Drunk with the Starry Void
A scene from Dill’s 2008 performance Divide Light.
New York-based painter, printmaker, sculptor, needlepointist, photographer and performance artist Lesley Dill is getting quite cozy with our fair city. “Lesley Dill: Performance as Art,” a kind of retrospective and overview, has been on view at the McNay since June 10. The exhibit, which focuses especially on Dill’s contributions to performance art, gives us a close look at more than 20 years of output, in almost every medium you can imagine, including drawings, costumes, and clips from her full-blown opera Divide Light
, based on the complete works of Emily Dickinson. On Thursday, Dill is coming in for a one-off performance of a new multi-faceted piece, Drunk with the Starry Void
, which she created in collaboration with singer-songwriter Pamela Ordoñez and animator Laura Oxendine. Through eight songs, composed by Dill and Ordoñez, and massive projections of Dill’s drawings, animated by Oxendine, Drunk with the Starry Void
carries us through “meditations on thoughtfulness, lust, heaven, hell, torture and bliss.” Free, doors at 5:30pm, performance at 6:30pm Thu, Leeper Auditorium, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. — James Courtney
to read our full preview.
Due to Second Thursday festivities on the McNay grounds, free shuttle service between the museum and the Sunset Ridge Church of Christ parking lot (95 Brees Blvd.) will be available.