Austin Art Exhibitions

Opening Exhibitions

October 1st - October 30th

Pump Project

Midnight Rainbow

Opening Reception

October 1st, 7 – 10pm

Michael E. Stephen’s objects and arrangements, composed from appropriated and casted materials, conjure the complex visual experience of subcultures from the 1970s-1990s. Stephen’s selectively scavenged objects (an auctioned piece of the moon; VHS tapes from estate sales) are sourced for their ritualistic or cult potential, and at times transformed alchemically, to create new autonomous relics. Muted by nostalgia, these emblematic artifacts provoke a meditation on the objects’ latent symbolism and associative content. Stephen’s works seek an embodied connection with the past and construct an intimate archive of the VHS era. Stephen’s minimally aesthetic forms display his mystic reverence for psychotronic groupings, object oriented ontologies, and obsolescent territories.

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October 1st - November 10th

Women & Their Work

Plastic Planet

Opening Reception

October 1st, 7 – 9pm

Plastic is everywhere. Just how omnipresent it has become animates Plastic Planet, the ambitious new exhibition created by multi media artist, Calder Kamin. Not only just a physical object that clutters roadsides and pollutes oceans, plastic has become incorporated into the bodies of all living things. Yet nature is resilient and we all adapt. At what price remains an important question Plastic Planet examines. Kamin creates a whimsical menagerie of colorful animals made of plastic bags. The animals are playfully rendered yet that they are literally made of plastic suggests a more ominous reality.

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September 30th - October 30th

grayDUCK Gallery

The Captain Asked for a Show of Hands

Opening Reception

September 30th, 7 – 10pm

grayDUCK Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition by Austin artist W. Tucker. Using his non-dominant hand, Tucker, creates childlike line drawings on found, tattered surfaces such as book covers, scraped lumber and odd bits of paper. Tucker was awarded Austin Critics’ Table Award for “Best Installation” as well as “Artist of the Year” for his installation at Texas State University in 2012. He has been represented in the US by galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle, Wyoming, Dallas, Houston, and Austin.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

September 2nd - October 1st

Big Medium

Jonathan Faber: Material

Painting to Jonathan Faber is a physical thinking process – a way of getting involved in a kind of internal dialogue. He is interested in making work that is primarily abstract, yet also part of a lexicon of real world imagery. In each painting there is a negotiation of extremes – a friction between concept and intuition. The artist keenly balances a methodical and immediate approach to each image through a broad vocabulary of spontaneous and deliberate form, color and marks. As a result the paintings hover between an abstract substance and an ambient space.

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September 10th - October 1st

Wally Workman Gallery

Will Klemm

Austin, Texas-based artist Will Klemm has shown his work nationally since 1993 and is a veteran of over fifty one-man exhibitions. His upcoming show at Wally Workman Gallery is an evolution and an exploration. His well-known landscapes will be coupled with a figurative as well as still life direction, painting man and big skies with equal reverence. Klemm’s new work focuses on a gentle white; paint on a quiet barn, frothy surf, wisps of smoke. The exceptional light quality Klemm is known for is retained, infusing each piece with unique ethereal and meditative elements.

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Artist Talk and Happy Hour Preview: September 8th, 6pm

September 14th - October 9th

Photo Méthode Gallery

Queendom

Queendom is a conjured world inhabited by benevolent animals who have a penchant for wonder.  A realm that commingles the physical and the spiritual, giving way to creatures touched by transcendence.  At its utmost, it is a longing for life.” – Tami Bone

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September 7th - October 14th

Yard Dog Art Gallery

Harry Underwood

Yard Dog will be featuring the art of Nashville artist Harry Underwood beginning September 7. Harry will join us for the opening reception on Saturday September 10 from 7 – 9 pm.

Harry Underwood is a self taught painter living in Nashville Tennessee. His paintings suggest vintage postcards or snapshots over which someone has written down their thoughts in pencil. The painting “Dixie Maid,” for instance, includes the text “The modern world is comfortable and easy. A person now has the time to examine their own hearts and minds. The time to put salt on their chocolate, pet the dog.”

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September 23rd - October 14th

Visual Arts Center

Reverse Image/Search Asteroid

Reverse Image/Search Asteroid is a collaboration between Cory Fitzgerald and Bucky Miller, a response to a series of unexpected events that occurred as the artists traveled together in June 2016. Suppose one could photograph an event right before it happened, years ago. An incision in history may also be a projection of a parallel present, a place to go and shake hands with a horse. The horse has hands because we need something to shake. The horse may later require wheels.

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April 22nd - October 16th

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

The Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum proudly presents The Studio in the Museum (SIM), a special exhibition in honor of the UMLAUF’s 25th Anniversary. The SIM exhibition brings the studio into the Gallery, offering a preview of what visitors can expect to see once the UMLAUF fulfills its Master Plan and incorporates Charles Umlauf’s studio into the existing Garden.

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September 16th - October 22nd

CAMIBAart

Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope

Lorena Morales continues the development of her Urban Kaleidoscope series with works in this exhibit, on view at CAMIBAart Gallery from September 16th through October 22nd.

Working with a visual vocabulary deeply influenced by geometric abstraction and kinetic art, Morales creates dynamic artworks about color, shadow, impermanence of reality, movement of time, and perception of home.  She presents a unique blending of color chromatic abstraction and fanciful cityscapes/landscapes in an effort to engage conversation on our ever-changing perception of home.

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September 16th - October 29th

Gallery Shoal Creek

Rene Alvarado

As an artist, Alvarado returns to the cultural narratives of his childhood and his visual narratives draw on his strong familial ties. The imagery embraces the symbolism, folklore and traditional icons of his Mexican roots. Layer by layer, the metaphorical assemblage of color, texture and figural forms unveil a range of human emotions that instinctively flow from his creative process.

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September 13th - October 29th

Flatbed Press and Gallery

Schema Scale and Construction

Drypoint Etchings and Monoprints by Jenny Robinson

The large scale architectural drypoint monoprints of Jenny Robinson capture the urban postindustrial decline, decrepitude, and abandonment of aging structures seen throughout her immediate environment. They are dynamic and vivid vignettes of the infrastructure on the periphery of one’s vision, hidden either by design or obsolescence.

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September 24th - November 5th

Davis Gallery

Painters Painting Painters

Davis Gallery is pleased to present a group exhibition of new works by premiere Austin-based figure painters. The ten artists featured are Jennifer Balkan, Chris Chappell, Denise Fulton, Felice House, Karen Maness, Revi Meicler, Karen Offutt, Mike Peterson, Johnnie Sielbeck, and Robert Summerlin. Each artist will contribute two portraits of other artists in the show, as well as a self-portrait.

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September 17th - November 13th

Mexic-Arte Museum

Community Altars

A Celebration of Life

Community Altars: A Celebration of Life coincides with the Museum’s 33rd Annual Celebration of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Artists, community groups, and individuals will create altars that will be displayed from September 17 – November 13, 2016 and during the Museum’s Annual Viva la Vida Festival on October 29, 2016. These commemorative altars celebrate the lives of influential figures who have served the Austin community, as well as loved ones who have passed.

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September 17th - November 13th

Mexic-Arte Museum

Icons & Symbols of the Borderland

Icons & Symbols of the Borderlands, embodies the landscape and cultural legacy of the U.S./Mexico borderland. The works of art presented are by artists living on and/or informed by the U.S./Mexico Border.

Organized by the Juntos Art Association, the exhibit is laid out thematically, informed by artworks pertaining to socio-political issues, immigration topics, collective memory, philosophical ideals, religious iconography, the environmental landscape, and food culture. The works in this collection are informed by place, encouraging viewers to reflect upon their own roots, bridge connections to their cultural and environmental landscape, and envision their place within a global community.

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September 23rd - December 10th

Visual Arts Center

Moving Mountains

Old proverbs claim that moving mountains is a miraculous feat. Against the common sense ingrained by traditional sayings, this exhibition makes visible the profound material fact that every day, human activities erase entire mountaintops from the Earth’s surface. Industry displaces tons of rock from rural hillsides to extract precious metals and coal or to produce concrete for new urban developments. It diverts rivers and drains lakes. Every day, human enterprises radically reshape seemingly stable, unchanging landscapes and with them, entire ecosystems.

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September 23rd - December 10th

Visual Arts Center

Placeholder

Placeholder is a multi-part exhibition that pairs Mexico City-based artist Victor Pérez-Rul and curator Leslie Moody Castro working together with a team to produce a project unique to the Visual Arts Center. Placeholder relies on the student community. It will come to fruition through a highly collaborative method that relies on the voices of each of its student participants.

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September 23rd - December 10th

Visual Arts Center

Everyday Ogres

Nuclear power plants, paper mills, coal mines – for twenty years Tania Mouraud’s video and sound installations have shown the immensity of environmental industrial sites around the world to audiences removed from a direct experience of such sites’ power and effect.

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August 15th, 2016 - January 1st, 2017

Harry Ransom Center

Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World

Balancing journalistic, commercial, and artistic work over a career spanning seven decades, Elliott Erwitt has created some of the most celebrated photographs of the past century.

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February 2016 - January 2017

The People’s Gallery

The People’s Gallery

The 2016 People’s Gallery exhibition features over 100 works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall.

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June 19th, 2016 – January 22nd, 2017

Blanton Museum of Art

Xu Bing: Book from the Sky

Regarded as one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century Chinese art, Book from the Sky ushered in the avant-garde movement in post-Mao era China. It also won Xu Bing international recognition, including the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Since its completion in the early 1990s, this profound meditation on the nature of language has been exhibited globally, a testimony to its provocative power and ability to engage viewers beyond its original context.

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March 2016 – February 2017

On View at 74 Trinity Street, Near the Boathouse at the Mouth of Waller Creek

Orly Genger: Hurlyburly

Hurlyburly, Orly Genger’s new installation on Waller Creek in Downtown Austin, comes from this series of works created using repurposed lobster rope. Giving these recycled materials new life, Hurlyburly is a massive outdoor piece of painted and hand-knotted rope that stretches across an area directly adjacent to the mouth of Waller Creek. Recalling the languid flow of the river, the undulating, woven structure is expected to become a focal point in downtown Austin, inviting visitors to interact with each other, with the work, and with the surrounding parkland.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

October 11th - November 27th

Yard Dog Art Gallery

Jon Langford, Eric Bellis, Kevin Lycett

Opening Reception

October 15th, 7 – 9pm

Yard Dog will be showing art by Jon Langford, Eric Bellis, and Kevin Lycett. The three are associated with the British rock band/art collective the Mekons, which has been together in one form or another since 1976. Langford & Lycett were founding members, with Lycett staying in the band through 1983 or so. Eric Bellis joined in 1984, and he and Langford continue performing with the band to this day. They just released their umpteenth album, “Existentialism,” the cd version of which comes with a 96-page book of writing and art.

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November 18th - December 10th

Visual Arts Center

Queer Terrortories

Queer Terrortories brings together emerging contemporary artists engaging with politics of anti-assimilation. As gayness enters the mainstream, assimilation to white heteronormativity becomes increasingly privileged over the voices of trans* and POC members in the LGBTQ+ community. Yet queerness remains under attack. Anti-LGBTQ+ legislation rises while queer bodies struggle under the threat of fatal violence, and the mainstream media repeatedly co-opts queer people’s trauma for political spectacle.

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November 5th - November 26th

Wally Workman Gallery

The Nature of Memories

Opening Reception

November 5th, 6 – 8pm

On Saturday, November 5th, Wally Workman Gallery will open The Nature of Memories, their second show with figurative painters Sara and Shane Scribner. The exhibition explores the dynamic character of memories and how they are rendered in the mind’s eye. Shane’s treatment incorporates the blurry edges and the missing moments in between, while Sara emphasizes and enhances the magical elements the mind infuses into memory over time. Both accomplished realist painters in technique, their ethereally illuminated subjects occupy a space both of this world and a bit beyond.

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Preview Happy Hour and Artist Talk: November 3rd, 6pm

Wally Workman Gallery

Eye to Eye: Private Life of Birds

Opening Reception

October 8th, 6 – 9pm

On Saturday, October 8th the Wally Workman Gallery will open their 3rd show with local writer and watercolorist Carol Dawson. Dawson aims to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of new wonder. She demonstrates how a small piece of our everyday world is filled with detail and life, turning the micro into macro. In this body of work, Dawson employs birds as her subjects and depicts them on a human-like scale.

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Preview Happy Hour + Artist Talk: October 6th, 6pm

Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery

Pop Art

Opening Reception

October 8th, 6 – 8pm

Pop art is just that. It is the art of popular culture. Characterized by a sense of optimism during the post war consumer boom of the 50’s and 60’s, it coincided with the globalization of pop music and youth culture, personified by Elvis and the Beatles and embraced by a few of the artists represented at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. This ambitious exhibit will be on display October 1-31 and will feature originals and prints from Nelson de la Nuez, Alberto Murillo and Daniel Maltzman. In addition, works of art from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Damien Hirst and Jim Dine will be on display and available for purchase.

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October 16th - January 29th

Blanton Museum of Art

Warhol by the Book

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Warhol By the Book, the first museum exhibition in the United States to examine Andy Warhol’s career-long work in books—an overlooked and important aspect of the artist’s life and career. The exhibition presents nearly all of Warhol’s book projects from his early days as a student in Pittsburgh and commercial illustrator in New York to his years as a Pop art pioneer and superstar celebrity.

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