Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Fine arts reporter

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

Murakami’s Pokémon-influenced film “Jellyfish Eyes” and other arts events
A still from Takashi Murakami’s film “Jellyfish Eyes.”

12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016

Friday-Sunday“Snapshots: New World Flamenco.” The critically-acclaimed Austin-based flamenco dance troupe A’Lante presents new choreography by dancemakers from the Americas who apply their creativity to the Old World traditions of flamenco. A’lante’s six dancers and five musicians perform new works by Karen Lugo from Mexico and Miguel Vargas from Venezuela as ...
Couple bring new rhythm to classic flamenco
A’lante Flamenco dancers rehearse for an upcoming performance.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Flamenco is a nocturnal art form.If the average person is winding down a typical Tuesday by 9 p.m., Isaí and Olivia Chacón are in the throes of work.The husband-and-wife artistic collaborators have only just wrapped up classes at Flamencura, their busy flamenco music and dance school. Now it’s rehearsals with ...
Blanton opens summer exhibits with Goya, Xu Bing’s 'Book from the Sky'
Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky,” an installation of books and scrolls printed with invented characters.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Blanton Museum of Art launches its summer exhibits this weekend, pairing a large exhibit of Spanish master painter Francisco de Goya with an monumental yet ethereal installation by Chinese artist Xu Bing. A master painter, Goya was also a master at penetrating the human condition. Today, nearly two centuries ...
Nancy Mims mines minutiae of a daily walk to create beguiling photos
Nancy Mims prints her photographs on heavy linen fabric, sometimes augmenting the image with intricate stitching.

12:00 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016

After celebrating her birthday recently by having dinner out with her family, artist Nancy Mims got to pick the post-meal activity. “I asked if we could just walk the alleys in a neighborhood near the restaurant,” Mims says. “I love alleys. And I’m obsessed with walking.” Walking is an art ...
Fraught history of artist Camille Claudel inspires a new ballet
Oren Porterfield and Ed Carr in “Camille: A Story of Art and Love,” a short ballet by Jennifer Hart, presented by Performa Dance.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 9, 2016

“4x3: Four Works by Three Choreographers.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. AustinVentures Studio Theater at Ballet Austin, 501 W. Third St. $20-$25. performadance.orgWinner of two Austin Critic’s Table awards, the indie Performa Dance unveils a fresh show of sharp new contemporary dance. Guests include New York solo artist Nic Lincoln ...
Long on character

11:37 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016

This story originally was published on May 6, 2008. Our present times nuzzle the architectural past in the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Sure, the civic center, which opened in March, is the newest major mark on Austin's cityscape. But the $77 million, two-theater venue also delightfully whispers its ...
Performa Dance’s '4x3' tops Austin arts picks for week of June 5
Oren Porterfield and Ed Carr in “Camille: A Story of Art and Love,” presented by Performa Dance.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dance “4x3: Four Works by Three Choreographers.” Winner of two Austin Critic’s Table awards, the indie Performa Dance unveils a fresh show of sharp new contemporary dance. Set to the music of Franz Schubert, Performa founder Jennifer Hart’s “Camille: A Story of Art and Love” is based on the dramatic ...
Classical and alt-classical fill the live music summer soundwaves
The Marian Anderson String Quartet

12:00 a.m. Thursday, June 2, 2016

With several original series, Austin doesn’t lack for classical and alt-classical music during the summer.Austin Symphony Hartman Foundation Concerts in the Park7:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 28. Long Center City Terrace, 701 W. Riverside Drive. Free. austinsymphony.orgIt’s free. It’s outside. It’s family-friendly and picnic-friendly. And as long your dog’s on ...
Vodka tycoon Tito Beveridge pens, and self-produces, a play
Tito Beveridge and director Ty Roberts on the set of Beveridge’s play “This Side of the Dirt.”

12:00 a.m. Monday, May 30, 2016

Tito Beveridge is a talker —a native Texan with a mellifluous accent whose nonstop chatter, peppered with cuss words, streams stories.But on a recent humid morning, Beveridge, 54, is not meeting over coffee to spin the tale of how he created Austin-based Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the nationally selling liquor that’s ...
Best of Austin arts: “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” at Live Oak Brewing
Jason Newman and Rebecca Pearcy in “Trevor,” produced by Capital T Theater.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28, 2016

Theater“Trevor.” Capital T Theatre presents Nick Jones’ brilliant, absurdist and subversive modern tragi-comedy about celebrity and success — and our sometimes over-involved relationships with the animal kingdom. Inspired by actual events, Trevor is a 200-pound chimpanzee, once the star of television commercials and celebrity appearances but now an old and ...



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