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"All the Rage in Paris"

When Robert L. B. Tobin passed away in 2000, The New York Times published a story that shed light on the San Antonio native (“a familiar and dramatic presence on the art scene” known for his “long white hair and beard and his flamboyant opera capes”), high-profile affiliations (including spots on the boards of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Santa Fe Opera and Italy’s Spoleto Festival) and vast art collection (“one of the most important theater design collections in the country”). Unsurprisingly, Tobin left the majority of his collection to the McNay, where his mother Margaret Batts Tobin had already built a wing in his honor. Encompassing 9,000 objects (from paintings and drawings to costumes and set designs), Tobin’s fascination with theater design comes to light in two new McNay exhibitions. While “All the Rage in Paris” looks at Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the stylistic influence it had on early 20th-century Europe, “Design, Fashion, Theatre” uses rare volumes and portfolios to explore pochoir — a printmaking technique ingrained in both theatrical costumes and the fashion trends they inspired. $5-$10, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, 10am-4pm Tue, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
— Bryan Rindfuss

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