Austin Art Exhibitions






ELA 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio/ Intersection: Shock & Relief Exhibition

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: September 18 – November 22

Mexic-Arte Museum proudly presents ELA (Emerging Latinx Artists) 25: Intersección: Choque & Alivio, Intersection: Shock & Relief, (formally known as YLA, Young Latinx Artists) which celebrates the last twenty-five years of exhibitions featuring emerging Latinx artists. ELA 25 will showcase artists converging at the crossroads of aesthetic interests and cultural history. The exhibition aims to discover shared life experiences, a (s)mashup or crash (choque) at intersecting lanes of similarities and differences as expressed in the artistically diverse artworks. In reaction to this historical era of identity politics and civic unrest, these artists respond in a visual dialogue, drawing from their cultural experience and sociopolitical consciousness. This year’s exhibition is curated by Dr. George Vargas, Curator and Director of Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum.



The 37th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: September 18 – November 22

In observance of the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, Mexic-Arte Museum presents The 37th Annual Day of the Dead Exhibition. Since 1984, when the Museum presented its first Day of the Dead exhibition, La Muerte Vive (Death Lives), this exhibition pays tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead to their families and friends on November 1st to November 2nd.




CAPIROTADA: Of a Personal Nature curated by Los Outsiders

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Dates: October 2 – November 1

Gallery hours: By appointment only

Capirotada is a delicious Mexican bread pudding concocted from a wide variety of nuts and fruits with syrup-soaked bread. In a similar vein, the Los Outsiders’ curated exhibition, CAPIROTADA: Of a Personal Nature, collects a varied group of artists that we originally shared with each other for consideration, having no specific curatorial objective in mind. Instead, we began with an interest in highlighting exciting artists some of us had not had a chance to work with before.


Expanding Abstraction:
Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas, 1958 to 1983

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Dates: October 5 – January 10, 2021

In the early 20th century, artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time and significantly changed the language of painting. Several decades later, abstraction continued to evolve robustly, as its practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques. Dripping, pouring, staining and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also challenged the flat, rectangular format—long the standard in painting—to create texture and dimensionality, blurring the lines between painting and sculpture and foregrounding the object’s materiality. The Blanton’s collection is particularly strong in painting of the 1960s and 70s from both the United States and Latin America. Expanding Abstraction will explore how painting was transformed in these decades. Many of the works are large scale and have rarely been shown before.




Comity of Ghosts: New Work by Darcie Book and Shawn Camp

Host: ICOSA, 916 Springdale Road

Dates: October 3 – October 31

Opening Reception: Saturday Oct 3, 2020 5pm to 11pm

Comity of Ghosts: New Work by Darcie Book and Shawn Camp is comprised of disparate objects and images, connected by their experiences as living beings. Islands in the darkness, these works are examined through a lens of collective vulnerability. The dimly lit space, warm and comforting, is like a blanket under which you can hide. But that dark is also terrifying in its inherent sense of free-fall; fear of the unknown – of what lurks in the shadows. Through a conjured manipulation of substance and light, the show oscillates between visceral physicality and ethereal immateriality. Tiptoeing back and forth between realms of the living and the dead.




The #Vote Show

Host: Link & Pin, 2235 East 6th Street #102

Dates: October 10 – November 8th

In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Rea’s artistic output took a dramatic turn from witty typographic prints designed at a leisurely pace to activist paintings and sculptures created with desperate urgency. Unable to escape the daily barrage of shocking news headlines, Rea wrestles his raw emotions onto canvas and discarded wood or reconstructs them into familiar, unassuming objects in an attempt to draw participants into the conversation. Curated from over 300 pieces Rea created during 45’s term, The #Vote Show is a diverse collection of works designed to surprise, inform, entertain, and ultimately get participants to act before November 3.




Jen Garrido

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: October 10 – November 1

Gallery Hours: By appointment only

Garrido’s work depicts nature-based forms and rhythms as well as color and shape studies while weighing ambiguity with representation. Her process is that of working with balance: adding and subtracting, abstracting and transforming. For this show, color became a driving force. Amidst a heavy world, Garrido discovered a need to reconnect with playfulness and youthful exuberance. Electric hues jump off her large canvases and ignite feelings of spurred growth and change, almost like the excitement of adolescence. It’s a body of work that leaves you positive and energized, and right now, that feels really good.



Diedrick Brackens: darling divined

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Dates: October 17 – May 16, 2021

Diedrick Brackens constructs intricately woven textiles that speak to the complexities of Black and queer identity in the United States. Interlacing diverse traditions, including West African weaving, European tapestries, and quilting from the American south, Brackens creates cosmographic abstractions and figurative narratives that lyrically merge lived experience, commemoration, and allegory. He uses both commercial dyes and unconventional colorants such as wine, tea, and bleach, and foregrounds the loaded symbolism of materials like cotton, with its links to the transatlantic slave trade.







These Whispering Winds

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd

Dates: October 23 – November 28th

Reception: October 23rd, 7-10pm

Ivester Contemporary is excited to announce our first solo exhibition titled These Whispering Winds, featuring new paintings and sculpture by Austin-based artist, Tom Jean Webb. Webb’s work explores the depth of the human condition and relationship to one another, as well as the natural world through quiet contemplation, solitude and ceremony. His works are visual poems as told by journeymen, wandering on through space and time in search of meaningful connection, peace, and wisdom. When viewing Webb’s paintings and sculptures, an innate sense of understanding, serenity, and connection to the land is unavoidable.




Uncomfortably Close in the Era of Social Distancing

Host: Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Rd

Dates: October 23 – November 28th

Also on view at Ivester Contemporary, Uncomfortably Close in the Era of Social Distancing, a new experimental, multimedia exhibition by Alie Jackson that traverses the physical and digital realms. Textiles, vinyl wall decals, and augmented-reality merge to send viewers down a solipsistic rabbit hole that examines how our actions may affect our surroundings. By activating the augmented-reality visual and audio components of this exhibition with a smartphone, the viewer is effectively changing the artwork that surrounds them and crowding the space with additional content that exists only in the virtual world.





Evidence of the Search: New Work by Laurel Daniel

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: October 24 – November 25th

Gallery Hours: By appointment only

Laurel Daniel’s new body of work focuses on well-known surroundings… big skies, colorful Hill Country landscapes, and bountiful florals. The collection includes both smaller plein air paintings finished on location, and larger pieces completed in the studio. With practiced hand and a loaded brush, Daniel approaches each subject matter with great reverence. Her energetic, painterly mark-making reveals evidence of an ongoing search to capture the essence of our physical world.




Will Klemm: Nine Stories

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: November 7 – November 28th; by appointment only

Will Klemm is well known locally as well as nationally for his ethereal and light-focused landscapes. Of his work, he says “My intention is to communicate something abstract and interior, while still referencing our everyday lives. Thus, a lone farmhouse in a field might be a metaphor for solitude, or a cloud could stand in for transience and change. But at the same time, I share with most realists a fascination with the ordinary appearance or things; their weight, texture, and tactility.  These two competing impulses, the poetic and the literal, are the poles around which my work continues to orbit.” This show includes grids of nine such paintings, introducing an element of storytelling new to Klemm’s work.









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