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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.

 Friday, October 21st


Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings from Vietnam 

Opening Reception: Friday, October 21 from 6 to 8 pm

Asian American Resource Center

8401 Cameron Road

October 21-December 30

“Vivid Strokes” showcases 16 recent paintings from six internationally acclaimed Vietnamese artists: Thanh Chuong, Ha Tri Hieu, Hong Viet Dung, Pham An Hai, Doan Hoang Lam, and Doan Xuan Tang. All works are on loan from the International Modern Art Gallery (IMAG) in Houston, TX. IMAG, founded by Vietnamese art dealer Quynh Nguyen in 2014, is dedicated to promoting emerging and established Southeast Asian artists in the United States. Since the late 1970s, artists have enjoyed increasing artistic freedom where previously the communist government had expected all art to conform to the social realism style.



Artist Reception: October 21st, 6 – 8pm

Gallery Shoal Creek

 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd

October 21st — November 19th

The gallery will showcase the most recent work of three featured artists: Marc Burckhardt, Ken Hale and Kirk Tatom. The audience is invited to view the presentation as three distinct exhibitions and explore the themes, references, and stylistic elements adopted by each artist in triptych: a set of three artistic views to be appreciated together.


Mayhem, Method and Medium 

Artist’s Reception: October 21st: 6 to 8pm

Flatbed Press and Gallery

2830 East MLK Jr Blvd

October 21-December 31

Mike O’Brien’s two-dimensional works are a unification of sculpture, painting, and photography. He creates abstract dioramas upon a 6 foot by 2 foot tall stage where compositions are built using paper and canvas pieces he has painted or drawn upon, then torn, warped, and crushed. These manipulated paper and canvas pieces are arranged into compelling scenes that are photographed and printed. The process of transforming two-dimensional space into three-dimensional space, and back again in the final printed image is a theme that O’Brien embraces.

Mayhem, Method and Medium runs from October 21st to December 31st, with an Artist’s Reception the evening ofOctober 21st from 6-8pm. The artist will be in attendance.

Saturday, October 22nd

L’enfant Terrible: An Immersive Art Project by Denise Prince

Saturday, October 22nd

Justine’s Secret House

 this is a ticketed event

L’enfant Terrible is a vibrant exploration of the ways fantasies from our childhood inform who we are as adults. There will be original film and photographs, hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as well as interactive installations, disco naps, a kissing booth and absinthe lollipops. 

Wednesday, October 26th


PechaKucha Night #26 

Wednesday, October 26th, Doors at 7pm, Program at 8:20pm

800 Congress

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really. PechaKucha Austin is produced by Art Alliance Austin and organized by a curatorial board led by Lana McGilvray and DJ Stout. Stu Taylor is the PK Austin Manager. Herman Dyal and Carla Fraser are founders of the Austin chapter.

PK#26 Lineup (in no particular order):

1. Suzanna Choffel , Musician
2. Jana Swec, Artist, Founder of E.A.S.T.
3. Megan Mead, Designer
4. Emily Little, Architect
5. George Reiff, Producer and Musician
6. O. Rufus Lovett, Photographer
7. Ana López, a University of Texas student, Campus Carry Protester
8. Felix and Sloane Lenz, Film Maker and Fashion Designer
9. David Courtney, Writer
10. Ana Josephson, Maker 

Additional Exhibition Openings & Events


Glenn O’Brien: Perspectives Lecture Series // Blanton Museum of Art // Thursday, October 20; 6:30 to 7:30pm // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will host a Perspectives lecture with writer, journalist, art critic and creative director Glenn O’Brien. O’Brien has been at the forefront of writing about art, fashion, music, and literature for the past 50 years. In conjunction with the Blanton’s upcoming exhibition,Warhol By the Book (Oct 16, 2016–Jan 29, 2017)O’Brien will be speaking about his work as Editor and Art Director of Andy Warhol’s magazine, Interviewin the 1970s.

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Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope CAMIBAart // 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday: Noon to 5 pm // Closes October 22nd // Closing Reception October 21st, 6 – 8pm

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?

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CHRIS.BRADLEY / FRANCESCA.FUCHS Permanent.Collection // October 23-November 13 //  Opening reception: Sunday, October 23, 3 to 6pm

Memory is a peculiar creature. Inherently riddled with error. Faulty. Yet, for all its subjectivity, memory is imbued with power and truth. Artists who are storytellers have a compulsion to share their memories, however flawed, of things that once felt true. With memory, the unfamiliar is pulled back into what is known, and what at first seemed familiar is pushed forward into strangeness. Chicago-based sculptor Chris.Bradley and Houston-based painter Francesca.Fuchs both engage with memory’s two-sided coin, and strive with sensitivity to make what is forgotten and invisible, visible again. 

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Ongoing Exhibitions


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).

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Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope CAMIBAart // 2832 E MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:30 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday: Noon to 5 pm // Closes October 22nd // Closing Reception October 21st, 6 – 8pm

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?

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.” 



Submergence Women Printmakers of Austin // Bone Black Gallery & Studio // 916 Springdale Bldg 3 #102 // Closes October 29th 

Bone Black Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Submergence by Skylar Gerken. The artist couples her masterful rendering skills with expressionist mark-making to create a world where merpeople and mollusks inhabit the murky depths of very human like emotion. Gerken creates a narrative full of whimsical moments that collectively reveal something much deeper, reaching towards the chthonic. The characters, surrounded by oozing washes and thickly layered lines of charcoal, at turns cower, recreate, desire and fight. The accumulation of marks which delineates their world is often made on nontraditional substrates, with her larger scale works on bedsheets or tablecloths. This body of black and white drawings and lithographs is in part inspired by the young artist’s post collegiate relocation from small town Ohio to New York City, where she works as an apprentice at Haven Press.


Bits & Pieces: Brooke Gassiot and Jonas Criscoe ICOSA // 702 Shady Ln // Hours: Saturday: 12-5pm or by appointment // Closes October 29th

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. 


Eye to Eye: The Private Lives of Birds Wally Workman Gallery // 1202 W 6th St // Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 5pm // Closes October 29th

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.


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.”

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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. 


The Captain Asked for a Show of Hands grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E Cesar Chavez St //  Hours: Thursday-Saturday: 11-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm // Closes October 30th

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 // 702 Shady Ln // Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 12 to 5pm or by appointment // Closes October 30th

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.


cloaked identity: art of the mask Dimension Gallery// 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 // Hours: Saturday-Sunday: 12 to 6 pm // Closes October 31

Masks fabricate new identities, giving the wearer the opportunity to watch other people without being watched. Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask is a one month exhibition during October that showcases masks that are venerable works of art. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, speaking to the viewer through its aesthetic while inspiring the viewer to wonder what it would feel like to wear it. The show begins with an opening reception on October 6th from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public during gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, from October 8th to 16th. The work will be available for viewing by appointment until October 31st. 


Playgrounds Co-Lab Projects’ DEMO GALLERY // 721 Congress Ave // Closes October 30th 

SUMMERSCOOL 2016 culminates in a group show featuring eight exciting young artists exploring the past, present and the desire for a better future through a variety of lenses. Fond memories are decaying, hope is balanced by loss and longing. A star is born but the light it exudes is likely only a mirrored surface. Voices echo from the past and are swallowed up by the constant buzz and background noise of contemporary life. 


POP Art Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery // 1137 West 6th St // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday:
10 am to 6 pm // Closes October 31

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.


No Hay Diner0 ATM Gallery // 5305 Bolm Rd // Hours: Saturday-Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm // Closes November 1st

The work of Yordi Vieyte takes us to an aesthetic space “Other” to the everyday. It reveals a story without realizing that the narrative happens in front of our eyes within both the imagination and the everyday unconscious. This artist examines the economy and the movement of currency from a unique perspective. Undoubtedly, without money we cannot live, without money the system in which we are immersed cannot work, but despite this importance, rarely do we sit down to reflect on it.


Faces in the Arts Davis Gallery // 837 W 12th St // Hours: Monday – Friday: 10am to 6pm; Saturday: 10am to 4pm // 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.


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Plastic Planet Women & Their Work // 1710 Lavaca St // Hours: Monday through Friday: 10am to 6pm, Saturday: Noon to 5pm // Closes November 10th

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.


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. 


Into The Mystic: Landscapes and New Orotones Stephen L. Clark Gallery // 1101 W. Sixth St // Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 4pm // Closes November 19

Kate Breakey’s Into The Mystic: Landscapes and New Orotones will be on display October 8-November 19 at the Stephen L. Clark Gallery. 


Before I knew you, I Missed You de Stijl | Podium for Art // 1006 W 31st St // Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm // 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.


Jon Langford, Eric Bellis, Kevin Lycett  Yard Dog Gallery // October 11th — November 27th  // 1510 S Congress Ave

Yard Dog will be showing art by Jon Langford, Eric Bellis, and Kevin Lycett. The three are associated with the British rock band/art collective the Mekons, which has been together in one form or another since 1976. Langford & Lycett were founding members, with Lycett staying in the band through 1983 or so. Eric Bellis joined in 1984, and he and Langford continue performing with the band to this day. They just released their umpteenth album, “Existentialism,” the cd version of which comes with a 96-page book of writing and art.


Diez: Photographs by Hunter Barnes The DEN // 317 W 3rd St // Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10am to 6pm; Sunday 12 to 5pm; Mondays by appointment only // Closes December 4th

Diez – Photographs by Hunter Barnes exhibits a series of black and white photographs taken by the studied photographer, and self-taught social anthropologist, Hunter Barnes. The subject matter spans over a decade of calculated wandering that took place from 2000 – 2010 during which Barnes traveled the country and immersed himself into different niche and often dangerously private communities. Barnes’s experiences have created a visual archive that is raw, clear, and poignant with genuinely articulated representations of America’s diverse and often overlooked citizens.


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.


Moving Mountains: Extractive Landscapes of Peru Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St //Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th 

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.


Everyday Ogres Visual Arts Center// 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th

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// 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Monday by appointment only, Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 12pm to 5pm, Closed Sundays // Closes December 10th

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. 


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. 


The Soil of the Soul Art for the People Gallery // Oct. 11th, 2016 – Jan.7th, 2017 // 1711 S. 1st St. // Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 12 to 6pm

The Soil of the Soul exhibition is a line of artworks by Mila Sketch dedicated and inspired by wine and the wine community. Wine has a long history linked to culture, art, religion, territory, and people; it expresses so much more than just a Terroir. People enjoy when a wine tells a story. The desire to improve one’s knowledge can be a solo journey or enhanced with the tutelage of a sommelier.

In creating The Soil of the Soul, Mila worked intimately with the sommelier, Julia Dixon, of Somm Wings. Julia guided Mila in understanding the nuances of wine and Mila became a passionate wine lover. Julia’s love for wine inspired Mila’s The Soil of the Soul. The name of the exhibition originates from the idea that the character of a wine is defined by the types of soil and how the soul is defined by the soil where we live and love. We all come from somewhere and everywhere. 


Never Left Unsaid: New work by Padaric Kolander, David Lujan & Matthew Roberts Black Lagoon Art + Yoga // October 14-January 8 // 4301 A. Guadalupe St

Padaric Kolander (winner of the annual Hunting Prize) entangles the viewer with his meticulously placed line work and subject matter, while David Lujan challenges the viewer to see beyond the subjects of his work and discover the abstraction within each piece. Matthew Roberts distills the lessons learned from teaching and being taught, to reveal the absurd through his meticulous stencils.

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.

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 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.


Jiwon Park: Leviathans UT Austin // AT&T Conference Center Courtyard Gallery // 1900 University Ave // Closes February 4

In Leviathans, Jiwon Park examines the flags of 206 sovereign nations, whether recognized by the United Nations or not. She turns these symbols of utopian aspirations to national cohesion into pie-chart-like objects, emphasizing their standardized character based on carefully calibrated percentages of colors. These cool, geometric, abstract forms raise questions: How do they engender patriotic fervor, rally and unite? How do these symbols generate perceptions of shared values and histories?

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


Ezra Siegel: Soft Departure Art on 5th // Saturday, October 29th – Sunday, November 27th // Artist’s Reception: Saturday, October 29th: 7 to 9 pm // 3005 South Lamar Boulevard #110b

Chicago-based abstract painter Ezra Siegel explores form and surface through the subtle layering of line and shape. These simple color schemes and soft edges have the ability to evoke complex emotions from the viewer.


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.


Screening of Blood for Dracula Blanton Museum of Art // October 31st, 11:55pm // 200 E MLK Jr. Blvd

Produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey, this 1974 horror classic is renowed for its wild mixture of comedy, violence, and sex.


Edward Lane McCartney: Chromatic Fantasy – a complement of color CAMBIAart // November 1st – December 3rd // 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd // Artist’s Reception: November 12th, 6 to 8pm

Edward Lane McCartney is a true creative; living a creative life – made to create – driven to create. Given this drive and ability, one might expect, and would be correct in assuming, that McCartney has a broad visual and creative aesthetic. There are however many common threads among all of his creations, not least of which is his propensity to build his artwork. Even his most two-dimensional art can be seen as built works.

For the current exhibit, Chromatic Fantasy, we find non-representational geometric abstract artworks that deal very specifically with visual runs of color, creating rhythm and harmony. Using this language, his craftsman’s hand, and his attention to detail, he creates artwork in a wide range of scales; from large wall works to miniature wearables – in all using their materiality and movement to evoke a sense of play.


Billy Hassell: Unveiling of Newest Keeping it Wild lithograph Davis Gallery // November 3, 6:30 to 8:30pm // 837 W. 12th St

Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is thrilled to be partnering with Billy Hassell on a specially commissioned lithograph series depicting the wild things and wild places of Texas. Billy’s commission will include a series of five editions of 30 prints each, as well as a boxed set of all five lithographs. Subsequent editions will be released periodically throughout the next two years, with the final edition set to be released in the spring of 2017


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.


Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester & Melissa Loop: ANTHROPOCENE  grayDUCK Gallery // November 4th-December 4th  // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Opening Reception Friday, November 4: 7 to 10pm

Anthropocene examines the acceptance of what is outwardly visible versus what’s beneath the surface. Jonas Hart, Dameon Lester and Melissa Loop illustrate the significance of the larger picture, the systems or the emerging meaning. How aware are we of our influence on the landscape? Whether it’s an underground water system that is never seen, a far away place that seems pristine or the tip of an iceberg’s assumed permanence, the human animal has put our stamp on the world.


Suzi Davidoff + Rachelle Theiwes: Common Language // Flatbed Press and Gallery // November 8-December 31 // 2832 E MLK Blvd // Opening Reception: November 12, 6 to 8pm // Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am to 5pm; Saturday Noon to 5pm

Common Language exhibits work by West Texas artists Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, collaborating together as Razi Projects. Spanning Finland and West Texas, Common Language consists of site-specific land-based installations documented by large scale photographs printed on aluminum, a twin-screen video projection, and a limited edition, hand bound artist book housed in a portfolio containing an original artwork.

In addition to this monumental collaboration, the exhibition includes individual works on paper and sculptural kinetic jewelry by Davidoff and Thiewes, respectively.

A special viewing of the Common Languages twin-screen projection will take place throughout the evening of the Artist’s Reception.

Suzi Davidoff’s multi-media works on paper explore themes of structure and perception of the natural world, often incorporating found organic materials collected on walks within the West Texas Chihuahuan desert.

Rachelle Thiewes creates jewelry that is designed to engage and challenge the wearer, making them an active participant, an initiator of sounds and body rhythms.


The UMLAUF Prize 2016 and Retrospective Exhibition // UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum // November 11-January 29 // 605 Robert E. Lee Rd // Opening Performance: November 11, 6 to 8pm

Opening and Insights on November 11, 6-8 pm, presents UT-Austin MFA graduate Elizabeth McClellan’s performance-based installation “EnchidaLabs” featuring science and the art of genetic modification. When museum visitors walk onto the set of EnchidaLabs they will learn about genetic skin modifications and explore the possibilities of using viral biomes to decorate the skin through a series of videos, brochures, photographs and human interaction with the EnchidaLabs staff. Former Crystal Bridges Executive Director, Don Bacigalupi, awarded McClellan this year’s UMLAUF Prize, and the exhibition continues until January 29, 2017, also featuring new works from previous Prizewinners such as Gracelee Lawrence & Ryan Hawk (2015), Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005), and Holly Fisher (2004).


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.