Austin Art Weekly
September 21st – September 28th
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.
Wednesday, September 21st
September 21st — September 25th
Location dependent upon event
A restless innovator of cinematic and digital experimentation, Ken Jacobs explores the mechanics of the moving image and the very act of viewing. His Nervous Magic Lantern performances illuminate the screen in a myriad of 3D forms – no special glasses required. A breathtaking and all-around mystifying head/body experience without the use of electronics or film-based effects. The performance will be accompanied by live musical soundtracks.
Friday, September 23rd
Visual Arts Center
2300 Trinity St
Moving Mountains will feature the work of Lima artists who are documenting the causes and effects of quarrying and mining on the Peruvian landscapes through photographs, drawings, prints and video works. Curated by Dorota Biczel, PhD candidate in Art History.
Saturday, September 24th
Opening Reception September 24th, 7 – 10pm
de Stijl | Podium for Art
1006 W 31st St
Closes November 26th
de stijl | PODIUM FOR ART is pleased to present Before I Knew You, I Missed You, a solo exhibition of new work by sculptor Tammie Rubin. Mining familiar forms to construct intricate porcelain sculptures, Rubin explores the mysteries of the recognizable, decontextualized. Certain forms, she proposes, are imbued with power and manifest themselves at unexpected historical junctures. Somewhere between the readymade and the intricately hand-made, Rubin draws out how and why we find ourselves connecting to–and repeatedly communicating with–these forms.
Opening Reception September 24th , 7 – 9pm
837 W 12th St
Closes November 5th
Davis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works by ten premiere Austin-based figure painters. The artists featured are Jennifer Balkan, Chris Chappell, Denise M. Fulton, Felice House, Karen Maness, Revi Meicler, Karen Offutt, Mike Peterson, Johnnie Sielbeck, and Robert Summerlin. Each artist will contribute two portraits of other artists in the show, as well as a self-portrait.
Sunday, September 25th
Event September 25th, 2pm
Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr. St
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents the next installation of its acclaimed SoundSpace music series. SoundSpace: Inside/Out explores both the museum’s interior and exterior spaces, with a series of performances by New Music Co-op featuring Michael Pisaro; Kraken Quartet; Michael Schumacher; Xander Harris; and others. Highlights include robotic instruments that will “play” the plants in the Blanton’s plaza, a participatory work for iPhones and trombone choir, musical bicycles, and numerous sound installations in unexpected locations, such as elevators, the auditorium, and the museum’s exhibition spaces.
Additional Exhibition Openings & Events
CAMP: Cultural Asset Mapping Project // Meeting September 21st
CAMP, the Cultural Asset Mapping Project, wants to know what places you value as your cultural assets. With your input, CAMP will develop community-created maps of what Austinites value as important resources to their culture and creativity and help us answer the question, “Where does Austin’s culture live?”
Everyday Ogres Visual Arts Center // September 23rd — December 10th // 2300 Trinity St
Everyday Ogres presents three environmental video and sound installations by Tania Mouraud, including a newly commissioned work on oil refineries along the Houston Ship Channel. Viscerally powerful, Mouraud’s videos immerse viewers in sites of industrial manufacturing, exposing the disjunction between our everyday reliance on such industries and the destructive forces they enact against local landscapes, ecosystems and communities. Curated by Allison Myers, PhD candidate in Art History.
Placeholder Vaulted Gallery at the Visual Arts Center // September 23rd — December 10th // 2300 Trinity St
Pérez-Rul will collaborate with UT students in art, physics, engineering, architecture and design to create an immersive installation that recycles solar and kinetic energy, bringing into harmony the movements of humans, sun and wind. Maquettes of Perez-Rul’s related work—solar-powered pods that emit sound and light at night—will be exhibited on the outdoor plaza of Austin’s Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). Both projects are curated by Leslie Moody Castro (M.A., Art Education, 2010). This exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Research Image/Search Asteroid Visual Arts Center // September 23rd — October 14th // 2300 Trinity St
This exhibition highlights the collaboration between Cory Fitzgerald and Studio Art graduate student Bucky Miller that explores the absurd and surreal in photographic documentation during the artists’ travels together. Fitzgerald and Miller play with photography’s peculiar relationship to time, memory and history. Curated by the VAC’s student organization, Center Space Project.
Figure / Heads: David Bae and Erin Cunningham ICOSA // 702 Shady Lane, Suite 190 // Hours: 12pm to 5pm; by appointment // Closes September 23rd
ICOSA collective invites you to attend the first of a series of two-person member shows, “Figure/heads” featuring the work of David Bae and Erin Cunningham. In their respective media, the two artists present their own distinct interpretations of the physical/psychological aspects of the figure.
Living Wall: Collaboration + Fabrication UT School of Architecture, Mebane Gallery in Goldsmith Hall // 22nd Street and Guadalupe St // Closes September 23rd
In May 2016, the Living Wall project was installed along the façade of Goldsmith Hall, home to UT Austin’s School of Architecture. An investigation of the role of ecology in architecture, the 20 x 25 foot structure is comprised of a patent-pending honeycomb design and native flora specially selected to attract local fauna. Five years in the making, the project tests the limits of what’s possible with green walls through ongoing research and data analysis. Living Wall: Collaboration + Fabrication charts the progression of the project’s cross disciplinary collaboration and multiple fabrication efforts that assisted in its development and research. The exhibition is curated by Associate Professor Danelle Briscoe, one of the lead Project Investigators since its inception in 2010. The Living Wall is a collaboration with the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Goya: Mad Reason 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 5 pm // Closes September 25th
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.
The Collector by Haley Woodward Dimension Gallery // 1202 W 6th St // Hours: Sat – Sun 12 – 6pm // Closes September 25th
“The Collector” is a loose narrative about a robot, or a mech, a self portrait collecting unique examples of ornamental morphology in steel. After achieving his BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College and his MFA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Woodward has traveled the country creating and displaying his metal sculpture.
Femme National(e) Pump Project // 702 Shady Ln // Hours: Saturday 12pm to 5pm // Closes September 25th
Femme National(e) is a multimedia collection of works by six visual artists brought together for their vivid and reminiscent imagery, intricate processes and feminine sensibilities. French for “national women,” the show’s title seeks to capture the essence of collective and individual expression and was inspired by the desire to exhibit contemporary femininity through creative practice, color and narrative.
Honesty of Rocks: Crit Group Exhibition The Contemporary Austin @ grayDUCK Gallery // Hours: Thursday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // 2213 E Cesar Chavez St // Closes September 25th
This group exhibition features work by compelling artists who participated in the museum’s Crit Group—a seven-month-long program that supports a strong artistic practice through monthly critiques of art and professional development workshops.
The Wild Wild West Art on 5th // Hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am to 6pm // 3005 S Lamar Blvd // Closes September 25th
This group exhibition features unique interpretations of the quintessential American West by some of our favorite artists including Gabe Leonard and Sebastian Krüger. We will also be debuting two new artists to the gallery – Texas artist and musician Rick Steinburg, and London-based expressionist painter Ben Mosely.
David Lyle: Formative Years Bale Creek Allen Gallery // 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 #103 // Hours: by appointment // Closes October 1st
David Lyle states, “My paintings are inspired by found photographs. I feel that to find a lost photo, and paint it allows the photo or “memory” to have a second life. I make a collage from found photos and then I use the collage as a reference to paint from and I use only black paint on a white gessoed panel. Most of my subject matter in the paintings are satirical commentaries of things going on in or around my life.”
Will Klemm Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 W 6th St // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10am to 5pm // Closes October 1st
Austin, Texas-based artist Will Klemm has shown his work nationally since 1993 and is a veteran of over fifty one-man exhibitions. His upcoming show at Wally Workman Gallery is an evolution and an exploration. His well-known landscapes will be coupled with a figurative as well as still life direction, painting man and big skies with equal reverence. Klemm’s new work focuses on a gentle white; paint on a quiet barn, frothy surf, wisps of smoke. The exceptional light quality Klemm is known for is retained, infusing each piece with unique ethereal and meditative elements.
Jonathan Faber: Material Big Medium // 916 Springdale Rd Bldg 2 #101 // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: noon to 6pm // Closes October 1st
Painting to Jonathan Faber is a physical thinking process – a way of getting involved in a kind of internal dialogue. He is interested in making work that is primarily abstract, yet also part of a lexicon of real world imagery. In each painting there is a negotiation of extremes – a friction between concept and intuition. The artist keenly balances a methodical and immediate approach to each image through a broad vocabulary of spontaneous and deliberate form, color and marks. As a result the paintings hover between an abstract substance and an ambient space.
The Austin Bodies Project: Works by Doc List Art for the People Gallery // 1711 S 1st St // Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm to 6pm; Friday, Saturday: 11am to 7pm; Sunday 12pm to 6pm // Closes October 8th
Austin photographer Doc List celebrates the human body in its diverse expressions of strength and beauty in his passion project, The Austin Bodies Project. He writes, ”I’m fascinated by and involved in the fitness community in Austin. I find the human body to be beautiful and mysterious and wonderful and decided to begin a project to celebrate the human body with a focus on fitness of various kinds. That doesn’t mean that the bodies need to fit any definition of perfect. Rather, it’s about people and their journeys and the results they’ve achieved.”
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.
A History Of Wishful Thinking Yard Dog Art Gallery // 1510 S Congress Ave //Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am to 5pm; Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes October 14th
Harry Underwood is a self taught painter living in Nashville Tennessee. His paintings suggest vintage postcards or snapshots over which someone has written down their thoughts in pencil. The painting “Dixie Maid,” for instance, includes the text “The modern world is comfortable and easy. A person now has the time to examine their own hearts and minds. The time to put salt on their chocolate, pet the dog.”
Laura Latimer: Synapse Dougherty Arts Center // 110 Barton Springs Rd //Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 10pm; Friday 10am to 6pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm // Closes October 15th
As we navigate an increasingly oversaturated environment, meaningful experiences can be lost in the confusion. Our willingness to simply sit and daydream is quickly diminishing. Synapses are structures that allow nerve cells to pass signals throughout our nervous system. This process serves as a symbolic departure point for a visual exploration of thought, dream, and memory.
The First Horizons of Juno Mass Gallery // 507 Calles St, Ste 108 //Hours: Friday: 5pm to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes October 22nd
Some time from now, another people arrives (after ours). They will not know hierarchies, whatever those are. They will not divide between genders, sexualities, nor skins and hairs, whatever those are. Natives to their own landscape, theirs will be another horizon.
The First Horizons of Juno is curated by Ariel Evans and C.C. Marsh. Its artists are: Christina Coleman (Austin, TX),Jane Hugentober (Los Angeles, CA), Candice Lin (Los Angeles, CA), Karen Lofgren (Los Angeles, CA), Christine Rebet (New York, NY and Paris, FR), Alice Wang (Los Angeles, CA), and Chantal Wnuk (San Diego, CA). Set textiles created by Veronica Giavedoni (Austin, TX).
Schema, Scale and Construction: Drypoint Etchings and Monoprints by Jenny Robinson Flatbed Press and Gallery // 2830 MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 10 to 3:30pm // October 29th
The large scale architectural drypoint monoprints of Jenny Robinson capture the urban postindustrial decline, decrepitude, and abandonment of aging structures seen throughout her immediate environment. They are dynamic and vivid vignettes of the infrastructure on the periphery of one’s vision, hidden either by design or obsolescence. Robinson relocated from London to San Francisco in 2001, developing a fascination for decaying structures surrounding her new studio. Long imbued with strength and solidity, they are now threatened by the passage of time to ultimate defeat by corrosion and decay. This architecture is initially immortalized in passing, with graphite or watercolor, onto the pages of a sketchbook to be revisited in the artist’s studio. “My work is concerned with depicting how these giant structures appear, not through a sense of romantic yearning for the past, but by responding to location and documenting how they appear to me, now, in the moment.”
René Alvarado Gallery Shoal Creek // 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Ste 3 //Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm // Closes October 29th
As an artist, Alvarado returns to the cultural narratives of his childhood. His imagery embraces the symbolism, metaphors, folklore and traditional icons of his Mexican roots. Yet, “while he expresses these cultural identities, his work cannot be considered simply a form of regional expressionism,” says Dr. Enrique Cortazar, former Director of the Instituto de Mexico in San Antonio. “Rather, thanks to the expressive depth and honest sensitivity, his work approaches a true universal dimension . . . within a language of forms, colors and artistic expression, [Alvarado] transports us from the flavor of locale to a universal perspective. Here borders do not exist.”
Queendom Photo Méthode Gallery // 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd #107 // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 12pm to 5pm and by appointment // Closes October 29th
“Queendom is a conjured world inhabited by benevolent animals who have a penchant for wonder. A realm that commingles the physical and the spiritual, giving way to creatures touched by transcendence. At its utmost, it is a longing for life.” – Tami Bone.
Rosy Keyser: Half-Light Periscope Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces St Ste 50 //Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Closes November 12th
Rosy Keyser is a leading Contemporary painter, known for working in large-scale gestural, tactile abstraction. Frequently incorporating found detritus in her work such as beer cans, tarp, and sawdust, Keyser’s work investigate the medium of painting in a bodily, aggressive way. Born in Baltimore, MD, she received her BFA from Cornell University and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives and works in both Brooklyn and Medusa, NY (information via artnet).
Richard Forster: Levittown Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces St Ste 50 //Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm // Closes November 12th
It took 17 minutes to erect a Levittown prefab: 70 years later, Richard Forster has spent months painstakingly resurrecting that American Dream in pencil. Description courtesy of The Guardian.
Icons & Symbols of the Borderlands Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Ave // Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm // Closes November 13th
Icons & Symbols of the Borderlands, embodies the landscape and cultural legacy of the U.S./Mexico borderland. The works of art presented are by artists living on and/or informed by the U.S./Mexico Border.
Community Altars: A Celebration of Life Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Ave //Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am to 6pm; Friday 10am to 5pm; Saturday 10am to 5pm; Sunday 12pm to 5pm // November 13th
Artists, community groups, and individuals will create altars that will be displayed from September 17 – November 13, 2016 and during the Museum’s Annual Viva la Vida Festival on October 29, 2016. These commemorative altars celebrate the lives of influential figures who have served the Austin community, as well as loved ones who have passed.
This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands Warfield Center Galleries // 210 W 24th St // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday; 12 to 5pm // Closes December 8th
This Ground Beneath My Feet – A Chorus of Bush in Rab Lands includes a collection of works from the last two years of Barbadian artist, Annalee Davis’, practice. The drawings, ledgers, and tea service, along with a culled collection of essays, books, and scholarly material, comprise this exhibition and accompanying Reading Room. Here, Davis mines family and historical archives from the early 19th century to the 1970s and unpacks her family’s plantation to offer her reflection on historical realities within the Anglophone Caribbean.
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.
Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World Harry Ransom Center //300 W 21st St // Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am to 5pm; Thursday 10am to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm // Closes January 1st, 2017
Balancing journalistic, commercial, and artistic work over a career spanning seven decades, Elliott Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century. Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World will present more than 200 of these remarkable images, including rarely exhibited examples of his early work in California, his intimate family portraits in New York, his major magazine assignments, and his work as a filmmaker, as well as his ongoing personal investigations of public spaces and their transitory inhabitants around the world.
Xu Bing: Book from the Sky // Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E Martin Luther King Jr. St. (MLK at Congress) // Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday: 11am to 5pm; Sunday: 1pm to 5pm // Closes January 22nd
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.
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.
Spirit Animals: Art by Patrick Hobbie Austin Art Garage // 2200 S Lamar Blvd Ste J // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11am to 6pm; Sunday: noon to 5pm
What’s your spirit animal? Patrick Hobbie has many. In this new series, Hobbie uses ink and watercolor to capture the spirit of an animal and the energy that surrounds it. While he paints, he thinks of the impression of his subject’s form and the life-force that drives it, resulting in an image that becomes alive. Patrick Hobbie’s work represents a form of controlled chaos that truly captures the expression and spirit within.
Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
Wrestling History Warfield Exhibition Galleries // September 28th; Artist Discussion September 28th, 5:30 – 7pm // 210 W 24th St
The second exhibition to be displayed in The New Gallery, 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.
Art after Six The People’s Gallery // September 30th, 6 – 8pm // 301 W 2nd St
Artist talks begin at 6:15 pm in Council Chambers. The gallery will be open for self-guided tours 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Artworks are on display on the first three floors. Pick up a gallery guide on the first floor. Featured artists: Brent Baggett, Mery Godigna Collet, Teruko Nimura.
The Captain Asked for a Show of Hands grayDUCK Gallery // September 30th — October 30th; Opening Reception September 30th, 7 – 10pm // 2213 E Cesar Chavez St
grayDUCK Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Austin artist W. Tucker. Using his non-dominant hand, Tucker, creates childlike line drawings on found, tattered surfaces such as book covers, scraped lumber and odd bits of paper. Tucker was awarded Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Best Installation” as well as “Artist of the Year” for his installation at Texas State University in 2012. He has been represented in the US by galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle, Wyoming, Dallas, Houston, and Austin.
Midnight Rainbow Pump Project // October 1st—October 30th; Opening Reception October 1st, 7 – 10pm //702 Shady Ln
Michael E. Stephen’s objects and arrangements, composed from appropriated and casted materials, conjure the complex visual experience of subcultures from the 1970s-1990s. Stephen’s selectively scavenged objects (an auctioned piece of the moon; VHS tapes from estate sales) are sourced for their ritualistic or cult potential, and at times transformed alchemically, to create new autonomous relics. Muted by nostalgia, these emblematic artifacts provoke a meditation on the objects’ latent symbolism and associative content.
Bits & Pieces: Brooke Gassiot and Jonas Criscoe ICOSA // October 1st — October 29th; Opening Reception October 1st, 7 – 10pm // 702 Shady Ln
ICOSA collective proudly presents our next show: Bits & Pieces, a two-person exhibition featuring new works by ICOSA members Brooke Gassiot and Jonas Criscoe. Through video, mixed media installation and collage, both artists explore how varying materials, techniques, and media can come together to form a whole.
Plastic Planet Women & Their Work // October 1st — November 10th; Opening Reception October 1st, 7 – 9pm // 1710 Lavaca St
Plastic is everywhere. Just how omnipresent it has become animates Plastic Planet, the ambitious new exhibition created by multi media artist, Calder Kamin. Not only just a physical object that clutters roadsides and pollutes oceans, plastic has become incorporated into the bodies of all living things. Yet nature is resilient and we all adapt. At what price remains an important question Plastic Planet examines.
POP Art Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery // October 1st — October 31st // Opening Reception October 8th, 6 – 8pm // 1137 West 6th St
Pop art is just that. It is the art of popular culture. Characterized by a sense of optimism during the post war consumer boom of the 50’s and 60’s, it coincided with the globalization of pop music and youth culture, personified by Elvis and the Beatles and embraced by a few of the artists represented at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. This ambitious exhibit will be on display October 1-31 and will feature originals and prints from Nelson de la Nuez, Alberto Murillo and Daniel Maltzman. In addition, works of art from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Damien Hirst and Jim Dine will be on display and available for purchase.
Erwin Meyer: Recent Work Erwin Meyer Studio // Opening Reception October 1st, 6 – 9pm // 10203 Old Manchaca Rd
Erwin Meyer was born in Germany in 1941, and began his visual explorations as a graphic artist in his home town of Detmold. He worked in Geneva, Stockholm, and Berlin, and later settled in London in 1964, where he attended the Sir John Cass School of Art. After traveling to South America, North Africa, and throughout Europe, he lived and exhibited in San Francisco and New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. After a hiatus of almost 30 years, he began painting again in 2013, creating geometric expressions, which are both surprising and fun.
Landmarks Dog Walk UT Austin // October 2nd, 11am // 24th and Speedway
Fetch your pooch and come to campus for the second annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk! Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin near 24th Street and Speedway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 2. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines! Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee! Free and open to the public.
States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories Mebane Gallery in Goldsmith Hall // October 5th — October 21st, Opening Reception October 10th, 5pm // 22nd Street and Guadalupe St
A traveling exhibition created by a national community of over 500 people in 20 cities, States of Incarceration investigates mass incarceration and immigrant detention in the United States, and encourages viewers to consider the implications of our country’s current system. With research contributions from university students— including several from the University of Texas at Austin— the exhibition features: interviews with formerly incarcerated people, corrections officers, and policy advocates; images capturing the evolution of crime and punishment in different contexts; and data demonstrating the explosive growth of incarceration and its impact on American society. States of Incarceration also includes a web platform, statesofincarceration.org and a podcast series. In a section of the presentation entitled Asylum Seekers, students from UT’s School of Architecture mapped the physical locations, architectural forms, and building history of detention centers in Texas (and the stories of those who had been held in them) to create visual narratives of the migration journeys and experiences of detainees from the state. The exhibition is organized by the Humanities Action Lab, a collaboration of 20 universities led by The New School in New York, and including The University of Texas at Austin
Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope CAMIBAart // Artist Discussion October 8th, 2pm; Closing Reception October 21st, 6 – 8pm // 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd // Closes October 22nd
Working with a visual vocabulary deeply influenced by geometric abstraction and kinetic art, Morales creates dynamic artworks about color, shadow, impermanence of reality, movement of time, and perception of home. She presents a unique blending of color chromatic abstraction and fanciful cityscapes/landscapes in an effort to engage conversation on our ever-changing perception of home. These whimsical abstract cityscapes are sometimes rooted in real vistas, while at other times are purely imagined – however, they are all meant to elicit an ever-changing sense of place in the viewer. As you move around the artwork, the images change and the perception of the piece changes. Is the art the paint on Plexiglas or the shadows and reflections on the wall? Should they be seen as separate? Or viewed together? Maybe it’s both?
Eye to Eye: The Private Lives of Birds Wally Workman Gallery // October 8th — October 29th, Preview Happy Hour and Artist Talk October 6th, 6pm, Opening Reception October 8th, 6 – 9pm // 1202 W 6th St
Dawson aims to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of new wonder. She demonstrates how a small piece of our everyday world is filled with detail and life, turning the micro into macro. In this body of work, Dawson employs birds as her subjects and depicts them on a human-like scale. The effect not only captures their immediate beauty but lends each an inescapable presence.
Looking at Photographs: Curator Lecture Harry Ransom Center // October 13th, 7pm // 300 W 21st St
Curator of Photography, presents “Looking at Photographs: Visual Research in the Elliott Erwitt Photography Collection,” a behind-the-scenes look at the visual detective work involved in researching photographs for the exhibition Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World. She recounts how various tools—from contact sheets to Google Earth—helped shed new light on some of Erwitt’s best-known works. Following the talk, McDonald will be available for questions in the galleries. A pre-lecture reception is open to current members at the Alliance level and above; RSVP required for reception; limited capacity.
Warhol by the Book Blanton Museum of Art // October 16th — January 29th // 200 E MLK Jr. Blvd
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Warhol By the Book, the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books—an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. The exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity.
The Catrina Ball The Four Seasons Ballroom // Saturday, October 22nd, 5:30pm // 98 San Jacinto Blvd
The Catrina Ball is a spirited fundraising event that reminisces the past and recognizes our present accomplishments in visual art and culture. The event benefits Mexic-Arte Museum’s exhibition and education programs. Following the remarkable debut of the Catrina Ball in 2015, the Mexic-Arte Museum and the 2016 Catrina Ball Co-Chairs and Committee are thrilled to keep the spirits alive with the 2nd Annual Catrina Ball! Inspired by José Guadalupe Posada’s famous 1913 zinc etching La Calavera Catrina (“The Elegant Skull”), guests are invited to show off their dramatic Calavera/Día de los Muertos makeup, lush rose crowns, and other inspired couture.
Viva La Vida: Day of the Dead Festival & Parade Mexic-Arte Museum // October 29th, 12 – 8pm // downtown Austin
his year, Austin’s largest and longest-running Day of the Dead event features a grand procession and street festival (from Congress to San Jacinto) with artist vendors, live music, food trucks, and community altars. Art activities for children and families will be also be available in the neighboring Frost Bank Tower Plaza, where the public will have an opportunity to take pictures with parade props, including large-scale moving sculptures and mojigangas.
The Nature of Memories Wally Workman Gallery // November 5th — November 26th; Preview Happy Hour and Artist Talk November 3rd, 6pm; Opening Reception November 5th, 6- 8pm // 1202 W 6th St
Wally Workman Gallery will open The Nature of Memories, their second show with figurative painters Sara and Shane Scribner. The exhibition explores the dynamic character of memories and how they are rendered in the mind’s eye. Shane’s treatment incorporates the blurry edges and the missing moments in between, while Sara emphasizes and enhances the magical elements the mind infuses into memory over time. Both accomplished realist painters in technique, their ethereally illuminated subjects occupy a space both of this world and a bit beyond.
Queer Terrortories Visual Arts Center // November 18th — December 10th // 2300 Trinity St
A group exhibition that brings together emerging contemporary artists who engage politics of anti-assimilation. Through performance, multimedia installation, drawing and photography, the featured artists in this exhibition consider the aesthetics of terror in relation to acts of queerness and illustrate the radical way in which queer artists define their own physical and emotional territories. Curated by the VAC’s student organization, Center Space Project.
Film Screening: Beauty Knows No Pain Harry Ransom Center // November 29th, 7pm // 300 W 21st St
Join Jessica S. McDonald, the Nancy Inman and Marlene Nathan Meyerson Curator of Photography, for an evening of Elliott Erwitt films: Beauty Knows No Pain (1971; 26 minutes), Red, White and Bluegrass (1963; 26 minutes), and The World Renowned Incomparable Marching 100 (1981; 23 minutes). Free admission.