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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 for the People: Robots in Rowboats

    The colorful artwork of Lauren Briére escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, adventures in rowboats, and more – with robots.
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    Austin Popular Culture Museum: The Ballad of Jim Franklin

    The timeless artwork of Jim Franklin – superbly talented artist, Austin icon, and treasure – inaugurates the new space of the museum formerly known as SouthPop, now up there just off North Lamar.
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    Butridge Gallery: Queers of Austin

    Ayla Erdener has created an exhibition celebrating those who have helped shape her life, her paintings depicting not only individuals, but the support, generosity, and safety she's found within the queer community.
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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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    Flatbed Press: Vitam Corporis: The Body in Print

    All hail! All hail the first exhibition in the brand new Flatbed HQ! Artists have long celebrated the human body in many ways. Visit this beloved gallery, now reborn in a fine new space, to continue the celebration of our own glorious vessels – featuring works by James Surls, Bob Schneider, Alice Leora Briggs, Robert Levers, Mary McCleary, Peter Nickel, and more.
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    Harry Ransom Center: Stories To Tell

    This is a rotating exhibition conveying stories of inspiration, innovation, collaboration, and frustration often associated with the creative work of leading writers and artists. The show currently features posters from the golden age of magic, rare early photography from Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, visual interpretations of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, highlighted works by Jane Austen, and more.
    Free.
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Drawing Tense

    The Brazilian artist Lucas Simões "thinks of his new works as drawings, even though they carry no graphite and have some dimensionality. He draws with an industrial laser, cutting angular or curved shapes into blackened steel plates, essentially turning them into elaborate paperclips that pinch, pull, and compress his trademark stacks of tracing paper." It's like … a little metal shibari for sheets of pulp? Ingenious, to be sure, and visually intriguing.
    Reception: Sat., Nov. 16, 6-8pm
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Federal Triangle

    Here's a new series of images shot in and around Washington, D.C., with which photographer Mike Osborne might provoke a slightly paranoid twitch in your potentially surveilled soul. Bonus: Leon Polk Smith in the Project Room annex.
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    MACC: Tierra Sagrada/ Sacred Land

    For this new show, native Texan artist Jesus Toro Martinez has converted items from our collective carelessness, aluminum cans, restaurant take out containers, old newspapers, plastic cups, plastic grocery bags, and on and on and on, into landscapes of Texas.
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Dia de Los Muertos

    It's the Downtown museum's annual Día de Los Muertos and Community Altars exhibition, bringing the dead to Austin and Austin back to life with a panoply of artists' macabre yet celebratory creations.
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Back To Basics

    Featuring works by John Mark Luke, Joyce Stephen, and Nina Mihn. Bonus: AVAFest!
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    Recspec Gallery: Demons & Devils

    That's right, one of Austin's best little galleries is back – bigger and better than ever, now in a new space south of the river. And what a way to inaugurate this fresh venue – with a sort of sequel to last year's excellent "Witches" show, this one curated by Laurel Barickman and Katie Cowden and featuring a plethora of artists drawing their subjects from folklore and occultism's darker spaces and from deep inside the shadows of human nature. They're embracing – and displaying – all of it here, though: the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the holy and the evil in everyone. The devil, as we know, is in the details.
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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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    Texas Folklife Gallery: La Música

    Here's an exhibition of the paintings of Roel Flores, who taught himself to paint his experiences as a migrant worker and resident in Weslaco, Texas, as a way to preserve his memories and inspire future generations.
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    The Blanton Museum: Medieval Monsters

    From griffins and giants to demons and dragons, monsters have enthralled people throughout time. In medieval art and literature, these fanciful creatures give form to fears, curiosities, and fantasies of the unfamiliar and the unknown. This new exhibition, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, presents a lively array of monsters that appear in more than 50 illuminated manuscripts from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Each of the three sections of the exhibition – Terrors, Aliens, and Wonders – will explore the ways monsters functioned as the embodiment of power, the representation of marginalized groups in society, or the inspiration for awe.
    Through Jan. 12  
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    The Contemporary Austin: The Sorceror's Burden

    The complex relationship between contemporary art and anthropology shapes the subject of "The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn," an 11-artist exhibition representing a wide range of media – including painting, sculpture, photography, video, and performance.
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    The People's Gallery: Exhibition 2019

    Here's the 15th annual exhibition at Austin City Hall, presenting a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing, and other media by 113 local artists. This year, the exhibition includes a special selection of photographs: The Bold Beauty Project of Texas, featuring images of Texas women with disabilities taken by photographers from across the state.
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    The Umlauf: Michael Ray Charles

    Yeah, no, this is a monumental showing of work – including a series of paintings commissioned for the exhibition – by one of the best, most provocative artists working on this planet. The former Austinite (he taught at UT for 20 years) Michael Ray Charles "is known for art that investigates the legacy of historic racial stereotypes of African Americans. Since the 1990s, he's created complex, layered paintings that challenge stereotypes, power dynamics, and social and cultural hierarchies." Ah, words can't even – but our Arts Editor Robert Faires offers a fine preview right here.
    Through Jan. 3  
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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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    Visual Arts Center: Fall 2019

    The fall array of exhibitions at UT's Visual Arts Center features Nikita Gale's "EASY LISTENING," Kenneth Tam's "Details," Maria Antelman's "Mechanisms of Affection," Saakred's "Sin Nombre, Sin Cuerpo," and more.
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