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Tuesday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 8 Nov 2011 7:41 AM

Today in the roundup: Signs coming to the Arts District, fashion robots at the DMA and the intersection of religion and theater.


SIGN O’ THE TIMES: The Dallas City Council voted Monday to allow a developer to put commercial signs on a tower he is building in the Arts District. Before the vote, signs had not been allowed in the area. The developer, Craig Hall, had previously said that he wouldn’t be able to complete the building without the revenue from the signs. “We’re not very happy about it,” Lee Cobb, a member of the homeowners board of One Arts Plaza, tells “It’s typical Dallas — all business.”

A LOOK AHEAD: On Sunday, the Dallas Museum of Art will open “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk,” featuring 130 of the designer’s haute couture pieces. (The press preview is Thursday, so we’ll be sure to report back then.) Many of the dresses will be displayed on mannequins that have the ability to move and speak – robot mannequins I suppose. So what will that be like? Check out a slide show on the museum’s Uncrated blog for an advance look.

QUOTABLE: “Theater comes from religious roots, the idea of a sacred space, the concept of theater being high church. There’s a ritual, people attend and listen to the message that’s being presented. We’ve taken theater in all aspects. It has elasticity, but fundamentally we’re looking at the same thing. You have this sacred space where the actor performs and you become vicariously involved, the actor becomes invested in the audience, the audience becomes invested in the performance, and a transformation of sorts happens, there’s a catharsis that happens.”

Matthew Posey, artistic director of Ochre House, in a Q&A with Ochre House’s new production is Ex Voto: The Immaculate Conceptions of Frida Kahlo.

  • I just saw at least one of this same kind of mannequin at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris last weekend, as part of a show focused on designer Hussein Chalayan. I have to say, I kind of expected something more exciting than moving facial images projected onto the mannequins (and “talking” done using the same projection method) at the Gaultier show. I hope there’s more to it…