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Curated Conversations: Artist Talk- Sedrick Huckaby

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, Free Online Event

When: October 5, 2021, 5pm Register Here

Join Blanton Deputy Director Carter Foster and Fort Worth, Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby as they discuss Huckaby’s new Contemporary Project exhibition of recent portraits.

Funding provided by the Carolyn Harris Hynson Centennial Endowment.

 

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Online Event: Colonial Latin Foodies

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, Free Online Event

When: October 7, 2021, 5pm Register Here

Distinguished Visiting Speakers in the Art of the Spanish Americas Series: Colonial Latin American Foodies.
Latin American culinary arts history by Peruvian food historian Rosario Olivas Weston and Chef Iliana de la Vega (El Naranjo Restaurant & Bar).

 

21st Century Color: a Color Salon with Luanne Stovall

Host: Woman & Their Work, Outdoors at the Katelena Hernandez Cowles Courtyard, 1710 Lavaca Street

When: October 7, 2021, 7:30 – 9:30 pm, Register here

Join artist and color theorist Luanne Stovall for a deep dive into the art, psychology, and science of 21st Century Color. For centuries we’ve been taught the same rules about the Red/Yellow/Blue color wheel. Now, it’s time to update our knowledge, based on the way color operates in the world around us. Stovall will lead this salon to explore color as a complex network of sensory information coursing through our lives every day, signaling beauty, danger and everything in-between.

  • Discover new ways to sharpen your color perception.
  • Strengthen your visual communication skills.
  • Build strategic color palettes for your personal design challenges.
  • Activate your Color Tool Kit with 21st century design tools that enhance color literacy––a vital skill not only for artists and designers, but for impactful solutions across all disciplines.

No paint mixing necessary!

 

Rooftop Sessions

Host: The Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

When: October 21, 2021,  6- 8 pm

Open to everyone! Tickets coming soon.

Join us on the rooftop overlooking downtown, where music and complimentary drinks will set the vibe for a night of art and camaraderie. Explore the exhibitions Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams and Crit Group Reunion, meet some of the featured local artists, and hear about their work while you connect with fellow art lovers from all over Austin.

Capacity is limited and masks are required indoors.

Artists joining us include Manik Raj NakraGlenn TwiggsJonas Criscoe, and Madeline Irvine.

 

With Liberty and Justice For All Book Club Meeting

Host: The Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria Amphitheater, 3809 West 35th Street

When: October 23, 2021, 1:30 pm, Register Here

Free and open to the public!

Delve into science fiction novel Parable of the Sower, by award-winning American writer Octavia Butler.

Parable of the Sower (1993) is the winner of multiple awards, has been adapted into a graphic novel, and continues to inspire art and conversation about social justice. Set in the year 2024, the novel takes place in a dystopian version of the United States produced by climate change, wealth inequality, and corporate greed. The story is narrated by Lauren Oya Olamina, an African American teenager on a quest for freedom. Co-presented by Austin Public Library with discussion facilitated by librarians.

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. This month’s book club will take place in the outdoor amphitheater of Laguna Gloria alongside Wangechi Mutu’s Water Woman sculpture. Socially distanced seating provided, please wear a mask.

 

Crit Nites at ICOSA Gallery: Session #2

Host: ICOSA Gallery, with support from The Contemporary Austin, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 2, #102

When: October 30, 2021, 7-10 pm, Register Here

In the supportive spirit of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program, artists and the public are invited to take part in Crit Nites, an inclusive opportunity for contemporary working artists to discuss their work and build relationships.

After a successful virtual series of Crit Nites, local art organizations ICOSA Collective and concept animals aim to continue fortifying the Austin art community through ongoing in-person Crit Nites events.

This program is facilitated by Hayley Labrum Morrison , Casey Alfstad , Darcie Book , and Jonas Criscoe.

Guest Critics: Bug Davidson, Artist / Robin Williams, Assistant Curator, The Contemporary Austin

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Curated Conversations: POP! Goes Polical in the Americas

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, Free Online Event

When: November 9, 2021, 5 pm, Register Here

The history of Pop art goes beyond soup cans and benday dots. While many artists practicing this type of art initially targeted consumer culture, others used the same visual language to express more explicit political views. For this conversation, curators Carter Foster and Vanessa Davidson will dive into the expansive world of International Pop art as they present the Blanton’s latest exhibition Pop Crítico / Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s–1980s, an exhibition that juxtaposes works by artists from the United States and Latin America to illustrate how artists adopted Pop’s vocabulary as a tool for political and social critique.

Crit Nites at ICOSA Gallery: Session #3

Host: ICOSA Gallery, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 2, #102

When: November 27, 2021, 7-10 pm, Register Here

In the supportive spirit of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program, artists and the public are invited to take part in Crit Nites, an inclusive opportunity for contemporary working artists to discuss their work and build relationships.

After a successful virtual series of Crit Nites, local art organizations ICOSA Collective and concept animals aim to continue fortifying the Austin art community through ongoing in-person Crit Nites events.

This program is facilitated by Hayley Labrum Morrison , Casey Alfstad , Darcie Book , and Jonas Criscoe.

Guest Critics: Vy Ngo, Artist / Darcie Book, Artist

 

Crit Nites at ICOSA Gallery: Session #4

Host: ICOSA Gallery, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 2, #102

When: January 15, 2022, 7-10 pm, Register Here

In the supportive spirit of The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program, artists and the public are invited to take part in Crit Nites, an inclusive opportunity for contemporary working artists to discuss their work and build relationships.

After a successful virtual series of Crit Nites, local art organizations ICOSA Collective and concept animals aim to continue fortifying the Austin art community through ongoing in-person Crit Nites events.

This program is facilitated by Hayley Labrum Morrison , Casey Alfstad , Darcie Book , and Jonas Criscoe.

Guest Critics: Ryan Runcie, Artist / Kevin Ivester, Owner, Ivester Contemporary

 

DROP IN and CREATE!

Host: The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave.

When: Every Sunday at the Jones Center, 12-2pm

Looking for a hands-on art experience for all ages? We’re bringing out special art activities for you every Sunday from 12–2P so the whole family can dig into the art, ideas, and materials you’ll see in our exhibitions! Depending on the weather, you’ll find us inside the galleries or up on the rooftop, and all activities are free with admission. Admission – General Public: $10, Kids Under 18: Free, Museum Members: Free.

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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