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May 25th – June 1st

Exciting things are happening in the Austin art community this week! Austin Art Weekly is Art Alliance Austin’s weekly arts calendar. Scroll down to view the complete calendar of highlighted, current, and upcoming events for this week and beyond. Sign up is easy, get Austin Art Weekly in your inbox each week.

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Friday, May 27th

Two or Three Things: TJ Lemanski

Reception May 27st, 7 – 10pm

Pump Project

702 Shady Ln

Closes June 25th

Optimistically, reverence is innate, but realistically it is taught. More commonly, Lemanski believes it is learned passively through the prolonged process of environmental exposure. Like seepage or irradiation. A slow internalizing of the outside, sometimes called equilibrium, acclimation, or adaptation, has also been characterized as the genesis of myth. Bioaccumulation and transfiguration are matters of perspective, points on the same plane. And everything will follow from there.

Lower Left presents Kevin McNamee-Tweed: 100 Views (with special guests)

Reception May 27st, 7 – 10pm


2108 Rosewood

New paintings.

Kevin McNamee-Tweed is an artist and curator based in Austin, Texas. From North Carolina, he graduated from NYU in 2007. His work has been exhibited around the United States, ranging from installations and visual art to handmade books and widely distributed publications. He is the 2016 recipient of the Montello Foundation Fellowship. Upcoming shows include solo exhibitions at The Still House Group (NY) and The Menil Collection Bookstore (Houston). He currently works as Gallery Curator at Big Medium in Austin, Texas.

ICOSA Collective: Part 2

Reception May 27st, 7 – 11pm


702 Shady Lane, Suite 190

Closes July 26th

ICOSA proudly presents Part 1 & Part 2: an inaugural exhibition highlighting the works of the twenty member gallery collective.  Artists featured in Part 2 include: Sara Vanderbeek, Katy Horan, Micah Evans, Terra Goolsby, Brooke Gassiot, Teruko Nimura, Jennifer Balkan, Anna Pedersen, David Bae, Amanda McInerny

Saturday, May 28th

Sloane Mitchell: Construction

Reception May 28th, 7 – midnight

ATM Gallery

5305 Bolm Rd, Bay 12

Mitchell’s body of work contains muti-functional pieces and non-wearable garments, delicately constructed from various building materials. The “clothes” are expected to fall apart over time like buildings themselves, holding the same fate of the infrastructure surrounding all of our bodies. Stemming from a lifelong interest and allurement to hardware, making these pieces allowed the artist to explore new mediums and experiment with the prior unknown.


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Ongoing Exhibitions

Phillip Niemeyer : Infinite Picture Salvage Vanguard Theater Gallery // 2803 E Manor Road // on display until May 24th

Infinite Picture is the first solo exhibition by designer and Northern-Southern curator Phillip Niemeyer. The show consists of one piece, Infinite Picture, made of an expanding set of unique 2×2 foot panels that visually link together in an unfathomably enormous variation of potential competitions, the Infinite Picture is an art system designed for interior decoration and/or philosophical contemplation. The first thirty-nine panels will be on display.

Christopher St. Leger: Automotive Gallery Shoal Creek // 2832 E. MLK Blvd, Suite 3 // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes May 28th

St. Leger chooses to paint from a low perspective, “as from a car’s headlights.”  AUTOMOTIVE, the show’s title, references this angle and suggests a momentary view from a car window. Compositionally, he adheres to the reality of perspective while stylistically embracing a more expressionistic exposure creating what he calls an automotive pastoral . . . exploring a new city without a map. A joyride of attention on the visual.

Frank Selby: High Writer Lora Reynolds Gallery, Project Room // 360 Nueces, Suite 50 // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Closes May 28th

High Writer, a project-room exhibition of new drawings and paintings by Frank Selby in his second show at the gallery. Selby draws and paints from collages he makes, in which he conspicuously combines pairs of photographs or film stills. Recently he has been adapting images from movies and history books, focusing on the middle of the 20th century.

Carl Hammoud: Anti Image Lora Reynolds Gallery, Main Gallery // 360 Nueces, Suite 50 // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Close May 28th

For Anti Image, Hammoud has turned his attention to the private space of the domestic sphere—depicting objects, but never the person (or people) they belong to. The paintings are sharp and crisp, neatly composed, and precisely rendered. Each new body of work is unified by a consistent color palette; the current shared ground is a dark, silvery blue-gray—as if the objects are in an empty room, illuminated only by moonlight.

Patrick Puckett: Solo Show Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 W. 6th St. // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm // Closes May 28th

Puckett’s large, bold canvases allude to his southern upbringing and, as he mentions in his artist statement, evoke an intangible sense of time and place that leaves you examining the dualities of human nature. Visually and conceptually lush, Southern Geographic delves into the subconscious by transforming ordinary moments into opportunities to explore the deeper questions of our existence.

Obra Gráfica: Selections from the Mexic-Arte Museum Print Collection Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Avenue // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm // Closes May 29th

Obra Gráfica: Selections from the Mexic-Arte Museum Print Collection features the Museum’s growing contemporary print collection with works from over one hundred significant artists. Many of the artworks have been generously donated by the artists or collectors and encompass a diverse range of techniques and subject matter.

Colby Brinkman: Hexapoda Dimension Gallery // 979 Springdale St // Hours: Saturday – Sunday 12pm to 6pm // Closes May 29th

Hexapoda is an exhibition of new works by metal artist, Colby Brinkman….Icons of the underfoot underworld. A study of dissection and acts of fabrication, Hexapoda is a making in praise of the scorned, ignored, and underappreciated. The grass groomers, cave dwellers, sky crawlers, and tree huggers. The weavers, dobbers, and dung rollers. Those that keep our world revolving, even as we squish, spray, and exterminate. A simple celebration for the vast universe of the many legged creatures whose tireless work and selfless sacrifice brings food to our tables and clothes to our backs.

Ryan O’Malley : Shapeshifter Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // Closes May 31st

Conceived as part of an ongoing project entitled The Process of Getting to Know You, Shapeshifter explores the vastness of print media through non-traditional portraiture. Stencil matrices serve as the genesis point; faces of personally significant people are reduced by paper and blade to their most uniquely recognizable shapes. From there the work investigates parallels between the individual and humanity, and how concept meshes with medium and matrix.

Laurel Daniel: Chasing Color, Finding Light   Davis Gallery // 837 W. 12th St. // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm // Closes June 4th

Laurel Daniel uses spontaneous, fresh marks to capture fleeting moments in time. With color and light as her focus, a certain wistfulness and serenity is discovered in the complexities of her expression.

Extended Technique Mass Gallery // 507 Calles St. #108 // Hours: Friday: 5pm to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes June 4th

The diverse methodologies of  the artists employed in Extended Technique challenge and expand the boundaries of their own mediums. They approach their work with a musician’s spirit of free play and improvisation. With more than a passing association with the musical, the works in Extended Technique also exist in conversation with this world in content and approach.

Miguel A. Aragón: De la Complicidad con la Agresión Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // Closes June 4th

Content for Aragón’s images comes from photographs published by the media, in print and digital format, depicting crude and raw forensic evidence. Aragón’s work is derived from a need to find meaning in these brutal events that reposition the corpse in one’s field of vision, reminding us that our physical existence is finite. By using metaphors and visual metonymies to tie together process and subject matter he explores the idea of perception, memory, and transformation. 

Current Affairs: Rachel Bury & Zack Ingram grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes June 5th

Current Affairs explores the dichotomy of looking to the future and exploring your past. Rachel Bury is investigating the future with her unconventional paintings and science fiction attractions. Zack Ingram’s work touches on how his past and ancestors affect him and his process. Both artists are dexterous, inventive sculptors that use material and paint in innovative ways.


RACHEL KALISKY: glassworks – the unexpected CAMIBAart Gallery // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 111 // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: noon – 5pm // Closes June 11th

Kalisky expands our notion of fused glass, its aesthetics, and how it can be used to create.  Defined by their materiality, the resulting artworks are also defined by their visual language, their form, and their scale.  These creations have breadth, allowing for contemplative moments that spur our imagination.

Flourish Art.Science.Gallery. // 916 Springdale Rd. Building 2 #102 // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: noon to 6pm // Closes June 11th

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of Flourish, an exhibition of contemporary botanical drawings created during the gallery’s spring 2016 courses in Field Sketching & Nature Reportage Drawing and Botanical Illustration. A 10-foot botanical mural by Jedidiah Dore will be unveiled at the opening, and the opening reception will also serve as the catalogue release party for the gallery’s summer course offerings.

From the Unknown: Chris Guarino Art on 5th // 3005 South Lamar, Suite C 110 B // Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm // Closes June 18th

From the Unknown is a solo exhibition of work by internationally recognized sculptor and digital media artist, Chris Guarino, the winner of our 2015 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Contest.  His work has been exhibited in Chicago, Miami, and Berlin. This exhibit will feature original cast resin sculptures as well as prints of his digital photography work.

Converse: Real Talk Women & Their Work Gallery // 1710 Lavaca Street // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes June 23rd

Ann Johnson wants to have face-to-face conversation. This installation resembles an outdoor park. Visitors are invited to sit and discuss words in her tree sculptures such as Ferguson and immigration. Johnson brings her experimental process that includes intaglio on sycamore leaves, text prints, transparencies and found objects. She addresses African American genealogy, folklore and legacy. Her delicate sensitivity to texture & uniquely combined elements create moments that feel intimate while simultaneously addressing broad social issues. Johnson’s exhibit will entice and provoke.

Nancy Mims: Beheld Photo Méthode Gallery // 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd #107 // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm and by appointment // Closes June 25th

Nancy Mims Beheld is a continuation of her ongoing recent series The Sky Looms and The Passed Looms Presents, with new intricate and intimate views of the world above and below. Often stitched or woven and printed on linen, her images draw the viewer to touch the earth and sky.

Out of La Romita  Flatbed Press & Gallery // 2832 East MLK Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // Closes June 30th

Out of La Romita is the third biannual exhibition of work by past participants of Flatbed Press’ “Italian Intensive” summer workshop at La Romita School of Art located at Terni, Italy.


Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Painting from South America The Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 11am to 5pm, Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes July 3rd

This exhibition investigates representations of the Virgin that emerged within colonial Latin America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The two phases of Reenvisioning the Virgin Mary underscore the vast influence of Spain and the Catholic Church during the period and illustrate the transmission–and also the transformation–of imagery of the Virgin as it traveled from Europe to the Americas, and then throughout the Americas.

Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015 The Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm, Saturday: 11am to 5pm, Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes July 3rd

The Blanton Museum of Art presents Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015, featuring more than 40 works from a transformational period of artistic growth, political turmoil, and social engagement in Peru. Realized in collaboration with the university’s Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition will present photographs from their esteemed collection alongside new Blanton acquisitions.

One / Sixth de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART // 1006 West 31st Street // Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, Saturday: 1pm to 5pm, Friday: 7pm to 9pm // Closes July 10th

de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART is proud to present One / Sixth, which features work by the six black alumni of the University of Texas at Austin’s Masters of Fine Arts program.  The fraction one-sixth can imply the measurement of time and space.  This seemingly insignificant numeric also gestures toward a noteworthy, fractional state of diversity and inclusion.  The exhibition One / Sixth offers a visual tenor that highlights shades, cadences, and durations of temporality writ large.  Here, the schism between the myths of linear progress in society and education, and the challenges of cultural exclusion and its attendant circular sense of time has amounted to One / Sixth.

Material Matters  CAMIBAart on 6th St // 2000 East 6th Street // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: noon – 5pm // Closes August 7th

Applying the most liberal definition of sculpture, this show explores artworks that use their materials in interesting, unique or extreme manners. Works are both abstract and representational, with concepts ranging from intuitive space interactions to emotional expressions with spiritual connections. It is their physical and conceptual approach to the materials that forms the dialog between the over 22 artworks in this exhibit.

Sara Madandar: Another Birth The Courtyard Gallery, The University of Texas // 1900 University Avenue // Closes September 10th

Sara Madandar, born in Tehran, Iran, is a U.S. based artist. Her painting, sculpture, video and performance works changed after moving to the United States, when she began to explore the body and culture. She explores the relationship of humans to their bodies and covers and materializes in-between space through construction and deconstruction of the canvas, evoking a sensation of destruction and touching on the cultural displacements of corporality.

The Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum // 605 Robert E. Lee Rd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 4pm // Closes October 16th

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum proudly presents The Studio in the Museum (SIM), a special exhibition in honor of the UMLAUF’s 25th Anniversary. The SIM exhibition brings the studio into the Gallery, offering a preview of what visitors can expect to see once the UMLAUF fulfills its Master Plan and incorporates Charles Umlauf’s studio into the existing Garden.

Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple The New Gallery // 201 E 21st St. // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 12pm to 5pm and by appointment // Closes December 9th

Wrestling History: Points Along a Journey of Dis/covery Hidden in the Temple brings together a diverse selection of Houston and Rotterdam based artist Angelbert Metoyer’s spiritually and politically engaged works, including paintings, sculptural installation, mixed-media collage, and video. Metoyer combines his interest in philosophy, quantum physics, and astronomy with an investigation of identity and mythology, drawing from stories within his own family heritage—the Cane River Creoles of eighteenth-century Louisiana.

The People’s Gallery 2016 Exhibition Austin City Hall // 301 W. 2nd St. // Hours: Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm // Closes January 2017

The 2016 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall.

Orly Genger: Hurlyburly Waller Creek Boathouse // 74 Trinity St. // Closes February 2017

Set to change the landscape of public art in Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy and The Contemporary Austin today announced a new partnership that will serve as a catalyst for creating new public art initiatives. The first exhibition will feature a new, large-scale interactive art installation by internationally renowned artist Orly Genger, near the mouth of Waller Creek.

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

Sarah Ferguson and James Andrew Smith Wally Workman Gallery // June 4th – July 2nd, Reception June 2nd, 6pm // 1202 W. 6th St.

Ferguson is an Austin, Texas based artist who experiments with color gradation and geometric shapes in a myriad of patterns. Smith is a Tulsa, Oklahoma based artist whose still lifes draw upon the traditional Dutch painters, while re-framing them within the context of American Realism. Although their subject matter is quite different, the precise execution of their craft is quite similar. Viewing their works side by side brings a heightened appreciation to the relationship between the eye and the hand and the craft that they can defyingly produce.

Scott Newton :  First Edition Reception  Modern Rocks Gallery // June 4th – July 2nd, Reception June 4th, 7 – 10pm //916 Springdale Road, Canopy, Building 3, Unit 103

Modern Rocks Gallery are proud to announce a very special night with the legendary Austin photographer, Scott Newton. The First Edition Reception will feature many of the #1 prints from our exclusive Scott Newton Archive limited edition collection, which will be available to buy on the night. We’ll also have some prints available that aren’t in the collection, so this is a unique opportunity to purchase the #1 print before they’re added to the collection at a later date.

VISITATION  grayDUCK Gallery // June 17th – July 17th, Reception June 17th, 7 – 10pm //2213 E Cesar Chavez

GrayDUCK Gallery’s Visitation is comprised of work from eight resident artists of RedLine, a prolific Colorado contemporary art center. Through diverse media ranging from video to painting to installation, the show contains themes of time, memory, and a reconfiguring of humans in nature, the quotidian and the alien. The often surrealistic presentation of cultural debris and lived experiences elicits a re-examination of humankind and attributed meanings.

Goya: Mad Reason The Blanton Museum of Art // June 19th – September 25th // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Goya: Mad Reason is an exhibition of nearly 150 prints and paintings by renowned Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya. The series of prints comprising Goya: Mad Reason—borrowed from Yale University Art Gallery’s distinguished Arthur Ross Collection—illustrate the artist’s mastery of forms and concepts as he grappled with the changing political and intellectual landscape of his native Spain in the early nineteenth century.

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CONNECTIONS: Monotypes + Painting Duets by TONY SALADINO  Gallery Shoal Creek // June 17th – July 23rd, Artist’s Reception July 17th, 6 – 8pm // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 3

Tony Saladino moves with ease between painting and printmaking. Movement and fluidity are the foundation for both as he strives for spontaneity in his mark making.The upcoming exhibition presents a new series of monotypes with hand coloring that emphasizes his mastery of color and form.

EVOLUTION  Art.Science.Gallery // June 18th – July 30th, Reception July 18th, 7 – 10pm // 916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2 #102

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of Evolution, an evolution-themed art exhibit in conjunction with the 2016  joint annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB), and the American Society of Naturalists (ASN) in Austin, TX.

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky The Blanton Museum of Art // June 19th, 2016 – January 22nd, 2017 // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also won Xu Bing international recognition, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Since its completion in the early 1990s, this profound meditation on the nature of language has been exhibited globally, a testimony to its provocative power and ability to engage viewers beyond its original context.

Diana Greenberg: Solo Show Wally Workman Gallery // July 9th – July 30th, Reception July 9th, 6 – 8pm // 1202 W. 6th St.

Greenberg’s work is an exploration in color and emotion. Both patterns from nature and figurative paintings are morphed into abstracted color field studies.  Prisms of color break through solemn gray to