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Thursday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 14 May 2009

A GOOD SIGN FOR THE KIMBELL: Architect Renzo Piano has his work cut out for him in expanding the Kimbell Art Museum. Louis Kahn’s 1972 building is an architectural gem, and messing with masterpieces can be tricky. Piano unveiled his plans for the expansion back in November, and his refocusing of attention on the museum’s […]

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kimballA GOOD SIGN FOR THE KIMBELL: Architect Renzo Piano has his work cut out for him in expanding the Kimbell Art Museum. Louis Kahn’s 1972 building is an architectural gem, and messing with masterpieces can be tricky. Piano unveiled his plans for the expansion back in November, and his refocusing of attention on the museum’s proper entrance seems to be a step in the right direction. If you had any concern over whether Piano is the man for the job, you can take heart in the results from a similar expansion he’s recently completed. The New York Times pretty much raves today about his addition of the Modern Wing to the Art Institute of Chicago, saying it’s “the closest Mr. Piano has come in at least a decade to achieving this near-classical ideal.” To this admittedly untrained eye, its flat room and floor-to-ceiling windows kinda looks like the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

HELP OUT A LOCAL THEATER: Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: An arts organization is in danger of closing its doors. That seems to be the case with Creative Arts Theatre and School in Arlington. Mark Lowry over on Theater Jones details the company’s plight, reporting that it’s safe through the summer, but the fall is looking iffy. If you want to help out, the theater has put up a donation form on Facebook. Nearly $2,000 has been given as of this writing.

CIRCLE THEATRE HAS A DEAL FOR YOU: Fort Worth’s Circle Theatre begins previews of its last show of the season tonight, Tom Dudzick’s Hail Mary! Dudzick’s play centers on a confrontation between a young nun looking to enlighten her students and the Mother Superior who takes a more traditional view. If this sounds kinda like Doubt, it’s not – Hail Mary! is more concerned with making you laugh than John Patrick Shanley’s play.

Tickets are regularly $10-$30, but a slew of discounts are available. KERA members get two-for-one admission on Fridays. Students and seniors get a $5 discount on any full-price ticket, while half-price student rush tickets are also available 30 minutes before the show. And if you sign up for the theater’s mailing list, you can get $5 off that way, too. If you’re still not convinced, take a listen to the current This Week in the Arts podcast. Hail Mary! director and TCU theater department chair Harry Parker is the guest.

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  • I’m not that pleased with Piano’s addition to the Art Institute of Chicago. It looks like a pedestrian follow up to the glass pyramid added to the Louvre – another old stone building with a glass new addition as contrast.
    It could pass for a junior high to me. And not an attractive one.
    I also don’t think much of the NYT coverage of arts – I think it is way overrated and needs a good shake up. It’s time for some real media scrutiny from other media – something that has been on the wane lately.