The Contemporary Austin announced today that, due to enthusiastic public response, it will extend the run of its current exhibition The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn for an additional two weeks. The exhibition will now close on February 2, 2020.
On view at the museum’s two locations, the Jones Center in downtown Austin (700 Congress Avenue) and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria on the shores of Lake Austin (3809 West 35th Street), the exhibition includes new commissions, existing works, and site-specific iterations of previous works by eleven international contemporary artists working in a variety of media. The exhibition is made possible, in part, by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn is organized by Heather Pesanti, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Contemporary Austin, and features artists Ed Atkins (born 1982 in Oxford, United Kingdom; lives and works in Copenhagen and Berlin), Nuotama Bodomo (born 1988 in Accra, Ghana), Theo Eshetu (born 1958 in London, United Kingdom; lives and works in Berlin), Cameron Jamie (born 1969 in Los Angeles, California; lives and works in Paris), Kapwani Kiwanga (born 1978 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; lives and works in Paris), Marie Lorenz (born 1973 in Twentynine Palms, California; lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and Austin, Texas), Nathan Mabry (born 1978 in Durango, Colorado; lives and works in Los Angeles), Ruben Ochoa (born 1974 in Oceanside, California; lives and works in Los Angeles), Dario Robleto (born 1972 in San Antonio, Texas; lives and works in Houston), Shimabuku (born 1969 in Kobe, Japan; lives and works in Naha, Japan), and Julia Wachtel (born 1956 in New York, New York; lives and works in Connecticut and Brooklyn, New York).
Encompassing diverse media including sculpture, photography, painting, installation, video, sound, and performance, the exhibition explores intersections between contemporary art and anthropology, examining the rich, complex, and at times contentious dialogue between the two fields and their social, cultural, and political implications. The exhibition is accompanied by a 272-page, full-color catalogue co-published by The Contemporary Austin and Radius Books, as well as a diverse range of related public and education programs.
More information about the exhibition can be found at thecontemproaryaustin.org.