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The 12 Things You Must Do in Dallas This February

A whole slew of concerts, a photographic history of Black progress in Dallas, and a new lowrider installation at the Dallas Museum of Art.
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Frida Immersive Dream
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Frida: Immersive Dream

Through Apr. 17 | Lighthouse ArtSpace Dallas

The production team behind the immersive Van Gogh exhibition projects a series of Frida Kahlo’s most well-known paintings across three rooms in the downtown Masonic temple. The magical realism of the artist’s works is accompanied by a musical score. 

Politics, Protest and Black Progress in Dallas in the 1980s: The Photographs of George Fuller

Through Feb. 15 | African American Museum

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, George Fuller and his camera were there to witness historic events in Dallas. When Queen Elizabeth visited the city in 1991, he caught protesters denouncing the royal family’s history of colonialism and racism against people of the African diaspora. He documented Marvin Crenshaw’s campaign to rename Oakland Avenue after Malcolm X as well as local celebrations to commemorate the civil rights leader’s legacy. He was present for the convening of the Rev. S.M. Wright, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Commissioner John Wiley Price at the funeral of Rep. Mickey Leland. His images made these events more substantial and more personal at once, by providing a broader context and zooming in to the details. Fuller, an alumnus of South Oak Cliff High School and Bishop College (whose site is now occupied by Paul Quinn College), captured the Black community’s journey toward equitable representation in local politics, its protests against racially biased discrimination and mistreatment, and its leaders who defined an era. More than any other photographer of his time, Fuller encapsulated Black Dallas, chronicling moments of deep sadness, liberation, and joy for the community. 


Care

Through Feb. 12 | Galleri Urbane

Via her still lifes and text-based paintings, Lori Larusso wants viewers to think about food and its socioeconomic implications. The exhibition mimics the aesthetic of Instagram grids and product shots, even as some of her images depict the messiness of kitchen sinks and the behind-the-scenes nature of the titular idea. It is all a way to draw the viewer in as the Louisville artist touches on domestic work, the mistreatment of farm workers, and the true cost of eating habits. 


Cirque du Soleil OVO

Feb. 16–20 | Comerica Center

This latest Cirque du Soleil touring production takes its cue from nature in lieu of Vegas-themed pyrotechnics. The troupe’s signature acrobatics animate the largely unseen daily lives of the spiders, dragonflies, ants, and other insects that build worlds inside our world. 


The Fool

Through Mar. 12 | The Warehouse

The dreamlike paintings of poet and artist Justin Caguiat have been likened to Japanese woodblock prints, manga, and even primordial soup. You’ll want to take your time with these seven large-scale works, finding your own meaning in the shifting shapes of this Rorschach test of sorts.


Drifting on a Memory

Through Jul. 10 | Dallas Museum of Art

Artist Guadalupe Rosales sees art as an archival method to document the cultural productions of her hometown, East Los Angeles, as well as various Latinx neighborhoods across the country. This installation paints the museum’s walls in the alluring, eye-catching colors of lowriders, a pivotal expression of Mexican American creativity. 


Kacey Musgraves

Feb. 14 | American Airlines Center

Musgraves may be country music’s most effective chameleon, becoming one of Nashville’s biggest successes based on her genre-blending songs and LGBTQ-affirming videos. That is, if country music is smart enough to still claim the Texas-born singer-songwriter. Last year, she was the subject of conversation at the Recording Academy, which removed her album Star-Crossed from country music categories. 


Tyler, The Creator

Feb. 16 | American Airlines Center

For more than 15 years, Tyler, The Creator has shifted and evolved hip-hop’s conception of masculinity through his lyrics, style, and wildly open interviews. Call Me If You Get Lost, his latest studio album, is his personal homage to one of contemporary hip-hop’s golden eras, Atlanta-based DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz mixtape series. 


Bad Bunny

Feb. 18 & 19 | American Airlines Center

Honored by Billboard as one of the Greatest Pop Stars of 2021, Bad Bunny has made history with his record-breaking, all-Spanish-speaking albums and songs. His success helped the crossover of Latin trap—a Puerto Rican interpretation of Southern hip-hop with reggaeton influences—into mainstream music.


Aminé

Feb. 19 | South Side Ballroom

For the past five years or so, Portland rapper Aminé has positioned himself as one of rap’s most eclectic and unique talents. TwoPointFive, his latest mixtape, reintroduces fans to his buoyant, joyful sound. 


Carne y Arena (Virtually present, Physically invisible)

Through Apr. 18 | Fair Park

Brought to life by the Oscar-winning Mexican director Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Carne y Arena is a 20-minute virtual reality experience adapted from the stories of Mexican and Central American immigrants and refugees making the difficult journey to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. As it immerses you in their lives, the project has a noble aim: attempting to humanize the physical, mental, and emotional toll this journey has taken on countless individuals and families in pursuit of a better life. 


Octavio Medellín: Spirit and Form

Feb. 6, 2022–Jan. 15, 2023 | Dallas Museum of Art

This exhibition surveys the works of renowned artist and teacher Octavio Medellín, a Mexican American sculptor. Medellín’s art replicates the cultural art traditions of his Otomi Indian family and various Indigenous communities in Mexico, his country of origin. His works influenced generations of Latino artists such as Dallas-raised sculptor Tomas Bustos, who trained under Medellín as a high school student at Skyline. 

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