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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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    AARC Exhibits

    The Asian American Resource Center features three new exhibitions: "A Sari-Draped World" by Neena Buxani; "Tradition’s Rebirth in Modern Austin" by Kevin Luo; and "Sweet and Sour," curated by Jennifer Ling Datchuk, with works by Mandy Wang, Kym Owens, Kim Le, Shika Joshi, Yuli Chang, and Davyn Ladera.
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    Big Medium: Yo Trabajo Con La Tierra/I Work With The Earth

    This multimedia, multivalent, multifantastic exhibition features five women artists – Melissa Aguirre, Alexa Capareda, Paloma Mayorga, Virginia Lee Montgomery (VLM), and Alejandra Regalado – who explore movement and place in relation to landscape, geological bodies, and other nonhuman intelligences. Using their own bodies as medium, the artists share ecofeminist sensibilities through video, installation, sculpture, photography, and performance works.
    Exhibition: Aug. 20-Sept. 24. Artist discussion: Sat., Aug. 20, 11am-noon.  
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    Camiba Gallery: Entangled

    Collected and respected for her experimental approach to painting, Charlotte Smith is well established as royalty in Texas contemporary abstract art; this is an exhibition of her most recent paintings.
    Opening reception: Thu., Aug. 25, 6-8:30pm
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    Canvas: Glitch

    Sandra Boskamp's contemporary figurative paintings combine representational forms with surrealistic elements, calling out the masking of individuality behind modern filters.
    Opening reception: Sat., Aug. 27, 6-9pm
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    Carver Museum: Peace to the Queen

    The photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents a career retrospective spanning four decades of work, featuring candid portraits of women of color – as curated by Ja’nell Ajani. "At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice, this exhibition has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Shabazz’s career."
    Through Sept. 17
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    Cloud Tree: Plastered and Possessed

    This is a two-woman exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Carly Weaver and Mariel Wilmoth, opening with a party featuring tunes spun by Chulita Vinyl Club, Lass Haus Ales pouring their craftiest brews, and Feels So Good screenprinting Wilmoth t-shirts.
    Opening party: Sat., Aug. 20, 6-10pm
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    Davis Gallery: Trailheads and Transmutations

    Artist couple Felice House and Dana Younger present painting and sculpture that studies, observes, processes, and transmutes the wild spaces and creatures of Texas, their work deeply resonant with that of painter Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School. Natural beauty, in other words, captured with consummate skill by two longtime locals.
    Through Sept. 3
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Eve

    This is a new exhibition by documentarian photographer Cindy Elizabeth, featuring an outdoor installation that is immersed within the museum’s native landscape. There are large-scale photographs inside the building, too, interwoven amongst Elisabet Ney's own neoclassical sculptures.
    Through Oct. 30. Free.
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    HPB&G: Wildlife and Honky Tonks

    The walls of this popular neighborhood restaurant showcases works from three series by Juliet Whitsett.
    Through Sept. 17
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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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Blow-Up

    Bing Wright's new pictures are enlargements of uncommonly tight crops from images of children at play on a seashore — an outstretched hand splashing water or carrying a beach bucket, liberal smears of sunscreen, fluorescent plastic hair clips, a foot dragging through burbling waves.
    Through Sept. 10
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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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    Modern Rocks Gallery: Fifty Years in Exile

    This new exhibition reveals a collection of rare, previously unseen, and vintage photographs from The Rolling Stones’ 1972 session with legendary photographer Norman Seeff. Photos from the late-night shoot were ultimately used to produce the set of postcards included with the original pressing of the band’s masterpiece, Exile on Main St.
    Opening reception: Fri., Aug. 19, 7-10pm. Free.
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    Neill-Cochran House: The Hope Suite

    Mark Smith’s The Hope Suite is a series of forty-four collages inspired by the theme of global unity. Each 24-by-18-inch work on paper consists of a background monoprint or a digital photoprint, overlaid with collage, calligraphy, and mixed media. Note: The originals are part of the permanent collection of the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago; the works on display here are limited-edition prints of those originals.
    Through Dec. 16. Free.  
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    Northern-Southern: Mice Elf, Again

    The colorful creations of Drew Liverman are up next in this intimate powerhouse of a gallery Downtown, paintings of "hot doom, the joys of love, bike rides, Olaf from Frozen, Goya's covens, and scraps of what could be something for a place to live, for a time."
    Through Sept. 10
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    Richard Rutner: Global Inspirations

    Here's an exhibition of work by native New Yorker and Austin-based artist Richard Rutner, capturing the natural and cultural influences he's encountered in his global travels.
    Through Sept. 18
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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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    Wally Workman Gallery: Spacious

    Julie Maren expands upon her use of negative space for this show, exploring boundaries and ideas of infinity, her paintings and installations heavily layered and simultaneously heavily redacted, with actual pieces of the canvas cut away. Gorgeous, yes, and unforgettable.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Women & Their Work: The Future Is Behind Us

    Rachel Wolfson Smith focuses our attention on the essential and grounding effect of beauty in nature, portraying constructed, intricate, and imagined landscapes, creating "an antidote to the imbalance many of us experience as we lurch from impulse to impulse in our tech-laden, consumer-driven, modern existence." Yes – an antidote to that, and a paean to the possibilities of graphite wielded by a brilliant hand and mind.
    Through Sept. 29
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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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