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    Art & Parks Tour

    This sweet opportunity comes to us from the Downtown Austin Alliance, the Pease Park Conservancy, and Ride Bikes Austin – so we know it's a damned good thing indeed. Take the self-guided Art & Parks Tour to explore the best of what Downtown Austin art and parks have to offer through this selection of curated murals, artworks, and green spaces. You can sign up anytime, so click that URL and get ready to learn the most vibrantly visual parts of your city soon – live and in person.
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Use your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program any time you feel like it. BONUS: There's also a free, docent-led tour starting at Marc Quinn's "Spiral of the Galaxy" (1501 Red River) on Sun., Jan. 8, 11am.
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    Last Day of the Eureka Room!

    Austin's most absurd and fun attraction will have its last day on September 24th, so visit while you still can! It's the Eureka Room, a participatory experience where visitors engage with curious and playful programming within a unique 100-square-foot room filled with light and sound.
    See website for reservations. $25.  
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    Museum of Graffiti: Superplastic Giveaway

    Don't miss your chance to visit "The Art of Hip Hop" at the Museum of Graffiti's Austin pop-up and take home an exclusive Superplastic toy. Plan your visit between March 24th and March 28th to be among the first 25 attendees and secure your limited-edition collectible.
    Through March 28  
    809 E. Sixth
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    Art for the People Gallery: Celebration

    Experience the energy and beauty of featured wall artist Anne Shackelford’s geode resin art in this visual adventure of work by 38 Austin artists.
    Through March 24
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    Big Medium: I am at my best when I'm escaping

    Big Medium presents an exhibition by the 2022 Tito’s Prize recipient, Tammie Rubin. In this show, the artist uses ceramic conical forms, raised maps, and murals to transform the Canopy-based gallery into a portal for escape, delving into her fascination with power objects, coded symbols, migration, rituals, and faith.
    Through April 29
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    Butridge Gallery: Children of the Earth + The Other Side

    The "Children of Earth" paintings by Camille Lema are about human connections and being grounded to the planet that's our home. Meena Matai's "The Other Side" is an exploration of the personal stories of her family and millions of others who were affected by the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Together, these two exhibitions shine with power and beauty.
    Through May 20. Free.  
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    Butridge Gallery: Girls Gotta Eat

    This is a series of vibrant cinematic portraits of drag performers grocery shopping that invites viewers to explore “how other is us." Through Sarah Bork’s lens, the grocery store becomes a playground of comfort and self-care. These character portraits are paired with handwritten grocery lists and extensive interviews, exploring a nuanced spectrum of identity and experience beyond the traditional gender binary.
    Through April 15  
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    Camiba Gallery: discards vessels fragments

    This noteworthy new exhibition at Camiba Gallery features the works of 1) Jason Webb, an Austin-based artist who spends his Sundays driving through unfamiliar neighborhoods and photographing once private possessions now publicly disowned, then painting individual piles isolated against white backgrounds; 2) San Antonio-based Benjamin McVey, whose new paintings of vessels represent the artist’s search for quiet space, simplicity, focus and purpose in today’s increasingly complex post-pandemic world; and 3) Austin's own Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, who documents states of flux across the country, reinterpreting remnants of structures that have a history but no longer serve their intended purpose.
    Through April 15
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    Davis Gallery: 50 Years of Building Beauty

    Yeah, they're not kidding – because here's a John Sager retrospective, and the Austin-based Sager has been building works of astonishing beauty for at least that long, with this new collection at the Davis Gallery showcasing the man's uniquely altered books, collages, and assemblage sculptures.
    Through April 15
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    Flatbed Press: Positively Third Street

    This retrospective show does homage to the work of the printers, the artists, and the publishers who were a part of the first ten years of Flatbed Press at 912 W. Third Street. James Surls. Julie Speed. Sydney Yeager. Melissa Miller. Michael Ray Charles. Terry Allen. Trenton Doyle Hancock. And more. Works from those first years highlight many of Flatbed’s landmark prints and will be available for sale.
    Through April 15
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    Food, Shelter, Water: Projects by Four Texas Photographers

    This new show features the work of four Texas-based photographers – Verónica G. Cárdenas, Stephanie Duprie Routh, Cindy Elizabeth, Jamie Robertson – who address themes related to our most basic human needs. From Egypt, Latin America, Texas, and Austin, the images presented bring new light to the ways we interact with our social and physical environments.
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    Gallery Lowell: Modern Sourcery

    Here's an exhibition of work by California-based Sweetie Boosh, inaugurating the newest gallery at Canopy."My work is a love story," says the artist, "a love story about second chances and finding new ways to reuse the abandoned and discarded. The goal is to captivate, spread joy, and provide a moment for viewers to become entranced or captivated by the meticulous application of materials that I am choosing to repurpose.”
    Through April 10
    916 Springdale, trailer 12
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Ommatidium

    Shawn Smith's "Ommatidium" explores our complicated relationship with the insect world, investigating the darkly humorous marketing of chemical agents to safely annihilate, the extreme championing of aesthetically pleasing and useful insects over all others, the strangely macabre methods of measuring insect population density, and the overlooked beauty of their complex architecture. All of this arthropodic exploration is stunningly rendered in two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of mediums, from drawings and collages to stained glass and 3D prints.
    Through April 16  
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    Harry Ransom Center: Drawing the Motion Picture

    Explore the beauty and complexity of moviemaking through sketches, storyboards, and designs that illuminate the creation of motion pictures from the silent era to the present day in this new exhibition, featuring production art from iconic movies like Rebel Without a Cause, Raging Bull, Apollo 13, and Lawrence of Arabia, many connected with innovative directors Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Mike Nichols, Michael Powell, Nicholas Ray, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, King Vidor, and more.
    Through July 16
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    ICOSA Gallery: Silence

    This two-person show is called "Silence," yes, but we're gonna make some noise about it, because the brilliant likes of Shawn Camp and Sarah Hirneisen have created artworks that "explore the absence of sound where there was sound before." Camp wields paint in ways that are nigh on three-dimensional; Hirneisen casts paper as compelling as brush strokes; together, their works speak louder than what caused the Chicxulub crater.
    Through April 1
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    Ivester Contemporary: The Beauty of Life and Death II

    This is Jaylen Pigford’s second solo exhibition at the Ivester, his latest series carefully placing familiar symbols he's referenced throughout his career within colorful but unknown settings. Pigford appoints two protagonists here – plants and skulls – as he contemplates the balance of life and death. Question for you, citizen: Do you know how good this guy is? Get your ass down to the gallery and see what wonders he's wrought.
    Through April 16
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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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    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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    Museum of Illusions

    Enter the fascinating world of illusions in this new venue that boasts a stunning array of intriguing visual, sensory, and educational experiences among new, unexplored optical wonderments.
    11010 Domain #100
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    RichesArt Gallery: American History Vol. 2

    RichesArt Gallery has partnered with Fansub for their annual show spotlighting Texas artists and their interpretation of Black people’s contributions to American history.
    Through March 26
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    Streetside Eco Art Show: Ghost Seeds

    This new show at the walk-on-up-to-it Really Small Museum speaks to the concept of climate-stressed trees with fragile and thin ghost mesquite beans made out of white clay, arranged on drought-ridden, cracked earth.
    Through March 31. Free.  
    1311 Harvey
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    The Blanton: Day Jobs

    This first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike.
    Through July 23
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    The Blanton: Las Hermanas Iglesias

    Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias present related textiles, collages, and sculpture that explore caregiving as part of a complex network of social issues, melding melds cultural references to the Dominican Republic and Norway (their parents’: home countries) with personal experiences – most recently their navigations of fertility, pregnancy, loss, and birth.
    Through July 9. Free on Thursdays.  
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    The Contemporary Austin: Competing with Lightning / Rivalizando con el Relámpago

    The Contemporary Austin presents an exhibition tracing the evolution of Eamon Ore-Giron's dynamic paintings over more than twenty years of creative practice, revealing how the artist mines the complex nature of Latinx identity, the history of the Americas, and the many legacies of abstraction in art. ALSO: The newest exhibition space here is called HOST and features work by María Fernanda Camarena and Gabriel Rosas Alemán (aka the Mexico City-based artist duo known as Celeste).
    Through Aug. 20. Free (Aug. 9-13).
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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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    UT's Art Galleries at Black Studies: Old Wounds, Dark Dreams

    African-American artists Carrie Mae Weems, Cauleen Smith, Rodney McMillian, and Charles Gaines use video to meditate on anti-Black racism and the wounds it inflicts on the American psyche while participating in the tradition of appropriation – where artists quote other artists’ motifs, methods, and works to contribute new meanings to the old, which allows them to comment on, critique, or amplify the original.
    Through May 19  
    Christian-Green Gallery, 201 E. 21st
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: ICONS

    This new show highlights works by renowned innovators, featuring works by Banksy, Josef Albers, Aboudia, Kenny Scharf, Salvador Dalí, and more.
    Through March 26
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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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    Yard Dog: Modern Embroidery

    Jane Reichle is a 24-year-old fiber artist who specializes in hand embroidery. She's spent the past four months building an extensive series of hand-stitched and embellished suits on muslin cloth, inspired by Nudie Cohn's signature chain-stitched "nudie suits."
    Through March 30
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    MHOA: Design for All Partnership

    Michael Hsu Office of Architecture has announced its second annual Design for All Partnership, a seed program supporting community-driven partners through design. The architecture and interior design firm is seeking another nonprofit partner that’s based in Austin or Houston. The partnership award will provide $20,000 in pro bono design and consultation services.: MHOA has just released its Request for Proposals (RFP) for interested nonprofit organizations and is now accepting submissions through May 19.
    Accepting submissions through May 19  

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