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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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    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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    Artworks Gallery: Reflections on the Streets of Austin

    Precision Camera and Tom Chambers have created this exhibit from a street photography workshop hosted by Artworks, the images here focusing on reflections throughout the city.
    Through Feb. 12
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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    This gallery in the Canopy complex on Springdale has been the epicenter for PrintAustin from the get-go, and it remains a must-see foundational exhibition for each festival. Witness now a survey of traditional printmaking techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking, as curated by John Hitchcock, a professor (and 20-year printmaking teacher) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Through Feb. 22
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    Blanton Museum of Art: MemWars

    Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Lubbock-raised Terry Allen, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video. For this ninth installment in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project series, Allen reveals a three-channel video installation and a related group of drawings.
    Through July 10  
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    Butridge Gallery: Anthroposcenery

    The Dougherty Art Center's central gallery displays new paintings by the (rather brilliant) artist Emma Hadzi Antich, her mountainous landscapes serving as oblique yet highly evocative mirrors, illustrating parallels between seemingly disparate aspects of nature, revealing how the wild in the human and the human in the wild can affect each other.
    Through Feb. 19  
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    Camiba Gallery: Neuroplastic

    Zoë Shulman’s 'Neuroplastic' is a series of visionary paintings, drawings, metal prints, and: animations by the Austin-based artist, wielding geometric abstraction to explore the intersections between psychotherapy, psychedelic medicine, and art therapy. Note one: Shulman created these while undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy and clinical ketamine treatments. Note two: These are amazing works of art – the sort of painstakingly wrought abstractions that rely as much on craft as on cognition – and they're well worth your stopping-by time.
    Through Feb. 26
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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."
    Through March 20
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    Davis Gallery: Paperback Rodeo

    A new show by Austin's B. Shawn Cox is always reason to celebrate, we say, and this latest one at Davis Gallery is a perfect corroboration of that statement. This is what happens when the artist explores subtext with polka-dotted domesticated florals that hide deconstructed cowboys, lenticular eye-candy featuring blended dualities of Western icons, and folded paper quilts incorporating text to supra any subtext. Bonus: New works by Dana Younger will be on display, too? You Davis people are trying to spoil us, is that it?
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Suspension

    This is an immersive print installation by Liv Monique Johnson that invites the viewer to "explore an outcropping of wilderness where the weird may take place." It's an interactive work right there on the edge of the park, a space where screenprinted elements are combined with a variety of materials to create a lush setting of colorful foliage.
    Through Feb. 27  
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    Flatbed Press: Temporalities

    Laura Crehuet Berman's new exhibition here brings together her recent monotypes and collages, in which the artist has created images that layer together time, space, form, and color.
    Through Feb. 26
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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: Look

    The ICOSA Collective presents this exhibition of new works by Lana Waldrep-Appl and Jenn Wilson Shepherd – works that explore, through the context of painting, the deliberate act of looking.
    Through Feb. 19
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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 Gallery: Slugfest

    In this PrintAustin-affiliated show, Link & Pin partners with Slugfest Printmaking Workshop to present the work of Slugfest artists Shailee Thakkar, Theresa Bond, Alan Tull, Jill Thrasher, Carol Hayman, Tom Druecker and Margaret Simpson. Also on display: the annual trade portfolio, "Extreme Weather."
    Through Jan. 29
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Tom Molloy & Noriko Ambe

    The main gallery displays "Eagle," an exhibition of new drawings and photographs by Tom Molloy – the artist’s seventh presentation at this elegant Downtown venue.
    Through Feb. 19
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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: A Commitment to What Is Before You

    This new show at Phillip Niemeyer's excellent Downtown gallery groups young French Canadian painter Alexandre Pépin, weaver Donya Stockton, and ceramicist Ryan McKerley. This work is "united by a joyful focus, an energetic quiet," as the PR says. As we say: "This stuff is gorgeous and crafty AF, and you'd be well-served to make an appointment to check it out."
    Through Feb. 19
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    Something Cool Studios: Veracity

    This show brings together work from Shanisia Person, exploring diverging aspects of gender, employing literal transparency to appose its place in the broader society with how it functions within the BDSM community; and Brent Pheto, populating his world with characters demonstrating the ubiquity of disempowerment through the raw emotions in everyday situations; and Cameron Gray, using materiality as a codex to unlock the ancestral spirit, selecting objects that often have violent connections to Blackness and repositioning their narrative.
    Through Feb. 13
    1717 E. Cesar Chavez
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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 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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    UT Idea Lab: The Way Back Home

    On display: Four distinct bodies of work that Austin-based video and mixed-media artist Ariel René Jackson has produced over the past five years.
    Through March 22
    210 W. 24th
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    Wally Workman Gallery: PrintFest

    In conjunction with the upcoming city-wide printmaking festival, Wally Workman presents this two-person show with Korean artist Jihye Lim and Texas artist Laura Post. Post's sculptures combine printmaking techniques with cast handmade paper to expand the boundaries of the medium of print and redefine ideas of portraiture; Lim's mezzotints explore ideas of rest, depicting the figure physically becoming one with objects of leisure.
    Through Jan. 29
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    Women & Their Work: A Welcoming Place

    Ariel René Jackson's new show is a film-based exhibition that contemplates what it might look like to forecast the welcoming status of a place. The work on display weaves interviews, research, images, videos, animations, and sculpture to deliver a poetic visualization of shared knowledge about East Austin.
    Through March 3
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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.
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