Date(s) - 07/05/2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bath House Gallery
Contemplating the Scene pays tribute to the celebrated theater stage designer,
Peter Wolf. Presented as part of the Bath House Cultural Center’s 16th annual Festival of Independent Theatres, the exhibition features a captivating collection of photographs, sketches, and original designs by the renowned scenic artist.
During his long and prolific career, Mr. Wolf was highly acclaimed for the mesmerizing set designs he created for numerous musicals and operas. Before his passing, the artist worked on several Broadway productions, including his designs for “The King and I,” “The Wiz,” “Mame,” “The Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls,” “West Side Story,” and “Peter Pan,’ among many others. Locally, the artist was the chief stage designer of the Dallas Summer Musicals for more than three decades. In addition to his Broadway and Dallas credits, Mr. Wolf also worked on many other national and international staged productions that earned him recognition and admiration from other designers, critics, theater artists, and the public in general.
John Wolf, the son of the designer, explains that many of the materials presented in the Contemplating the Scene exhibition give the public a chance to see his father’s creative process, from beginning to end. The show displays an assortment of drawings and photographs that illustrate the evolution of the artist’s concepts and ideas, spanning from his preliminary sketches through the finished designs that were used for stage productions. A few stage props are also included in this exhibition that highlight the extraordinary imagination of the artist.
Peter Wolf was born in New York. He attended Yale University and later started his successful career as a stage designer. The artist moved to Dallas when he was in his early thirties and continued to work on his designs well into his eighties. The artist has left behind a legacy of brilliant and imaginative artistry that is made evident by his designs, sets, and stage objects that continue to delight many people to this day.