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March 24 – 29

Exciting things are happening in 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.

Friday, March 24th

Link & Pin Gallery
2235 E. 6th St. #102
Opening Reception: March 24th from 5:30-8:30pm
March 24 – April 16

Link & Pin presents Doxology, a series of large-scale conscious reflex drawings by British artist Rob Pepper. Each piece in this series is a redrawing of cathedral windows Pepper found in his native England. The windows’ depiction of the Christ narrative is reimagined through the technique of conscious reflex drawing, in which the artist makes no eye contact with the paper as he draws. Pepper then used gold leaf to emphasize details of significance or reference to traditional icons.

Friday, March 25th

Blanton Block Party
Blanton Museum of Art
MLK at Congress Ave
March 25 from 11am to 11pm

Explore the Blanton Museum of Art at a free day-to-night community festival celebrating the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries. The Blanton Block Party is the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with the museum’s collection, while experiencing outdoor family art activities, a museum studies symposium, live music, food, and tours throughout the day. Enjoy a lecture and book signing by renowned artist Nina Katchadourian, in conjunction with her exhibition, “Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser.” Transition to evening with a special party featuring after-hours art viewing, a cash bar, light bites, live music and dancing, a photobooth, and art-making activities.

Additional Exhibition Openings & Events

Teeter: 2017 Visual Arts Center //March 10 – April 7 // The University of Texas Art Building, 23rd and Trinity Streets // Reception: Friday, March 24, 6–8pm

The annual Senior Art Exhibition catalogs a pivotal moment for young artists graduating from the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. Work included in the exhibition ranges from print to sculpture, and painting to photography and video. It demonstrates technical and conceptual acuity, as well as marks a transition from experimentation to actualization. Selected by a faculty committee, the exhibition provides a glimpse into the artistic energy found at UT Austin and includes work by students receiving bachelor’s degrees in Studio Art, Visual Art Studies, or Art History.

call to action: 2017 Visual Arts Center //March 10 – April 7 // The University of Texas Art Building, 23rd and Trinity Streets // Reception: Friday, March 24, 6–8pm

call to action highlights the design skills we have honed the past four years on our path to becoming critical, thoughtful, and expressive designers who aim to leave the world a more ethical place. As designers, we see ourselves as actors of the present, capable of sculpting the future. We believe that design can provoke, advocate, strengthen, reframe, and inform a better society. As we navigate our roles in an ever-changing socio-political context, we share here our thesis design projects to represent our ideas, reflections, and intentions for a future beyond the classroom. We invite our audience to reflect with us, develop their own ideas, and take individual action in a way they see fit.

History, Identity and Cosmos: A New Analysis of the Aztec Calendar Stone The Mesoamerica Center – The University of Texas at Austin//March 24 from 4 to 5pm //Doty Fine Arts Building (DFA) // Room 2.204

The Aztec Calendar Stone is perhaps the most iconic image of ancient Mexico and Mesoamerican civilization. But what does it represent? Two centuries of scholarship have produced many interpretations of the image as a solar disc and as an intricate representation of Aztec notions of space-time. But few have considered its role as a monument in the larger urban landscape of ancient Tenochtitlan. This talk will present very new interpretations of the Calendar Stone as an interactive sculpture — the upper surface of a sacrificial platform once located in the city’s central plaza or marketplace, in front of the Palace of Moteuczoma II (Moctezuma). Much of this new approach rests on seeing the stone’s design as an amalgam of many hieroglyphs, both large and small. Some are temporal, cosmological and mythical references, whereas others serve to identify the central face as the deified image of Moteuczoma II himself. Working in tandem, all of the hieroglyphs provide key linguistic clues for understanding the monument’s original function as marking a conceptual center of both city and cosmos, with the emperor as focus.

Multiple Originals XX Bone Black Gallery & Studio//March 24 – April 16 //2235 E. 6th St. #102 // Reception: Sunday, March 26th from 6-9pm

You are invited to attend the Multiple Originals XX: 2017 Members Exhibition Reception on Saturday, March 25, 6-9 PM at Bone Black Studio and Gallery. This will be our last exhibition at the Bone Black Studio and we would love to see you there. The exhibit will end April 16, 2017.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

The People’s Gallery 2017 Exhibition Austin City Hall // February 2017-January 2018 // 301 W. 2nd St. // Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

The 2017 People’s Gallery exhibition features works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art.

Jana Swec: Congitopia grayDUCK Gallery //  2213 E. Cesar Chavez St // Thur – Sat 11-6pm, Sun 12-5pm // Closes: March 26

The work in this series is an exploration of the unexpected when collaborating on the visual expressions of shared ideas and dreams.

The process of collaborative art making feels like trying to solve a puzzle with infinite paths one could take, but they all lead to a solution. When collaborating on a piece, you do not begin with a finished product in mind; It’s about the process of perspective; It’s about weaving and integrating ideas and concepts together. There’s a freedom and palpable sense of adventure when making art this way. It teaches us how to let go of control and embrace the unknown. It surprises and forces us out of our comfort zone. It opens doors and illuminates paths that would not have been visible otherwise.

Nate Burbeck at Decoy Gallery grayDUCK Gallery //  2213 E. Cesar Chavez St // Thur – Sat 11-6pm, Sun 12-5pm // Closes: March 26

Nate Burbeck is a mid-western painter whose work dances on the edge of surrealism through the delicate balance of American landscapes and ethereal elements. His work echoes a heightened state of suburban middle-class American life, leaving the viewer almost haunted by the story behind each scene. His work, in its dream-like state, leaves the viewer between eras, fascinated by his innate ability to freeze time.

The Haas Brothers: Animalia Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces, Suite 50 // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Closes April 1

Lora Reynolds is pleased to announce Animalia, an exhibition of sculpture, drawings, and a mural by the Haas Brothers—their first show at the gallery.

The Haas Brothers’ cartoon drawings—of cuddly, bug-eyed animals with conspicuously (often oversized) humanoid genitalia—are the connective tissue between all their sculptures, furniture, and paintings. Whether a furry chair with horns and feet, a ceramic vessel that looks like an underwater coral with wiggly tentacles, or a brass stool with knock-kneed legs, each object the Haas Brothers make is a goofy character from a bizarre, technicolor, alien ecosystem. Theirs is a utopian world of sexual freedom, shamelessness, gender/class/racial equality, and fun. 

Fort Guerin: Old West Yarns Yard Dog // 1510 S. Congress Ave // Monday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm, Saturday 11 am – 6 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm // Closes: April 3

Yard Dog will be presenting a show of new art from West Virginia cowboy artist Fort Guerin. Early 20th Century western comic books, movies, and dime novels are his primary inspirations, that and the old west mythos he absorbed growing up in Arizona. 

Paintings by Daniel Blagg and David Leonard Davis Gallery  //837 W 12th Ave // Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm // Closes: April 8

In this two-person exhibition of paintings, David Leonard and Daniel Blagg consider our changing world through their work. Leonard is known for his incredibly detailed panoramic paintings of modern American cityscapes ranging from Chicago to Boston to Austin. Similarly, Blagg also delineates American architecture, but focuses instead on the decay of once vibrant billboards, roadside strip malls, and now abandoned streets. Both artists ask through their work if the modifications we make to our landscape are for better or worse.

Place to Place de stijl // 1006 W. 31st Street // Tuesday – Thursday 1 to 5pm, Saturday 1 to 5pm // Closes: April 15

Each of Larry Graeber’s works is a resolution of two competing tendencies—an intuitively curious exploration of materials and a deliberate approach to composition. As a result, the works on view in Place to Place are both individual environments and related instances of the artist’s approach. Graeber’s works steadily weave between subjective depictions and pure abstraction.

Nicole Awai: Material Re-Pose Courtyard Gallery at UT Austin // AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 2nd Level //9am – 7pm Daily // Closes: April 29

The Courtyard Gallery is featuring Material Re-pose by the Trinidad-born artist Nicole Awai, who joined the Department of Art and Art History as Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing in 2015. This exhibition focuses on Awai’s non-medium-specific painting practice, which moves fluidly between two and three dimensions to explore notions of identity and history, and will feature a site-specific drawing executed directly on the walls of the Courtyard Gallery.

The New Cuban Color: Works by Limonta, Mederos, and Valdes Flatbed Press & Gallery // Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10 to 5pm, Sat. noon to 5pm // March 17 – May 6 //2830 East MLK Jr Blvd // Closes: May 6

Flatbed Press is pleased to present New Cuban Color:  Prints by Limonta, Mederos, and Valdes in the O2 Project Gallery space. Organized by Alfredo Felipe Valdes, works in this exhibition utilize the human form as a symbolic vehicle to explore moments of human experience: birth, death, love, or the idea of origin and guilt in our Western tradition. From the intricately textured collagraphs of Isolina Limonta to the expressive and painterly monoprints of Yordanis Garmendia Mederos and Alfredo Felipe Valdes, this exhibition captures a wonderful glimpse of the contemporary printmaking happening in Cuba today.

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events

Art History Lecture Series presents Gavin Morrison Doty Fine Arts Building // Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.  //Room 2.506

“Hörður Ágústsson, Donald Judd and vernacular architecture” concerns Donald Judd’s intention to organize an exhibition of the drawings of Hörður Ágústsson of Icelandic vernacular architecture and will also provide an opportunity to reflect on Judd’s own interest in vernacular buildings and his relationship to Iceland.

Lecture by Dr. Elena Shtromberg The University of Texas // Thursday, March 30 at 4 p.m.  // Art Building, Room 1.120

Drawn from Art Systems: Brazil and the 1970s (University of Texas, 2016), this presentation, “The Art and Crisis of the Cruzeiro in Cildo Meireles’s Banknote Projects” will focus on a series of works by Brazilian artist Cildo Meireles through which he adapted alternative systems of exchange for the conception and circulation of an artwork.

Distinguished Lecture: Eric Booth MINDPOP // March 30 from 5:30pm to 7pm //1500 Barbara Jordan

At this free and open to the public speaking event, Eric Booth will discuss how creative engagement can – and should – be present in all learning situations, both in and outside of schools. Drawing from his book, Playing for the Lives: The Global El Sistema Movement for Social Change Through Music Eric’s talk will be relevant to educators, artists, parents and anyone interested in the possibility and impact of creative learning. This event features a special performance by Austin Soundwaves. Sign interpretation will be available.

Landmarks Public Art Bike Tour Austin Bike Tours and Rentals // Sunday, April 2, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. //3rd and Congress

Landmarks has partnered with Austin Bike Tours and Rentals again to host a docent-led bike tour of the public art collection on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The two-hour, five-mile adventure will begin at Austin Bike Tours and Rentals at 3rd and Congress. Together with a guide, the group will bike to campus, meet a Landmarks Docent, and explore public art at The University of Texas at Austin. The event is free to those who bring their own bikes, and on-site rentals are $20.

House Show MASS Gallery // April 1- April 15, 2017 //507 CALLES ST. // Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1, 7-10pm

HOUSE SHOW!  is group exhibition / installation created by the current collective members of MASS Gallery. The gallery has been transformed into a nearly functional, life-size house to showcase artwork and objects created, collected, and curated by members of MASS. This show poses an alternative approach to the MASS collective’s typical curatorial practice. By showcasing artwork and objects from their personal collection, HOUSE SHOW! provides a unique window into the interests, tastes, and obsessions that make MASS tick.

Anne Siems Wally Workman Gallery //April 1 – 29 // 1202 W. Sixth St // Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1 from 6 to 8pm

Siems work is deeply rooted in an appreciation of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art and vintage photography. This show presents for the first time Siems exploration in mark-making, reminiscent of weaving, stitching, and mending as well as an ancient alphabet or code. These are ongoing revelations – from painting to painting, abstract surfaces, realistic faces and delicate lines move into a whole.

The Contemporary Austin Spring Exhibitions The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center & The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria //Public opening: Sunday, April 2

The Contemporary Austin’s Spring 2017 exhibitions open to the public April 2, 2017 at both museum locations.Museum members are invited to preview spring 2017 exhibitions at the Jones Center on March 31, including complimentary refreshments, live music, and other festivities on the new Moody Rooftop! 

UMLAUF After Dark UMLAUF Sculpture Garden // April 4 from 6-8 PM //605 Robert E. Lee Road

On Tuesday, April 4, “UMLAUF After Dark” features an Insights event: “Friends of Farrah” with four panelists sharing memories about Farrah’s life and art. The panelists are Sylvia Dorsey, longtime friend of Farrah since UT-Austin, lives in Houston; Gray Hawn, longtime friend of Farrah since UT-Austin, lives in Austin; Karen Spelling, childhood friend of Farrah from Corpus Christi and UT-Austin, lives in Austin; and Greg Walls, Farrah’s nephew and caretaker of her personal archives, lives in Houston.

“UMLAUF After Dark” happens every first Tuesday of the month, offering UMLAUF visitors a chance to experience the special evening environment of the sculpture garden and in featured gallery exhibitions, in addition to the monthly themed activities, food and entertainment.

ARANPO / Stitch Dimension Gallery //April 8th – April 23rd // 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 // Opening Reception: April 6th, 2017, 7PM – 10AM

ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.

Bad Boys, Good Dogs, Everyone Else in Between ATM Gallery //April 7th – April 30th //5305 BOLM RD. SUITE #12 // Opening Reception:April 7th, 2017, 7PM – 12AM

This body of work continues explorations and meditations on the dynamics of physicalities. In representations of retaliation, revenge, or resistance, alluding to myth and fable structures, the work considers both bodily and ecological turmoil. Many of the pieces included in this collection, specifically the fiber works, are investigations into marrying domestic comfort objects with more mischievous and playful elements. What is the difference between decoration and defacement?

What a Bloody Mess grayDUCK Gallery //April 7May 7, 2017 //2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 7-10pm

Fear is a common theme with this exhibition; each artist is fretting over the future. The list of concerns is growing daily: environmental hazards, natural and man-made disasters, military conflicts, political and social strife. Influenced by media and the collective consciousness, the work reflects and calls into question the zeitgeist of our time. While each artist has an individual approach to expressing their concerns and fears about the current environmental, socio-political situation, all of the pieces reflect on and interrogate the world in which we live.

DEPTH & DECAY – featuring Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell ART on 5th // April 8 – May 7 // 3005 South Lamar Boulevard // Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8 from 7 to 9pm

ART on 5th is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring two Austin-based artists, Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell. The exhibition Depth & Decay will feature original paintings and drawings from Jason Eatherly, and original five- and six-color stencils with spray paint on canvas and panel by Dave Lowell. Both Eatherly and Lowell are highly regarded street artists both locally and nationally, and are quickly making their names known in the fine art world as well.

Sound in Sculpture Health Learning Building //April 13 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm // Dell Medical School

Sound in Sculpture returns for a third year, once again as part of the dynamic, city-wide Fusebox Festival! This event showcases original music composed and performed by UT students inspired by works in the public art collection. Each performance takes place against the backdrop of a site-specific work of art commissioned by Landmarks.

Performances will begin at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Health Learning Building of the Dell Medical School.

Sound in Sculpture is a partnership between Landmarks, Texas Performing Arts, the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Fusebox Festival.

Flower Power & The Mighty Vignettes Art for the People // April 19th – July 8th // 1711 S. 1st St. Austin // Opening Reception: Friday, April 21st, 6:30-9:00p

Art for the People is going HUGE with 37 local artists. We will be creating a visual adventure with ​Flower Power & ​The Mighty Vignettes​!!! Art for the People is committed to showcasing the supreme talent of ATx artists and their artwork in the form of handcrafted furniture, wall art, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and some surprises!

Joyce Howell Solo Show Wally Workman Gallery // May 6th – May 27th //1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 from 6 to 8pm

On Saturday, May 6th, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 5th show with Texas abstract painter Joyce Howell. Howell lives and works in Kingsland, Texas on the Colorado River, providing ample opportunity to observe color changes relating to atmosphere, temperature, wind, time of day and season. Howell feels even the most pastoral scene, when observed carefully, is riotous in color, texture, pattern and value. Observation of these elements affected by depth, wind, light and shadow are played out with paint in the studio and come to life throughout her current body of work.