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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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    PrintAustin 2021

    Artists, curators, galleries, and museums come together to present more than 30 print-focused exhibitions, artist and curator talks, workshops, and demonstrations taking place during PrintAustin's monthlong festival. With both safe in-person and online events, the 2021 program will appeal to all levels of printmakers, collectors, and dilettantes. See our coverage here for more.
    Through Feb. 15
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    147 Devices for Integrated Principles

    Big Medium presents a new collaboration between Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn, and Peter Stopschinski. "Rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles is informed by the artists’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey." The result: A sensational new work of installation that features photography, video, sculpture, and an interactive closing Zoom event. Entry by appointment only.
    Through Feb. 27  
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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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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print: 5 X 5

    Big Medium and PrintAustin present this international exhibition juried by Delita Martin of Black Box Press Studio. The virtual showcase features the work of artists from the U.S., Australia, and Slovenia, providing a broad survey of printmaking happening across the globe. Including Chloe Alexander, John Klosterman IV, Oliver Pilic, Laura Post, and Cleo Wilkinson.
    Through Feb. 15
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    Camiba Art: ReRoot

    This, Orna Feinstein’s fourth solo show with the acclaimed gallery, is a meticulously curated exhibit that presents new works from the artist's concrete-based Dendro Beton sculptural series alongside never-before-seen works from her Branch and Rooted series of monoprints on paper.
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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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    Cloud Tree Studio: We Talk to Colors

    Rachel Koper is the curator of this group show of paintings. "I just wanted to fill the space with color and paintings," she tells us. "It's a salon-style hanging of pieces with gestural realism and some abstracts, just this colorful mix of oil and acrylic artworks." Sure, and since the group of artists includes Chris Chappell, John Cobb, Heyd Fontenot(!), Yamin Li, Andrea Munoz Martinez, John Mulvany, Johari Palacio, Charles Randolph, and Koper herself – well, we're excited to see this stuff. Check the website to make your appointment soon.
    Through Feb.23
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    Davis Gallery: As the World Stood Still

    This is a retrospective of the creative journey that painter Kevin Greer started alone inside his studio during the lockdown that continued through this past month. You want to see some vivid, multicolored abstractions like strategically shattered shards of somebody's lysergic and fire-marked dreams? Then, says Brenner, you should see this.
    Through March 6
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    Dimension Gallery: Polarity

    This latest installation by Colin McIntyre balances subtle extremes of light and sound, featuring a constructed setting that's a rhomboid chamber of red on red. Into this incarnadine vault the sculptor has engineered neon light and sound that plays through cymatic devices to oscillate fluids at the frequency of a specific tone. Note: This is an in-person event inside the gallery, for one to two people at a time, with a strict face mask and social distancing policy.
    Through Feb. 28
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    grayDUCK Gallery: A Study of Fences

    Renee Lai's new work focuses on the picket fence, a structure she associates with the traditional suburban American home, and explores what gets included and what gets excluded in the vision of American society.
    Through Feb. 7  
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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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    ICOSA: Meet Me at the Water

    Inside the front window of ICOSA, Kate Csillagi and Brooke Gassiot create scapes using video, mixed media, and shadow play. Note: The exhibition is viewable through the glass only to ensure everyone can safely peer inside at any hour of the day. "Please wear your mask and come check it out."
    Through Feb. 14
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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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    Link & Pin: Sanando: Healing

    This community altarpiece and show by Kill Joy, whose work is an interpretation of world mythology and a study of ancient symbols, is presented in conjunction with Print Austin.
    Through Feb. 14
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Attachment

    Deanna Miesch's new gallery on the Eastside debuts with an exhibition of drawings and sculptural works by Austin's Stephen Daly.
    Reception: Fri. Feb. 26, 6-10pm
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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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    Martha's Contemporary: Always Moving

    Chicago-based textile artist Siena Smith presents her first solo exhibition with this new Austin gallery. Smith uses "the mesh of a computer-interface digital loom and her own hands to weave mellifluous and mazelike artworks," and the results are beautiful and engaging.
    Through Feb. 20
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: Mexico, the Border, and Beyond

    Mexic-Arte Museum presents an exhibition of selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. collection, an array of work that is considered one of the most important Latinx art collections in the United States.
    Through May 30
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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: 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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    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 Austin: "I'm" and "Bible Eye"

    Austin-born and internationally acclaimed, Deborah Roberts critiques notions of beauty, the body, race, and identity in contemporary society through the lens of Black children. (Her first solo museum presentation in Texas, "I'm," is part of The Contemporary Austin's participation in the Feminist Art Coalition – a nationwide initiative of art institutions to generate awareness of feminist thought, experience, and action through exhibitions and events.) Norway's Torbjørn Rødland works with analog technology and readymade spaces to create photographs that render the everyday uncanny. His images blend the cool, seductive aestheticism of commercial and fashion photography with the layered complexity of a conceptual practice, resulting in ambivalent perspectives that both attract and repulse.
    Through Aug. 15  
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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 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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    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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    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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