A traveling exhibition drawn from the McNay Art Museum’s renowned Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Picasso to Hockney features more than 120 objects of set and costume design.
OCTOBER 17, 2020–JANUARY 17, 2021
This groundbreaking exhibition reveals what happened when prominent painters and sculptors turned their attention to the stage and collaborated with writers, musicians and dancers. Works by some of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century are featured, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, Natalia Gontcharova, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, David Hockney, and many others.
Picasso to Hockney pulls back the curtain on a lesser known but equally inspiring aspect of these artists’ creative expressions: their collaborations as designers of sets, costumes, lighting, scenery and, in some instances, complete performances. These artists contributed stunning designs to world-renowned plays, operas and ballets, such as Pulcinella, La Création du Monde (The Creation of the World), King Arthur and The Mother of Us All.
A traveling exhibition organized by the McNay Art Museum and drawn from it’s renowned Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, Picasso to Hockney features more than 115 objects of set and costume design, and it offers fresh insights into artists and movements, from Cubism and Constructivism to Surrealism and Pop Art. The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to experience more than 100 years of original performance designs by renowned visual artists who took their creativity to the stage.
Museum Members: FREE
Seniors (60+), Active Military, Groups (10 or more): $10
College Students (18+ with ID) & Youth (ages 7-17): $5
Children (ages 6 & younger): Free
Admission prices include all Special & Focus Exhibitions and the museum’s collection galleries.
A number of related programs are planned in conjunction with the exhibition. Click here for more information.
Join us for the following events and programs related to the exhibition. All programs are FREE, but some require advance registration.
DAI Book Club: Language of Art
Saturday, Oct. 24 & Thursday, November 5, 12–1 p.m. each day
Join an online discussion of Carlos Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters, an 18th-century masterpiece of wit and bawdy humor.
Space is limited and advanced reservations required:
Draw from the Collection … Live via Zoom!
Saturday, November 7, 3–4 p.m.
Thursday, November 19, 12–1 p.m.
Learn drawing strategies and create an artwork after Natalia Gontcharova’s 1916 Costume Design for a Spanish Dancer with Oranges, featured in the exhibition.
Space is limited and advance reservations required:
A Date at DAI
October 30–November 1, regular museum hours
Visit the DAI and enjoy a specially designed self-guided tour aimed at those visiting with their “special someone.”
Retrofit: Turning Today’s Clothes into Period Costumes
Learn how to create period costumes using modern-day clothes in these videos and downloadable lessons. This workshop series includes three components, each designed for a specific age group.
Rescources will be released on the following dates:
Young learners: Friday, November 20
Young adults: Friday, December 4
Teens and Adults: Friday, January 8
Curatorial Conversations: Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage
Friday, December 4, 1:30 p.m.
Take part in a virtual conversation with Chief Curator, Dr. Jerry N. Smith, to explore the artistic creativity on view in the latest DAI Special Exhibition.
Space is limited and advance reservations required
ARTventures at Home
Monday, December 28
Set the stage for an artful play using recycled materials to create a theatrical diorama inspired by the exhibition’s scenery, characters, and colorful designs. Digital resource available for download on December 28; best for ages 12 and above.
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