Austin Art Exhibitions

Opening Exhibitions

December 9 - January 19

Art on 5th

Universes United: Featuring the Fine Art of Marvel & DC Comics

Opening Receptions

Friday, December 9th & Saturday, December 10th, 7-10pm

See all of your favorite superheroes from Marvel, DC Comics, and Disney, united together in one exhibition! This fantastic collection will include original works on canvas, limited edition works on paper, vintage film posters, and other hand-signed collectibles by Stan Lee, Alex Ross, Bruce Timm, Christopher Clark and more! RSVP Required to attend reception.

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December 10 - January 7

CAMIBAart

Tahila Xicahuamazatl Mintz: SPOKEN

Artist Reception & Artist Talk

Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 – 4:00pm – with talk at 2:00pm

In this busy season, CAMIBAart thought it right to mount a quiet exhibit that requires guests to slow down and breath deep and are proud to bring you “Spoken”, an exhibit of black and white photographs by Tahila Xicahuamazatl Mintz.  These portraits, ranging in scale from large five by four foot images to smaller eight by ten inch images, may at first glance simply look like photos of trees, but slow down, breath deep, and you will begin to see the wisdom Mintz seeks to share.

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December 9 – January 29

Mexic-Arte Museum

Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico

Family Day

December 11 from 1 to 4pm

Nacimientos: Traditional Nativity Scenes from Mexico presents the tradition of Nacimientos that survives in present-day Mexico as a visual amalgam of indigenous pre-Colombian and Spanish Colonial representations.

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December 9 – January 15

grayDUCK Gallery

Elizabeth Chiles & John Swanger: Lumens & Currents

Opening Reception

Friday, December 9 from 7 to 10pm

The exhibition Lumens & Currents comes out of several years of dialogue between the artists regarding their work and inquires into life. The artists’ works interact and form conversations around questions of luminosity, surface, materials, color and practices of close attention.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

September 17 – January 29

Mexic-Arte Museum

Icons & Symbols of the Borderland

Now more than ever, the U.S./Mexico Borderland has become the focus of an international audience. The icons and symbols of the region have been vital in providing a framework for ideals, emotions, philosophy, and patterns of behavior. The Icons and Symbols of the Borderland exhibition is an embodiment of the landscape and cultural legacy of this terrain in respect to a global community.

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December 2 - 31

Yard Dog Art Gallery

Deborah Baker: Modern Samplers

Influenced by her grandfather, who was a tailor, and by her maternal grandmother, from whom she learned traditional needle arts, Chicago artist Deborah Baker remembers learning to sew before she could write her name. Her hand-stitched, narrative, semi-autobiographical pieces are drawings in cotton embroidery floss on natural linen, with no sketching done beforehand. She cites women’s traditional needle arts, Mexican art, and folk art among her major influences.

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November 17 – January 12

Women & Their Work

Ana Esteve Llorens: Studies for Future Objects

In Studies for Future Objects, Ana Esteve Llorens examines space and form through sculpture by creating an ambitious 20-foot long structure made of interlocking wooden panels that commands the gallery. In addition to defining the space, Llorens emphasizes an on-going dialog with the body by creating human sized cutout voids in the panels. Exploring ancient techniques, she also creates weavings that are hung on the wall; all made by hand on a back strap loom, they are dyed with natural pigments extracted from plants, seeds and insects. Through this process, Llorens investigates our understanding of time, place, and memory.

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Saturday, November 12th - Sunday, December 11th

Art on 5th

John Morse: Torn Together

Atlanta-based collage artist John Morse meticulously cuts and tears scraps of found and reclaimed paper to create intricately layered surfaces busting with color and ingenuity. His work reinvents well-known imagery of historical figures, pop icons, landmarks, and objects.

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November 12 - December 17

Gallery Shoal Creek

Shawn Camp: Angle of Refraction

Gallery Shoal Creek is pleased to present a new set of work by Austin artist Shawn Camp. Surfaces continue to be the focus of Camp’s presentation in Angle of Refraction.
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November 10-December 23

Photo Méthode Gallery

David Johndrow: The Strange Familiar

David Johndrow combines his interests in gardening and photography to create his ongoing series of macro nature photographs. To realize his vision, he prints with silver gelatin, platinum/palladium, gum bichromate and gumoil.

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November 12th - January 7th

Davis Gallery

Holiday Group Showcase

Come ring in this holiday season with Davis Gallery’s annual Holiday Group Showcase. They are decking their walls with current and continuing work from their talented stable of artists, as well as a few exciting new guest artists.

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December 3-23

Wally Workman Gallery

Elizabeth Chapin: Careful/Uncareful

A native of Mississippi, Chapin’s portraits are infused with a sense of nostalgia as well as pop culture. Unexpected color and bold patterns come together to quite literally create the picture of a person-and at times a generation. Like the work of Alice Neel, her use of the direct gaze and a loose but expressive line is captivating. All at once playful, serious and amorous, Chapin’s portraits are not to be missed.

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November 8-December 31

Flatbed Press and Gallery

Suzi Davidoff + Rachelle Theiwes: Common Language

Common Language exhibits work by West Texas artists Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiewes, collaborating together as Razi Projects. Spanning Finland and West Texas, Common Language consists of site-specific land-based installations documented by large scale photographs printed on aluminum, a twin-screen video projection, and a limited edition, hand bound artist book housed in a portfolio containing an original artwork.

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November 11-January 29

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

The UMLAUF Prize 2016 and Retrospective Exhibition

Opening and Insights on November 11, 6-8 pm, presents UT-Austin MFA graduate Elizabeth McClellan’s performance-based installation “EnchidaLabs” featuring science and the art of genetic modification. When museum visitors walk onto the set of EnchidaLabs they will learn about genetic skin modifications and explore the possibilities of using viral biomes to decorate the skin through a series of videos, brochures, photographs and human interaction with the EnchidaLabs staff. Former Crystal Bridges Executive Director, Don Bacigalupi, awarded McClellan this year’s UMLAUF Prize, and the exhibition continues until January 29, 2017, also featuring new works from previous Prizewinners such as Gracelee Lawrence & Ryan Hawk (2015), Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005), and Holly Fisher (2004).

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October 21-December 30

Asian American Resource Center

Vivid Strokes: Contemporary Paintings from Vietnam

“Vivid Strokes” showcases 16 recent paintings from six internationally acclaimed Vietnamese artists: Thanh Chuong, Ha Tri Hieu, Hong Viet Dung, Pham An Hai, Doan Hoang Lam, and Doan Xuan Tang. All works are on loan from the International Modern Art Gallery (IMAG) in Houston, TX.

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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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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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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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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

January 7-28

Wally Workman Gallery

Mallory Page

Opening Reception

Saturday, January 14 from 6 to 8pm

Preview happy hour + artist talk: Thursday, January 12 at 6pm

The Wally Workman Gallery presents a solo show with New Orleans painter Mallory Page. Page works with color, composition and technique to deliver a purely visual interpretation of her interests in the push and pull of cognitive dissonance. The paintings show strong elements of design, fascinations with light, color, and layering. The works nature is to create an environment from within.

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January 13 - March 11

Flatbed Press and Gallery

Jay Bolotin: The Book of Only Enoch

Opening Reception: Friday, January 20 from 6 to 8 PM

Flatbed Press is pleased to present The Book of Only Enoch, a portfolio of 20 woodcut and relief etchings, and selected plates used to create the prints. Bolotin tells the story of Only Enoch, a sensitive Jewish boy from Kentucky who is named after an apocryphal book left out of the Hebrew Bible whose protagonist “went to heaven and lived to tell the tale.”

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