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Tuesday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 26 Oct 2010

Today in the roundup: the DMA goes contemporary, documenting Art Conspiracy and going big at Lyric Stage.


DMA GOES CONTEMPORARY: “Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection” is currently on view at the Dallas Museum of Art. The show is curated by the museum’s Jeffrey Grove and re-evaluates 60 contemporary works the museum owns. So what was the greatest challenge in putting together the show? “Editing!” Grove tells the DMA’s Uncrated blog. “We have so much great material and there is always a temptation to want to over share. How do you pull back, keep the focus, and tell clear stories? That is one of the exciting challenges of being a curator.”

A LOOK BACK AT ART CONSPIRACY: If you made it out to Art Conspiracy 6 on Saturday, you saw plenty of people filming and taking pictures. And now that footage is ready for your perusal. Unfair Park has found this very nicely produced short doc featuring music from Art Con performers Ishi. And you can also browse our photo collection of all the people who made art for the Art&Seek Con Artist Gallery.

‘NIGHT’ MOVES: Lyric Stage has carved a niche for itself by going big. The Irving company is known for staging full-orchestra productions of musicals – practically unheard of in an era of penny pinching. (Lyric is able to do it through the generosity of an Irving benefactor.) The next show to get the lush treatment is The Night of the Hunter, based on the 1954 novel. And Stephen Cole, who wrote the book and lyrics to Claibe Richardson’s music, says Hunter definitely benefits from a big sound. “Because it’s a thriller and it’s so emotional, it needs to scare the audience the way Sweeney [Todd] scares an audience,” he tells theaterjones.com. “And the orchestra is an essential character. It’s going to change the way an audience feels.” The Night of the Hunter opens Friday.