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    Co-Lab Projects: 9/11 Memorial

    Austin artist Claude van Lingen’s new installation at Co-Lab honors those who died on September 11, 2001, in the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania tragedies and pays homage to those who died in the ensuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. This exhibition centers around two large drawings in which the names of the 2,753 victims of the World Trade Center were written one over the other, in Van Lingen’s signature style, causing the paper to shred and tear. Visitors will be asked to collaboratively create an artwork by writing the names of the victims killed in the 9/11 attacks on a large piece of paper, then sign and date their action on another; those signatures will be attached to the back of the artwork and framed.
    Closing reception: Sat., Sept. 18, noon-6pm
    5419 Glissman
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    Neill-Cochran House: Annie Lyle Harmon Reception

    This spotlight exhibition brings together 17 paintings from one Austin collection and places Harmon within the rapidly changing social, cultural, and environmental context of California in the post-Gold Rush era. "Come toast the opening of the exhibition with a delicious cocktail by Still Austin."
    Sat., Sept. 18, 4-6pm. Free.  
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    Ivester Contemporary: The Conceptual Still Life

    The Ivester's got a show of new work by Denise Prince, that Austin-based artist who concentrates her practice in photography and film, and tbh we are excitement itself. This new exhibition features photos and paintings that consider the way food and flowers have been used as signifiers throughout history, bringing together the sensibilities of vintage cookbooks with the visual language of advertising. Recommended!" Her work has been clarified, confronted, and interpreted by psychoanalyst members of the World Association of Psychoanalysis," and we're not at all surprised. Recommended!
    Through Oct. 23
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    A05 Gallery

    This popular gallery represents a wide array of artists, both local and international, with creations that span a dazzling plethora of mediums. Cynda Valle. Rachel Dory. John Morse. And – oh, give that website a quick look and you'll be making an appointment ASAP.
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    Akirash Online

    Sure, Austin's Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH has an exhibition at the Carver Museum right now – and the place is closed, of course. But this Lagos-born artist also happens to have one of the most robust websites around, though you'll need a mighty big screen to get the best effect of his huge and colorful mixed-media creations and performance pieces.
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    Art 84: Cornelius Carter

    This is a virtual preview of "Work in Progress" by Austin's Cornelius Carter, a work that "captures the struggles and glory of the African-American experience along with the artist’s faith in the American dream of equality and opportunity for all."
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    Art for the People Gallery: Thrive!

    Here's a showcase of work by more than 40 Austinites who’ve created art with an exuberance of color and energy over the past 15 pandemic months.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Artworks Gallery: Touch the Seen

    Provocative, monumental figurative paintings by Les Satinover, depicting the human form (mainly male figures) in vast, detailed landscapes that celebrate natural beauty.
    Through Sept. 25
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    Austin Bouldering Project: Nicholas Wheat

    "As a member of local climbing crew Team Arete, Wheat refuses to hang his art on any walls he hasn't climbed." Well, he's climbed these ABP walls, and now you can see what his photography looks like when displayed on 'em.
    Through Sept. 28
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    Big Medium: Power, Traps, and Targets

    The newest work of Christopher Blay, described as Police Brut, uses as a mode "the printed shooting target and the ready-made Black Power fist Afro Pick, utilizing codes and symbols as a way of illuminating the narratives of violence, victims of violence, and what it means to bring these stories to the fore." And, listen: The sound installation Feel Me employs a haptic vest and the sound of gunshots. Try it, as they say, try it on for size, citizen.
    Through Oct. 9. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite

    In the late 1950s and throughout the 1960s, Kwame Brathwaite used photography to popularize the political slogan "Black Is Beautiful." This exhibition, the first ever dedicated to Brathwaite’s remarkable career, reveals the story of this key figure of the second Harlem Renaissance – and the Chronicle's Robert Faires has a review of the show right here.
    Through Sept. 19
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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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    Butridge Gallery: Keeping House

    Veronica Ceci’s solo show is an inquiry into tactile beauty and societal ugliness in the life of a Queer femme working as a maid, and this is the first time the traveling (since 2017) exhibition will be displayed in Austin, where Ceci has lived since 2004. For this iteration, the artist presents a mix of new work along with early pieces, sharing the roots and current direction of her explorations.
    Through Oct. 30, by appointment  
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    Camiba Gallery: Moment Between Stillness and Movement

    This is the fourth solo show for glass artist Rachel Kalisky at Camiba Art, and, if you're already familiar with the frangible wonders she creates from silica and pigments, you won't be surprised. There are fused marvels on the walls here, bold and bright and almost kinetic in their visual impact. "I want to draw the viewer into the art," says Kalisky, "to tempt them not just to look, but to touch, to feel its energy and: emotions."
    Through Oct. 2
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    Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

    The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
    Through Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
    201 E. 21st
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    Cloud Tree: Of the Land

    This exhibition explores clay in its varied states, from mud, to raw, to the fired state that turns clay into ceramics. This exhibition features work by Alejandra Almuelle, in which the acclaimed sculptor uses fresh clay to create an installation formed by hand – to contrast with a wall piece consisting of a series of discs harvested unaltered from local clay sediment. "These two installations with a series of cephalic vessels present the human presence, not as a protagonist of landscape, but as a commentary on the body as place and receptacle of memory, like the land itself."
    Closing reception: Fri., Oct. 1, 5-9pm
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    Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

    The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil." And there's also a show of works by more than 50 other Austin artists, in the Crit Group Reunion exhibition.
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    Davis Gallery: Flora and Fauna

    Right, so we're crazy excited about this show, because 1) we're all about the flora and the fauna; 2) the show includes new pieces by that relatively unsung genius of arcane sculptural work, Steve Brudniak; and 3) this is a group exhibition "focused on the depth and variety of Davis Gallery's family of artists." Yes! And if you don't already know how impressive, how basically aesthetically badass, that diversity of makers is, citizen, then this "Flora and Fauna" gig will be the perfect introduction for you.
    Through Sept. 25
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    GrayDUCK Gallery: Time Being

    Welcome back to Jill Schroeder's powerhouse of an art gallery on the Eastside! Following a brief summer hiatus, the 'Duck returns to present a new exhibition by photographer Elizabeth Chiles: A body of photographs and photographic collages the artist made during the Covid pandemic. This show, she says, "can be seen as a walk, slow and meandering, through a series of repeated forms that came in and out of view on my walks and do the same in the exhibition."
    Through Oct. 3  
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    HRC: Henry David Thoreau

    You know who, way back in the day, had the whole self-isolation thing down pretty damn well? "The author of Walden and Civil Disobedience" is the answer. Of course, Thoreau was only in "semi-seclusion" out there in the north country woods; but what he had to say – what he wrote, in many instances – is a valuable resource for people in these socially distanced times. Here, take yourself a virtual stroll through Thoreau's manuscripts (and letters and more) as beautifully archived in UT's own Harry Ransom Center.
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade.
    Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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    Modern Rocks Gallery Online

    What, you don't feel like looking at exclusive, worldclass, public and candid shots of international rockstars and music legends of times past and (almost) present? Alrighty, then. But you're totally missing out.
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    testsite: How a House Works

    How does a house work? The folks at Fluent-Collaborative presented such a compelling answer from artists Andy Coolquitt and Alix Browne that, when the coronavirus shutdown went into effect, they turned the exhibition into a website of its own. So now you can click over for a visit, and – hey, who's answering the questions here?
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    The Blanton: Sedrick Huckaby

    Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
    Through Dec. 5  
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    The Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
    Through Feb. 20
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    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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    The Contemporary from Home

    The Contemporary Austin's superlative museum galleries and sculpture park can be visited digitally through art and nature snapshots, tours, and quiet moments of reflection. Experience past performances and new happenings at the museum, discover artist talks and lectures, and stream films and playlists for these all-too-interesting times – in the comfort of your own home.
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    The Museum of Future Present

    The Museum of the Future Present is "a visual mixtape of space, time, and mind," with musicians, performers, and visual artists collaborating on a series of explorable installations, to bring music to life in a tangible way inside Austin's Native Hostel. Note: "Installations are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just show up." Oh! You got that FOMO, yet, kid? Maybe don't miss your chance to InstaTok your life within the vibrant audiographic splendor of this new spectacle.
    Wed.-Sun., 11am-10pm. $25.  
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    The Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

    This place, ah, it's one of our favorite places in the entire city; and of course they're properly corona-closed. But check 'em out online right now – it's a rich, wonder-filled website – to whet your appetite for when things get back to … uh … are we still calling it "normal," these days?
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    Tiemann Art Gallery: Visions of Nature

    Monica Puryear's "vibrant, surrealist artwork" adorns the walls of this gallery up Round Rock way.
    Through Oct. 23
    1706 N. Mays, Round Rock
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Austin International Art Fair

    Here's an exhibition featuring rare works by an impressive roster of art world masters – among them, Salvador Dalí, Gil Bruvel, Gary James McQueen, Zhang Xiao Gang, Yue Min Jun, Zao Wu Ki, Takashi Murakami, and Yoshitomo Nara. More than 15 countries – and 32 artists – represented, in this elegant gallery on West Sixth.
    Through Oct. 24
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    Women & Their Work: We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want.

    This initial exhibition in W&TW's new permanent space examines how the idea of feminism continues to be one that has many definitions, depending on the lens through which it is viewed. Curator Vicki Meek invited artists “whose artwork and lives intrigue me and who all take an unapologetic view of their world, to come together in a collective conversation around issues of feminism and humanism." Featuring art by Nida Bangash, Lauren Cross, Rehab El Sadek, Angela Faz, Pallavi Govindnathan, Lahib Jaddo, Pat Johnson, Lovie Olivia, and Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga.
    Through Sept. 21
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located Downtown and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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