All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts

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Pablo Picasso. The Guitarist. 1965. Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: Copyright Whitney Museum of American Art DALLAS, TEXAS — The dynamic and historic connections between the visual and performing arts will be explored in a new exhibition spanning 2,600 years of creativity within multiple world cultures at the Dallas Museum of Art. Drawn from the DMA’s encyclopedic collections, All the World’s a Stage: Celebrating Performance in the Visual Arts showcases approximately 125 objects that reference the performing arts and performance, including musical instruments, religious objects, and masks, as well as paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

All the World’s a Stage will use the breadth of the Museum’s collections to depict how performance, in all its varied forms, has been created, transformed, and documented by visual artists, working in concert with dancers, musicians, and actors to both shape and record their efforts.

Encompassing all time periods and cultures, and a broad range of media, the exhibition features such masterpieces as Pietro Paolini’s Bacchic Concert, Jean-Antoine-Théodore Giroust’s Oedipus at Colonus, Pablo Picasso’s The Guitarist, Romare Bearden’s Soul Three, and a group of Edward Degas’s pastels of ballet dancers, as well as masterworks from the Museum’s distinguished collections from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. Organized across time and culture, thematic groupings of artworks in the exhibition include why we perform, how we perform, who is a performer, where performances take place, and what makes a performance.

All the World’s a Stage is on view through Feb. 28, 2010.

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