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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof. Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia University Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Contemporary’s downtown museum gets new look, spaces
 With a flourish, the Contemporary Austin ratcheted up to a new level recently A $3 million renovation smartly retooled the museum’s downtown Jones Center, a project that included the unveiling of a major outdoor installation that now graces the building’s rooftop at Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Now, 7-foot-tall letters...

Posted: 26 days ago

With a flourish, the Contemporary Austin ratcheted up to a new level recently A $3 million renovation smartly retooled the museum’s downtown Jones Center, a project that included the unveiling of a major outdoor installation that now graces the building’s rooftop at Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. Now, 7-foot-tall letters...
Museums, sculpture parks offer mid-holiday art breaks
 Contemporary Austin, Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. The newest permanent addition to the growing sculpture collection at Laguna Gloria is Terry Allen’s “Road Angel.” A bronze cast of a 1953 Cheverolet coupe, “Road Angel” is a nostalgic valentine to America’s love affair with the car. The bronze...

Posted: 30 days ago

Contemporary Austin, Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. The newest permanent addition to the growing sculpture collection at Laguna Gloria is Terry Allen’s “Road Angel.” A bronze cast of a 1953 Cheverolet coupe, “Road Angel” is a nostalgic valentine to America’s love affair with the car. The bronze...
The holiday spirit continues with Circus Chickendog, classical concert
 “The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!).” Circus Chickendog is Austin’s original offbeat one-man, six-dog circus complete with a talking macaw and plenty of tricks like juggling and unicycling — and even juggling while unicycling by former professional circus performer Darren Peterson. Circus Chickendog’s singular adaptation...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

“The Mutt-Cracker (Sweet!).” Circus Chickendog is Austin’s original offbeat one-man, six-dog circus complete with a talking macaw and plenty of tricks like juggling and unicycling — and even juggling while unicycling by former professional circus performer Darren Peterson. Circus Chickendog’s singular adaptation...
Ballet Austin’s “The Nutcracker” is a sophisticated, timeless classic
 Dance “The Nutcracker.” Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, presents its spectacular and traditional production of this classic tale. Three years ago, the company made an enormous investment in new costumes and sets, a sophisticated, elaborate, timeless upgrade that complements Stephen Mills’ smart...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Dance “The Nutcracker.” Ballet Austin, accompanied by the Austin Symphony Orchestra, presents its spectacular and traditional production of this classic tale. Three years ago, the company made an enormous investment in new costumes and sets, a sophisticated, elaborate, timeless upgrade that complements Stephen Mills’ smart...
UT theater alum joins ‘Hamilton’ cast in Broadway debut
 J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit “Hamilton,” Playbill announced today.  Johnson debuts Jan. 6, following the departure of original cast...

8:20 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit “Hamilton,” Playbill announced today. Johnson debuts Jan. 6, following the departure of original cast...
Holiday concerts, a luminous exhibit by Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger
 Art “Lumens & Currents: Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger.” For several years, artists Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger pursued a thoughtful dialogue about the way their individual art-making practices complemented each other. Now, the pair debuts their latest paintings and, in Chiles’ case, photo-based work that celebrate...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Art “Lumens & Currents: Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger.” For several years, artists Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger pursued a thoughtful dialogue about the way their individual art-making practices complemented each other. Now, the pair debuts their latest paintings and, in Chiles’ case, photo-based work that celebrate...
Bestselling CD of 2016? Not Beyoncé or Drake
 Who had the bestselling CD of 2016? Sorry Beyoncé. A German composer who’s been dead for 225 years bested any of today’s pop stars when it comes to moving units. Billboard announced recently that the giant ‘Mozart 225,’ a massive 200-CD boxed set, emerged as the biggest-selling CD release of the year. ...

5:01 PM Friday, Dec. 09, 2016

Who had the bestselling CD of 2016? Sorry Beyoncé. A German composer who’s been dead for 225 years bested any of today’s pop stars when it comes to moving units. Billboard announced recently that the giant ‘Mozart 225,’ a massive 200-CD boxed set, emerged as the biggest-selling CD release of the year. ...
Blanton exhibit reveals lesser-known Warhol works
 Before he became synonymous with Pop art — before the screen-printed images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell soup cans, before his studio, known as the Factory, became the locus for a swirl of bohemian artists, Hollywood celebrities, intellectuals and high society — Andy Warhol was a successful and highly paid commercial illustrator...

6:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 08, 2016

Before he became synonymous with Pop art — before the screen-printed images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell soup cans, before his studio, known as the Factory, became the locus for a swirl of bohemian artists, Hollywood celebrities, intellectuals and high society — Andy Warhol was a successful and highly paid commercial illustrator...