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Davis Gallery: Kindred Spirits

You know what's generally good? Paintings that are photorealistic. You know what's even better? Photorealistic paintings of urban scenes – especially familiar urban scenes from right here in Austin. You know what's just about perfect? When an exhibition of photorealistic paintings of familiar urban scenes features work by Daniel Blagg and David Leonard. So, this show? It's like we won the goddamn aesthetic lottery, isn't it? Answer: yes. Through April 8.

Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929

www.davisgalleryaustin.com

DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.

Flatbed's 02 Gallery: The New Cuban Color

From the intricate collagraphs of Isolina Limonta to the painterly monoprints of Yordanis Garmendia Mederos and Alfredo Felipe Valdes, this exhibition, organized by Valdes, offers a glimpse of contemporary printmaking in Cuba today. Through May 6.

Flatbed Press, 2832 E. MLK, 512/477-9328

www.flatbedpress.com

Grayduck Gallery: Congitopia

This exhibition is "an exploration of the unexpected when collaborating on the visual expressions of shared ideas and dreams." In the hands of a different artist, that could equal meh; but this is work by Jana Swec, and we anticipate an array of odd and complex visual wonders for our eyes' happy feasting. (Bonus: Nate Burbeck in the Decoy gallery.) Through March 26.

grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/826-5334

www.grayduckgallery.com

Guzu Gallery: Nothing New

Nothing new, perhaps, sure – but sometimes leftovers are the tastiest damn food, n'est-ce pas? Because dig this exhibition of original artwork and prints inspired by the 1990s in this excellent bastion of graphic goodness. Through April 3.

Guzu Gallery, 5000 N. Lamar, 512/454-4898

www.guzugallery.com

Harry Ransom Center: Stories To Tell

The HRC showcases another array of wonders from its vast archives for this new exhibition, displaying more than 250 items from collections centered on David Foster Wallace, Julia Alvarez, Gabriel García Márquez, Henri Matisse, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and others. And you want to take a close-up eyeful of Robert De Niro's taxicab license? And how about the hat that accompanied the green "curtain" dress worn by Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind? See these – and so much more – right here. Through July 16.

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st, 512/471-8944

www.hrc.utexas.edu

Laguna Gloria: Discovery of Honey / Work of the Family

The Contemporary Austin situates a new Lionel Maunz work in its Marcus Sculpture Park (and features more of the artist's sculpture and works on paper in the Gatehouse Gallery) with the following caveat: This exhibition contains imagery that may not be suitable for all visitors. Which only serves to pique our curiosity, y'know? But then, we know how creepy his compelling creations can be. Through May 14.

The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191

www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

Liz Moskowitz: Churches of East Austin

The documentary photographer presents images of East Austin churches that embody a culture with a vibrant past, a resilient present, and a potentially tenuous future. Through March 24.

Gallery at Six Square, 1152 San Bernard.

MACC: Another Side

Here's an exhibition of new work by a fellow named Nathan Nordstrom, but why you care is because this Nordstrom is aka Sloke One. See vivid pieces of abstract art and graffiti art on canvas, along with photos of the man's international work. Through March 25.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River

www.maccaustin.org

MACC: Art Classes

Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 478-6222

www.maccaustin.org

March On!

In which March, Nate Powell's acclaimed sequential-art biography of civil rights activist (and now congressman) John Lewis, is spotlighted in UT's Warfield Center. The exhibition, curated by Rebecca Giordano, includes hand-inked drawings from the three-volume graphic memoir, along with photographs, political ephemera, and other artwork. Through April 17.

Warfield Gallery, 210 W. 24th.

Old Bakery Gallery: Fragments and Fusion / Urban Beauty

Featuring art by Vickie Flagher, Laura Strutz, and Thomas Athey. Through April 5.

Old Bakery & Emporium, 1006 Congress, 512/477-5961

Scanlan Gallery: The Great Plains Series

Near-psychedelic renditions of nature ignite these paintings by Joshua Kight.

St. Stephen's Episcopal School, 2900 Bunny Run, 512/327-1213

www.sstx.org

Studio L Gallery

Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.

577-3479

Texas Folklife: Cowboys of East Germany

Here's a unique visual anthropology exhibit created and curated by Eric O’Connell. Through April 30.

Texas Folklife House, 1708 Houston St., 512/441-9255

www.texasfolklife.org

The Blanton Museum: Curiouser

This mid-career survey explores 10 major bodies of work by celebrated Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian, including video, photography, sculpture, sound art, and a live performance. Through June 11.

The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK, 512/471-7324

www.blantonmuseum.org

The Townsend: Hemisphere

In this site-specific video installation by Mikel Rouse, images were chosen and adjusted to reflect viewing positions and lighting effects within the space. The resultant pictures present altered views that offer a skewed reflection of the common place. Through April 29.

The Townsend, 718 Congress, 512/887-8778

www.thetownsendaustin.com

Umlauf Sculpture Garden: Mentoring a Muse

Check out this first-ever exhibition of works from former UT art student Farrah Fawcett and her mentor, professor and sculptor Charles Umlauf. Through Aug. 20.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee, 512/445-5582

www.umlaufsculpture.org

UT's Courtyard Gallery: Material Re-pose

This exhibition focuses on Nicole Awai's nonmedium-specific painting practice, which moves fluidly between two and three dimensions and features a site-specific drawing on the walls of the gallery. Through April 29.

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Dr., 512/404-1900

www.meetattexas.com

Wally Workman: Petting Zoo

Bust down the goddamn door to get in, if you have to: This is an exhibition of all-new work by Austin's own Ian Shults, that chronicler of the seamier side of midcentury life and its diversions from the grave, and the Workman walls are just about dripping with his stuttered renditions of urban debauchery. Through March 25.

Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth, 512/472-7428

www.wallyworkmangallery.com

Women & Their Work: Greener Pastures

This new exhibition combines kitsch, objects of consumerism, and queerness to position performance and media artist Liss LaFleur as a cowgirl on a new frontier – rendered in photography and video, with leather, aluminum, glass, and neon sculptures. Through April 20.

Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca, 512/477-1064

www.lisslafleur.com

Yard Dog: Old West Yarns

These new pieces by West Virginia cowboy artist Fort Guerin are inspired by 20th century Western comic books, movies, and dime novels – and the Old West mythos he absorbed growing up in Arizona. Through April 3.

Yard Dog, 1510 S. Congress, 512/912-1613

www.yarddog.com

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