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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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Women of Flatbed: A Retrospective

Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street

Dates: January 17 – April 28, 2019

Opening Reception: January 17, 6:30-8:30pm

A show celebrating the female artists who have made prints with Flatbed Press. The show includes works by Alice Leora Briggs, Suzi Davidoff, Sandra C. Fernández, Annalise Natasha Gratovich, Sandria Hu, Sharon Kopriva, Mary McCleary, Melissa Miller, Celia Munoz, Liliana Porter, Linda Ridgway, Julie Speed, Ann Stautberg, Betti Ward, Joan Winter, Sydney Yeager, Judy Youngblood and more.

Placemaking & Displacement: A Public Dialogue at the Intersection of Art, Community, & Gentrification

Host: George Washington Carver Museum Cultural and Genealogy Center, 1165 Angelina St

Date: January 17, 7-8:30pm

This program is part two of The Arts & Gentrification panel series started during EAST 2018. This program is being presented in honor of the contributions of Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr., and the federal holiday in his name.

A multi-ethnic and multi-generational group of artists, scholars, community historians, and activists will explore how an arts community can work positively in a city where profound economic and cultural displacement has and is occurring? Panelist will also explore strategies for limiting the impact of displacement and preserving the cultural history of Austin communities.

Mix ‘n’ Mash Artist Meetup & Paint Party

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave

Dates: Thursday, January 17, 6-9pm

Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition is a fundraising event featuring the works of local artists. Created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply, each limited-edition Mix ‘n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for the exhibition with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s exhibitions and programs.

Join us for the Mix ‘n’ Mash Artists Meetup and Paint Party in support of the Museum’s annual art sale and exhibition. Artist Yocelyn Riojas will be facilitating a creator space for artists (and aspiring artists) to meet up and work on their boards for the Mix ‘n’ Mash exhibition. The theme of this year’s exhibition will be migration. Mexic-Arte Museum will provide art supplies and boards for participants as well as light refreshments.


Open Canopy

Host: Canopy, 916 Springdale Rd

Date: January 18, 7-10pm

Studios and galleries at Canopy welcome the public to view current exhibitions and studio work. Join us on Friday, January 18th, 2019 7-10 PM for this free event.


When Everything’s Been Said

Host: ICOSA, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #10

Dates: January 18 – February 16, 2019

Opening Reception: January 18, 7-10pm

When Everything’s Been Said is an exhibition of new works by Jonas Criscoe and Mark Johnson that explore the illusion of direction and the indeterminacy of visual language. Through their mixed media works both artist mimic the cacophonous nature of our contemporary environment while reflecting upon the incoherent facets of information that saturate our daily lives.

L.A. WOMEN

Host: Bale Creek Allen Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd

Opening Reception: January 18, 7-10pm

Tami Demaree
Tanya Haden
Bettina Hubby
Alexia Lewis
Shelli Tollman
Marnie Webe

Atomic Tejanos

Host: Modern Rocks, 916 Springdale Rd

Dates: January 18-February 15, 2019

Opening Reception: January 18, 7-10pm

An exhibition featuring print works by Carlos Hernandez and The Amazing Hancock Brothers.

Paul Kolazinski

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 S Lamar Blvd, suite C110-B

Dates: January 19 – February 17, 2019

Opening Reception: January 19, 7-9pm

Paul Kolazinski’s distorted hand-stretched canvases break the flat plane of traditional paintings. Geometric compositions highlight the canvas form and allow the drama of the work to happen at the edges of the canvas, rather than within the field. These unique works must be seen in the round to be fully appreciated. 

The Contemporary Print

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg. 2, #101

Dates: January 18 – February 16

Opening reception: January 18, 7 – 10pm

The Contemporary Print is a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking. While non-traditional or digital output is accepted as a print element, all artworks in the exhibition utilize traditional print media as their primary technique; including lithography, relief, intaglio, silkscreen, photo polymer plate (i.e. SolarPlates), and monotype.

If I Could, I Would Cover Everything With My Drawings / Hedwidge Jacobs

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: January 19 – February 28

Opening reception: January 19, 7 – 9pm

“Everything I do starts from a drawing” says Hedwige Jacobs. In her newest body of work, Jacobs presents a series of stations, each a separate work, and each emerging from her drawing practice. For Jacobs, drawing is at once an honest and direct mode of communication and a way of making sense of the world.

In her Corner Room installation, Jacobs covers domestic furniture—rocking chairs, throw rugs, television, curtains, lamps, side tables—in a black and white, hand-drawn, woven pattern. The weaving starts at one point on the object, encapsulating it and ending with a knot, which allows the weave to suggest new visual relationships and perhaps a cognitive dissonance for her viewer. With these obsessive drawings, she is touching on the overabundance of choices and obsessiveness of our lives as consumers. These imperfect weaves wander and meander across surfaces, leaving the viewer off-balance and in an ambiguous, yet familiar, space.

Past and Present: Randall Reid

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St.

Dates: January 19 – February 23

Opening reception: January 19, 7 – 9pm

Artist talk: February 2, 2pm

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Past and Present, a retrospective exhibit that surveys nearly four decades of Randall Reid’s prolific career as a visual artist. Throughout his life, Reid has measured and interpreted the elemental qualities of his surroundings. As a boy, he would record his local weather, the temperature, and linear distances in the wide-open prairies and grasslands of Northern Texas. As an artist, Reid has continued to ask the same questions that captured his imagination when he was young, choosing to translate his findings into work characterized by simple line and form, and impressive control of a wide range of media.

Between 

Host: CAMIBAart at Sixth Street Gallery, 2000 E 6th St

Dates: January 19 – February 23, 2019 

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 5:00 – 8:30pm

Society lives in flux, constantly in a state of struggle between here and there, this or that. This exhibition showcases six artists who are observing the between. Be it through material, mode, or meaning; these artists exist in a liminal space. Featuring Artists: Alicia Philley, GD Wright, Steven Eggert Rabbitt, Vy Ngo, Andrea Hyland, Carmen Izurieta, Sarah Presson.

Forest for the Trees

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: January 19 – February 9

Opening reception: January 19, 4-7pm

Julia Lucey reveres nature. With arches and a pre-raphaelite attention to detail in this body of work, Lucey presents nature as sacred. Her process of collaging aquatint etchings allows each plant or animal to be meticulously depicted and elevated to the symbolic. She has taken inspiration from fables and woven them into what otherwise could be seen as solely scientific native plant etchings, emphasizing the wonder embedded in the natural.

A resident of Fairfax, California, Julia Lucey got her BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and the inspiration for her art from her years spent backpacking and working in the Western United States. As an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute, Julia has focused on traditional etching techniques and aquatint to create images dealing with the evolving issues of wildlife, its dissolution, and the attempt by many to direct its path. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States.

 

‘Scuse Us While We Kiss The Sky: Jad Fair & David Fair

Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S Congress Ave
 
Dates: January 19 – February 10
 
Opening Reception: January 19, 7-9pm
 

Yard Dog is celebrating the new year with a show of art by brothers Jad & David Fair. Featured will be Jad Fair’s cutout paintings of album covers and David Fair’s silly tribute paintings. The Fair Brothers are founding members of the indescribably different rock band Half Japanese and long-time artists. Jad, who lives in the Austin area, will be in attendance for the opening. David, who lives in Maryland, will not.

David Fair: https://www.yarddog.com/collections/david-fair

Jad Fair: https://www.yarddog.com/collections/jad-fair

Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Dates: January 23 – March 17

Performances: January 23 – March 2, 2019

Artist talk: February 5, 7pm

The Contemporary Austin–led by Executive Director and CEO Louis Grachos–presents an exhibition by artists Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin at its downtown Austin venue, the Jones Center at 700 Congress Avenue. On view January 23 through March 17, 2019, Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance is a retrospective of work from the past thirty years by New York-based artist Janine Antoni (Bahamian, born 1964 in Freeport, Grand Bahama), including sculptures and photographs. The exhibition also includes a solo dance performance by Antoni developed collaboratively with the pioneering dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin (Ameri-can, born 1920 in Wilmette, Illinois).

Alyssa Taylor Wendt: HAINT

Host: Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 2300 Trinity St.

Dates: January 25 – February 22

HAINT is an immersive, three-channel video installation by Austin-based artist and curator Alyssa Taylor Wendt. Filmed over the course of three years in Croatia, Detroit, and Texas, the individual channels unfold in counterpoint with one another to create a haunting meditation on the ways we process history, both as individuals and as a culture. The piece draws on motifs from Wendt’s personal cosmology and explores the associative powers of perception, cycles of history and ruination, and the spiritual energy that objects, the landscape, and architectural spaces carry with them. Using Eastern European songs, voiceover, opera, black metal drones, and ambient sound, HAINT combines images of post-war architecture, monuments, and ruins to create a poetic investigation of war, memory, and storytelling. In addition to the video, the exhibition includes sculptural elements and a collection of staged production photographs that intersect with the video’s multifaceted narrative.

place+repeat

Host: Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E. 5th st

Dates: January 25 – February 16

Opening Reception: January 25, 6-9p
 
Place + Repeat is an exhibition featuring two Austin-based female artists Steef Crombach and Andrea Muñoz Martinez. The exhibition explores identity, culture, environment, associations, safety, presentation, and place amongst others through Crombach and Martinez’s akin practices that involve repetition of pattern and process.

INTERWOVEN

Host: MASS Gallery, 705 Gunter St.

Dates: January 25 – March 2, 2019

Opening Reception: January 25, 7-10pm

MASS is pleased to present INTERWOVEN, an exhibition featuring six contemporary artists who work in textiles: Melissa Cody (Flagstaff, AZ), Orly Cogan (Hudson Valley, NY), Fort Lonesome (Austin, TX), Amada Miller (San Antonio, TX), Haleh Pedram (Richmond, VA), and Suzanne Wyss (Austin, TX). From traditional textile-based forms of artwork like Navajo weaving, natural dyes, embroidery, and chain stitching, to the more contemporary approaches of site-specific installation and free-standing sculptures, INTERWOVEN showcases a spectrum of strategies, materials, formats, and content.

 

Elia Alba’s The Supper Club

Host: The Visual Arts Center, The University of Texas, 2300 Trinity St.

Dates: January 25 – February 22

From January 25 – February 22, 2019, the Visual Arts Center (VAC) will present Elia Alba’s on-going work, The Supper Club. A multi-faceted project, The Supper Club consists of fifty-eight portraits of contemporary artists in conjunction with a series of salon-style dinners that serve to stimulate critical exchange and community. This will be the first presentation of The Supper Club in Texas.

THE PRINTMAKER’S BALL

Host: Blue Genie Big Top, 6100 Airport Blvd

Date: Feb 1, 7–10pm

Join us for a whimsical masquerade evening and get a glimpse of the artists, galleries, and editioning shops exhibiting during our PrintEXPO! Bid on your favorite works during a silent auction (benefitting PrintAustin) of prints by our EXPO artists, and get groovy to tunes curated by psoodo. Drinks generously donated by Tito’s Vodka and Topo Chico. Creative cocktail attire and masks highly encouraged!

PRINTEXPO + BINFEST + TRADE PORTFOLIO + STEAMROLLER

Host: Blue Genie Big Top, 6100 Airport Blvd

Date: Feb 2, 12–5pm 

The PrintEXPO is PrintAustin’s annual print fair featuring artists, galleries, editioning shops, and universities. Purchase original artwork from regional and national talent, flip through our bins of prints to add new work to your art collection, and experience live steamroller printing organized in partnership with Texas A&M University-Kingsville Dept. of Art, Communications and Theatre. Additionally, PrintAustin’s annual print trade portfolio culminates in an exhibition and print sale, which act as a fundraiser for PrintAustin. This event is free and family-friendly.

 

Lines Composed During a Tour

Host: Colab Projects, 1023 Springdale Rd, Bldg 1

Dates: February 16 – March 31, 2019

Opening Reception: January 12, 7-11pm

An exhibition featuring Sara Vanderbeek, Andy Coolquitt, Kristi Kongi, and Erin Curtis. From Co-Lab Projects: “Culled from a few of our favorite recent exhibitions, this selection of work focuses on materials, movement, pattern, color, and light. Each of these artists employ very different techniques, often utilizing textiles, iconography, flora, found objects, ‘sloppy’ geometry and fabrication; but all elicit reverential humor for the commonplace and the banal objects of everyday life.”

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Dates: February 17 – May 26, 2019

Words/Matter highlights the depth and breadth of the Blanton’s Latin American collection, featuring approximately 150 works in a variety of media, dating from the 1930s to the present. The exhibition will also debut recent gifts to the museum, including several works donated to the museum by the late Jacqueline Barnitz, an internationally recognized scholar of Latin American art and UT Professor Emerita, and a group of Chicanx prints given to the Blanton by Gilberto Cardenas, a collector of Latinx and Chicanx art and professor at UT from 1975 to 1999.

The People’s Gallery 2019

Host: Austin City Hall 301, 301 W 2nd St

Dates: February 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020, M-F 8a-5p

Opening Reception: February 22, 6-9pm

The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,250 entries were submitted by more than 350 local artists. A diverse panel of three local visual arts professionals served as the jury this year: Vy Ngo, Ric Nelson, and Stephanie Sandoval.

This year, the People’s Gallery exhibition will include a special selection of photographs— Bold Beauty Project Texas. Featuring images of Texas women with disabilities by a range of photographers from across the state, the presentation aims to break down the stigma associated with disabilities and encourages all to recognize the beauty of the courageous women featured.

Images: (left to right) Jennifer Idol, Greg Davis, Larry Akers, Sean Lott

Elizabeth Chapin

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: March 2 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception: March 2, 4-7pm

Artist Talk: March 2, 4pm

On Saturday, March 2nd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 3rd solo show with figurative painter Elizabeth Chapin. Chapin’s large scale works reference her Southern upbringing and the conflicted nostalgia surrounding the gentility and graciousness of the South. Chapin views much of this culture as made possible largely by graceless and dark systems. This obfuscation of ugliness and the worship of appearance is the theme that runs throughout her new body of work. Using the idea of lace as a metaphor for this experience and referencing historical religious painting, she explores beauty as safety for both the oppressed and the worshiped and idealized. Halos of fabric, acrylic and neon surround Chapin’s paintings. Some of the pieces are stuffed like giant decorative pillows, epitomizing the comfort of beauty. With these works, Chapin has exposed Southern portraiture as a pre-instagram status symbol and examines the pleasure and willful ignorance derived within it.

Current Exhibitions

 

The People’s Gallery 2018 

Host: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Date: February 2018 – January 30

The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,300 entries were submitted by more than 320 local artists. The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward’s University Tammie Rubin.

 

Let’s Take A Walk

Host: Art For The People Gallery, 1711 S. 1st St.

Dates: October 27 – January 26

Let’s Take A Walk through space, along a beach, in Barcelona, and Let’s Take A Walk with the limitless possibilities of an artist’s imagination!!! Art for the People has selected 49 Austin Artists via our second open call for artwork! Come and have a fabulous adventure at Art For The People!

The Pink Parachute Project

Host: Art For The People Gallery, 1711 S. 1st St.

Dates: October 27 – January 26

The Pink Parachute Project is an uplifting women’s empowerment image series created by Austin based photographer Teodora Pogonat. It explores women’s issues and strengths through symbolic environments. The photographer uses an actual 30 lb. pink 1967 British parachute throughout the series, to symbolize the struggles and gender issues women face throughout their lifetime. The images explore women’s uphill battles and strength when confronted with various disparities,  even as they are expected to appear graceful, feminine, and owning their beauty.

Mid Century Print Making Exhibition

Host: Russell Collection Fine Art, 1009 W 6th St

Dates: January 5 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception & Lecture: January 19, 6-9p

The Russell Collection presents this gallery exhibition as part of PrintAustin, held annually January 15-February 15: a month-long event celebrating the art of original printmaking and educating the public about the traditions of printmaking, as well as showcasing the innovations of the contemporary approach.

PrintAustin’s mission to the Austin art community and galleries is to share our enthusiasm for printmaking by helping galleries curate, exhibit, and promote works on paper and to engage a wider audience through in-house artist talks, signings, panels, printmaking demonstrations, and print-focused art happenings.

https://printaustin.org/event/mid-century-modern-artists-printmaking/

Viscosity

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E 6th St #102

Dates: January 11 – February 17

Opening reception: February 9, 6 – 8pm

Organized by Flash Collective,Viscosity is a visual art exhibition featuring hand pulled prints by 24 self-identified female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada and Finland. A term often used in the print studio, viscosity refers to the degree of ink’s resistance to flow, or its ability to adhere to a surface. In this exhibition, the term functions as a metaphor for the shifting status of women in the field of print. The increase of women in print has not yielded an equitable space for the female voice within this arena. Viscosity is a declaration against marginalization.

Viscosity consists of work by each by the following artists: Judith Baumann, Katherine Brimberry, Marissa Cartagena, Deborah Chaney, Veronica Ceci, Candice Corgan, Ana Cortez, Maria Erikson, Jill Graham, Rachel Heberling, Maggie Lomeli, Elizabeth Melnyczuk, Jack Michael, Ashley Ortiz-Diaz, Angela Pilgrim, Kathryn Polk, Jessica Robles, Zeinab Saab, Kristin Sarette, Beth Sheehan, Lyla Shlon, Klaire Smith, Bryn Sumner, Ashley Taylor and Erika Walker.

 

Subwaves: An Installation by Eto Otitigbe

Host: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street

Dates: October 18 – February 28, 2019

“From ocean waves to acoustic waves extracted from protest music, SUBWAVESexplores both the physical and ideological shape of currents. Using sculpture, performance, sound, and abstract sketches, Eto Otitigbe creates public art installations that probe the intersections of race, power, and technology.”

There and Back

Host: OLA Gallery, 201 E. 5th St. No. 104

Dates: November 2 – January 28

Opening reception: November 2, 5 – 9pm

OLA is thrilled to present our next show featuring Leslie Wilkes. On November 2nd we will present her paintings as well as some of her gouaches, which serve as color and composition studies for her larger works.

Wilkes assembles psychological, psychedelic works that experiment with color and momentum. Leslie Wilkes currently conducts her art practice in Marfa, TX.

After receiving her MFA at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, Wilkes has shown in Dallas, Chicago, Milan, Albuquerque, San Antonio, and San Francisco. Come welcome Leslie back to Austin!

Jade Walker: Little Soldiers

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale, Ste. 99

Dates: January 10 – February 24, 2019

Opening reception: January 10, 7-10p

Little Soldiers is part one of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker investigating the human body in collision with disease. The concept of healing runs deep through the installation. In each stitch there is a connection back to the body and how we as humans fight to heal, grow and evolve.

Dave McClinton: Despite it All

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Dates: January 11 – February 9, 2019

Opening Reception: January 11, 6-8pm

McClinton’s digital collages illustrate the inner life of a black person, from innocent to informed, and how the weight of American history can either crush or harden a person.

Amze Emmons – Momentarily/ Yoonmi Nam – Arranged Flowers

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Dates: January 11 – February 24

Opening reception: January 11, 7 – 10pm

grayDUCK is celebrating Print Austin 2019 with two exhibitions showcasing exceptional print makers: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam.

Atelier Dojo Faculty Show

Host: Georgetown Art Center, 816 S Main St, Georgetown, TX

Dates: January 11 – February 10, 2019

Opening Reception: January 12, 2019, 6:00-8:00PM

Artist Talk : Sunday, January 13, 2019, 2:00PM

The instructors of Ateiler DOJO are dedicated to the practice of direct observation in the pursuit of contemporary realism.

Why Dojo? In Japanese, “dojo” means “place of the way.” It is a place of discipline and commitment, where people come together to learn and to practice, over time coming to embody the subject matter and to achieve true mastery. Atelier Dojo is a place for a community of artists to work toward mastery of their craft.

Artists in Conversation: Jessica Stockholder & Robert Davidson

Host: The Contemporary Austin -Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Dates: September 15 – March 3

In just two weeks, The Contemporary Austin will unveil a brilliant new exhibition by acclaimed Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder. Bringing painting into three-dimensional space through the use of everyday objects, Relational Aesthetics, explores how form, color, abstraction, and relationships – between things, or even between artists – may generate meaning. In this spirit, Stockholder has invited the renowned First Nations sculptor, painter, and printmaker, Robert Davidson to exhibit a selection of works on paper.

As part of our opening weekend celebrations, we are delighted to host a conversation between Jessica Stockholder and Robert Davidson on Saturday afternoon, September 15. It is my pleasure to invite you to hear these celebrated artists speak together about their concurrent new exhibitions, Stockholder’s Relational Aesthetics and Davidson’s U and Eye, curated by Jessica Stockholder.

JESSICA STOCKHOLDER: RELATIONAL AESTHETICS

Host: The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave.

Dates: September 15 – March 3

This exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder (American-Canadian, born 1959 in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia) will span both of The Contemporary Austin’s venues. At the entryway to Laguna Gloria, Stockholder has created a new outdoor sculpture commission, Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples, 2018, which will be on view in late 2018.