South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...Sometimes it’s really possible to get what you want: In this case, it's the best little arthouse in Texas. When it reopens in the spring, the expanded and remodeled AFS Cinema will be that arthouse..."
"...With the opening of its newly renovated headquarters this past autumn, Arthouse enjoyed a season of celebration. But spring is proving to be a season of controversy for the visual arts institution..."
"...Cue the wedding bells. They sealed the deal – "they" being the boards of Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art, who, after months of exploratory talks about merging the two visual-arts institutions, voted on Nov..."
"...It's almost time for Arthouse to bestow another $30,000 check on a lucky Lone Star artist, but before the statewide visual-arts organization hands out its second-ever Arthouse Texas Prize at a gala on Nov. 2, it's giving us a chance to see work by this year's five finalists in an exhibition at Arthouse's Jones Center for Contemporary Art, starting this Saturday, Sept..."
"...The Lone Star State's two biggest honors for visual artists moved closer to awarding their respective five-figure prizes last week. Finalists for the second Arthouse Texas Prize, presented biennially by the Austin-based statewide contemporary-art organization Arthouse, and the 27th Hunting Art Prize, given annually by the international oil services company Hunting LPC, were announced within hours of one another..."
"...Arthouse has been serving the visual arts in Texas for some 95 years now, but it's about to get something it's never had before: a full-time curator on staff. While the statewide organization has certainly employed curators in the past as evidenced by the sterling job that Regine Basha has been doing for the past three years they've worked on only an adjunct or consulting basis..."
"...On Sunday, Oct. 24, Arthouse reopens the renovated Jones Center for Contemporary Art to the public with eight hours of activities, including a ribbon-cutting with the mayor, a talk with the renovation project architects, music and dance performances, art activities, and, naturally, the opportunity to explore the space and see the wealth of new exhibitions..."
"...For nine years, we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop, and this week Arthouse finally let that footwear hit the floor, sharing the designs for a renovation and expansion of the Jones Center for Contemporary Art, its two-story headquarters on Congress at Seventh...."
"...The good news from Arthouse just keeps coming. Following the announcement that curator Elizabeth Dunbar gave birth to a son the day after opening her latest exhibition, the statewide contemporary art association has announced a new push in the renovation of its headquarters at the corner of Congress and Seventh streets: Patrons Mickey and Jeanne Klein, Julie and John Thornton, and an anonymous donor have joined forces to add $500,000 to the Arthouse capital campaign in the form of a 2-to-1 challenge grant..."
"...One of the biggest local arts stories of 2004 was the establishment of the Arthouse Texas Prize, an award to be given to a Texas-based artist along with a Texas-sized check: $30,000. That made it the largest regional art award in the Union..."
"...When Arthouse reopens its home space in the fall, expect to engage with the art in the freshly renovated Jones Center in a wealth of exciting new ways. That's because the contemporary art organization has brought Rachel Adams on board as its curator of public programs..."
"...Local juried shows such as Austin Museum of Art's triennial "New Art in Austin," the nonprofit Texas Biennial, and Arthouse's annual "New American Talent" exhibition all aim to promote emerging artists. Juried exhibitions serve the important function of opening new doors to cooperation, community awareness, new audiences, and business networks..."
"...Belated congratulations to Katrina Moorhead, the Ireland native and naturalized Texan who was awarded the 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize at the organization's Champagne, Caviar, Hog & Hominy party at Stubb's on Friday, Nov. 2..."
"...Squirrels you would expect to encounter on the grounds of Laguna Gloria, and perchance deer or even the odd fox, but feral hogs? And they don't just happen to be there; they've been imported to the spot by the Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse, which wants you to come on over and nuzzle up to the beasts. You needn't fear getting gored or trampled, though; these "tush hogs," as they're colloquially known down South, have no tusks or even legs..."
"...Christmas came a little early for Elizabeth Dunbar, with the present of a promotion landing on her desk at Arthouse. The visual-arts organization's first full-time curator – you can thank her for getting Okay Mountain to the Pulse Contemporary Art Fair in Miami this year and for "Matt Stokes: these are the days," "Fritz Haeg: Attack on the Front Lawn," "Florian Slotawa: One After the Other," and several other cool Arthouse exhibitions over the past three years – is now going to be its associate director/curator..."
"...Texas Excess was the name of the party to announce the first winner of the Arthouse Texas Prize, the new regional art award with a $30,000 honorarium attached. A glittering crowd gathered in the Driskill Hotel's grand hallway on Friday, Nov..."
"...Moderator Elizabeth Sheldon, COO of Bond/360, began the conversation by noticing that arthouses recently seemed to be multiplying, not just in New York where she lives, but nationally. Ryan Krivoshey, founder and president of Grasshopper Film, and Richard Matson, The Orchard VP of distribution, both concurred on the new opportunities for booking flexibility afforded by near-universal digital projection in the arthouse theatres..."
"...Arthouse at the Jones Center may not actually have the Jones Center as a space right now (its $6.6 million makeover is still under way, remember?), but that can't stop the contemporary art organization from throwing its annual 5x7 art show and sale. This year's 1,000-plus crop of 5-inch-by-7-inch works of art created by more than 900 artists will be set up and ready for purchase at the Whitley Building, 301 Brazos..."
"...Arthouse staffers weren't sure if people would actually show up for The 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project, a time-based installation/performance by Los Angeles artist Liz Glynn in which volunteers help build a model version of ancient Rome in a day. They needn't have worried..."
"...In this week of counting our blessings, if you're inspired to give more than thanks to those in need, consider a donation to Arthouse's Emergency Relief Fund. The statewide visual-arts association set up the fund to provide financial aid to artists whose ability to make work has been interrupted by an unexpected health problem or disaster..."
"...And we doubt you’ll hear any argument from Elizabeth Dunbar. The Arthouse curator spent last Friday overseeing the final installation of “Rapture in Rupture,” an exhibit of work by Lauren Kelley, Shiri Mordechay, Mindy Shapero, and Nicolau Vergueiro that she curated, then celebrating the show’s opening with a crowd at the Jones Center..."
"...For the third consecutive year, AMOA-Arthouse presents its Rooftop Architecture Film Series, which focuses on "celebrated architects and their innovative projects. In the spring season, the selected documentaries are Making the Modern, about Tadao Ando's designs for the aforementioned Fort Worth project; Kaspar Astrup Schröder's My Playground, which follows parkour enthusiasts Team JiYo and architect Bjarke Ingels from China to Denmark and everywhere in between; and finally, Life Architecturally, which profiles the husband-and-wife duo of Robert McBride (architect) and Debbie Ryan (interior designer)...."
"...Dubbed "Arthouse Monthly," the four-part series kicks off Tuesday, April 10 with – fittingly – Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring...."
"...Berlin-based Florian Slotawa gets to the core of the organization Arthouse with his first U.S. solo exhibition, "One After the Other," currently on view in the organization's home at 700 Congress..."
"...You aren't likely to mistake the new Arthouse for an old dress shop anymore. The headquarters of the statewide visual arts organization, which reopens this weekend after a yearlong $6.6 million makeover, no longer bears any resemblance to the Lerner Shops outlet that anchored the northwest corner of Seventh & Congress for most of the last half of the 20th century...."
"...That's what awaits you at Arthouse right now. The 3,000-square-foot exhibition area of the Jones Center for Contemporary Art has been transformed into a large open room in which tables, desks, and seating for 60 people all hang from the ceiling by cables..."
"...This is how Austin composer Travis Weller describes the audience experience of his new work, Concerto Laguna, premiering Saturday, March 2, on the grounds of AMOA-Arthouse at – where else? – Laguna Gloria. The work is the first in the museum's Spring Sound Series, three events featuring innovative presentations of new music at its lakeside home..."
"...In just two weeks, Arthouse will hand out its first-ever Texas Prize, a historic award that, thanks to the $30,000 check attached, makes it the largest regional art award in the country. Since Sept..."
"...In 1995, when Arthouse then the Texas Fine Arts Association took possession of the building at 700 Congress, it planned to completely transform the former Lerner's department store, top to bottom. But as has been known to happen with construction projects (especially those involving local arts institutions), the best-laid plans aft gang aglay..."
"...In art, it seems, as in all other aspects of life, everything is bigger in Texas. As announced this week, the statewide visual arts organization Arthouse is establishing a new biennial award for an artist living or working in the Lone Star State, and with it comes a cash prize of, get this, $30,000..."
"...Starring: Emmanuelle Chaulet, Stephen Lack, Grace Phillips, Gracie Mansion, Gordon Joseph Weiss and Katherine Bean. This newest work from steadfast American independent filmmaker, Jon Jost, almost breaks out of his arthouse ghetto and into markedly familiar movie strategies like narrative and performance, making this his most engaging merger of experimental and traditional forms..."
"...Austin Film Society has partnered with design firm Designtrait and architect Michael Hsu to turn the Marchesa building into a fulltime arthouse cinema with a distinct “Austin-vibe” (according to the press release). The renovations will feature a second cinema and a redesigned lounge and bar..."
"...As of today, the visual arts institution born of the merger between Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art will no longer operate under the ungainly name that reminded everyone it used to be two organizations. After a lengthy effort to redefine its mission and direction, AMOA-Arthouse has rebranded itself The Contemporary Austin...."
"...A key player at the Landmark and Magnolia theatre chains, as well as the owner and operator of the North Carolina-based Carolina Cinemas, Banowsky has spent 10 years hatching a plan for an arthouse theatre in Central Austin. (A few years back, there was an aborted effort to open a theatre at the corner of Sixth and Lamar.) "A lot of great films don't play in Central Austin," he says, alluding to the north-dwelling Regal Arbor Cinema's lock on a good chunk of the arthouse, foreign, and documentary titles that pass through town..."
"...Starring: Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt and Paul Dooley. The question of how maverick filmmaker Christopher Nolan could possibly follow up his arthouse smash Memento has finally been answered..."
"...Actually, I kid. Cosmatos proved himself to be one of the most unique and monstrously creative voices of post-millennial arthouse horror with his debut...."
"...Add to this the fact that Boris’ mystery job views divorce among its workforce as a sin on a par with simply not showing up for work, and the fact that both spouses' new flames don’t seem to know what makes them tick either, and Loveless is a grim picture of mutual enmity and emotional upheaval. All three leads give subtly wrenching performances that wouldn’t have been out of place in Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre, and the film’s more forthright depictions of self-inflicted tech-rot – selfies galore, constant attention to an iPhone’s black mirror at the expense of “real life” – make this less a Russian arthouse import than a doleful slice of anti-life..."
"...Lurching away from the high-budget arthouse controversy of Mother!, Jennifer Lawrence returns to action as Dominika Egorova, a ballerina with the Bolshoi whose career is curtailed by a broken leg. Fortunately her spymaster uncle (Schoenaerts) gives her an option: Become a spy, and seduce CIA agent Nate Nash (Edgerton)..."
"...Now 17 movies into the MCU, the most memorable outings come smudged with the distinctive whorls of their directors’ fingerprints: Joss Whedon’s acidic quips and Scooby-gang team-building in the Avengers pictures, James Gunn’s giddy paint-splatter of puerile and sentimental in Guardians of the Galaxy. With equal gusto, Ragnarok director Taika Waititi – frequent collaborator with NZ comedy team Flight of the Conchords and the writer/director of the very fine arthouse comedies What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – imprints his particular comic sensibility onto this certainly corporate entertainment, drenching it in Eighties synth and Day-Glo colors, and clocking more jokes per minute than any of Marvel’s predecessors..."
"...A Ghost Story is a movie constructed in meditative and poetic tones rather than the shock scares and creeping dread that characterize spooky-house movies as we generally know them. This is a ghost movie for the arthouse crowd, featuring an ethereal figure that’s decidedly low-tech and not a phantom dependent on CGI effects and eerie frights..."
"...During the remodel, head of film & creative media Holly Herrick found a list of AFS screenings at the now-defunct Dobie Theatre on the Drag, and she was struck by how consistent the mission has been. She said, "It's the new arthouse releases from Thailand and Japan and Germany..."
"...Brian De Palma is one of the great filmmakers of the American New Wave, a member of the generation of so-called “movie brats” who were brought up on Hollywood movies of the past and inspired by the European arthouse films of the Fifties and Sixties. Reaching their first blossom in the Seventies, many like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, and George Lucas have already been canonized, but others such as De Palma remain, in the public eye, only as good as their last film..."
"...Pawn Sacrifice pushes through the decades with a Forrest Gump-like gloss on history – cue the archival footage reel set to a Top 40 tune – and celebrates the conclusion of the Spassky-Fischer match with a montage of Americans celebrating at home, including the kindly hooker who deflowered Fischer and the mom that abandoned him (and the film abandoned in kind). It’s Hollywood hokum hugged around a sour little arthouse movie trying to chew its way out...."
"...This is, it turns out, the film’s raison d’être: Magic Mike’s crew are not sex workers, but sex healers. (The “healer” word is first dropped in a scene that’s positively mumblecore-ish in its overlapping dialogue and intimate camerawork, one in a line of genre samplings that also includes competition-film and road-trip comedy tropes.) In contrast to the first film’s push-pull between arthouse and panty-dropping populism, Magic Mike XXL is more upfront – about what it thinks straight women want, and about its own ridiculousness as a work of dramatic art..."
"...Husbands and wives have always strayed, children have always been curious about sex, and parents, now and forever, just don’t understand – good fodder, all, for some chewy drama. But Men, Women & Children is strictly soft-serve, pandering to technophobes and the morality police while simultaneously begging for arthouse bona fides by having America’s creepy uncle, Adam Sandler, fake-masturbate..."
"...But crueler yet is to be adjacent to genius, breathing the same air, but with none of that brilliance transferable. A likable but ultimately slight arthouse comedy, Frank measures the toll such close proximity to greatness takes on a lesser man...."
"...Rare is the director who can elicit charmingly eloquent performances from (often) nonactors in such a way that you succumb to the idea that you are watching real life unfold before your eyes. Some dismiss his work as arthouse posturing, but his preoccupation with the often instinctive choices we make in this life, and their subsequent consequences are, more often than not, quietly revelatory..."
"...Constantly lingering on the clutter and trash that surround them, the film tries to attain the feeling of some poverty tone poem, using magic-hour idyll in lieu of emotional resonance that’s straight out of the Terrence Malick playbook. Rich Hill attempts to lay bare these kids’ lives, striving for gentle intimacy, but the result feels more like arthouse pandering...."