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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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    Austin State Hospital: Insights

    This exhibition aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. All proceeds from the show will go to the Volunteer Services Council of Austin State Hospital, to help patients with mental illness.
    Fri., Feb. 2, 4-7pm. $50.  
    111 Congress
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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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    Mix ‘n’ Mash: Celebrating Austin

    Opening this Friday, Feb. 2, is Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art & cultural center Mexic-Arte Museum’s annual mega exhibition/art sale. Mix ’n’ Mash will feature over 200 artists utilizing a 12-by-12-inch Gessobord to explore “the large and small of what makes Austin weird, interesting, timeless, and robust,” according to Mexic-Arte’s website. Each board goes for around $150 each, but buyers are encouraged to buy at least three to create an ATX triptych to impress all your gallery-going friends. – James Scott
    Mondays-Sundays. Through March 3
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    Artworks Gallery: My Pretty Poison

    Large, bold, emotionally charged multimedia paintings by Scott Leopold.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Big Medium: No Kings But Us

    "The collaborative back-and-forth between artists Robert Hodge and Tim Kerr is as compelling and intriguing for what is on display as for what is not. This exhibition presents the vivid yet amorphous residue of a contested, negotiated, and ultimately collaborative chronicle. It gathers swatches of 20th- and 21st-century history as recounted by artists from different generations and backgrounds, who share as many crossovers as they do variations."
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 12, 8-10pm
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    Cage Match Project: Attitudes of Humility

    In each of her installations, Maggie Jensen becomes involved in different systems or aesthetics of authority, whether the art institution, a natural history archive, or extractive resource infrastructures. She makes requests of a cultural archive or government agency to access data about particular objects, and the process informs artworks that reveal the paths and limits of the internal logics of these institutions.
    Through Feb. 4. Free.
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    Carver Museum: Two Births and the Afterlife

    You think it’s easy, being somebody’s mother? You think giving birth to another human being doesn’t put your own humanity and purpose under some fierce self-scrutiny? Milwaukee-based artist Aimée M. Everett, in her solo show at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, uses abstraction, minimalist line-making, saturated colors, and melodic compositions to explore “the profound transformations experienced during childbirth and the subsequent journey of self-discovery into motherhood.” Word – or, more appropriately, image – to your mother. – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Opening reception: Thu., Jan. 11, 6-8pm
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    Contracommon: Proof of Life

    This exhibition is presented in partnership with PrintAustin and features work from Texas artists Terry Chastain, Thomas Cook, Diego Diaz, Daniela Oliver, and Melissa Slaughter. The artists employ a diverse range of printmaking technique – including screen-printing, cyanotypes, relief prints, monoprints, and intaglio – to express deep relationships between human beings and the earth they inhabit.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 6-9pm
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    Cool Day

    A two-person exhibition centered on early Aughts-style internet collage opened Jan. 13 and can be seen Fridays and Saturdays through early February. Mia Scarpa’s mixed-media paintings conjure the edge of 2000s chatrooms and 3D-rendered JPEGs, while Grace Horan’s playful sculptures reference childhood friendships and I Spy books. The gallery press release teases, “Their images and objects evoke an ethos of collecting that animates everything from official archives to family photo albums to online image boards. The result of such an experience is a schizophrenic reading of images that hardly make sense together – except in the fact that they do.”– Lina Fisher
    Fri. & Sat. through Feb. 10
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    Davis Gallery: RopeTrix

    This new body of work by the unstoppable image wrangler B Shawn Cox explores the utility of a cowboy’s lasso intertwined with fetishization of control. The show includes paintings on fabric, paper cuts, folded paper, leather, rope, and lenticular collages. Recommended and likely to make you shout "Yeeee-HAW!" in art-lovin' joy.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 4-7pm
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    Flatbed Press: Carrying Things from Home

    This is a solo exhibition of Annalise Gratovich's color woodcut series, “Carrying Things from Home," based on matryoshka dolls and the textile patterns from Ukrainian embroidery. Bonus: The artist's most recent collages and woodcuts are also on display in this show.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 4-6pm
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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: The Contemporary Print

    PrintAustin’s annual juried exhibition features national and international artists at ICOSA, showcasing an independent survey of the traditions and innovations of contemporary printmaking – including lithography, relief, intaglio, silk screen, and monotype – juried this year by lithographer Mark Pascale of the Art Institute of Chicago.
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 19, 6-8pm
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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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    Ivester Contemporary: Like a Circle, Like the Moon

    Tsz Kam’s first solo exhibition with the gallery expresses their own hybrid self-identification by featuring mythological subjects, chimerical. monsters, and decorative motifs from around the world. "Kam’s exposure to the fluorescent, festive streets of Hong Kong and the aesthetics of the nightclub that employed their parents during Kam’s childhood, coupled with an eventual move to Texas, heavily influenced the work in this exhibition." Bonus: Beili Liu's installation, Inheritance, is also featured.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 7-9pm
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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: Anthony Huang

    PrintAustin works with Link & Pin each year to create an invitational exhibition. This year, they're presenting works by Chinese artist Anthony Huang that reflect on urban dwellers' contemporary challenges, attributing their mental instability to the incessant exposure to new information. And this? Is ... new information, isn't it? Hmmmm.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 5-7pm
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    Loverboy: Portraits on Vinyl by Rick Fleming

    Back in 2020, Rick Fleming helped then-presidential hopeful Joe Biden campaign for the top spot by selling tote bags adorned with the politician’s portrait. Now, the local artist turns his attention to more musical inspirations, from Prince and David Bowie to Björk and Taylor Swift. United by his signature full eyes and round nostrils, Fleming’s homages take a more abstract approach to his subjects’ likeness – though accompanying lyrics, like to Queen’s namesake 1976 classic, give each piece away. Visit Springdale’s SAGE Studio Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to see Fleming’s paintings on vinyl discs – or buy one yourself for $200 a pop. – Carys Anderson
    Through March 23. free.
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    Lydia Street Gallery: Sporadic Moments and Cartography Abstracted

    Ecuadorian-American artist Sandra C. Fernández uses pages from a 1800s book of crimes and misdemeanors as the foundation for works that explore her realities of exile, dislocation, relocation, and memory; Mindy Johnston's cartographic drawings colorfully represent her experience as a longtime Cap Metro rider.
    Jan. 13-Feb. 17. Artist reception: Sat., Jan. 27, 6-9pm
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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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    McLennon Pen Co. Gallery: Art as Object

    This is a group show curated by David Futscher, featuring Austin artists Jeffrey From, Lindsey Lascaux, and Peter McRury, and Kansas-based artist Slater Reid Sousley.
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 26, 6-9pm
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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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    Northern-Southern Gallery: Endless

    This is the new solo exhibition by Austin’s own Donya Stockton – yes, the multitalented woman behind legendary club venues Beerland, Rio Rita, King Bee, and more. So, the show’s about music? No, because this Stockton is also a world-class weaver, and her latest works of handmade basketry (and its stunning deconstructions) incorporate driftwood, Oaxacan seed pods, and copper into her signature serpentine loops of cane and reed, bringing topology itself to its knees in Philip Niemeyer’s excellent Downtown gallery.  – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 13, 5-8pm
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    Old Bakery Gallery: Fantastical Flora

    This multimedia exhibition is a comprehensive exploration of the beauty of botanical forms, expressed realistically and in the abstract, featuring the work of local artist Francine Funke.
    Opening reception: Sat., Jan. 20, 1-4pm. 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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    Treespell

    This excellent gallery on East Cesar Chavez presents a solo exhibition by Elizabeth Chapin, inspired by the myth of the Greek goddess Artemis, who turned the hunter Actaeon into a stag and shot him full of arrows for sneakily watching her as she bathed. In “Treespell,” the Mississippi-born painter explores natural and mythological worlds “to comment on the transformative power of the gaze and the interconnectedness of all living things, incorporating personal, historical, and imaginative elements to wield and subvert notions of viewership and voyeurism.” – Wayne Alan Brenner
    Through March 7
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    Unchained Art: Struggle & Release

    This solo exhibition by Austin-based artist Fernando Palomo invites you to immerse yourself in a transformative dialogue that navigates the tumultuous sea of human sentiment and experience.
    Opening reception: Thu., Jan. 25, 5-8pm
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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: Paul Rodriguez

    Yard Dog presents the vibrant works of Paul Rodriguez, a printmaker from San Miguel de Allende. "And some very cool new paintings by Harry Underwood."
    Opening reception: Fri., Jan. 19, 7-9pm
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