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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: Within the Stand, Under the Habit

    It's a veritable framed forest of a three-artist show in this still-fresh new gallery, with works by Cade Bradshaw, Charles Heppner, and Madeline Irvine using a variety of media to explore the relationship of people to the physical form of trees.
    Closing reception: Sun., Oct. 7, 2-5pm
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    Big Medium: Quick and Quiet

    This solo exhibition features Galveston-based artist a review of the work.)
    Through Oct. 6
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    Camiba Art: Holding Patterns

    Following a 2016 adventure with a Hopi pottery collector through the Southwest, Edward Lane McCartney returned to his studio to explore – in ceramics, in metals, in gemstones – the concepts of landscape and topography. The results form the four main series of this show that opens Camiba's new season: Typecast, Canyon Suite, Arabesques, Formations.
    Through Oct. 13
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    Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

    This exhibition is enhanced with artifacts providing historical context for the paintings, rich with the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. Also, Rodeo: The Exhibition. Boy howdy, it's the history of the Texas rodeo – vibrant, interactive, and fully documented in this fine new show.
    Through Jan. 2. $9-13.
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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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    Crabtree Roth Gallery: Upon Hearing the #News

    Continuing the exhibition theme and name from his solo show at GSD&M during SXSW – visceral responses to the endless flood of absurd news headlines that we can no longer ignore or escape – Chad Rea continues to add to the ongoing series with new pieces almost as regularly as the news does.
    Through Oct. 9
    2830 E. MLK
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    Davis Gallery: De/Construction

    This three-person exhibit featuring the work of Austin artists Joseph Hammer, Chun Hui Pak, and Gabe Langholtz focuses on each artist’s ability to dismantle their subjects and reimagine them into new compositions.
    Through Oct. 20
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Serene Disturbance

    Listen: "Scattered along the shores of a growing lake, small volcanic rocks disintegrate from endless fractures. Left behind in the wake of a glacier’s now constant recession, these scarred tokens from the mountain show an array of colorful shards between their dark crevices." And this new exhibition by Dameon Lester is the exploration of one such rock, transmediated via modest materials and repetitive minimal shapes, abstractly focusing on our cause and effect with nature.
    Through Oct. 28
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    Guzu Gallery: Boston Hardcore

    That's Boston Terriers, to be specific, as Guzu presents a Terrier Cvlt exhibition of pop-culture creativity celebrating the renowned black-and-white breed, featuring work by artists from all over the country.
    Through Sept. 30
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    Harry Ransom Center: Archaeology and Romance

    Ed Ruscha, anyone? We'll bet yeswe're big fans ourselves – and now here's a diverse selection of the celebrated American artist’s books, photographs, drawings, and pprints. With archival production materials, preliminary sketches, and studio notebooks; with more than 150 objects providing visitors an unprecedented look into Ruscha's creative process. And the Chronicle's Melany Jean tells more about this show right here.
    Through Jan. 6
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Gumbo of Gravel

    Here's an exhibition of lithographs and sculpture by Ed Ruscha. "Paradox and absurdity have just always been really delicious to me," says the artist. "I've always been dead serious about being nonsensical."
    Through Nov. 3
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Viva la Vida

    This exhibition presents Mexic-Arte’s 35-year quest to educate the public about the significance of Dia de los Muertos, offering displays of art, ofrendas, and archival materials as a historical survey and a testament to the holiday’s unique character in the region.
    Through Nov. 25
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    Old Bakery Gallery: The Strange and Familiar

    Featuring artists Beatrice Baldwin, Helen Faythe Green, Pat Molina, and Jennifer Polnaszek.
    Through Oct. 3. free.
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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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    SouthPop: 14th Anniversary Exhibition

    Almost a decade and a half of SouthPop already? Yes, and now the venue that celebrates all the long strange years of live-music Austin that have gone before, now that bastion of funky cultural puissance on South Lamar brings an eclectic show of works from the permanent collection to their storied walls.
    Through Sept. 29. $5.
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    Submerge Gallery: Wide Open Spaces

    Landscape paintings by Gay Gaddis, inspired by the skies above the artist's working Texas Longhorn ranch.
    Through Oct. 12
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    Taking it to the Streets: A Visual History of Protest and Demonstration in Austin

    The Austin History Center's latest exhibit spotlights local efforts to create social change over the decades, including the Civil Rights and Women's Liberation movements. Residents are invited to upload personal photos of recent marches and rallies for inclusion.
    Through Oct. 28. Free.  
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    The Contemporary Austin: Other Forms of Life

    If someone's going to be presenting other forms of life, how lucky for those forms and for the viewers of those forms, that it's the New York–based artist Huma Bhabha, here offering an unforgettable array of human, alien, god, plant, animal, and machinelike entities, rendered in her unique combination of representation and abstraction, in two dimensions and three, in whatever media works best. Celebrated in professional art circles, welcomed with a mixture of wonder and fear by ordinary citizens with eyes to see, Bhabha's creations provide an infusion of transgenre brilliance and savagery that Austin, in particular, needs right about now.
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    The UMLAUF Prize Exhibition: Slippery Clump

    Prize juror Sedrick Huckaby has selected French Canadian sculptor Shanie Tomassini as this year's winner, and so the artist receives a full exhibition of her work, featuring oversized sculptures, fountains, and negative-space forms installed throughout the Umlauf’s six-acre site. And what does the Chronicle's Melany Jean have to say about this?
    Through Nov. 4
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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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    Wally Workman Gallery: Carol Dawson

    Is it because living creatures are mostly water, is that why the medium of watercolor works so well in capturing the image of an animal or plant? You could spiel out some metaphysical fantasy to that effect, sure; but the more concrete truth of the matter is this: It takes a painter with the talent, skill, and intent of Carol Dawson to render visuals accurate enough to express the inherent beauty of this world's flora and fauna. Now here's the local writer and artist's fourth solo show at WWG, with a bounty of birds among the botanicals, and the whole thing just about makes the heart take flight.
    Through Sept. 29
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