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Visual Arts for Thu., Dec. 14
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    Rio Rita: The Art of Rex Hamilton

    Ah, Rex Sterling Hamilton. Is he a sort of neo-hippie, psychedelia-dealing, kind-eyed wunderkind of much painterly skill and mind-blowing style … or is he that tall brown millennial whose murals are among the most beautiful (and trippiest) in town? How many ways can we say yes? Note: We won't physically carry you to Rio Rita to see this show, so you'll have only your car, bike, and/or feet to thank for getting you there.
    Reception: Thu., Dec. 14, 7-10pm. Free.  
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    Ai Weiwei Sculptures Now In Your City!

    The Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy present a free public event to celebrate the unveiling of two monumental sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The mesmerizing Forever Bicycle is at the Waller Delta, 74 Trinity. And Iron Tree Trunk is on view at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.
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    Art.Science.Gallery.: Trading Card Show

    If you like art inspired by science, you'll love this. If you like trading cards, you'll love this. If you like both of those things at once, you may be overwhelmed with joy at this fifth annual fundraising event featuring hundreds of original, affordable, miniature works of science-celebrating art by artists from all over the country. That's right, 2.5-by-3.5-inch works of art, already framed for your convenience, waiting for a home on your wall or – hey, it's that time of year – the wall of a lucky friend or friends.
    Through Dec. 24
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    Big Medium: Skin Thick

    Big Medium presents the inaugural Tito's Prize exhibition, featuring winner Zack Ingram.
    Through Dec. 16
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    Butridge Gallery: Buddhist High Holy Days in Tibet and Qinghai

    This exhibition features photographs by Kate Graham.
    Through Jan. 6
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    Carver Museum: State of Ascension

    Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Coronado Studios

    The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists.
    6601 Felix.
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    Davis Gallery: Botanical Eclipse

    Matthew Fuller's technical expertise and dazzling sense of design combine in collusion with his photographically captured flora, resulting in magnified images that allow the viewer to contemplate the most delicate details of earthly life. Suggestion: Plant yourself in front of these beauties for a refreshing art break in the middle of your harried urban existence, citizen.
    Through Jan. 13
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    De Stijl: you i i i everything else

    In which Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger and Seth Orion Schwaiger exploit the original function of the gallery building – a modest bungalow – and create a domestic environment, a painting-filled home, a hypothetical household that reflects our current anxious times. "Human behavioral science, psychological theory, geo-political power structures, scientific and technological experiments, and the history of art and of science are just some of the subjects both artists mine and explore."
    Through Dec. 16
    1004 W. 31st.
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    DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

    Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
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    Flatbed Press: Moments in Movement

    Taiko Chandler’s monotypes and monoprints are energetic explorations investigating the transience and ephemeral nature of day-to-day life.
    Through Dec. 30
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    Guzu Gallery: They’re Coming To Get You

    It's a holiday horror art show here at Guzu in the Center of Austin Fandom, featuring new renditions of the iconic heroes and villains of the grisly genre. By whom, precisely? By some of the best illustrators around: Chet Phillips, Billy Perkins, Katherine Kuehne, the incredible brotherly duo of Half-Human, Tessa Morrison, and more.
    Through Jan. 1
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    Harry Ransom Center: Mexico Modern

    The rise of modernism in Mexico was activated by artists, museum curators, gallery owners, journalists, and publishers both in Mexico and the United States. This exhibition explores two decades of dynamic cultural exchange between the two countries, featuring important artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Oroxco, and others.
    Through Jan. 1
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: The Last Tree on the Planet

    Jason Middlebrook’s new sculptures are black, powder-coated steel, isolating the bold designs he's painted on slabs of wood for the last ten years and making them into three-dimensional line drawings. Also, here's a big bonus: "Haaston Paradise," the latest ceramic and fiber works from those irrepressible Haas Brothers.
    Through Jan. 23
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    MACC Community Gallery: Root of It All

    Want to treat your eyes to something wonderful, citizen? April Garcia's newest series of soft-sculptural art pieces incorporate found wood and vibrant Plexiglas.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Latina Legends and Nacimientos

    This new "Latina Legends" show features the works of more than 200 artists, while "Naciamentos" displays an array of traditional Mexican Nativity scenes.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Modern Rocks Gallery: On the Bright Side

    The excellent emporium of fancy minerals and award-winning music photography, located in the bustling Canopy compound? Yes, and right now they've got an exclusive showcase of new work from that highly skilled Sarah Frankie Linder, featuring images of Flaming Lips, Depeche Mode, Savages, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush, Black Angels, Patti Smith, and more.
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    Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

    This immersive and interactive exhibit at the Texas State History Museum explores the past and future of electronic gaming through the player's experience – with dozens of rare artifacts, brought together for the first time from extensive collections across the globe.
    Through March 18. $9-13.  
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    Recspec Gallery: The Figure Is Implied

    Here's a beautiful exhibition from California-based metalsmith and jeweler Holly Bobisuthi, with each piece – large installation works and smaller wearable jewelry – handmade from raw metal and powerful stones.
    Through Jan. 5
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    Roadhouse Relics

    Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
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    Stephen Clark Gallery: Notes on the Universe

    This is a showcase of recent work by the internationally acclaimed photographer Keith Carter, whose images have been shown in more than 100 solo exhibitions in 13 countries.
    Through Jan. 13
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    Studio L Gallery

    Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
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    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
    Through Jan. 14
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    The Open Road: Photography & The American Road Trip

    The Blanton Museum presents the stories of photographers for whom the American road was muse, with more than 100 images spanning the 1950s to today, from the legendary cameras of Robert Frank, Inge Morath, Ed Ruscha, Justine Kurland, Garry Winogrand, William Eggleston, Joel Meyerowitz, Shinya Fujiwara, and more.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    VSA Texas: Holiday Art Show

    Cards, jewelry, prints, ornaments, glass, and more: Unique gifts and artwork from Texas artists with disabilities.
    Through Dec. 23
    AGE Building, 3710 Cedar, Rm 101
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Light

    This longtime Austin gallery, one of the best in the whole damn city, ends 2017 with a group show in which more than 30 of their regular artists present new works based on the idea of light. Among those artists: Ian Shults, Honora Jacob, Diana Greenberg, and Will Klemm. Indeed, a show worth treating your art-hungry eyes to.
    Through Dec. 23
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    Women &Their Work: Good Days & Bad Days On The Internet

    In which Rachel Stuckey, inspired by the creepy content generated on dark corners of the web, dissects the emotional pull of technology – with performative video, projection mapping, signal manipulation, and custom software.
    Through Jan. 11
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    Yard Dog: Odd Pottery

    Odd, they say? Well, yes. Odd, a bit eerie, and totally gorgeous, to be sure, as this excellent SoCo venue presents a collection of new work by Waxahachie potter Carl Block.
    Through Dec. 31
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