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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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    Thee JFK Art Conspiracy Show

    Right, so, JFK (of those punk thrashers called The Flood) is having an artshow opening here – and performing an acoustic set of "sad, pathetic, starvin' artist songs" at 8pm.
    Wed., Aug. 11, 6-10pm
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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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    Art for the People Gallery: Lightful

    Hallie Rae Ward's solo show "Lightful" is delightful, resplendent with the artist's polychrome, fiber-wrapped beams all lit from within and glowing out spectra of energy along the wall of this lively gallery (which currently hosts a group show, too) on South First.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Beyond Van Gogh

    This traveling spectacle of art, a multimedia exhibition currently ensconced at the COTA, uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Vincent Van Gogh. Repurposing the artist's dreams, his thoughts, and his words to drive the experience as a narrative, this huge installation will move you along projection-swathed walls wrapped in light, colour, and shapes that swirl, dance and refocus into flowers, cafes and landscapes. As a certain Dude might comment, "This is extremely fuckin' trippy, man." Make your reservations now, citizen, and if the price seems a bit steep, hell, you can probably tap your brother Theo for a loaner, amirite?
    Through Sept. 5. Daily, 11am-9pm. $37 ($24, children).  
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    Big Medium: Markers

    Witness here the individual and collaborative work of Kel Brown, Russell Brxwn, and Emily Eisenhart, who explore the rhythmic language of lines, color, and minimal paint strokes, leaving their marks across the city, working on the sides of buildings, the surfaces of everyday functional objects, textiles, and more.
    Through Aug. 28
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    Camiba Art: Synergy & Synthesis

    Kate Bradshaw-David’s solo exhibit features works on wood panels and paper, the artist's careful use of gouache and acrylics creating artworks that immerse viewers in imaginary worlds of color, line, and visual texture.
    Through Aug. 28
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    Cloud Tree: If These Walls Could Talk

    Ah, this, citizen: This here is a seven-artist exhibition – featuring Tim Kerr, Niz, Jeremy Burks, Gayla Partridge, Kenneth Holland, Jeff Wheeler, and Win Wallace – curated by Rachel Koper and the abovenamed Wallace, that attempts to reincarnate those "punk creepy shows" (cf., "Hallowed Ground") that used to palpitate the creative hearts at Gallery Lombardi back in the day. You remember those glory years, right? And here, now, each artist brings their voice and style to plaster the Cloud Tree gallery walls with a diversity of figurative pieces. Bonus: Robert Faires reviews the show here.
    Through Aug. 29
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    DAC: Luminous Mo:ments and River Story

    In these new exhibitions at the Dougherty Arts Center, Sarah Luna's "Luminous Mo:ments" explores the inner life of ordinary materials as revealed through the photographic process and Michelle Gardella's "River Story" is an ongoing portrait series of women that spans twelve years and multiple rivers across the United States.
    Through Aug. 28. Mon.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 11am-3pm
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    Davis Gallery: Flora and Fauna

    Right, so we're crazy excited about this show, because 1) we're all about the flora and the fauna; 2) the show includes new pieces by that relatively unsung genius of arcane sculptural work, Steve Brudniak; and 3) this is a group exhibition "focused on the depth and variety of Davis Gallery's family of artists." Yes! And if you don't already know how impressive, how basically aesthetically badass, that diversity of makers is, citizen, then this "Flora and Fauna" gig will be the perfect introduction for you.
    Through Sept. 25
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    Flatbed Press: The Way Back Show

    Flatbed's first 15 years (1990-2005) were awash with experimentation and risk. These attributes, along with Flatbed's ability to produce pristine impressions, became hallmarks of the place. Now here's an exhibition of works curated from that heady time, featuring prints by Terry Allen, Michael Ray Charles, Melissa Miller, Kelly Fearing, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jack Hanley, Sandria Hu, Luis Jimenez, James Surls, and more.
    Through Aug. 21. Wed.-Fri., 10am-5pm
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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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    La Peña Gallery: Black Activism In the 1970s

    "Serving the Community: Black Activism in the 1970s" documents radical black activities in the Seventies through a series of photographs taken by acclaimed photographer and activist Alan Pogue.
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Hypocrisies, Accommodations, and Polite Twaddle

    Colby Bird returns to Austin as artist-in-residence at this excellent Downtown gallery, to create an exhibition of new works that will be his sixth solo project here.
    Through Sept. 11
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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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    MACC: 21/ Veintiuno

    The Mexican-American Cultural Center presents this new virtual exhibition by Ender Martos, featuring multiple digital photographs of the acclaimed artist’s work arranged in three thematic periods of 21 years that represent the artist’s past, present, and future.
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    MACC: Colores de Mi Alma

    The Mexican American Cultural Center presents this: vibrant new show of works from Austin native Amado Castillo III.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Mexic-Arte: Mexico, the Border, and Beyond

    Mexic-Arte Museum presents selections from the Juan Antonio Sandoval Jr. Collection, one of the most important Latinx art collections in the U.S., representing much of the unique history and culture of the borderlands or la frontera.
    Through Aug. 22. $10.  
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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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    Recspec Gallery: If You Stay In a Place Like This

    Alluringly weird new photographic works by Rosalie Anderson supercharge the wonderground that is this ongoing online gallery.
    Through Aug. 31  
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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 Blanton: From the Collection of Jack Shear

    In 1999, the photographer and art collector Jack Shear co-organized an exhibition at New York’s Drawing Center: "Drawn from Artist’s Collections." This new show at the Blanton is curated by Shear "in an exploratory, free-flowing manner in which the forms, compositions and colors on the sheets respond to one another in a playful, non-traditional hang."
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    The Blanton: Sedrick Huckaby

    Texas-based artist Sedrick Huckaby explores psychology, community, and the human condition in his powerful portraits painted from life. The catalog notes say: "Through his virtuoso facility with oil paint, Huckaby utilizes texture, dimensionality, and intensely saturated colors to extraordinary expressive effect." Says the artist himself: "The African-American family and its heritage has been the content of my work for several years. In large-scale portraits of family and friends I try to aggrandize ordinary people by painting them on a monumental scale."
    Through Dec. 5  
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    The Bullock Museum: Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow

    This powerful show, a traveling exhibition organized by the New-York Historical Society, explores the transformative years after the Civil War and the rise of Jim Crow, centering on stories of African Americans who pursued the ideals of Reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system promoting racial inequality.
    Through Nov. 28
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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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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Street Kings: RISK + Blek le Rat

    This new show highlights two graffiti masters who have catalyzed the movement worldwide.
    Through Aug. 22  
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    Women & Their Work: We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want.

    This initial exhibition in W&TW's new permanent space examines how the idea of feminism continues to be one that has many definitions, depending on the lens through which it is viewed. Curator Vicki Meek invited artists “whose artwork and lives intrigue me and who all take an unapologetic view of their world, to come together in a collective conversation around issues of feminism and humanism." Featuring art by Nida Bangash, Lauren Cross, Rehab El Sadek, Angela Faz, Pallavi Govindnathan, Lahib Jaddo, Pat Johnson, Lovie Olivia, and Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga.
    Through Sept. 21

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