OK, SO NOW WHAT? All the enthusiasm over the Arts District’s open house on Sunday has died down to a simmer — final attendance guesstimate from the AT&T PAC folks is 45,000; earlier guesttimate was 25,000 at least. So now we can look forward to the acid tests of the two new halls: the Dallas Opera’s opening of Otello this week and the Dallas Theater Center’s opening of A Midsummer Night’s Dream next week. Expect further verdicts and reflections on the 2Ws (the Wyly and the Winspear). I’ll say one thing: It’s going to take audiences some time to acclimate themselves, to find the elevators at the Winspear, for instance (in order to avoid the crush on the not-grand-enough grand staircase), or to figure out if the elevators at the Wyly are a good idea to reach your seat (in order to avoid the crush on the not-grand-at-all stairway entrance)
SO THAT’S GOING ON, TOO? And now we can catch up on some of the other art events that we might have overlooked in the mad push to get up those stairs last week. The visual arts scene has clearly felt neglected, so let’s check in there:
- In fact, Joshua Goode at Renegade Bus thinks we’re missing the real future of Dallas’ visual arts scene if we’ve overlooked the opening of Guerilla Art — launched by Patrick Short in a “5,000 square foot dilapidated building off of Haskell.” Guerilla Art “provides Dallas with something that it has been sorely lacking, a true non-profit alternative arts space.”
- Gaile Robinson at dfw.com takes a look at the big “welcome to the neighborhood” signs that the Dallas Museum of Art has put out for the AT&T PAC. Those are its two bookended exhibitions, “All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts” and “Performance/Art.” The first, Robinson says, is a “spectacular achievement.” The second is a “cross-cultural canoodle of gigantic proportions.” Our own Stephen Becker canoodled with them here.
- Over at the Crow Collection, choices from the permanent collection are on display in the new exhibition,”Wild Flowering” — these are included with some of the Crow Family Archives to document how the little jewel of a museum came to be. Speaking of jewels, the Crow throws in some 100 pieces of jade, too. On Renegade Bus, Joan Arbery likes the jade — and the contemporary fashion designs of “Yeohlee: Design for Now.”
OK, SO WILL IT MATTER? Remember all that uproar earlier this year about DISD cutting its deficit on the backs of the magnet schools? It was seen by many as a way to appease the (more numerous) neighborhood schools by eliminating positions at the magnets (including Booker T, the arts magnet), making them a little less magnetic — and removing one of the successes that came out of the school deseg order. The New York Times reports that after a two-year/200-school study, the city’s Education Department found “that schools ranked in the top third by graduation rates offered students the most access to arts education and resources, while schools in the bottom third offered the least access and fewest resources.”