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    Ao5 Gallery: Latitude and Longitude

    Texas artist Rachel Dory is known for her evocative contemporary paintings of life along the American roadside.
    Fri., Oct. 27, 6-8pm. Free.  
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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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    The Cathedral: Anniversary Fiesta

    The Cathedral's celebrating their founder's Hispanic culture and going all out for Dia de los Muertos, so bring your Day of the Dead glam and prepare yourself for vibrant colors, rich culture, and an exciting fiesta with a new exhibition from Mónica Ceniceros.
    Fri., Oct. 27, 7-10pm. $35-45.  
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    Austin Central Library: Mother/Land

    Yuliya Lanina’s exhibition delves into the Austin-based artist’s complex and personal relationship with the war in Ukraine. Through animation, sculpture, and installation, Lanina continues her introspective exploration of the emotional and physical impact of war and trauma. See our cover story on this powerful work right here.
    Through Nov. 5. Free.  
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    Beginnings: Stories in Fused Glass

    This is a group show of fused glass by Texas artists, hosted by Helios Fused Glass Studio and curated by Kari Minnick, Malina Cipleu, and Kristine Shafer.
    Through Nov. 18
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    Big Medium: Fuertes y Firmes

    The multidisciplinary artist José Villalobos grew up on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, and was raised in a traditional and religiously (Evangelical) conservative family. His work reconciles the identity challenges in his life, caught between traditional Mexican customs and American mores, as well as growing up with religious ideals that conflict with and condemn being gay.: Villalobos manipulates material through the context of self-identity as he examines gender roles within family culture, demonstrating that dismantling traditional modes of masculine identity centers an interstitial space where materiality softens virility.Recommendation: See this vivid show of highly resonant work, the inaugural exhibition in the new Big Medium space – from the folks who bring our lucky city the annual Austin Studio Tour.
    Through Dec. 2
    4201 S. Congress #323
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    Butridge Gallery: Access

    Witness, for your delight, Neal Flynn’s exhibition of mostly new assemblage, collage, and site-specific intervention exploring ideas relating to nostalgia, loss, violence, ownership, and modern Western culture.
    Through Nov. 25  
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    Butridge Gallery: Boxed In

    Jacob Guzman depicts people of color and aspects of daily inner-city working-class struggles, inspired by his personal experiences and resistance to stereotypes and comparisons,
    Through Nov. 4  
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    Davis Gallery: Darden Smith

    Darden Smith is a songwriter, poet, photographer, and visual artist who embraces the abstractions of Texas’ wide-open spaces in all their intimate detail. Through his latest work he takes you into his travelog sketchbook and minimalist creations.
    Through Oct. 28
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    Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art

    From ceramic vessels to greenstone jewelry, 200 works of classical Maya art (250-900BC) depict the relationship between the royal courts of ancient Maya and their supernatural entities.
    Through Jan. 7. $8-15.
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Seagulls Don’t Sound Like Pigeons

    Cande Aguilar’s art is inextricably linked with the culture, people, and imagery of his hometown of Brownsville, TX. A self-taught artist, Aguilar forged his unique style called “Barrio Pop” from the landscape of La Frontera.
    Through Nov. 19  
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    Harry Ransom Center: Art In Words

    Featuring collaborations between fine presses and artists, examples of typographic and concrete poetry, and experimentations in pop and surrealism, the exhibition puts prints by Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, and Ed Ruscha in conversation with works by Charles Henri Ford, Kristin Calhoun, David McGee, and others.
    Through Feb. 4. Free.
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    ICOSA: Darkages

    Leon Alesi and John Mulvany aim to unearth, uncover, and breathe new life into images and artifacts that may have seemed invisible, hidden and unknowable. Alesi’s photographs, collages, assemblages and found objects embody a sophisticated folk-art sensibility suggestive of an imagined past that echoes into the present. Mulvany’s paintings originate in extensive photographic research from Victorian-era natural history museums and West Texas taxidermy shops.
    Through Oct. 28
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    If The Sky Were Orange: Art In the Time of Climate Change

    This two-part exhibition explores the history and contemporary urgency of climate-related issues. Curated by journalist Jeff Goodell, who has written extensively on the topic, it's the first exhibition at the Blanton to explore one topic across several of the museum’s temporary gallery spaces. See our review of the show right here.
    Through Feb. 11. $8-15.
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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: Chroma + Lux

    The name of this show derives from "chroma," from the Greek "khrōma" meaning color, and "lux," from Latin, meaning "light." Now artists Larry Akers and Janet Brooks bring the two together in an exciting intersection of styles, methods, and materials.
    Through Oct. 28
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: FREE FOOD (for thought)

    You recall that the Reynolds Gallery recently moved from Downtown to West Sixth, right? Yes – and now here's their fourth presentation of drawings and wall paintings (of single words or short phrases!) by Kay Rosen.
    Through Nov. 11
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Harmonizing the Rapture of Color

    Although Madelon Umlauf's paintings are inspired by nature, she often chooses color palettes that are atypical of what's seen in nature, reflecting a belief that abstract art is the key to a full comprehension of reality.
    Closing reception: Sun., Oct. 29, 4-6pm
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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: 40 years of Dia de los Muertos

    This exhibit presents an impressive collection of relevant artworks created by artists with an intimate connection to the Mexic-Arte Museum and the Austin community.
    Through Jan. 7
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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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    Mystic Mirrors: Transcending the Veil

    Here's a surreal exhibit that bends the rules of perception, a show of work by more than 40 artists, presenting a "poetic dance of the subconscious, where reality and fantasy waltz together, leaving you both entranced and questioning the boundaries of your own imagination."
    Through Oct. 28
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    PL in ATX: Polish Posters Show

    Here's an exhibition of posters by a Polish designer, Patrycja Longawa.
    Through Nov. 30
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    St. Edward's University: Alumni Show

    John Patrick Cobb returns to his alma mater to show paintings that he started while an undergrad, some of which have been completed just this year, featuring a wooden chapel, lined with 27 gold-leafed, egg tempera ikons; 40 plein-aire paintings; and more.
    Through Nov. 2. Free.
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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: Apropos

    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. Bonus: "Apropos" is a juried group exhibition of contemporary art exploring an aspect or aspects of Umlauf’s work – featuring new pieces by Darcie Book, Janet Brooks, Nathan Burgess, Bella Cheng, Avery Connett, Matt Donner, Sarah Fagan, Leslie Kell, Ellen LeBlanc, Gary McElhaney, Jennifer Pate, and more.
    Through Nov. 26
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Continuum

    The painter Sarah Ferguson's new exhibition is an artistic journey delving into the profound connection between life, death, and the mysteries beyond. Through a harmonious interplay of finespun colors, shifting planes, and symbolic use of gold, her intention is to inspire viewers to delve into the enigmatic realms of existence and contemplate the patterns and milestones that govern our collective journey.
    Through Oct. 29
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    West Chelsea Contemporary: Combinations

    Here's a show by the legendary Cey Adams, credited as the architect of Hip-Hop’s visual language through his work as the founding creative Director of Def Jam Recordings. Damn right it's important, which is why this is the gallery's first solo artist exhibition. Bonus: Featured alongside Adams’ body of work are images from legendary photographers Martha Cooper and Janette Beckman.
    Through Nov. 19
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    Women & Their Work: Eye Moon Cocoon

    Virginia L. Montgomery's new solo exhibition is a surrealist thought experiment about the philosophical praxis of atomic healing, featuring new video art, sound art, performance photographs, and sculptural objects that interweave psychoanalytic, mythological, and scientific textures. Bonus: luna moths!
    Through Nov. 30
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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: Complicated Characters

    This new show at Austin's finest bastion of folk art features mixed-media collaborations that combine Jim Sherraden's printmaking with Jon Langford's painting to brilliant, rockabilly effect.
    Through Nov. 30
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