Austin Art Events

Upcoming Events

 

FREE WEEK: DEBORAH ROBERTS: I’M AND TORBJØRN RØDLAND: BIBLE EYE

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue

When: August 9-15, 2021, Reserve Tickets Here

Art critics have called our current exhibitions “breakthrough,” “intricate and thoughtful,” and “memorably complex and mysterious,” and we want everyone to have the chance to see them before they are gone! Join us to see Deborah Robert’s innovative approach to collage and installation, and Torbjørn Rødland’s masterfully surreal photography and video.

Visit during Free Week—the final days to see these celebrated exhibitions. The museum will be open extra hours and you may reserve timed tickets at no charge. Both exhibitions close August 15, 2021.

 

SECOND SATURDAYS ARE FOR FAMILIES: ICE PAINTING

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St.

When: August 14th, 2021, 11am-3pm

Drop in and create! Reservations are required. Tickets released on the first of every month.

Beat the heat with this cool ice workshop! Experiment with color mixing using dye and ice cubes, then watch a professional ice sculptor create a one-of-a-kind frozen work of art before your eyes.

This is an in-person event (indoors + outdoors). Reserve a socially-distanced art making table! One family per table seating up to six people. Table availability is limited. Masks are required indoors.

 

With Liberty and Justice For All Book Club Meeting

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue

When: August 14th, 2021, 11:30am-12:45pm, Register Here

The Austin Public Library and The Contemporary Austin co-present a book club series, With Liberty and Justice for All, that draws on fiction, poetry and visual art to explore themes of racism, social justice, empathy, healing, and community. August’s selection is the classic coming-of-age novel The Bluest Eye, by Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison. The Bluest Eye (1970) was Morrison’s first book in her prolific career and is a classic of American literature. The novel follows two young African American girls, Pecola and Claudia, as they reckon with racism, beauty, and their burgeoning womanhood.

In a 2019 interview, artist Deborah Roberts said, “Toni Morrison right now, she’s in my studio whether she knows it or not. She’s sitting in there, I can hear her talking, and so I’d get another book.” This month’s book club will begin with a private viewing of Deborah Roberts’ exhibition I’m, followed by a discussion facilitated by APL librarians on the open-air roof deck surrounded by Jim Hodges’ sculpture With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress). Socially distanced seating provided, please wear a mask.

 

Gabe Leonard Book Signing

Host: A05 Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

When: August 28, 2021, 7- 9 pm

Come meet the world-renowned Cinematic Artist, Gabe Leonard.  He will be at Ao5 Gallery signing his newest collection of books highlighting his years of work.

 

SECOND SATURDAYS ARE FOR FAMILIES: DIY STUFFIES

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 3809 W 35th St.

When: September 11, 2021, 11am-3pm

Drop in and create! Reservations are required. Tickets released on the first of every month.

Build a cuddly companion inspired by squashy-looking sculptures milling around the grounds of Laguna Gloria. You will make your soft sculpture using fabric and all kinds of fun fillings, then visit Juan Muñoz’s dramatic figures of Last Conversation Piece to see how they inspired this plush project!

This is an in-person event (indoors + outdoors). Reserve a socially-distanced art making table! One family per table seating up to six people. Table availability is limited. Masks are required indoors.

 

 

ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, Self guided Art Exhibition Map here

When: Ongoing

Spring is coming and many of us are looking for fun, safe, and socially distant activities to do with our friends and family. Well, look no further! As part of a socially engaged project, ArtsResponders artists Caroline Walker and Sarah Wilson have installed public artworks at several outdoor locations across Austin. Hop in the car and spend the afternoon finding artworks created with love and honor.

Sarah Wilson and Caroline Walker were selected by the Dougherty Arts Center to participate in ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19, a program established by the Austin Parks & Recreations Department, Museums & Cultural Programs Division. Sarah Wilson created Essentials, a large scale portrait series wheat pasted on buildings across Austin celebrating womxn in essential service. Caroline Walker has created Collective Voices using the numerous submissions from Austinites highlighting the people and routines that have helped get them through this last year. You can learn more about the program and their artwork here.

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