A rare viewing of Jackson Pollock’s ‘black paintings,’ including some that were considered missing by the art world, and the debut of Twyla Tharp’s 50th anniversary tour, are just two of the groundbreaking exhibitions drawing thousands of visitors to Dallas this fall. The weather will be ideal to explore everything this diverse city has to offer, including:
Treasures from the House of Alba (Opening Sept. 11)
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University will exhibit more than 130 works from the Alba family, a prominent Spanish aristocratic family holding one of Europe’s oldest and most significant private art collections. Treasures from the House of Alba: 500 Years of Art and Collecting presents paintings and decorative arts draw from three of the family’s mostspectacular palaces in Madrid, Seville and Salamanca, including works by Van Gogh, Goya, Rembrandt, Renoir and many others. This private collection leaves Spain for the very first time and will be on view at the Meadows Museum from Sept. 11 through Jan. 3, 2016.
Twyla Tharp 50th Anniversary Tour (Sept. 18)
Renowned choreographer Twyla Tharp is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her choreographic debut with a national tour this fall, kicking off in Dallas at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The tour, which features 12 dancers performing a program of new works set to music by Bach, Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein and John Zorn, kicks off with a world premiere in Dallas on Sept. 18. The dancers will perform two shows at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas before continuing on to a 15-city tour.
Autumn at the Arboretum (Sept. 19 – Nov. 25)
With the welcome change of seasons comes one of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s most anticipated events: Autumn at the Arboretum. The highlight of the festival is the nationally acclaimed Pumpkin Village, which is created with more than 75,000 pumpkins, gourds and squash, and this year the display will be created into an old Texas town in the Pecan Grove. The event was voted one of “America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel 2014. Guests will find unlimited opportunities to create lasting memories and capture them in photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular color.
The State Fair of Texas (Sept. 25 – Oct. 18)
A Texas tradition since 1886, the State Fair of Texas is the longest-running fair in the U.S. (24 days) and features wide-ranging attracti
Aurora (Oct. 16)
For one spectacular night, Downtown Dallas will be transformed into an open-air, urban playground of new media art – light, video, sound, performance and projection – on an unprecedented scale. Both immersive and engaging, Aurora is a platform for intersecting the local community with national and international artists in a way that is both compelling and personal. Visitors are offered the unparalleled opportunity to see their familiar urban environment converted into an interactive site for some of the world’s most innovative contemporary art. This year’s event, on Oct. 16, will draw 30,000 visitors.
Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence (Opening Oct. 31)
From flickering fireflies to glittering jellyfish, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science boasts a bright fall special exhibition that will take guests on an immersive journey through the world of living light. Opening Oct. 31, Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescenceilluminates the mesmerizing world of plants and animals that glow from the deepest parts of the ocean and beyond.
Jason Pollock: Blind Spots (Opening Nov. 20)
On Nov. 20, the Dallas Museum of Art will present what experts have deemed a “once-in-a- lifetime” exhibition: the largest survey of Jackson Pollock’s black paintings ever assembled. This exceptional presentation will include many works that have not been exhibited for more than 50 years, and several which were considered missing. Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots offers critical new scholarship on this understudied yet pivotal period in the artist’s career sand provides radical new insights into Pollock’s practice. The exhibition at the DMA will serve as the exclusive U.S. presentation and will remain on view through March 20, 2016.