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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Delicate Disorders

    Los Angeles-based Shelli Tollman's paintings, informed by her upbringing during the Apartheid era in South Africa, address the complex subject of diversity within the personal and political landscape. This exhibition of sinister fairytale works reflect Tollman's experience as an immigrant artist confronted with American culture.
    Through Oct. 18
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    Cloud Tree: Lorna Roberts

    Lorna Roberts (1942-2001) was an artist and medicine woman who created large vibrant works of art using oil on canvas in New York City’s Greenwich Village during the 1980s, mapping patterns of spiritual consciousness ad exploring themes of mythology and transcendence. Her daughter, Austin resident Aris Roberts-Kelly, has carefully kept these large dynamic paintings for decades, and this is the first exhibition for Roberts since her death.
    Through Sept. 20, by appointment only
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    Kelly Jensen: Body Talk

    The author (and Book Riot editor) will be in conversation, livestreamed via Zoom, with contributors to the Body Talk: 37 Voices Explore Our Radical Bodies anthology, in which writers, models, actors, musicians, and artists share essays, lists, comics, and illustrations about everything from size and shape to scoliosis, from eating disorders to cancer, from sexuality and gender identity to the use of makeup as armor.
    Thu., Sept. 17, 7pm. Free.  
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    La Peña: Art In Times of Pandemic & Resistance

    This timely exhibition is divided into three parts: an online exhibition at La Peña’s website; an on-site exhibition at La Peña gallery; a series of video interviews that will be available for the duration of the exhibit.
    Through Sept. 30. Free.
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    Northern-Southern: Baton

    This is a group show by relay, begun in July of 2020 as a method of socially distancing a community in the height of the pandemic: Artists took turns alone in the space, each adding to the exhibition. Now, as it nears its close, the exhibition resembles a community in which work converses and overlaps. With Adreon Henry, Vy Ngo, Dawn Okoro, Leon Alesi, Matt Steinke, Sev Coursen, Stella Alesi, and more.
    Closing reception: Sat., July 24, 3-9pm
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    Women & Their Work: Mask Auction

    First, let's note that they're calling this fundraising show "Cover Art," which, ha-ha, we love that. And then we'll go on to exclaim, holy shit! Have you seen the lineup of artists who've made these masks? Dawn Okoro. Laura Lit. Alyssa Taylor Wendt. John Mulvany. Beili Liu. Virginia Fleck. Denise Prince. Briar Bonifacio. Yuliya Lanina. And – ah, there's at least 60 more after that. Listen: "Although not all of the masks are wearable, they are all works of art. Whether you hang it on your wall or put it on your face, you will have a unique work that shows your support. Every dollar we raise through the Cover Art mask auction will go directly to our building fund." Note: The bidding's already begun, citizen!
    Through Sept. 28  
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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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    Ballet Austin: Classes Online

    While you're home, wherever you are across the world,: you can still take a dance, fitness, or Pilates class with Ballet Austin. Ballet, barre, contemporary dance, hip-hop, tap, cardio dance fitness, and Pilates out the wazoo, so to speak, because there are so many varieties to choose among, and all taught by professional instructors – and it's all available 24/7, just like the internets.
    $3-7 per class.  
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    Big Medium: Pressure

    Utilizing visual language as action, Austin artist Taylor Barnes allows her figures to challenge patterns of complacency and grab hold of power, allowing the Black female form to exist as a mindset that rejects mindless strength and claims self-preservation.
    Through Oct. 10. Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm
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    Books, Books, Books in the ATX

    Don’t forget, citizen: The best place to get your reading material is from Austin's own Malvern Books or HalfPrice Books or Black Pearl Books or Bookpeople or BookWoman stores – in-person or online. (And for the ultimate in vintage collectors' editions and unique works on paper, we recommend the excellent South Congress Books.)Or try Bookshop.org in general – because Bookshop, unlike the online behemoth named after a river, shares the profits among all its independent-bookstore members.
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    Bullock Texas State History Museum: This Light of Ours

    This show features images by activist photographers of the Civil Rights Movement, telling a visual story of the struggle against segregation, race-based disenfranchisement, and Jim Crow laws in the 1960s. These photos capture the day-to-day struggles of everyday citizens and their resolve in the face of violence and institutionalized discrimination – with more than a dozen additional images representing activism and protest in Austin's own history.
    Tuesdays-Sundays. Through Dec. 6
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    ChingonX Fire: Group Exhibit

    Inspired by the Mexican American Cultural Center's annual La Mujer celebration – and by the first feminist of the New World, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz – this online group exhibit is curated by April Garcia and features womxn-identifying and nongender-specific artists whose artwork is tied to activism, feminism, cultural. and gender identity storytelling, environmental protection, and socioeconomic parity.
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    ColdTowne TV

    "Set your dial to CTTV for at-home entertainment seven nights a week on ColdTowne’s Twitch channel, featuring experimental improv, live podcasts, scripted readings, guest characters, and more. Whether you’re a front row sitter or like to chill in the back, you can join the conversation with our interactive chat or just kick back and relax as you recline into cyberspace." And, this just in: In-person improv and sketch classes have returned! See website for details.
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    Davis Gallery: Full Circle

    This retrospective exhibition, "Full Circle: 40 Years of Making Art," reveals four decades of Caprice Pierucci's prolific career as a visual artist. Beginning in the 1980s with handmade paper impaled on wooden spikes, Pierucci's fascination with the colors of the cotton papers, jute, and pine she worked with launched her into a 40-year practice that's resulted in the sophisticated handcarved wooden forms for which she's become so well known.
    Through Oct. 17
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    Gender Unbound

    Throughout September, Gender Unbound is hosting a virtual showcase of newly commissioned work by trans and intersex artists and weekly livestreams of trans and intersex musicians, poets, storytellers, and artist interviews. (The Chronicle's Lilli Hime reports on it here.)
    Through Sept. 30  
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    GrayDUCK Gallery: Everything In Tune

    We're pretty much over-the-moon, tbh, about Amada Miller's series of works created from data collected by NASA’s Apollo Missions. Because we're the kind of concept-art-hatin' fiends who love concept art more than almost anything when it's done well and is redolent of research and effort and – oh, listen:"During the Apollo missions, astronauts placed seismometers on the moon and conducted experiments such as crashing spent modules onto the lunar surface. These experiments led to the discovery of moonquakes – vibrations that resonated within the moon’s core for so long that scientists described the sensation as the moon ringing like a bell."So, for this show, small fragments of real iron meteorites are suspended inside bells of handblown silicate glass, mimicking materials found on the lunar surface. "Everything In Tune" represents our moon’s natural orchestra – the handbells are instruments as much as they are objects, and each gallery visitor will be invited to activate the bells, giving sound to a moonquake. Bonus: graphite rubbings made to look like close-up images of the moon taken by astronauts in orbit, and gunpowder-scented vessels made from astronauts' descriptions after they smelled moon samples back inside the lunar lander.
    Through Sept. 20. Free.  
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    House of Mesmerize: Enter the Multiverse

    This interactive, gallery-style experience inside Austin's Native Hostel "follows the journey of Mesmer, an artist and amateur tinkerer who discovers a secret: we and our universe are not alone. Mesmer opens up a portal and is swallowed into the Multiverse and its infinite cosmic curiosities." The created environment features 15 unique art installations, with multiple paths and possibilities, and you know there'll be safety protocols to follow, too, to thwart those pesky 'ronas. ⁠Note: We'll be looking into this and getting back to you with a full report.
    Through Dec. 20. Thu.-Sun., 11am-11pm. $25.  
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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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    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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: County Road

    This exhibition of new photographs by Bryan Schutmaat is the artist's first presentation at LRG. The Houston native, now Austinite, began making his newest group of black-and-white pictures in the spring of 2020 ("just as pandemic fatigue was beginning to set in") while driving deserted back roads between Austin and Leon County, where his family has a farm. The gallery notes say: "Schutmaat's new body of work calls to mind Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel, Station Eleven, set 20 years after a virus wipes out 99% of the human population." (Sure – or perhaps it calls to mind one of these post-apocalyptic tales?) But this is some fine camera-work on display, and we recommend it highly.
    Through Nov. 7
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    MACC Galleries: Reopened!

    The Community Gallery and the Sam Z. Coronado Gallery in the Mexican-American Cultural Center reopen "with social distancing and additional health and safety precautions in place," and inviting reservations to see "Rosy Campanita, El Camino del Corazon, The Path of the Heart," which documents 13 years of struggle, persistence, and resilience between 2003-2016, and "Poética Textil/ Textile Poems," in which contemporary artists reveal their restlessness, inquiry, and research into the creation of fabric art via printing, weaving, and assemblage.
    Mon.-Fri., 10am-6pm. Donations accepted.  
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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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    Northern-Southern: No Outlet

    This is a group show of interventions and intentions at dead ends, sidewalk ends, cul-de-sacs, end-of-paths, and no-outlets, dispersed across Austin, with creations by Adreon Denson Henry, Amanda Julia Steinback, Amy Scofield, Emma Hadzi Antich, Laura Latimer, Leon Alesi, Mai Gutierrez, Ric Nelson, Sarah Fagan, Saul Jerome San Juan, Sean Ripple, Staci Maloney, and Tammy West.
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Rejina Thomas

    This new exhibition of paintings by Austin artist and community advocate Rejina Thomas "radiates energy, holding both the past and the present within the container of their frames, blurring the line between then and now." Note: In addition to viewing-by-appointment, the Prizer's front room will be lit from 8pm-midnight each night to allow viewings from outside the gallery and the artist will be live-painting on site.
    Through Sept. 30
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    SAGE Studio: Home Makers

    SAGE Studio, dedicated to connecting contemporary artists with disabilities to Texas’ broader arts community, presents its first virtual exhibition featuring work from 18 artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities from across the world. The art for this show was created at home during quarantine, when so many artists had to quickly shift their practices, alongside home-themed pieces that were made prior to the pandemic. Note: Works are available for viewing (and buying) online.
    Through Oct. 31
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    SUFFRAGE NOW: A 19th Amendment Centennial Exhibition

    On August 18, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, giving women the right to vote. On August 6, 2020, the Elisabet Ney Museum debuted this new show for which women photographers nationwide were invited to share photos that comment on the Centennial of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The most eloquent images were chosen and are included in this online exhibition.
    Through Jan. 31. Free.
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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 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 Social Distancing Festival

    This is an online community, as playwright and unstoppable force of creative nature Nick Green informs us, and it's been activated to "celebrate and showcase the work of the many artists around the world who have been affected by the need for social distancing that has come about due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)." It's not Austin-based, this virtual and ongoing festival of all kinds of performance arts, but damned if there aren't a few talented Austinites among the eclectic mix.
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf reopens its famed Garden to the general public. There won’t be any performances going on yet, as occasionally delighted crowds in the Before Times, but there will be all those expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright gardenscapes and tree-towered paths: Perfect for a strolling, fresh-air respite from yet another screenful of pixels in your all-too-familiar abode.: Note: The usual safety measures will be in effect: A limit of 30 visitors in the garden at a time; a one-way marked path to follow; masks and social distancing strongly encouraged; etc. (You know the routine: You’re an old hand at this pandemic shit by now, right?) Also, know that the Umlauf’s private-event rentals will resume with limited capacity set by local and state guidelines – and its summer camp program will proceed with those restrictions in mind, too.: See the museum’s website for details and to schedule an appointment.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Vault Stone Shop: Good Goods

    In which Chad Rea presents a social change souvenir shop that charitable consumers can peruse via the physical location's window or browse online. Choose from 28 single-edition art works by the activist artist, with a portion of the sales going to a nonprofit charity of your choice. Note: Donation amounts are assigned for each item and will be permanently printed on the signed artworks, so collectors can show off their good deeds.
    Through Sept. 17
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    Comedy

    Virtual Hideout

    So many shows, so many themes, such a freakin' panoply of improv talents at this Hideout that it makes the mind, how you say, boggle. Longtime house troupe Parallelogramophonograph sets the performance bar high AF, but damned if their everchanging roster of guests doesn't sometimes knock it right off. The Hideout's got a full weekly schedule of entertainments for you online, and even some in-person shows, now! (Of course, this may change. Stupid 'ronas.) Check that website, STAT.
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Carol Dawson

    Any birder with a "life list" – they'll want to see this show. Anybody who likes 1) birds or 2) brilliantly wielded watercolors or, especially, 3) both – they'll want to see this show, too. If you don't see it in person, OK, you're sheltering in place and decreasing the potential spread of this damned coronavirus, so thank you. But if you don't at least see it online, then I … I don't know what to tell you anymore, citizen. Because Dawson's work is, in its accuracy and composition, responding to the 18th and 19th century traditions of natural science illustration, it's as astonishingly beautiful as the creatures she depicts.
    Through Oct. 4
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    Women & Their Work: Likes Charge

    The newest exhibition by that remarkable digital savant Melanie Clemmons transforms the gallery into a livestream temple dedicated to reimagining networked technology as a medium for spiritual rejuvenation and metaphysical manifestation. Why, your Austin Chronicle's Brenner reviewed the show right here.
    Through Oct. 8
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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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    Yard Dog: Bill Miller

    Here's the renowned artist's latest work, assembled from salvaged linoleum flooring that he's collected over the years: Pastoral landscapes, pop portraits, sad and disturbing allegories, and pretty bungalows tucked into the woods.

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