Stop by the Long Center to enter this newest luminarium
, an enormous walk-though sculpture in which glowing seams create "a scintillating lattice of light and color, a neon spectacle of beauty." Imagine if the Taj Mahal and God's Favorite Kaleidoscope had an inflatable baby
; now come walk through its brilliant innards. Note: Ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Jan. 19-27. Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat.-Sun., 10am-5pm
Alexandra Valenti, Jessica Clark, and Mason McFee collaborate on an installation and exhibition of recent works in photography, drawing, sculpture, and design.
Reception: Jan., Sat. 26, 7-10pm. 906 E. 49th.
This night of edutainment, in which the MotW teams up with internet powerhouse Cryptomundo.com, features a line-up of world-famous cryptozoologists, experts, and authors – the sort of people who are serious about the possible existence of, like, sasquatches and yeti and chupacabra and nessiteras rhombopteryx and all that crowd. For instance: Lyle Blackburn, frontman for rock band Ghoultown; Nick Redfern, author of Wildman! The Monstrous and Mysterious Saga of the British Bigfoot and other volumes; Ken Gerhard, author of Monsters of Texas. The scholarly palaver starts in the afternoon, everybody takes a dinner break, and then there's a screening of Seventies drive-in classic The Creature from Black Lake. Okay, then! Sat., Jan. 26, 3-10pm. 412 E. Sixth.
Contemporary collage artist and civil-rights attorney Philip Durst showcases a new body of work in this solo exhibition. Tell you what: If the man's lawyering is as good as his artwork, the people are in for good news. Through March 2.
Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929
Here's a solo show of the work of Swedish artist Carl Hammoud, comprising graphite drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, and paper sculptures – all of which are superlative, all of which inhabit, we daresay, a zone of increased sublimity. Scenes and objects from laboratories, museums, libraries, archives, offices, and classrooms are captured via the artist's array of methods; your appreciation will be captured, too. Through March 16.
This second annual exhibition explores the many methods and styles of drawing through the work of 40 Austin artists. From the abstract to the hyperreal, with surfaces manipulated by pencil, marker, ink, charcoal, pastel, etching, burning, and puncturing. Recommended like wow: This show shouldn't be missed. Through Feb. 16. Wed. & Sat., noon-5pm.
Part Two, that is, featuring more than 30 prints by 15 of UT's current art students. Through Jan. 26. Saturdays, noon-4pm.
Black Lagoon, 4301-A Guadalupe, 371-8838
It's partly Jan Heaton's strong talent and skills, her careful arrangements, that make her works so impressive and such a joy to see, and it's partly her chosen medium: the notoriously unforgiving gambit of watercolors. Of course, she's got several representational foliate paintings here, too; but it's the more abstract works of subtle colors that really skewer the soul. Through Jan. 26.
It's "The First (& Last) Annual Minimalism Rodeo (& County Fair)" at this ever-busy gallery, curated by Connor Shea and featuring works by Sean Sweeney, Olivia Pepper, Rachelle Diaz, Manik Nakra, and many more. Through Jan. 26. Fridays & Saturdays, 4-8pm. 1101 Springdale.
Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight
Oh, those strange and glorious Soundsuits! Through Dec. 30
. Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence
The relentlessly inventive Austinite attains some excellence
, alright. Both shows: Extended through Feb. 24
"ShapeShifting: New Methods of Drawing" is a two-person show by Austin's own Bethany Johnson and Ann Tarantino of Pennsylvania, two artists who use elements of chance to explore the intricacies of systems in their works. Through Feb. 17.
Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191
Fine art and professional framing.
This exhibition (in the home gallery of artists Leon & Stella Alesi) features mixed-media pieces by W. Tucker, whose work is created on old books, album covers, and similar material, exploring the relationship between found surface and artist’s mark. Tucker draws primarily with his non-dominant hand, allowing him to draw in an unpracticed manner. Through Feb. 9. Saturdays, 11am-4pm, and by appointment. 1017-A W. Milton.
Handmade glass art and jewelry.
The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists. 6601 Felix, 385-3591.
Jan. 24-March 14.
Cypress Grill, 4404-L W. William Cannon, 512/358-7474
Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
Maratta uses graphite and ink to render extraordinary depictions of Texas horizons in black and white, often a few feet long but only one inch tall. Lear presents a mixed-media series featuring vivid abstractions of trees in urban landscapes. Recommended. Through Feb. 16pm.
The artists of California's Crim City Collective – Will Grant, PJ Maracle, and Ross Yates – don't so much display works within a venue as take that venue over with a site-specific installation created via a fast-paced, impulsive working style that explores ideas of major action, instant information, and free association. You know how grayDUCK's space is usually all spare and elegant? We reckon it's gonna look like something highly creative asploded in there – and we look forward to seeing that. Through Feb. 17.
Aralyn Hughes, watercolorist Carmen Shanfield, and photographer Hershall Spradley are the featured artists in the Old Bakery Gallery this month. Through Feb. 7. 1006 Congress, 477-5961.
Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.
This two-man exhibition is also the rebirth of MASS Gallery, featuring Eastwood's "They Never Die They Just Go To SLeep One Day" and Gelber's "DOOM II: Hell on Earth." Through Feb. 23. 507 Calles #108.
More than 200 Mexican dance and popular masks from the museum's permanent collection and the Benson Latin-American Collection highlight vibrant colors and anthropomorphic designs reflecting Mexican traditions of indigenous craftsmanship, mythic narratives, and dance rituals. Through May 5.
Here's a compelling reason to visit the MACC: An exhibition of new paintings by Fidencio Duran. Also, in the Community Gallery there: The Big Red Bus, a retrospective by music legend Oscar Martinez. Through March 30.
New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
Witness all ye artlovers the Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata's
current exhibition of urban habitation, and enjoy a tour of their bizarre "impermanent collection" as well. Through Jan. 28. Saturdays, 1-4pm
Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
Man-about-town Roy Moore
of Control Images
presents his first show of photographic works
: The colors, the textures, the panoply of visuals – some raw and unfiltered, some strangely deconstructed – that he's captured right here in the ATX. Through Feb. 9
Open to all artists living and working in Texas. Submissions for TX13 are now being accepted. See website for details. Deadline: Feb. 28.
The Austin photographer captures Texas diversity, from Big Bend's stunning terrain to Austin’s Split Rail Inn to the porches of Navasota, in images spanning more than five decades. Through Jan. 31.
This is a show of new works by Joseph Phillips – one-third of Sodalitas, three-thirds of Joseph Phillips – featuring an exploration of mankind’s conflicting desires to embrace and control nature. These beautiful renditions are like something from the architectural-rendering appendix to the Codex Seraphinianus. (Recommended for an infinitely perfect day: Nom some fresh oysters at Hillside Farmacy, then head over to Tiny Park for a dessert of fine art.) Through Feb. 23. Saturdays, noon-5pm or by appointment. 1101 Navasota
This new solo show by Houston's Wendy Wagner presents "a distinctive make-believe world using painting, drawing, ceramic, soft sculpture, and animation," inspired by childhood, pets, family, and fantasy. Through March 14.
These paintings – oil, watercolor – and prints feature "themes of romance and desire, focusing on the introspection and emotionality in the lives of women." Wanderlust Boutique, 1601 W. Koenig,