Art of the StagePicasso to Hockney

January 25 through May 10, 2020

Eugene Berman, Curtain design for Devil’s Holiday (detail), 1939, Watercolor and ink on paper, Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of the Tobin Endowment

The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts is noted for its holdings of works by major painters who also designed for the stage, including Henri Matisse, Giorgio de Chirico, Natalia Goncharova, Pablo Picasso, Louise Nevelson, David Hockney, Robert Indiana, and Lesley Dill. The exhibition features over 100 studies for scene, costume, curtain, and program designs, as well as maquettes and costumes by noted artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. From the sumptuous productions of the Ballets Russes, to the riotous spectacle of avant-garde theatre, to Robert Indiana’s Pop vision for an American opera, Art of the Stage seductively reflects the grand history of Western art from the vantage point of the stage.

During the run of this exhibition, the MFA will be collaborating with local and national performing arts organizations, and the museum’s galleries will be animated with dance, music, theater, and opera performances. Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney is organized by the McNay Art Museum.



Made possible by Janna and Timothy Ranney, Marianne and Mark Mahaffey, The Bill Edwards Group, The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society, and Penny and Jeff Vinik, with additional support by Dimity and Mark Carlson, Mardie Chapman and Dr. Richard Eliason, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and Friends of Art of the Stage.


Friends of Art of the Stage: 

Debbie & George Baxter | Laura & Matt Bryant | Maria & George Cantonis | Dimity & Mark Carlson | Daryl DeBerry | Chitranee & Dr. Robert Drapkin | Belinda Dumont | Mardi Chapman & Dr. Richard Eliason | Emily & James Gillespie | Judy & Troy Holland | Linda Jantschek | Suzanne & James MacDougald | Carole & Lawrence Merritt | Glenn & Dav Mosby | Patti & Irwin Novack | J Crayton Pruitt Foundation | Janna & Timothy Ranney | Gail & Fred Razook | Willi Rudowsky & Hal Freedman | Judith & Michel Sauers | Kristen A. Shepherd | Ellen Stavros | Lorna Taylor | Carol & Fred Whaley


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