Take a virtual road trip through the Texas online art scene – It’s a wild world out there

IIn these times of COVID-19, we are all trying to cope from home in our own way. Finding art and beauty is not always easy. It is difficult to temporarily shut down your favorite museums. But there are many reasons to be hopeful – and there are many more artistic opportunities available than you might think.

As a travel and arts enthusiast, I have used the past few weeks to don my exploration pajamas for virtual Texas road trips, browsing these freeways and highways in line in search of great works of art. art from Lone Star State. Exceptional online art tours are available – you just need to know where to look.

These virtual art attractions are definitely worth a visit.

YouTube Museum Stars

Like many, I knew in the abstract that almost every art museum in Texas has their own YouTube channel. But I never took the time to see what was on it until now. If I thought it was easy to waste hours staring into the abyss of YouTube skin dieting tutorials and food hack shows, the multitude of gorgeous, informative, and really fun videos on the YouTube channels of major museums around the world? Texas art has become a revelation.

From the compelling stories of behind-the-scenes installations, curatorial lectures and artist interviews, to a few glimpses of exhibitions that put blockbuster trailers to shame, the sheer amount of The fun insider art available is an eclectic wonder. It’s easy to get lost for hours in the virtual galleries of Texas’ best art collections, but it’s the unexpected offers that really thrill.

Three weeks later, and I watched DJ Spooky talk about Duchamp’s influence on his music at the Dallas Museum of Art, meditated from a distance in the garden of the Nasher Sculpture Center, mounted in a Ruckus Rodeo at the Modern, and experienced fabulous musical performances at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston.

Absurd fun of catastrophic

While some of Texas’ biggest theaters offered limited-time, paid-for streaming versions of their latest shows after dimming the lights, many midsize and smaller Texas theater companies have searched the archives for gems from the theater. passed to present.

My favorite so far has been the Catastrophic Theater in Houston’s production of the 2015 one-act Mickle Maher play, The variants of the hunchback. Staged in the form of a round table given by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) and the The Hunchback of Notre Dame Quasimodo, this historical / imaginary deaf duo discuss their friendship and their collaborative quest to create the impossible sound described in a production by Anton Tchekhov Field of cherry trees (first created in 1904). It only gets weirder and more hilarious from there.

Catastrophic Theater has released a recording of the masterly absurd comedy The Hunchback Variations. (Photo by Anthony Rathbun)

Even if you don’t know anything about Beethoven, literature’s most famous bellringer, or the Russian Theater of Boredom, and if you’ve ever had to attend a dreaded panel discussion on anything, this play should ringing like a cathedral bell ringing in one of the funniest pieces of contemporary absurdism to adorn a Texas scene.

For dreamers

PaperCity previously detailed some of the great Dallas Museum Virtual Tours and Activities now available. Dallas Museum of Art For a dreamer of houses is particularly noteworthy. This virtual replica of the immersive exhibition based on selected works from the DMA collection is a success. . . Good. . . at home right now.

Centered on identity and how our domestic spheres define that identity and vice versa, it would be difficult to find a more timely exhibit to explore from your home.

For a dreamer of houses
You can now take a virtual tour of “For a Dreamer of Houses” at the Dallas Museum of Art.

MFAH cinema evenings

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Brown Theater has always been one of the best places in Texas to watch classic, international and award-winning films, thanks to the museum’s superb film department. With the closure of the MFAH buildings, these film offers have been put online.

Showcasing a range of films from Romanian thrillers to an evening of video short films about cats, the MFAH welcomes new selections every week. The purchase of a ticket on the MFAH website supports the museum and gives access to the film for three days.

Upcoming attractions: The entry of Russia for the Academy Award 2020, Bean, who follows two young women in post-war Leningrad, and Ball, the story of the escape of a family from East Germany in 1979 in a homemade hot air balloon. And don’t worry, there’s still some time to catch up ChatVideoFest. It runs until April 29.

Ten little dances

The ever new and innovative staple of the annual CounterCurrent interdisciplinary festival at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, Ten little dances offers 10 dances in a small space. The line-up and dance genres change every year, but the central idea remains the same: asking choreographers and dancers to create and perform a short piece in a tiny stage.

The 2020 festival has been canceled, but if one schedule seems predestined to our new home performance reality, it’s lowercase ten. With the choreographers ready to work in a four-by-four space wherever they reside, CounterCurrent is releasing a new archival dance performance every 24 hours from April 20 through May 1.

The lineup has already revealed new works from Connor Walsh of the Houston Ballet, acclaimed Houston choreographer Laura Gutierrez and contemporary artists Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin.

Fusebox goes virtual

While the whole world naturally loves South By Southwest, my heart has always belonged to its avant-garde Austin cousin, the interdisciplinary performing and visual arts festival Fusebox. Each April, the festival brings together a collection of innovative local, Texan, national and international artists, then unleashes them to roam Austin doing their sometimes very strange and often indescribable thing. Meanwhile, art lovers can watch – for free.

In March, when Fusebox curators and organizers saw that all of Austin was likely to shut down, they managed to regroup and move the festival online to broadcast from around the world in just a month. From a social distancing song from the Toronto choir! Choral! Choral! to a Brooklyn dance party virtually hosted by neo-afro-futuristic-psychedelic-surreal hippies, the Illustrious Blacks, to an Indonesian cooking class from Javanese folk dance master Rianto, this festival couldn’t be more in the Austin spirit to keep it globally, wonderfully strange.

To focus on Texas, search for performance pieces online from acclaimed Houston artists Hillerbrand + Magsamen, as well as Zoom one-on-one interview sessions from nationally renowned Austin theater collective, the Rude Mechs. who are looking for virtual festival goers to interview for their latest work in progress.

With my apologies to the Texan patron saint of good travel, Willie Nelson, I must now go, because I can’t wait to get back on the road to virtual art.