Top Five: December 24, 2020

by Glasstire December 24, 2020

Happy holidays! Brandon Zech and Christina Rees share tips for the shows to catch if you’re a film buff, a music lover, a True Texan, or an art lover. (And if you have kids, some tantalizing sculptures).

“They are not jungle gyms. They are artworks.”

To read Glasstire’s Best of 2020, please go here. For last week’s Top Five, which featured guest hosts Julie and Bruce Lee Webb, of Webb Gallery in Waxahachie running down the greatest outdoor artist environments in Texas, please go here.


Jammie Holmes, Four Brown Chairs, 2020, acrylic on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art

Jammie Holmes, Four Brown Chairs, 2020, acrylic on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art.

1. For Art Lovers
To Be Determined
September 27 – December 27, 2020
Dallas Museum of Art

From the DMA:

“To Be Determined  juxtaposes works from many centuries, geographies, and cultures to trace how the significance of art can shift when presented in new contexts. Drawn from the DMA’s global collection, the exhibition features works of art, sacred objects, and design from the 13th century to the present, including 13 new acquisitions and important paintings by Dallas-based artists. To Be Determined affirms the resilience of individuals and communities through evocative—and occasionally unexpected—groupings of works that resonate with current and historical struggles.


Steve Parker- Day is Done at the Galveston Art Center in Galveston November 21 2020

2. For Music Lovers
Steve Parker: Day is Done
November 21 – February 28, 2021
Galveston Arts Center

A solo exhibition featuring work by Steve Parker.

From Galveston Arts Center:

“Day is Done features sound sculptures by Austin-based artist Steve Parker. His work explores communal experiences that examine history, systems, and behavior. The exhibition features a new work inspired by Guy Taylor’s public performance of Taps each evening in downtown Galveston and the tradition being carried on by Constable Clint Wayne Brown. Parker’s site-responsive sculpture for Galveston is made from salvaged brass instrument bells that play a composition of collected recordings of the lyrics of the well-known Taps tune. This work reflects on its roots as a call to retire for the evening and metaphor for life and death. The exhibition also features Parker’s 2018 work Sirens in the second-floor vault, which reimagines the function of the contemporary civil defense siren. Rather than projecting conventional warning tones, Sirens plays intermittent recordings of songs of distress as a call to action.”


Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel- Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio September 10 2020

3. For Film Buffs
Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen
September 10 – April 4, 2021
McNay Art Museum (San Antonio)

From the McNay:

“In a first-time collaboration, the McNay Art Museum and Texas Performing Arts (TPA) at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) join together to debut six rare hand-painted, sound-stage backdrops from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Studios alongside artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts in the Museum’s latest exhibition, Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen.


Carmen Herrera- Estructuras Monumentales at Buffalo Bayou in Houston October 22 20204. For Kids
Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales
October 22 – April 23, 2021
Buffalo Bayou Art Park (Houston)

“Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) is pleased to announce Estructuras Monumentales, a major exhibition of outdoor sculptures by 105-year-old artist Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana, Cuba).  Featuring four newly-created sculptures that were first envisioned nearly five decades ago, Estructuras Monumentales is Herrera’s first public art exhibition in Houston and only the second time that these large scale works have been presented globally. Organized in partnership with the New York City-based non-profit Public Art Fund, Estructuras Monumentales was first presented at Manhattan’s City Hall Park in 2019. This major survey exhibition offers Houston audiences a powerful and reflective experience that celebrates the full breadth of Herrera’s work in three dimensions.”

True Texas- Folk and Traditional Arts of the Concho Valley at San Angelo Museum of Fine Art in San Angelo September 18 20205. For True Texans
True Texas: Folk and Traditional Arts of the Concho Valley
September 18 – January 31, 2021
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

An exhibition featuring craft and traditional folk arts from the Concho Valley.


“With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, SAMFA presents a juried collection of fine craft and folk artistry from twenty-two makers across nine counties in the Concho Valley. From silverworked bits and spurs to hand tooled saddles, from richly textured loom weavings to eye-catching patchwork quilts the exhibit will explore the wealth of handwork that mirrors the character of the region.”

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Charles Heppner December 24, 2020 - 13:24

I am happy to see you mention the Hollywood Backdrop now showing at the McNay. I’d like to give a shout out to Karen Maness who is the spearhead behind bringing that together. Not only is she a professor at UT who teaches that Art but she also is a co-author of a book on the Hollywood Backdrop. Visit her website to see more. It really is a beautiful art and the book is really incredible.


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