Jasper Johns: Process and Printmaking: The Dallas Museum of Art has had its own Jasper Johns holding, a painting called Device, for a while now. Now the DMA gets more than 125 proofs and limited-edition prints, taken exclusively from Johns' private collection, to either give some context about what this artist has been doing for decades...or make you scratch your head even more over his curious sensibility, which is at once mundane and skewed. Jasper Johns: Process and Printmaking delves into the theme that might be said to resonate throughout Johns' eclectic career--a fascination with signs and symbols for their own sake. The show runs through March 29 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Admission is $3-$5. Call (214) 922-1344.
A Discussion of Oscar Wilde: Oscar Wilde was the kind of unrepentant snob who's probably more fun to read than he was to sit and listen to. His boundless capacity for self-aggrandizement had to have been annoying, so much so that European journalists and moral crusaders couldn't wait to crush him over his controversial last plays and his love letters to Bosie. Wilde's saving grace: Unlike most blowhards, he was brilliant at practically everything he attempted (actually, that must have made him even more annoying). In conjunction with its production of Wilde's An Ideal Husband, the Dallas Theater Center presents Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza of the University of Texas to discuss the eminently quotable, ultimately tragic Wilde, one of her scholarly specialties. The talk happens at 7 p.m. in the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. It's free. Call (214) 522-8499.
Contemporary Vision, Timeless Wisdom: The Biblical Arts Center presents a collection of mixed-media works of two North Texas residents whose Christian perspectives are bolstered by a thematic ambitiousness not normally associated with religious art. The title of the show by artists Pat Blair Szalay and Silvia S. Thornton, Contemporary Vision, Timeless Wisdom, clues you in to the sensibilities at work here. Szalay gloms together paint, sculpture, and photography that ricochet between documentary-style glimpses of symbolism-laden imagery and abstract expressions of Biblical themes; Thornton concerns herself with the distribution of perception and expression in the brain, combining conceptual imagery with unlikely materials. The show runs through March 8 at the Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park Lane. Call (214) 691-4661.
Uncle Bob: Usually, the warning for mature audiences only rolls right off our backs. "Yeah, right," we snicker, smug in our own world-weariness. Then we saw the Undermain's premiere of John O'Keefe's The Deatherians, and after absorbing its pageantry of semen-licking, sadomasochism, and bodily decay, we concluded that maybe there are some things we haven't seen onstage before. A similar warning is attached to the Undermain's newest show, Uncle Bob, an acclaimed jet-black comedy by character actor Austin Pendleton concerning the deteriorating relationship between a reclusive bohemian writer and his visiting nephew. We take the Undermain seriously about these things, and we can't wait. The show opens 7:30 p.m. January 24. Subsequent performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday through February 28 at 3200 Main St. Call (214) 747-5515.
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