MFA Member Events – Art of the Stage: Curtain Call

Join us online for a farewell to Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney, as our curatorial staff explores the artworks and themes of this stunning exhibition live via Zoom. Exclusive for MFA Members, these three events offer a final viewing before the show travels on to its next venue. Each event is different, and you’re invited to all of them!

Note: Registration is required for each distinct event.

The Art of Collaboration

Thursday, July 30 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill and the McNay Art Museum’s Curator of the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts R. Scott Blackshire will discuss major themes from Art of the Stage as they lead a virtual look at the artworks and costumes. Blackshire will also share details about the tremendous collection of stage-related artworks amassed by Robert L.B. Tobin (1934-2000), and the many personal relationships he had with the artists whose works he collected. As part of this event, we invite you to whip up and enjoy a Sloe Gin Fizz (or a fizzy mocktail version!). Here’s the recipe, and a video of Margaret Murray, Associate Curator of Programs, making the cocktail.


The Ballets Russes

Thursday, August 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Dr. Stanton Thomas will give a tour from the galleries focused on the history and enduring influence of the Ballets Russes. Founded in 1909 by Serge Diaghilev, the Ballets Russes brought together the most daring artists, choreographers, dancers and composers of the time to create innovative, avant-garde performances through “artistic unity and harmonious cooperation.”


The Art of Costuming

Wednesday, August 12 from 11am to noon
How do artists translate their 2D practice to the stage? Curator of Contemporary Art Katherine Pill will give a gallery tour exploring ways that artists have employed unique materials and forms for their costume designs, from Alexandra Exter’s articulated cage-like skirt made for Aelita: Queen of Mars to the sumptuous cape created by Henri Matisse for the Emperor in Le Chant du Rossignol.

Art of the Stage: Picasso to Hockney is organized by the McNay Art Museum.
This MFA exhibition is 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.