Ben Stevenson brings humor to the ballet with a grand production of Don Quixote, a full-length Company and North Texas premiere. Dance fans of all ages will surely enjoy Miguel de Cervantes’ epic masterpiece and lovable characters Don Quixote, and his sidekick Sancho Panza. But keep an eye out for the dancers performing the young lovers Kitri and Basilio. Their wedding pas de deux will undoubtedly be the best dance of the ballet.

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As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Park (credit: Shakespeare Dallas)

Shakespeare in the Park

Samuell-Grand Park Ampitheatre
1500 Tennison Parkway
Dallas, TX
Fri. & Sat.: $10 adults/$7 seniors and students
Tues. – Thurs. & Sun.: $10 donation requested
Children 12 and under are free

Cyrano de Bergerac
Previews: June 15-16, 2011
Opening Night: June 17, 2011
Continuing June 29-July 22, 2011 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings with additional performances on June 18-19, 2011

As You Like It
Previews: June 23-24, 2011
Opening Night: June 25, 2011
Continuing June 26-July 23, 2011 on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday evenings

How better to experience the wonderful work of William Shakespeare than in the great outdoors? This summer, Shakespeare Dallas will present lively productions based on the bard’s repertoire (as well as Edmond Rostand’s classic Cyrano de Bergerac). Bring the family and enjoy the cast of quirky characters from As You Like It, considered one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies. A favorite with audiences, this charming tale of class, rank, and gender protocols will have you frolicking (and laughing) in the forest.

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BooksmART Festival

Saturday, 11:00am – 5:00pm June 11, 2011
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
Dallas, TX

It’s a fun-filled (and free!) family day at the Dallas Museum of Art when children’s book authors and illustrators give talks, workshops and gallery tours for the young — and young at heart. Participating authors include the award-winning and best-selling Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians), Norton Juster (author of the beloved classic The Phantom Toolbooth), and Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak and Chains). Bring your young bookworm and celebrate the magic of books together.

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Philip Glass (credit:

Fort Worth Opera’s Hydrogen Jukebox

7:00pm, June 1-2 and 5, 2011
2:30pm, June 4, 2011
Sanders Theatre
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX
Venue Reviews, Directions & More 

If a Beat poet and avant-garde composer wrote an opera, what would happen? Possibly blow people’s minds. Based on Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and featuring Philip Glass’ music, Hydrogen Jukebox is one of the year’s biggest operatic events, a provocative music/theater piece that deals with the anti-war movement and the sexual revolutions. Performed in the 99-seat Sanders Theatre, we recommend getting your tickets early as we hear performances are selling out fast.

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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden (credit: Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra)

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Concerts in the Garden

8:00pm – 10:00pm, June 3 – July 4, 2011
Fort Worth Botanic Garden
3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX

The Botanic Garden hosts the Symphony Orchestra this summer with a diverse lineup of concerts. We’re particularly excited about the Classical Mystery Tour (June 4), a Beatles tribute featuring many of the Fab Four’s chart-toppers, the Beach Boys night (June 11), Stairway to Heaven, a tribute to Led Zeppelin (June 24), and a laser light and fireworks show (June 14) set to music from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Want more art for the summer? Check out these other great events:  Asian Film Festival of Dallas (July 14-21), Kitchen Dog Theater’s New Works Festival (through June 25), Focus: Teresita Fernandez at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (through June 19),  Masterworks of American Photography at the Amon Carter Museum (through July 31)