Eerie Exhibitions for Halloween 2017

Eerie Exhibitions for Halloween 2017

October 17, 2017 by Lizabel Stella

the image depicts five skeletons two in the middle dancing while one on the furthest left corner plays a clarinet type of instrument and the one on the furthest right corner holds the hand for a skeleton in the middle of a spin while using its other hand to pull out its own entrails. the fifth skeletons head is all that is visible its in the middle bottom of the image
It’s equal parts merry and macabre. Wicked and wonderful. Delightful and demented.
Our Dancing with Death exhibition explores interpretations of Death in works of art on paper that span the fifteenth to twentieth centuries, and it’s on view now through November 26th, 2017. Lucky for you, ours isn’t the only marvelously macabre collection in the Lone Star State this time of year. We found a few other exhibitions and museums to fuel your fiendish fascinations. Check out our Top 5 Texas haunts to visit this Halloween.

Featured Image:
Michael Wolgemut, Image of Death (detail), from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493
Woodcut with watercolor (hand coloring)
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin
The Karen G. and Dr. Elgin W. Ware, Jr. Collection, 2003


Photo via Mexic-Arte Museum

Mexic-Arte Museum
Love to Death: Community Altars
September 15 – November 26, 2017
Artists, community groups, and individuals are invited to create commemorative altars dedicated to the lives of influential figures who served the Austin community, figures from popular culture, and loved ones who have passed.


Electroshock Therapy, Pennhurst Asylum, Spring City, PA, 2016. Photo via Glasstire.

The Modern
September 23 – November 26, 2017
Senior curator of this exhibition, Andrea Karnes, says, “The imagery in Haunt is both beautiful and horrific, but moreover, the series magnifies the strangeness of the existence of such places, where fantasies are manifested. People desire, and will pay for, the sensation of fear, and that is a surprising and provocative revelation that comes out in these works.”  Misty Keasler created this series of photographs using haunted houses as her muse which provides a spooky perspective into the world of “paid-for-chills.”

Photo via Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
All the Eternal Love I have for Pumpkins
October 1 – February 25, 2018
Yayoi Kusama’s work is to be enjoyed all year round, so it would be horrifying if you missed out on the Dallas Museum of Art’s recent acquisition — on view now until February 2018.  Plus, there are pumpkins galore, which is completely in theme for the season.


Photo via Auxiliary Magazine

Museum of Funeral History
What better way to celebrate the month of death-inspired antics than by visiting the museum dedicated to the rites of deathly passage?  Listed in Atlas Obscura, this collection inspires you to take some time out (before time runs out) to learn about the funerals of national leaders, or to explore the traditions of Día de los Muertos via a full-scale model home.

San Antonio

Image: Georges Wakhévitch (French, born Russia, 1907-1984). Scene design for El Amor Brujo (Bewitched Love), ca. 1954.
Watercolor, ink, and graphite on board. Gift of The Tobin Endowment. THEATRE PRODUCTION INFORMATION:
Ballet by Manuel de la Falla, with choreography by Ruth Page. Produced at the St. Alphonsus Theatre, Chicago, 1954.

McNay Museum
Stage Frights: Madness, Monsters Mayhem
September 28 – December 31, 2017
Featuring scene and costume designs for plays, operas, and ballets, Stage Fright explores the darker side of our imagination, stirring the depths of our most frightening fantasies through their transformed museum space.  Fear guaranteed.

2 thoughts on “Eerie Exhibitions for Halloween 2017”

  1. Also please check out “Good Mourning Tis of Thee,” a huge conceptual group exhibition curated by Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Sean Gaulager at Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO Gallery with over 65 artists in 6000 square feet. The show and performances have been extended to Nov. 25th and the show addresses themes of death, grief and transformation. I can send you a press release if you like, contact me via email below!

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