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Austin Museum Day

Host: Austin Museum Partnership

Date: September 23

The Austin Museum Partnership announces its 21st Annual Austin Museum Day, a free city-wide celebration of art, culture, history, music, nature, and science on Sunday, September 23, 2018. More than forty museums in the greater Austin area will welcome visitors with special programming, including guided exhibition tours, hands-on activities, and more, for visitors of all ages. Organized by the Austin Museum Partnership, a consortium of Austin area museums founded in 1998, Austin Museum Day is a longstanding collaboration among Austin’s cultural institutions that invites the public to experience for the first time, or to rediscover, the dynamic, high-quality resources at museums in their community. Last year, nearly 30,000 area residents visited their community museums on Austin Museum Day.

“Austin Museum Day has become a treasured and much-anticipated ‘day of discovery’ when residents and visitors can seek out not only our flagship institutions, but also smaller hidden gems,” Austin Museum Partnership Co-Chair Lani Gonzalez remarks. “We hope that a positive Museum Day experience will plant the seed for return visits.”

Over the past few years, the Austin Museum Partnership has expanded to include museums in surrounding communities, including Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Johnson City. “Museum Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the truly vibrant and diverse cultural offerings of not just Austin, but the entire Hill Country region,” states Gonzalez.

A day of fun and discovery, Austin Museum Day is coordinated by a volunteer board and made possible through the support of community organizations and sponsors. Austin Museum Day’s “open house” atmosphere aims to strengthen the metropolitan area’s museum community through increased awareness and accessibility.

Austin Museum Day With Landmarks

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, Perry-Castañeda Library-East Side

Date: September 23, Noon – 2pm, every 30 mins.

Cool off with Steel City Pops and take a mini tour of the public art collection! Landmarks celebrates Austin Museum Day with 30-minute tours of public art along the newly completed Speedway Mall. Meet your docent and enjoy a free popsicle on the east side of the Perry- Castañeda Library. Tours leave every 30 minutes from noon – 2p.m. on Sunday, 23 September.

Landmarks Birthday Pop-Up: Mark di Suvero’s Clock Knot

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, 204 E Dean Keeton St.

Date: September 24, 11a.m.

What’s a birthday without cake?! Help Landmarks blow out the candles, pick up a party favor, and see how Landmarks makes campus a little sweeter. Enjoy a free slice of cake every day next week at a different Landmarks location. You can find us from 11 a.m. until the cake runs out!

Mark di Suvero is one of the most important sculptors of his generation. As a student, he was deeply engaged in studying and writing poetry and was attuned to music, from Bach to jazz. Once he began to pursue sculpture, di Suvero found an outlet for his explorations in other fields that intrigued him, including architecture, mathematics, science, engineering, poetry, and languages.

Grounded in abstract expressionism, which emphasizes the direct expression of emotion through line and color, di Suvero was energized by the spaces of New York City, especially those being torn down for “urban renewal.” From the refuse, he pioneered a new form of sculpture in which wooden beams chained together in outward-leaning constructions declared the physical forces that held them in check. The works engage space in an unprecedented manner, and this focus on space has remained a central goal throughout di Suvero’s career. In 1967 he began to build large-scale sculptures with a crane, using steel I-beams and other industrial materials. Learning to use a crane offered di Suvero a new mode of working, but it was one in which the process of composing the sculpture remained at the core of his artistic practice.

Landmarks Birthday Pop-Up: Monochrome for Austin

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, Northwest corner of 24th Street and Speedway

Date: September 25, 11a.m.

What’s a birthday without cake?! Help Landmarks blow out the candles, pick up a party favor, and see how Landmarks makes campus a little sweeter. Enjoy a free slice of cake every day next week at a different Landmarks location. You can find us from 11 a.m. until the cake runs out!

Balancing with improbable grace, Monochrome for Austin boasts seventy recycled aluminum canoes and small boats clustered at the end of a listing column. It deploys a sense of mass and scale that can be compared to a performer’s perfect timing, a characteristic that is ever-present in the work of artist Nancy Rubins. Her sculptures combine surpassing delicacy and indomitable strength, a polarity that is even more striking when encountered outdoors.

While still a student in the early 1970s, Rubins experimented with sculpture by using wet clay to stick coffee cups to suspended tarps; the cups popped off as the clay dried. In another project, a hybrid of sculpture and drawing, she used a small electric fan to create a work that involved graphite-covered paper spattered with red paint. More recently, an exhibition of sprawling sculptures made from vintage animal-shaped playground equipment was titled Our Friend Fluid Metal (2014), referencing the molten phase of the constituent metal. Porous boundaries between disciplines and the fluidity of the mediums themselves are qualities that appeal to Rubins.

The Color Inside

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, Student Activity Center Rooftop, 2201 Speedway

Dates: September 26 – 28, 6:45-8:15 p.m.

Rolling Ryot and Landmarks have partnered to bring you a multi-sensory, immersive sound experience inspired by the James Turrell Skyspace The Color Inside. Join Rolling Ryot and Landmarks at sunset for three performances of the hour-long show. Free reservations required. Email Landmarks@austin.utexas.edu with your preferred date.

Can you believe that it’s been ten years since Landmarks began with 28 sculptures from the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Today Landmarks’ collection has grown to 41 works with more on the way. Celebrate our upcoming birthday by joining an event – we hope you can make it!

Landmarks Birthday Pop-Up: Circle With Towers

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, Speedway entrance to The Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex & Dell Computer Science Hall

Date: September 26, 11a.m.

What’s a birthday without cake?! Help Landmarks blow out the candles, pick up a party favor, and see how Landmarks makes campus a little sweeter. Enjoy a free slice of cake every day next week at a different Landmarks location. You can find us from 11 a.m. until the cake runs out!

Sol LeWitt, a pioneer of minimal and conceptual art, exhibited five structures in his first solo exhibition in 1965. With matter-of-fact titles like Floor Structure and Wall Structure, the rectangular black wood forms signaled his lifelong commitment to an elemental geometric vocabulary, as well as a sensitive consideration for the architectural context of his work. The wall is never merely a backdrop in LeWitt’s art; it assumes primary importance as a critical component in many of his three-dimensional structures and as the surface upon which his wall drawings are painted or drawn.

Circle with Towers is, in effect, a low circular wall capped at regular intervals by eight rectangular towers made of pale gray concrete blocks. The outdoor structure possesses a discernable logic and rhythm: the concrete towers are four blocks wide while the low walls between them are eight blocks wide—a perfect 1:2 ratio. The concrete block structures are laid by hand, one block at a time by local masons. Like many of LeWitt’s works, Circle with Towers demonstrates the artist’s generosity in welcoming others to interpret his work, including the artists and craftspeople who realize his artistic visions.

Landmarks Birthday Pop-Up: The West

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, East of COM on Inner Campus Drive

Date: September 27, 11a.m.

What’s a birthday without cake?! Help Landmarks blow out the candles, pick up a party favor, and see how Landmarks makes campus a little sweeter. Enjoy a free slice of cake every day next week at a different Landmarks location. You can find us from 11 a.m. until the cake runs out!

Like the Dada artists of the 1910s and Pop artists of the 1960s, Donald Lipski uses ordinary objects from daily life—things easily recognized but not necessarily having a single or specific intended meaning—and assembles them in whimsical and surprising ways. He is best known for extensive arrangements of found objects that appear to have little or nothing in common, often using humorous and perplexing titles to enhance or mask meanings. Unlike formalist artists, whose goal is visual beauty, Lipski’s approach to art is primarily conceptual; that is, he seeks to express ideas and elicit viewer reactions. The visual appeal, however, remains strong and tantalizing.

The West consists of two spherical buoys, each measuring five feet in diameter. Such buoys mark deep-water shipping channels and are often used to indicate where large commercial and military ships are permitted to anchor offshore. Their typical place is floating on open bodies of water. Now situated on dry land, the buoys are no longer functional, like fish out of water. Instead of providing secure anchorage to ships, the two buoys are shackled uselessly to each other. To the surfaces of the metal buoys Lipski glued regular pennies that he deliberately corroded, alluding to the predominance of capitalism in Western values and the global reach of the American dollar.

Landmarks Birthday Pop-Up: Square Tilt

Host: Landmarks UT Austin, PCL Plaza

Date: September 28, 11a.m.

What’s a birthday without cake?! Help Landmarks blow out the candles, pick up a party favor, and see how Landmarks makes campus a little sweeter. Enjoy a free slice of cake every day next week at a different Landmarks location. You can find us from 11 a.m. until the cake runs out!

Using industrial-grade steel plate to fabricate geometric abstract sculptures, Joel Perlman espoused the purely visual aesthetics championed by the critic Clement Greenberg (1909–1994), in which form takes precedence over subject.

Perlman’s works of the 1980s are pictorial; that is, they are essentially flat arrangements best seen from a frontal viewpoint, like a painting. He drew inspiration from the abstract compositions of the vanguard Russian artists Kasimir Malevich (1879–1935) and El Lissitzky (1890–1941). Although created in the 1910s and ’20s, their work—in which the purity of geometric forms is enlivened by being tilted on a diagonal axis—was rediscovered in the 1960s and ‘70s.

Camp Contemporary

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

Date: October 20, 4-10pm

Early bird tickets: July 9 – August 5

General admission: August 6 – October 19

The Contemporary Austin will host Camp Contemporary on October 20, 2018, transforming its Laguna Gloria location into a festive day-to-night camp for adults. Camp Contemporary has come to be known as one of Austin’s most unique benefit parties, with live musical performances, interactive artist-led activities, and delicious camp-inspired fare–all of which activate the entire 14-acre sculpture park at Laguna Gloria, including the Driscoll Villa, the Art School, and the lush, wooded grounds along the shores of Lake Austin.

All proceeds directly benefit the museum’s innovative education programs that include a broad range of accessible, interdisciplinary, and thought-provoking activities for more than 30,000 schoolchildren, families, and adults throughout Central Texas.
For the past two years, Camp Contemporary has hosted over 800 campers to Laguna Gloria. Highlights from past years include performances by local musicians Robert Ellis, Jesse Ebaugh, Ben Kweller, DJ Dangit, and The Echocentrics; aura photography with MOODXMOSS; chain stitching with Fort Lonesome; yoga; paddling on the lake; and hands-on workshops and camp-inspired crafts such as wheel-throwing, leather-working, indigo dyeing, and more, lead by Art School instructors and local artists–always paired with plenty of incredible food and creative cocktails.