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    50th Anniversary of the Austintatious Mural

    Celebrate 50 years of Austin’s “first” mural – the Austintatious 23rd Street Mural in the People’s Renaissance Market. On April first – no foolin', citizen, this is for real! – they'll activate a website all about the mural, featuring 10 short films on the people, places, and collective culture that made our city special in the first place. And then, IRL, there'll be a group photo at the mural at noon, and the party will continue at TexPopATX (1516 S. Lamar) amid live music from the Uranium Savages and Big Mon at 7:09pm. Suggestion: Bring a lawn chair!
    Sat., April 1, noon. Free.  
    23rd & Guadalupe
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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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    Art Talk with Annette Carlozzi and John Sager

    As part of John Sager’s "50 Years of Building Beauty" retrospective, the artist will answer questions from friend and former colleague Annette Carlozzi, who curated at the Blanton Museum of Art where Sager was preparator for 37 years.
    Sat., April 1, 2-4pm. Free.
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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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    San Marcos Studio Tour

    MotherShip Studios presents the inaugural San Marcos Studio Tour, anticipated to be the first of many years to come! This free, self-guided tour will feature moire than fifty artists all across San Marcos, Martindale, and surrounding areas. See website for details.
    March 31-April 2. Free.
    MotherShip Studios, 20027 San Marcos Hwy, San Marcos
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    El Dorado Gallery: Spring Art Show

    The works of J. Michelle Galek will be highlighted at this group show featuring the works of five emerging artists – from Austin, California, and Mexico – who explore the dynamic nature of abstract and modern art.
    Opening reception: Sat., April 1, 11am-4pm  
    El Dorado Gallery, 12901 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave
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    Art for the People: Springing Into Colour

    The movers and shakers of AFTP have transformed this lively gallery with at least 90 new pieces created by more than 33 Austin artists – including 13 who are showing their work here for the first time – to bring a bright flood of spring into our city.
    Through June 2
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Details of My Existence

    This is a three-person show, see, but it's also a one-man show. Uh, what now? Better to ask Jon Eric Narum (aka The Sky Guy). Or Juan Diego Nerumski. Or a fellow named Hercules da Vinci. Regardless, do stop by to check out these unbelievably beautiful oil paintings of the sky. And the perfectly balanced abstractions. And the colorful creations painted in oil on paper towels.
    Through May 7
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Holding Space

    This is a multipartite show of paintings by Nola Parker, a self-taught landscape painter based in Vermont. Her series "The Neighborhood" depicts the manmade safety of our lives; "The Wild" investigates the mystery of the undomesticated; and "The Garden" reveals the liminal place between human success and failure in attempting to control the natural world.
    Through April 30
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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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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    Handmade glass art and jewelry.
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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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    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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    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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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Snails In Comparison

    The Lora Reynolds gallery inaugurates its brand new space(!) with this whimsical and wonderful show by those irrepressible Haas Brothers. Observe as fraternal twins Niki and Simon Haas unveil a group of sculptures of big, bizarre snails: their first endeavors in combining a material new to their practice (blown glass, which constitutes the gastropod's soft bodies) with another medium they've known longer than any other: the snails' shells are hand-carved marble.
    Through May 27
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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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    Neill-Cochran House: Signs and Symbols: The Trees are Talking

    This exhibition features more than 40 works of glass and oil on canvas that explore artist Reji Thomas’ understanding of the way signs and symbols constantly surround us in both the natural and built environments.
    Through Aug. 13  
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    Northern-Southern: Green Eyes

    Here is Michelle Marchesseault's second solo show at this fierce little Downtown gallery, a polychrome wealth of paintings that comprise "twists and riverscapes, picnics in ancient places, memories tumbled with magic, vulnerable practices, explosions of sunlight, change and comfort." Yeah, no, this is definitely a collection to see, before N-S hoicks it to the NADA New York art fair in May.
    Through April 30
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    Prizer Arts & Letters: It's Expensive

    Here's a show of new and provocative visual work from Austin's Amanda Johnston, in which the artist created and photographed herself wearing headpieces made of objects that represent the mental and physical burden of capitalism.
    Through April 15
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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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    The Stuffed Animal Rescue Foundation

    Yes, the SARF is welcoming visitors every Saturday – to say hello, apply to adopt special stuffies who need homes, and be dazzled by "the creative endeavors of the most talented stuffed minds ever assembled."
    Saturdays, noon-4pm. Donations accepted.
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    UT School of Information: Algorithmic Assemblages: Do Machines Dream of Art?

    This exhibition by Sylvia Morales and Holland Hopson features an algorithm-generated stream of artistic combinations based on randomized descriptions from the United States Library of Congress Subjects Index.
    Closing reception: Thu., April 13, 12:30-1:30pm
    1616 Guadalupe
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    Women & Their Work: Then and Now

    Lindy Chambers observes and animates the often overlooked aspects of rural Texas life, her subjects ranging from recognizable iconography (mobile homes, stray dogs, lambs, piles of trash), to graphic abstractions, to the amorphously biological and otherworldly.
    Through May 11. Free.  
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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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    Atelier Dojo: Remote Studios

    The local powerhouse of figurative painting, the art school that's the smart school for artists of all kinds, they've got a painting-along-at-home series going to help you keep your skills honed in these socially restrictive times, featuring live costumed models posing on camera and a thriving community of creatives rendering that lovely human biotecture from their separate studios. "Join us for a three-hour costumed-model drawing session. Use any supplies you wish, listen to music, share your work, chat with others. It’s a great way to stay connected with your art community!"
    Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm; Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm; Saturdays, 9:30-12:30pm. $5.  
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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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