Austin Art Exhibitions

 

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Richard Littlefield: Solo Exhibition 

Dates: October 18 – November 10

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E. 6th Street

Opening Reception Saturday, October 19th 6-8pm

When Richard Littlefield was interviewed on Channel 4 in Guadalajara, Mexico, the interviewer commented that the Virgin de Guadalupe apparently had influenced his work. Littlefield’s response was to mention that Her image was found on every other corner in East LA where he was born and raised. Littlefield eventually entered graduate school at age 50 and obtained the ultimate arts degree. His exhibitions have featured a wide variety of techniques, imagery, and conceptual themes. He also has engaged his passion for curating other artists’ work, most recently in Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

 

Preetika Rajgariah: Wild, Wild Country

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: October 5th – November 14th

Opening Reception Saturday, October 5, 7 – 9pm

 

In Preetika Rajgariah’s exhibition Wild, Wild Country, culture, capitalism, and classism collide on the yoga mat. Through sculpture, installation, and performance, Rajgariah explores how this spiritual practice with deep roots in Hinduism has proliferated into nearly every subculture of American society. Fascinated by yoga’s popularity but also its dramatic transformation, Rajgariah calls attention to yoga’s long history, its profound spiritual origin, and the nuanced line between appropriation and appreciation.
 
 

Danny Grant: Solo Show

Host: Artworks, 1214 West 6th Street

Dates: October 5th – November 16th

Opening Reception Saturday, October 5, 2 – 5pm

 

Observational skill, tender paint handling, unique atmosphere, and interesting objects inhabit the new still life paintings of Danny Grant that will be on display at Artworks in October and November.

 

 

 

Día de Los Muertos & Community Altars Exhibition

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: September 13 – November 24

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th, 7-9pm

Admission: $10 or FREE for Museum Members

This year marks the 36th Annual Día de Los Muertos & Community Altars Exhibition which incorporates community ofrendas (altars), el Día de Los Muertos inspired art from the Museum’s permanent collection, a section dedicated to Mexican Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, mojigangas (large sculptures) from the Museum’s Viva la Vida Parade & Festival, and an art installation by our Artists in Residence Yocelyn Riojas and Jerry Silguero to raise awareness about immigration issues in the Borderlands.

Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an ancient, Mexican and Mexican American religious holiday, with a historically rich tradition that integrates pre-Columbian and Catholic customs. It is often celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd (dates vary by region). For many Latin American countries, it is a time to honor and greet the departed as they make their journey back to be with the living each year. These days are a time for families and friends to gather in celebration of life and death. The circle of life, rather than loss and sorrow, is embraced.

 

 

Happiness is a Journey: Bear Lopez, Ivete Lucas, & Patrick Bresnan

Dates: October 18 – November 24

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road

Opening Reception Friday, October 18th 7-10pm

Happiness is a Journey chronicles the daily life and art of Bear Lopez, an East Austin resident of 60 years. Artists Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan met Bear at the Austin American Statesman’s printing warehouse where Lopez has been working for over 20 years without a single day off, delivering papers. Throughout his life Bear has been collecting items he comes across—creating shrines at his E 2nd St residence, in his vehicles, and his work station at the Statesman.

 

Jon Langford & Jo Clauwaert: Backstage in Honky Tonk Hell + A Scrap of Paper

Dates: October 18 – November 24

Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Avenue

Opening Reception Friday, October 18th 7-9pm

Jon Langford: Welsh rocker artist and longtime Chicago resident. Jon’s latest paintings look at contemporary culture with dismay, irony, and a strong dose of humor.
Jo Clauwaert: Belgian artist and longtime friend of Langford. Jo’s paintings on scraps of paper (paper bags, pages torn from books, ticket stubs, etc) present lovely glimpses of life: Hank Williams, children’s plastic toys, streetscapes.

 

 

Mujeriego

Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street

Dates: September 12 – December 1

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Magazine Release / Live Podcast: Saturday, September 14th,  2 – 4pm

POCa Madre Arts in collaboration with Co-Lab Projects & The Elisabet Ney Museum are pleased to present Mujeriego, an exhibition of photographic works by artist and independent curator Michael Anthony García.

In Mujeriego, García continues his photographic series via which he has connected with and documented fellow people of color (POC) in the city of Austin, with this iteration of the work focusing on women of color. Mujeriego translates from Spanish as “womanizer,” both a tongue in cheek take on García’s feminist values, comfort with his own feminine qualities and stronger connection to women in general, as well as the very nature of the production of the work which has the artist going from home to home, sharing personal moments in the participants closets and bedrooms.

 

 

Matthew Gantt: A Contest of Legacies

Host: CAMIBAart Gallery, 6448 Hwy. 290 E., Suite A102

Dates: October 19 – November 11

Opening Reception Saturday, October 19th 6-9pm

Closing Reception & Artist Discussion Monday, November 11 at 1pm

For his second solo exhibition with CAMIBAart Gallery, Matthew Gantt has created a new tribe of what we are calling modern guardian totems, but that he probably prefers we simply call artworks. The artist renders his signature style by first randomly throwing ink onto folded paper and blotting it repeatedly until he spontaneously sees an image; similar to the making of the Rorschach Test ink blot. Matthew then enhance the image using painting and line work to ensure that others see what his mind first saw in the chaos.

 

 

Lena Sotskova

Dates: October 19 – November 17

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Opening Reception Saturday, October 19th 7-9pm

Lena Sotskova was immersed in art and culture from a very young age, studying art & music throughout Europe and her native Russia. Her exposure to the diverse, rich, and vast cultures of centuries of global art and music continued to mold her inherent artistic qualities. After her many years of formal education in art and a wealth of cultural experiences, she relocated to New York City where the vibrancy and excitement of the place coursed new life, impulse, and enthusiasm into the veins of her art. Looking at her work, you will be swept away into a world of romance and song.

 

 

Lone Star Wild: Margie Crisp, David Everett, Billy Hassell and William Montgomery

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: October 19 – November 30

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19th, 7-9pm

Davis Gallery, in partnership with Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center and Travis Audubon Society, is proud to present Lone Star Wild, an exhibit focused on the natural world, featuring work by Margie Crisp, David Everett, Billy Hassell, and William B. Montgomery. Each artist has fostered an impressive reputation across Texas and the United States for their mutual excellence and commitment to depictions of wildlife and their environments. Lone Star Wild is a survey of respect for Texas’ natural brilliance through four distinct lenses.

 

 

Hunt Slonem

Host: Russell Collection, 1009 West 6th Street

Dates: November 2 – November 30

Inspired by nature and his 60 pet birds, Hunt Slonem is renowned for his distinct neo-expressionist style. He is best known for his series of bunnies, butterflies and tropical birds, as well as his large-scale sculptures and restorations of forgotten historic homes. Slonem’s works can be found in the permanent collections of 250 museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the Whitney, the Miro Foundation and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

 

 

Joseph Janson: Solo Show

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2nd 4 – 7pm

Dates: November 2 – December 1

Janson expertly manipulates the wire into subtle shapes alluding to the human figure. What appears to at first be a tangle of wire quickly reveals itself to be face, a hand, a foot. The pieces seem to dance between two and three dimensions as they cast shadows on the wall, further complicating as well as explaining their form.

 

 

 

Sarah Fox: Bruisers

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Caesar Chavez

Opening Reception: Friday, October 25th 7 – 10pm

Dates: October 25 – December 15

Bruisers is an exhibition about the nature of little boys and the men that they become. It is an exhibition I made in an attempt to be a better mother and to create a safer world for my son.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming

 

 

Salvadore Dali

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 South Lamar Blvd.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th 7 – 10pm

Dates: November 9 – December 10

Ao5 Gallery is thrilled to bring a new and exciting collection of work by Salvador Dalí, spanning four decades of this eccentric artist’s career. This exhibition will showcase a rare and original color lithographs, woodblock prints, & etchings from series including Dalí’s Alice in Wonderland, Biblia Sacra, Dante’s Inferno, and more.

 

 

Sylvia Benitez: Recalling Memory/The Interior Lay

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th 1 – 3pm

Dates: November 12 – January 3, 2020

Artist Talk: Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm

Sylvia Benitez is a nationally awarded artist and founder of GAGA, a nonprofit that serves South Texas women artists, whose new body of work will be on display at the Dougherty Arts Center. Be it the flight of wind, the roll of grass or the ripple of water, Artist Sylvia Benitez tries to capture what she recalls of the Texas landscape from memory. Following in Ash Can School Artist Robert Henri’s tradition, she paints from a trained visual memory, allowing compiled visual observation to be captured onto her canvases.

 

Techniques: A Group Show

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 East 6th Street

Dates: November 15 – 24th

Artists working in all genres translate their unique and personal vision through a wide variety of mediums and techniques.  This exhibit highlights a wildly exciting collection of works by six Texas based artists.

 

 

 

 

Untitled (Open Space) – Curated by Leslie Moody Castro

Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2 #102

Opening Reception: Friday, November 15th 7 – 10pm

Dates: November 16 – 24th

Untitled (Open Space) plays with space, its contradiction, and the walls from which it attempts to break. Defining openness requires a container from which to rebel, a thing contrary to the idea of space itself, something that both lives and contradicts its own definition. For EAST 2019, I have gathered work by 14 artists following an open call format. From over 300 submissions the 14 participating artists were selected based on work that formally and playfully challenged the notion of space and how to interact with it.

 

Latency: Megan Bent

Host: Austin Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez Street

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 6 – 9pm

Chlorophyll Printing Workshop – Friday, November 22 10am – 12pm; RSVP here

Dates: November 21 – December 21

The Central Library presents New England and Hawaii-based Artist Megan Bent’s photography exhibition exploring her experiences living with an invisible disability. She uses chlorophyll printing, an alternative photographic process, which uses UV light to print on leaves.

 

 

Betelhem Makonnen & Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez:  the meaning wavers

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 23rd 7 – 9pm

Dates: November 23 – January 9, 2020

Betelhem Makonnen and Stephanie Concepcion Ramirez’s artistic research converges in the exhibition, the meaning wavers, which explores immigration, transnational identity and the impact of silence on our perception of history. Makonnen reconfigures images, accounts, and official documents from her own experiences to shift perspectives on how life stories are told and understood. Ramirez examines the gaps in her Salvadoran-American family and cultural history to create artworks that disrupt existing narratives of Central American migrants. Both artists use photo, video, and installation to create an exhibition tracing two journeys toward new perspectives on the untold.