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    Austin Design Week

    Every year, ADW invites designers, organizations, agencies, and companies to host free workshops, studio tours, panels, talks, installations, and interactive events centered around a theme that challenges us to consider the role of design in improving our communities and ourselves. And this year, of course, it's going (mostly) online – the easier for you to check out such timely presentations as "The Antiracism Activation Kit," "Designing a Field Hospital for COVID Patients," and "Embrace Your Colors: Code-Switching While Working Remotely During a Pandemic."
    Through Nov. 13. Free.  
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral Of The Galaxy"(1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
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    Art for the People: Where the Bots Begin

    Lauren Briére’s art escorts the viewer on a visual journey into outer space, the fun of sports, walks in nature, and various adventures and shenanigans, as Art for the People showcases 200-plus sketches that are the artist's penciled beginnings to creating her whimsical "Robots in Rowboats."
    Through Jan. 3
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jun Kaneko

    Ceramics master Kaneko is increasingly drawn to installations that promote civic interaction, having completed more than 60 public art commissions – including a 250-foot-long tile wall at Aquarium Station in Boston, a three-story wall at the University of Connecticut, and an 88-foot-tall Glass Tower at Omaha's Buffett Cancer Center. (Other large permanent installations can be seen in Osaka, Japan; Kansas City, MO; and at the International Finance Center in Shanghai, China.) Most recently, the artist's been working at the Cuernavaca Raku ceramics studio, experimenting with new glazes and the unpredictability of raku. And now here's a show of his fierce sculptural creations, right there at the BCA outpost in Canopy.
    Through Nov. 30
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    Bee Cave Arts Foundation: Dark Sky Photography

    Note: This exhibition is on on display at "The Hive" in the Hill Country Galleria. See website for more.
    Through Nov. 28. Free.
    12700 Hill Country Blvd.
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    Big Medium: Adiós, Amén, Hasta Luego

    "For almost two decades, Federico Archuleta has been a part of Austin’s landscape. More than likely you’ve interacted with his art while dining, shopping, walking, and enjoying the city of Austin." And even that is a Big Medium understatement, as "Archuleta's continued presence in the East Austin Studio Tour, community events, and the walls of local businesses has infused his art and musical influences throughout the city." And now the gallery's got an exhibition of the man's transcendent stencil works in their airy interior, and you can make an appointment to view them in person (Thu.-Sat., noon-6pm, masks required, maximum of 10 guests at a time).
    Through Dec. 5
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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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    Camiba Art: Intersecting Stories

    Make an appointment to check out the new and classic works of local artist Adreon Henry, is what we're recommending right now. Camiba has curated up a fine exhibition of the man's heavily handworked, woven-vinyl, eroded-screenprint, polychrome creations to dazzle your mind and entice fantasies of having such things displayed on your own walls.
    Through Nov. 21
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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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    Davis Gallery: Evidence of the Search

    The scientists say that the out-of-doors is a good place to avoid those 'ronas that may accrue in crowded, enclosed places, and the scientists know what they're talking about. But did you know that looking at beautiful paintings of the out-of-doors can ward off the weltschmerz that attends a lousy pandemic like what we're all dealing with right now? This reporter swears it's true! Luckily, Davis Gallery is featuring new paintings by Laurel Daniel, whose recent body of work "focuses on well-known surroundings: big skies, colorful Hill Country landscapes, and bountiful florals. The collection includes both smaller plein air paintings finished on location and larger pieces completed in the studio." And you can even book a masked, safely distanced viewing visit with the artist for the show's opening.
    Through Nov. 25
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    EighteenFifteen Gallery: Wresting Place

    This exhibition of new works by Amanda Fay and Anton Chavez "calls to attention the struggles involved in the pursuit of The American Dream. The works featured act both as protest and homage to the trials and tribulations faced by the working class and the sociopolitical circumstances that act as obstacles towards upward mobility." See website for details.
    Through Nov. 26  
    1815 Rosewood
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    Forklift Danceworks: Portraits at Downs Field

    It's the culminating piece of Forklift's year-long residency at Downs Field in East Austin: Portraits of the Downs Field community by photographer Cindy Elizabeth, installed at the field for everyone to see. The project explores the importance of Downs Field to the continual flourishing of baseball in Texas, through the past, present, and future.
    Through Jan. 4
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    Georgetown Art Center: Book Passage

    Yeah, sometimes we just can't help but pimp – er, we mean promote – this arty bastion that's so up north it makes us think twice as we glance at our long-suffering Isuzu. But, listen, this is a show of reclaimed books that have been altered in extraordinary ways by Janice Anderson and John Sager – via collage, via paint, via outright sculpting of the materials. Anderson is new to us, but we saw a few of Sager's bibliophilic alterations over a decade ago and we're still talking about their beauty even now. Recommended, and definitely worth the trip. (Bonus: Check out the excellent Lark & Owl bookstore while you're there, too.)
    Through Jan. 3
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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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    Joe/Kamala Yard Art on Bellvue

    There, across 14 front yards on Bellvue Avenue: A sign of hope! Signs of hope, actually – the pro-Biden/Harris (or, as the artist puts it, Joe/Kamala) artworks of Austin's David Hefner. It's an excellent opportunity for a lift-up-your-spirits drive-by or walking tour: good stuff, visually, even beyond its message. Also a good excuse – go ahead, do it – to check out that Hefner's website, peruse some of the other works he's done.
    Mayyyybe through Inauguration Day?
    Bellvue Avenue, between 42nd & 45th, two blocks west of Lamar
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Mexic-Arte Museum

    Day of the Dead In observance of the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos, Mexic-Arte Museum presents the 37th annual Day of the Dead exhibition, paying tribute to the tradition that celebrates the return of the dead, featuring community altars and a special showing of artwork from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection. ELA 25: Intersection: Shock & Relief This annual show, formally known as Young Latinx Artists, celebrates the last 25 years of exhibitions, featuring the work of emerging Latinx artists as curated by Dr. George Vargas and revealing two new murals on the museum’s exterior Fifth Street wall.
    Through Nov. 22
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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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    Prizer Arts & Letters: People the We

    This is a collaborative exhibition by Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen, conceived in the wake and continuing aftermath of the Black Lives Matter uprisings that were reignited in May 2020. "Over a series of masked and socially distanced exchanges, mostly in the natural spaces outside both their studios, Aguilera and Makonnen tried to give form to the overwhelming personal and collective emotions of rage, disappointment, exhaustion, and bruised hope that they experienced in the last six months. Cultivating their continuous curiosity about the relationship between symbols and collective identity, transnationality and diaspora perspectives, as well as history's inextricable hold on the present, Aguilera and Makonnen introduce new multimedia work in conversation with existing work to reflect on this (re)current moment in our country." Recommended: Make an appointment for viewing; check out the gallery's front window for a preview.
    Through Jan. 3
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    Stephen L. Clark Gallery: Lance Letscher

    An exhibition of new collage works by Austin's own Lance Letscher might be just the thing we need to ground us in these tumultuous times. Or, contrarily, to lift us above the unnerving political fray. That whole thing about art "comforting the afflicted," right? Many of us are trending rather afflicted of late, and the artist's painstaking paper creations will, we insist, mitigate that visually, through graphic reinvention of previous forms, offering a reassuring sense of patterns and meaning to our eyes.
    Through Dec. 26. Tue.-Sat., 11am-4pm
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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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    The Blanton Museum of Art: Expanding Abstraction

    In the early 20th century, Western artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time. Several decades later, abstraction's practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques: Dripping, pouring, staining, and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of non-traditional media such as acrylic and industrial paints. Artists also ditched the flat, rectangular format to create sculptural texture and dimensionality. Now, can you guess whose corporate collection is particularly strong in such paintings of the 1960s and '70s? If you guessed "The Blanton Museum of Art," then you'll especially want to get an eyeful of this major new show, subtitled "Pushing the Boundaries of Painting in the Americas," organized by the venue's own Carter E. Foster.
    Through Jan. 10  
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    The Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

    This place, ah, it's one of our favorite places in the entire city; and of course they're properly corona-closed. But check 'em out online right now – it's a rich, wonder-filled website – to whet your appetite for when things get back to … uh … are we still calling it "normal," these days?
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    The Otto: Towards a New Beauty

    New work from Denise Prince! With so much of life seeming to have turned upside-down, the artist's latest in her Captivating, Not Captive series intervenes to turn us towards courage. Safely enjoy this Eastside exhibition of framed photographs from the sidewalk, night or day – with onsite links to video and more.
    Through Nov. 22. Free.
    1201 E. Cesar Chavez
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    Vault Stone Shop: Saints & Intermediaries

    All praise! Here is the full exhibition of what Vault Stone Shop featured in their front window this summer: A visual conversation about the role of spiritual intermediaries in our modern society, explored via homage to St. Elmo (the patron saint of sailors and abdominal pain, btw) by seven superlative Austin artists. Yes, you can (safely) view the show in-person via appointment and witness up-close the wholly engaging creations of Elizabeth Chapin, Emma Hadzi Antich, CP Harrison, Meena Matocha, Hayley Morrison, Saul Jerome San Juan, and Meghan Shogan.
    Through Nov. 29
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    Women & Their Work: Brianna McIntyre

    "My goal at Women & Their Work," says Brianna McIntyre, "is to experiment with textile waste as a viable, usable, buildable material." Using a previous bent lamination shelf design as a template, she'll create structured forms that show the visual continuity and material evolution of the design.
    Through Dec. 12
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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