Austin Art Exhibitions

Opening Exhibitions

September 23 - ongoing

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

THE DAY TO DAY ACCUMULATION OF HOPE, FAILURE AND ECSTASY

Conversation with Artist

September 23 at 12pm

Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based events, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.

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September 23 - January 14

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

WANGECHI MUTU

She gazes east across the lagoon, looking away from the approaching viewer, her ebony skin catching the sun and large tail curling behind her. Water Woman, 2017, a cast bronze sculpture by the artist Wangechi Mutu (Kenyan, born 1972 in Nairobi, lives and works in Nairobi and New York), sits perched atop a grassy mound at the foot of the amphitheater in the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. Rooted in myth and mystery, this siren figure—evocative of a mermaid—references both the dugong, an endangered relative of the manatee found in warm coastal waters from East Africa to Australia, and the East African folkloric legend of the half woman, half sea creature who entices and eludes (nguva in Swahili). The artist has said the nguva represents “bewitching female aquatic beings with powers to entrance and drown susceptible mortals.”1 In contrast to the ubiquitous Western iconography rooted in Hellenic, Nordic, and Anglo-Saxon depictions of silken-haired women with pale skin, here the siren is represented by the luminous, charcoal-colored female body, a vein of inquiry central to Mutu’s work.

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September 23 - January 14

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

DEAD + JUICY

The scene is set in a quintessential South Austin music club. A moody glow bathes the room in red light. Center stage stands a beautiful woman, dressed in a fitted white dress with elegant, bouffant blonde hair, her foot strapped into an oversized, shoe-shaped appendage. Like a fifties femme fatale, she sings Marlene Dietrich’s “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” alternately in English and German, her breathy voice piping through the microphone. A worm-like fabric sculpture hangs from the ceiling in front of the stage, draping outward while its square centerpiece operates as a framed viewfinder through which to watch the woman. The sparse crowd is riveted, sipping on beer and picking at stale bar pretzels. Off to the side, the bartender films the singing woman through a ramshackle handheld camera with a distorted lens, projecting the image into a barbershop across town to a delighted audience.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

September 15 - October 28

Gallery Shoal Creek

APPROACH / A Collection of Watercolors

Christopher St. Leger follows the tradition of illustrated journals as he captures “fleeting images of varied places [he] visits seasonally.” The current portfolio takes the viewer from Austin, to places distant or remote, and back to Lockhart, Texas.

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September 15th- October 14th

CAMIBAart

William T. Carson: UNEARTH

William T. Carson grew up on an isolated cattle ranch in rural Montana surrounded by the pristine natural landscapes that contrast with the ever-present strip coal mines.  In the fall of 2014, 90 miles of railroad tracks were proposed to be built over fertile family-owned farmlands in service of a new coal mine.  William and his father followed the proposed route on a horse-packing expedition.  UNEARTH, his first solo exhibition, is a direct product of his childhood and that expedition.

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September 1- October 1

Link & Pin

Chrome to Canvas

The Link & Pin Art Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring new works by Award Winning Vehicle Painter, Shan Fannin. The “Chrome to Canvas” Exhibition will run from September 1-October 1, 2017. Opening reception and artist meet is Friday, September 8 from 5:30-8pm. Gallery hours are Friday-Sunday 11-4:00, or by appointment.

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Austin 26 – October 7

Davis Gallery

Elements

Davis Gallery is pleased to present a four-person group show focused on a set of specific natural materials; rock, steel, felt, and wax. The artist’s participating in the exhibition will each represent one of the four materials. Giota Vorgia, whose meticulously painted canvases depict stones, often resting on sand by the shore, or still submerged in the sea, represents rock. Randall Reid’s robust, abstract collages fabricated out of retired street signs, garden tools, and other discarded metals, represents steel. Barbara Attwell’s richly symbolic sculptural works made from wool, which directly derive forms and colors from the natural world, represents felt. And finally, Annie Darling’s encaustic paintings, which passionately convey emotion through radiant color and rhythmic patterns, represents wax.

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Art on 5th

Byron May

Shreveport native Byron May’s work is a culmination of over 30 years in the graphic arts industry. When viewing his work with the 3-D glasses the vibrant colors seem to leap off the surface, making the paintings feel as though you can walk right into them.  If you have never experienced his remarkable 3-D work before, you must come to see them for yourself in person.

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August 25 – September 23

Pump Project

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We Were There: Sandy Carson

This project and exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between rock concert fans, the bands, and the photographer at music festivals. It is also a self-portrait of a music fan, musician, and photographer, who has been on both sides of the stage, barrier, and photo pit. These images were made over the last 10 years on assignment at various music festivals in Austin, Texas, from the sweaty pit of each concert. Without the band there are no fans; without the fans, there is no band. One just cannot exist without the other.

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Austin 18 – September 30

Gallery Shoal Creek

KAREN HAWKINS + KOICHI YAMAMOTO

Gallery Shoal Creek launches the fall season with solo exhibitions featuring two noted artists who have an established association with the gallery: KAREN HAWKINS and KOICHI YAMAMOTO. Exploration and experimentation dominate as each artist has developed a highly personal visual language and expresses devotion to a singular medium with infinite variations.

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Closes: October 7

Flatbed Press and Gallery (Needs Edit)

Texas Bird Project | Frank X Tolbert 2

Frank X Tolbert 2 has a magical way of interpreting the world with line and color.  For the past three years he has explored the birds of Texas in paintings, etchings and drawings.  In the process Tolbert’s birds have been transformed through his work into darkly familiar personalities.  Flatbed is excited to show the large scale paintings, prints and drawings that have emerged from his ornithological sojourn.  Expect the unexpected for these are no ordinary birds. Tolbert’s Texas Birds fly artistic boundaries.

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Closes: October 1

Blanton Museum of Art

Epic Tales from Ancient India

Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles.  Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors.   This upcoming exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings.  The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnama.  Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey.  There’s something for everyone—bring the kids!

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Closes: October 1

Blanton Museum of Art

Giant

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s expansive practice interweaves hybrid forms of storytelling and invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on place, history, and memory. In their three-channel film installation Giant (2014), Hubbard / Birchler present a decaying movie set just outside Marfa, Texas, left behind after the 1956 filming of Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Weaving together the cinematic past and present, the film captures scenes from a Warner Bros. office in 1955 and the skeletal remains of the movie set today as seasons change, day turns to night, and parts of the structure swing and fall off.

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August 12 – October 1

Art.Science.Gallery.

The Birds

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of The Birds, the gallery’s newest art exhibition about ornithology: the science of birds. Work by 10 artists from Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Portugal will showcase work in multiple media that that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas about birds. Works in the exhibition explore topics such as bird migration, communication, taxonomy, feeding behavior, natural history, flight behavior, bird diversity and conservation.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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