Crespi and the Emergence of Genre Painting

Plenty of Italian artists painted genre pictures, scenes of the ordinary events of everyday life, throughout the 17th century. But these were minor artists for the most part, often foreigners, and their works were looked upon as rather declasse until the remarkable Bolognese artist, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, defied prevailing tastes.

Crespi’s paintings of tradesmen at their tasks and country people at their festivals are absolutely free from condescension and satire. Amid the grit and grime of these scenes, there is a tenderness and humane feeling, a quality evident even in Crespi’s religious and historical paintings and often missing from the works of lesser artists.

“Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the Emergence of Genre

Pinting in Italy,” organized by the Kimbell Art Museum and being shown only in Fort Worth, is the first comprehensive exhibit in this country devoted to Crespi’s work. It traces the development of his career, emphasizes the freshness of his subject matter, and demonstrates his impact upon his contemporaries, many of whom traveled to Bologna to learn from the master and then spread his influence throughout Italy. Because of their work, by the 18th century Italian tastes were transformed and genre painting occupied an honorable place among the Arts of the Rococo.

The Kimbell has been able to persuade a number of museums in Europe and the U.S. to lend important paintings for the show. As usual with Kimbeil exhibits, a handsome and scholarly catalogue has been prepared. “Giuseppe Maria Crespi and the Emergence of Genre Painting in Italy” will run Sept 20 through Dec 7 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Hours are Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. (817) 332-8451.

-Ken Barrow

Virtuoso Pennant Returns to Dallas

One fine autumn day in 1936, a twelve-year-old boy from California came to Dallas to make his professional debut as a pianist, performing the Grieg Concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Half a century later, Leonard Pennario, one of America’s favorite virtuosos, can look back on a brilliant career as a teacher, recording artist, soloist, and chamber musician. And he’s coming back here, where it all started, to celebrate the golden anniversary of that career. In a concert of the Dallas Symphony also featuring works of Verdi and Shostakovich conducted by Peter Eros, Pennario will perform a work that wasn’t even written when he made his debut: Miklos Rozsa’s Piano Concerto of 1966, a grand, flashy showpiece from the same composer who wrote the score for the motion picture Ben Hur. Sept 25 & 27 at 8:15 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. $20-$7.50. 692-0203.

-Wayne Lee Gay

Delias Dance Festival at the Dallas Museum

The downhill side of summer gets a big lift this year from the Dallas Dance Festival. Dance buffs as well as other Dallasites

looking for a place to relax on a hot summer night can enjoy open-air performances featuring classic ballet from the Dallas Ballet, modern dance from Dancers Unlimited, and interpretations from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Sept 4, 5, & 6 at 8:15 pm at the Dallas Museum, 1717 N. Harwood. 922-0220.



Visions of the West. Amazing what you might find hanging on the walls in some of the better Dallas homes. Amazing what curator Dr. Rick Stewart found when he set out to organize “Visions of the West: American Art from Dallas Collections’ for the Dallas Museum of Art. Among other things, Stewart found little-seen paintings by Remington and Russell and George Catlin. some gorgeous landscapes by Thomas Moran, modern evocations of the West by Georgia O’Keeffe, and works by almost fifty other artists, all of whom crossed the Mississippi to paint the Frontier when it really was a frontier. Sept 28-Nov 30 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue. Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.

Driven to Abstraction. Seven gallery artists explore, through recent examples of their work, the current state o1 abstract painting and sculpture. Through Sept 6 at Nimbus Gallery, 1135 Dragon St. Mon-Fri 10-5. Sat 11-4. 742-1348.

American Naive Paintings. For years. Col Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch of Pokety Farms. Maryland, collected 19th-century naive art; more than 250 of these were eventually presented to Washington’s National Gallery of Art. from which this show was selected. Through Sept 21 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth, Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5:30. (817) 738-1933.

Hiroshige. One of the greatest print series ever made, the fifty-five woodblocks of “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido” by the great 17th-century Japanese master, Ichiryusai Hiroshige. are displayed as a group. Through Sept 28 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.

Dan Allison. An innovative printmaker known for his colorful aqua-tints takes up an unusual technique-col-lography, in which prints are pulled from a block covered with built-up layers of material. Through Oct 4 at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers Ave in Fort Worth. Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2. (817) 737-9566.

Mexican Masks. The more than one hundred examples of this enduring folk art depict devils and saints, Moors and Christians, jaguars and birds, and even old man death. Through Oct 5 at Fort Worth’s Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St. Mon-Thur 9-5, Fri-Sat 9-8:30, Sun 12-5.654-1356.

Damlan Priour and Victoria Z. Rivers. Priour’s sculptures combine limestone and layered stacks of glass; Rivers intertwines neon tubes with twisted mixed media elements. Sept 13-Oct 22 at Conduit, 2814 Elm. Tue-Sat 10-5 or by appointment. 939-0064.

Larry Gray. Though abstract, the dozen paintings and large pastels by this Calrtornia artist manage to capture the sweep and the luminosity of landscape. Sept 13-Oct 25 at Adelle M Gallery, 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appointment. 526-0800.

Moon Show. Fifteen years ago, The Afterimage opened its doors on an exhibit that included Ansel Adams’s “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico”; now it celebrates its anniversary with a lunar-theme show. Sept 13-Oct 25 at The Afterimage, No. 250 in the Quadrangle. 2800 Routh. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 871-9140.

Faculty Show. The art faculty of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts struts its stuff, in ceramic clay, photography, printmaking, painting, and drawing. Sept 25-Oct 26 in the Meadows Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 692-3510.

Stuart Davis. A pioneer American modernist, Davis’s cubist-inspired paintings capture the jazzy rhythms of American life. Through Oct 26 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30 (817)738-1933.

Kinetic Sculpture Parade. Harry Parker, director of the Dallas Museum of Art. will be grand marshal of the second annual Kinetic Sculpture Parade scheduled to showcase events celebrating the grand opening of the West End Marketplace. Oct 18 in the West End. For further information 821 -1702.

Mark Rothko: Works on Paper

Mark Rothko’s paintings, those shimmering rectangles of pure color that seem to hover in the air, are a familiar sight in almost every American art museum. Less well known are the artist’s works on paper, the sketches and studies in which the artist often worked out his ideas for the larger paintings and commissions. “Mark Rothko: Works on Paper,” which surveys Rothko’s career from the late Twenties to his death in 1970, is the first major exhibit of these small-but not small-hearted-works and the first exhibit of any kind in the Fort Worth Art Museum’s newly renovated galleries. Sept 21-Nov 9 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery St. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5. (817) 738-9215.

Berenice Abbott. This exhibit focuses on the portraits of Parisian notables- artists and writers – made by one of the greatest American photographers of this century. Through Oct 26 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5:30. (817)738-1933.

Glass Directions. The Dallas Stained Glass Association is sponsoring a juried show of original designs in stained glass. Three categories-traditional, non-traditonal, and sculptural -will be on display at the LTV Center Pavillion. Sept 12-21 at LTV Center, 2001 Ross Ave. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun noon-5 pm.

Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. A special exhibit of works in black and white joins the regular col-leclion of works by the two best-loved painters of the American West. Through August in the Sid Richardson Collection, 309 Main St. in Fort Worth. Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-6, Sun 1-5. (817) 332-6554.


Dallas Dance Festival. Dallas Ballet. Dancers Unlimited, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre join on an outdoor stage to present their three different viewpoints on the art of dance. Sept 4, 5, & 6 at 8:15 pm at the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood. Free. 744-4396.


Brighton Beach Memoirs. Baseball, girls, and writing are the passions of young Eugene, in this warm comedy that Neil Simon based on his own teenage experiences. Set in Brooklyn in 1937, the crowded household includes mom, dad, a worldly older brother named Stanley, plus dingy Aunt Blanche and her two daughters. The family weathers every crisis, from asthma to unemployment, with a combination of spirit and cynical wit . and Eugene records it all with great flourish in his diary. Through Sept 21 at Dallas Repertory Theatre. NorthPark Center (outside Joske’s), Park Lane at N Central Expwy. Tue-Sat 8:15 pm; Sun 3 pm & 7 pm. Tickets $16 Fri-Sat; $13 Sun; $14 Tue-Thur. 369-8966.

Lies and Legends. “The musical stories of Harry Chapin” were compiled by his brothers and former manager Ken Kragen (best known lately as organizer of “Hands Across America”). Chapin, who died in 1981, was as well known for his humanitarian pursuits as his musical genius – half of all his concerts were benefits, mostly to combat world hunger. ’When in doubt, do something,” he was fond of saying. This musical revue mixes hits like Taxi” and “W-O-L-D” with lesser-known Chapin compositions. Through Sept 13 at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Sat 8:15 pm, Sun 2:30 pm and 7 pm. Tickets $14.50 Fri-Sat; $13.50 Sun; $12.50 Tue-Thur. 871-3300.


Clibum Concerts. Pianist Michael Houstoun appears in recital, Sept 23 at 8 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. $15. (817) 738-6533.

Dallas Chamber Orchestra. The season opener includes Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in A minor, J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor. Handel’s “Cuckoo and the Nightingale” for organ and strings, and Mozart’s Divertimento in D major Sept 21 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. $10 for adults & $7 for students 826-6974.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Sept 5 & 6: Eduardo Mate conducts an all-Ravel program including the Menuet Antique, both piano concertos {with soloist Alexander Toradze), and the French composer’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Sept 12, 13 & 14: Violinist Erick Friedman performs Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D in a concert also including the world premiere of Laderman’s Symphony No 7 with Mata conducting. Sept 18 & 20: Mata conducts Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491 (with soloist Jose Feghali). and excerpts from Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the women of the Dallas Symphony Chorus. Sept 25 $ 27: Pianist Leonard Pennario performs Miklos Rozsa’s Piano Concerto under the baton of conductor Peter Eros, in a concert also including Verdi’s Overture to l Vespri Siciliani and Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony. Thurs, Fri, & Sat at 8:15 pm; Sun at 2:30 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. $20-$7.50 Thur-Sal; $14-$6.50 Sun. 692-0203.

Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. John Giordano conducts an all-Beethoven concert including Contra Dances, the First Symphony, and the Violin Concerto (with soloist Robert Davidovici). Sept 30 at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU, Fort Worth. $14-$9. 429-1181, (817} 355-9000.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Cecile Licad performs the Rossini Semiramidi Overture. Rachmaninoffs Second Piano Concerto, and Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, with John Giordano conducting. Sept 20 at 8 pm & Sept 21 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston, Fort Worth. $16-$5. 429-1181. (817) 355-9000, (817) 926-8831.

Fort Worth Symphony Pops. Vocalist Neil Sedaka performs. Sept 26 & 27 at 8 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston, Fort Worth. $20-$12. 429-1181. (817) 355-9000, (817) 926-8831.

Meadows School of the Arts. Sept 7: Organ show case at 3:15 pm & 8:15 pm. Sept 19: Richard Poppino, baritone, in recital at 8:15 pm. Sept 23: Violist Ellen Rose in recital at 8:15 pm. Sept 29: Harpsichordist Larry Palmer in recital at 8:15 pm. Ail performances at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Free. 692-3510.

Joan Tower and Voices of Change. One of America’s leading composers, Joan Tower, will be on hand to conduct one of her own works when Voices of Change, a chamber ensemble specializing in new music, opens its 1986-’87 season this month. Her Black Topaz for flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion will highlight a concert also featuring Takemitsu’s “Rain Spell,’ Villa-Lobos’s Suite for soprano and violin, Boucourechliev’s Archipel No. 4 for piano, and Berio’s “Circles’ for soprano, harp, and percussion. Sept 22 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. $6 & $4 for students and senior citizens. 692-3189.

Sesquicentennial Calendar

Mexican-American Sesqufcentennlal Parade and Fiesta. Dallas’s Hispanic community invites the public to celebrate the heart and history of their dual heritage with a parade and celebration ending with the placement of a historic marker at Pike Park, 2807 Harry Hines. Starting at noon at the Dallas Convention Center. Sept 13.429-2039.

Pioneer Days. Capture the country fair spirit of the Old West in the Fort Worth Stockyards as the city commemorates its founders with two-steppin’. cookoffs, game booths, gunfight exhibitions, and live bands. September 19, 20, & 21, at 10 am. Admission is free. (817)626-7921.

Texas Rangers. Arlington Stadium, Arlington. Tickets $8.50-S5 for reserved seats, $3.75 for general admission, $2.25 for children thirteen and under; available at Rainbow-Tickelmaster outlets, Sears stores, and Arlington Stadium ticket office. Home games start at 7:35 pm unless otherwise noted. Metro 273-5100. Sept 5-7 Kansas City

9-10 Seattle

19-20 Minnesota

21 Minnesota 2:05 pm

29-1 Oakland

Willow Bend Polo Matches. For those new to the game, Willow Bend Polo and Hunt Club offers a “Friends of Polo” orientation to the sport preceding every Sunday polo match. Held at the No. 1 field, a polo player is on hand to explain and demonstrate the basics of the game. Admission is $6 for adults, children under twelve free. Tickets available at Rainbow-Tcketmaster and at the field. Willow Bend Polo and Hunt Club, FM 544 between Preston Road and Dallas Parkway. Piano. 248-6298.

Sept 7 Willow Bend League Game 5 pm

14 Willow Bend League Game 5 pm

28 Rolls-Royce USPA Circuit Championship

Edmonton Oilers vs. Detroit Red Wings. In the first NHL game ever played in Dallas, Wayne Gretsky and his Edmonton Oilers will take on the Detroit Red Wings in Reunion Arena. Sept 30 at Reunion Arena, 777 Sports. Tickets available at all Rainbow Ticketmaster outlets. 7B7-1500.



Baby’s. The slickest new dance club in Dallas is (sur-pnse!) found amid the laid-back nightlife on McKinney Avenue. It will probably bother some that most of the clientele is gay-but there are sprinklings of all the eclectic types here. This place has every trapping of Cool-a sunken dance floor (a la Starck Club), video screens, neon lights, a separate room in the back for a quiet drink, and bottom-shaking music. 3501 McKinney. 521-4 748. Wed-Sat 9 pm-4 am, Fri & Sat 9 pm-4 am, Sun 6 pm-4 am. Closed Sun- Tue. AE.

Brio, It’s amazing how the herd instinct works at these Upper Greenville dance clubs Just when you think one of these places is going to become an institution, wham!, another one opens down the street and the fast-and-sexy singles crowd shifts allegiance. The latest one that is mounting incredible business-lines snake out the door almost every night- is Brio, where the hot-and-hungry do the predictable: sneak glances at one another, buy each other drinks, ask each other what they do. and then, after a dance or two, talk about what a wonderful thing it is 1o meet someone special at a place like this! Then they return the next night to do it all over again 5500 Greenville, Suite 403. 361-9517. Mon-Thur 4 pm-2 am, Fri 4-4, Sat 7 pm-4 am, Sun 7 pm-2 am M, V. AE.

Club Clearview. Tired of the Starck Club, that million-dollar setting for the teased-out New Wave generation, where happiness is hanging out in the bathroom lobby9 Well, now you have a veritable carnival of trendy activities in one nightclub, and it’s all for the artsy, modern-music, strange-hair crowd. This Deep Ellum club has utterly ridiculous sculpture and hip art (like an “artistic” depiction of a bum’s home on a city street). There is great dance music in one part of the club, and then a warehouse in the back where bands play, the standard co-ed bathrooms, and a place upstairs to make out with someone or make sure your purple wig is on straight 2625Elm. 939-0006. Thur9pm-2am. Fri & Sat 9 pm-4 am. Closed Sun. AE.

Emreld City. We have no idea why one of the most popular dance bands in Dallas, Emerald City, decided that the name of its new nightclub would be spelled differently than the band’s own name. Nor did we understand when the club’s manager labeled the club’s hot pink-and-black interior as “erotic art deco.” And we know what a gamble it is for the same band to play one nightclub five nights a week, three weeks a month, and hope to keep drawing larger crowds But Emerald City, which has been playing in Dallas for seven years, can put together a super-charged set- and it’s worth atrip. 4908 Greenville. 361-2489, Tue- Sun 5:30 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE.

Fast & Cool. After a meteoric rise to stardom, Fast & Cool is now undisputably the King of Lower Greenville. Apparently, the management has decided that patrons don’t wan! to hear an eleven-minute “dance-mix” version of the latest pop-chart bullet. The music here is predominantly Motown sound and authentic soul from artists like James Brown and Ike and Tina Turner. The dance floor is the center of this tiny universe and it has a magnetic effect on anyone who walks in the door. It’s hard to imagine even the most hard-core Baptist resisting this dance floor. There is frequently a mob of people waiting in line to get in. Unlike countless dance clubs that have come and gone on Greenville Avenue, this place has slaying power. 3606 Greenville. ’ 827-5544. Sun & Tue-Thur 7 pm-2 am, Fri & Sat 7-4. Closed Mon. Cover. $3 Thur, $4 Fri & Sat. MC, V, AE.

Starck Club. Starck Club Rule No. 1: Weekend cover is $10 Starck Club Rule No. 2: Everyone is on the guest list, except you, Critics wondered if this kind of place could survive in Dallas, but two and a half years later, there are still big lines and the place is always packed with everything from preps to skinheads. Some of the new Deep Ellum clubs have been chipping away at Starck’s business, but Starck is still Mecca for those chic Bohemians who like to smoke clove cigarettes in co-ed bathrooms. And if you think Dallas rolls up the sidewalks on Sunday nights, head for Starck where you can dance with yourself on the stairs of the sunken dance floor 703 McKinney in the Brewery 720-0130. Wed, Sat & Sun 9 pm-2 am; Thur & Fri 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon & Tue. Cover: $5 Wed. Thur & Sun after 9 pm; $10 Fri after 9 pm & Sat. All credit cards.

Studebaker’s. Can this good-times emporium be slipping so soon into senescence? Say it ain’t so. Elvis. Actually, news of Studebaker’s demise may be greatly exaggerated True, new clubs have cut deeply into its crowds; the patrons are older and less chic than before. But the passion for nostalgia seems undying, so aging rock lovers still gather at such shrines to bop and stroll their way to bliss. The non-stop mix of Motown, cutesy rock still packs em in. And don’t forget the generous happy hour buffet. NorthPark East. 8788 N Central Expwy. 696-2475. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am.Sun 5 pm-2 am. MC, V. AE.

TaheetTs. In the continuing push toward live music on Greenville Avenue, Taheeti’s. formerly a comedy nightclub, has gone to live music five nights a week. Though Dallas comics still perform on Saturdays and Wednesdays, the feature attraction is the dance band. A lot of groups come through here-to its credit, the nightclub will take chances- but you can always count on old reliables like Backstreet. 2106 Greenville. 823-6626. Wed-Sun 8 pm-2 am Fri & Sat. MC. V. AE.

Terilli’s. Ah, yes, that great Lower Greenville tradition-sipping wine, eating Italian, and listening to that smooth, soft kind of jazz that makes you start snapping your fingers like Mel Torme. Wait a minute! This is on Lower Greenville? Goodness, class is popping up everywhere. With the kind of black-and-white art deco decor that looks super expensive, a cozy bar area where you can meet someone who is (incredibly) not in real estate, and live jazz groups every night except Monday, you can actually drink something other than beer and not worry if others are making fun of you. 2815 Greenville. 827-3993 Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun 11 am-2 am. MC, V. AE.



The Library. An elegant spot in the renovated Melrose Hotel, this bar has done some sprucing up of its own. It opened the windows and doors and put in a soothing, quiet piano-jazz act. Perfect for a comfortable after-work drink. Melrose Hotel. Oak Lawn at Cedar Springs. 521-5151. Daily 11 am-2am. All credit cards.

The Lounge. Want to throw down a beer with young intelligentsia? Here’s what you do: first, dress chic, but dont let it look elegantly chic. Casual chic is the style here (unless you’re in the New Wave crowd and you come in so everyone can have a look at what they’ve been told is “gloriously outrageous” fashion). Then, see one of those foreign movies next door at the Inwood Theatre so you’ll have something to talk about at the bar. And you’d better show a little poise. This is as close as Dallas gets to one of those sophisticated, high-tech Upper West Side bars in New York where you wish you could eavesdrop on the conversation at every table. 5460 W Lovers Lane. 350-7834. Sun-Thur 5 pm-1 am, Fri & Sal 5 pm-2 am. AE. DC, CB.

SRO. What would the yuppie downtown business crowd do if they couldn’t have an after-work drink at SRO (which should stand for Smashingly Resplendent-ly Ordinary)? Here, you may tap your manicured fingernails against the sleek bar and wonder who that handsome man is in the Armani suit or what kind of soul lurks beneath that Neiman-Marcus mannequin look-alike who is sipping wine by herself. Everyone looks good in the track lighting of SRO. That, of course, doesn’t help the food, and you’d better be ready to talk banking or real estate principles if you want to last here. 2900 McKinney. 748-5014 Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. MC. V, AE.

Stan’s Blue Note. The best beer-drinking joint on Lower Greenville, this place has been discovered mostly by the post-SMU crowd. But you’ll still find your quota of eccentrics and plain old barflies who love the shuf-fleboard and pool tables and the surprisingly lively atmosphere. 2908 Greenville. 824-9653. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. No credit cards.


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