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Visual Arts for Thu., March 1
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    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    Your Playable City: Shadowing

    Here's a fun new Downtown installation, created by Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier, in which streetlights play back the shadows of those who pass beneath them. No, for real. As a citizen walks under the lights, "the shadow of a previous visitor will walk, hop, or dance beside them, and then their own movements will be captured and displayed to the next passerby." And here's a map of locations.
    Through March 18
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    AARC: Beyond Bollywood

    "Indian-Americans Shape the Nation," a traveling exhibition created by the Smithsonian Institution, makes an artifact-rich stop at the Asian American Resource Center – with a vibrant collection of photographs, art, and interactive learning stations.
    Through April 8
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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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    Atelier 1205: Inaugural Group Show

    Ceramics, drawing, painting, and sculpture by 17 Austin artists inaugurates this new gallery. Works by Richard Ashby, Valérie Chaussonnet, Thomas Cook, Elizabeth Decker, Jennifer Hill, Soña Holman, Madeline Irvine, David Lamplugh and the rest are sure to delight and dazzle your eyes.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 17, 3pm
    1205 E. Cesar Chavez
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    Blackfeather Vintage Works: Darkest Before Dawn

    Here's the inauguration of Jessica Nieri's new vintage shop and art gallery next-door to Dimension Gallery, now with Flip Solomon's darkling creations in a variety of manifestations, featured among the stores of ephemera and covetable objects.
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    Butridge Gallery: Refigured: Radical Realism

    "Showcasing some of Austin’s finest realist figurative artists, across a variety of media, with their newest, most exciting work." Sounds almost humdrum, right? Just another standard gallery promo? But, listen – you know how something can be so powerful as to, how we say, fuck you up but in a good way? Well, this is one of those things. This is one of those exhibitions. At the Dougherty, yes. Because Jennifer Balkan and Dana Younger and Alejandra Almuelle and Karen Maness and Felice House and more.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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    Camiba Art: Glimmers of Time

    The vibrantly colored rods of Lorena Morales are clustered along the walls, painted to become glimmering lines: some solid, some gradients, others speckled with contrasting colors. "As the viewer approaches the works, the color appears and then disappears – much like memories."
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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    Carver Museum: Juntos/Together

    This section of the comprehensive FotoATX program features vivid photo-documentation of "Black and Brown Activism in Austin from 1970 to 1983."
    Through April 11
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    Catherine Lee: The Ney Project

    A retrospective of Texas artist Catherine Lee's work in diverse media will be anchored by her monumental sculpture "Hebrides #6: Clach An Trushal," on loan from the Contemporary Austin.
    Reception: Thu., Feb., 22, 6:30-9pm
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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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    DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

    Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
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    Flatbed Press: Man on Edge

    For more than forty years James Surls has been realizing the visions of his heart and mind into works of sculpture; alongside that work, he's used his same sculptural tools to gouge and mark into wood to be printed onto paper. Witness now some of the highlights of those works, bright communiques from the edge between dimensions.
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    Harry Ransom Center: Vaudeville!

    This exhibition reveals the story of where American entertainment all began, featuring photographs, manuscripts, and other documents and artifacts related to Harry Houdini, Mae West, W. C. Fields, Bert Williams, George M. Cohan, Burns & Allen, Tony Pastor, the Nicholas Brothers, Barbette, and others.
    Through July 15. Free.
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    Helm Boots: Lone Folklore

    In which those upscale cordwainers at Helm give evidence of extreme savvy by hosting a show of new work by Abi Daniel. You know, if the woman used nothing but a pencil stub on scrap paper, it'd still be worth seeing, right? Here the world-class Daniel offers a multicolored array of woodburned images on urban-harvested wood with sculptural elements, influenced by Gothic fairytales, fables, parables, and superstitions.
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Ellsworth Kelly: Prints

    The late artist's Austin edifice will soon be unveiled at the Blanton – whose own Kelly exhibition is another gorgeous thing indeed – and here this elegant Downtown gallery presents an exhibition of lithographs he made between 1966 and 2012.
    Through March 31
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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: 18+

    A look at bodies, eroticism, and sexuality from the perspective of 23 women and nonbinary artists including Abi Daniel, Joanne Leah, Inés Estrada, Annalise Gratovich, Annie Alonzi, Drew Riley, Holly Bobisuth, and more.
    Reception: Fri., Feb. 16, 6-8pm
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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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    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 Blanton: Form into Spirit

    Here's a show exploring the conceptual origins of Ellsworth Kelly's last great work, the 2,715-square-foot freestanding building called Austin – a monumental structure with colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and 14 black-and-white stone panels in marble and granite – the opening of which coincides with this Carter E. Foster-curated exhibition.
    Feb 18-April 29
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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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    Umlauf Museum: Flight and Fall

    The popular venue offers a rich journey through classic archetypes as interpreted through Charles Umlauf’s sculptures and drawings.
    Through March 12
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Malcolm Bucknall

    A chameleon-like eclecticism has characterized his work to various distinct periods of art-historical influences and beyond, but the common thread in Bucknall's imagery is an animal-human mix. It's a vivid personal mythology that we've reveled in before and are excited to see the newest manifestations of here.
    Through March 3
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