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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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    Precision Camera: Winter Expo

    This year's free classes include courses on videography, street photography, shooting landscapes, personal branding, and more – among meetups with reps from Canon, Sony, Nikon, Lumix, OM Digital, Tamron, and Fujifilm.
    Fri.-Sat., Dec. 3-4, 10am-6pm. Free.  
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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 as they move to the Arboretum. (No, srsly: It's happening.)
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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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    Amado M. Peña Retrospective

    The Assemblage Contemporary Craftsman Gallery in Buda presents this retrospective of original paintings and drawings by Amado M. Pena Jr.
    Through Dec. 24
    306 S. Main #106, Buda
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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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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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    Christian-Green Gallery: The Black Index

    The artists featured in this show — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. Using drawing, performance, printmaking, sculpture, and digital technology to transform the recorded image, these artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding.
    Through Dec. 11. Wed.-Fri., noon-5pm; Sat., 11am-2pm  
    201 E. 21st
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    Cloud Tree: This is Knowhere

    This three-person exhibition (at one of the Eastside's brightest gallery gems) showcases that wood-sculpting genius Aaron Michalovic, folk artist Adam Young, and Camille Woods with her pop-cowboy aesthetic.
    Through Dec. 5
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    Co-Lab Projects: will you meet me by the river’s edge

    The sculptural practice of Yeni Mao engages in issues of fragmentation, exploring equations of the body and architecture through restraint, domination and absence. In his new installation at Co-Lab, Mao engages with concepts of animism and ancestral knowledge through ceramic, steel, and leather sculptural elements.
    Through Dec. 11  
    5419 Glissman
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    Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams

    The Contemporary Austin presents the first-ever museum survey of works by Daniel Johnston. "Step into the surreal universe of this visionary musician and artist, filled with love, loss, ghosts, aliens, superheroes, and the eternal battle between good and evil."
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Ongoings

    Marie Elena Ely’s show at the Ney Museum is a collection of photo/collage/paintings and prints.
    Through Jan. 9
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Rooms

    In which Katy Horan, that unnerving wrangler of graphic mythology, shifts her focus away from female archetypes and folklore to explore some of the harder things we go through in life: Violence, loss, mental illness, fear, and trauma. "I turned mostly to film, music, and my own life experience for inspiration," says the artist, "and almost three years later, this show is the result."
    Through Jan. 9  
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    Guzu Gallery: Anime Wonderland

    More than 30 local artists deck the walls with vivid spectacle as this powerhouse of a pop culture gallery hosts its first show in two years, each artist inspired by Japanese animation — from classic to modern anime (and everything between). It's Guzu's biggest exhibition yet, with all prints, sculptures, and paintings available for purchase – in person or online. Note: Let's all love Lain.
    Through Dec. 31
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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: Worn, Torn, Cut & Calloused

    New works by Jonas Criscoe and Sarah Hirneisen explore the aesthetics of detritus and decay through the lenses of surface, form, material, and composition.
    Through Jan. 8
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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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    Lydia Street Gallery: The Maximalists

    The works of ceramicist Jennifer Prichard and painter Brooke MacKenzie are devoted to excess, created with a sufficiency of devotion, often exceeding expectations of color, texture, visual power. There's a whole lot going on here, we mean to say.
    Through Dec. 23
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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 Museum: MX 21 – Resistance, Reaffirmation, and Resilience

    Throughout 2021, Mexico is commemorating major events in history: the falling of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlán, the invasion by Spain, and the Independence of Mexico. Mexic-Arte Museum presents this vibrant group exhibition and programs in conjunction with Mexico’s 2021 events, reaffirming their common cultural history. Also: "Los Pueblos Originarios," featuring photos of continuing traditions by Mary J. Andrade; and Las Flores – La Vida, a new show displaying flower-themed art from more than 200 local and regional artists.
    Through Feb. 27. $7.  
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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: Far In

    The amazing maker Laura Lit has summoned the full range of her experience in painting, film makeup, special effects, and architectural restoration to create these new animal-sized wall reliefs of wood, resin, and clay. Twelve of these brilliants will hang in Northern-Southern, each "a deliberate dreaming, a spirit made solid, a tether to within." Note: The artist will be present at a Happy Hour every Friday, 4-6pm, throughout the run of the show.
    Through Dec. 18
    107 E. Fifth
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: Vecino

    Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's new exhibition of (absolutely stunning) photographs “looks to explore the unique and distinctive sense of spirit that defines the Holly Street neighborhood, the place where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. For me, this spirit has always been fostered by my neighbors. The stories of these kindred spirits, old-timers, families and folks have shaped my sense of home. Together, they are my 'Genius Loci,' the keepers of the spirit of the neighborhood."
    Closing reception: Sat., Jan. 29, 4-8pm
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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: 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 Blanton: Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler

    Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011), a key figure in the development of color-field painting, was a tireless experimenter with color, form, and technique. This exhibition celebrates the generous gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
    Through Feb. 20
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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 Future Present

    The Museum of the Future Present is "a visual mixtape of space, time, and mind," with musicians, performers, and visual artists collaborating on a series of explorable installations, to bring music to life in a tangible way inside Austin's Native Hostel. Note: "Installations are featured on a rotating basis, and you never know who may just show up." Oh! You got that FOMO, yet, kid? Maybe don't miss your chance to InstaTok your life within the vibrant audiographic splendor of this new spectacle.
    Wed.-Sun., 11am-10pm. $25.  
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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's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Plus: Superflora by Courtney Egan, video-based sculptural installations of botanical forms, and the annual, architecturally resonant constructions of Design Shine.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Concrete to Canvas

    This is WCC's biggest and most comprehensive exhibition of graffiti and street art to date, featuring works from the gallery’s 1000-piece collection, encompassing a diverse set of contemporary masters, including Blek le Rat, Cey Adams, Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Richard Hambleton, RETNA, LadyPink, PhoebeNewYork, Swoon, and more.
    Through Jan. 2  
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    Women & Their Work: Pattern Language – لغه نمطيه

    Through installations that invert the principles of architectural design, artist Rehab El Sadek questions existing power dynamics and contemplates the role of the individual within the built environment. Note: Talk with the artist, Sat., Dec. 11, 11am.
    Through Dec. 16
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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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    Yard Dog: Backstage at the Boneyard

    Ah, here's a terrific show of new paintings and prints from Jon Langford. You want to see a macabre and storied wonderland of Western skeletons boning up the bare truths of a life musically lived, then you'll be glad to feast your peepers on this wealth of weird beauty.
    Through Dec. 24
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