304 E. 44th, Austin, 78751, 512/458-2255
Nineteenth-century Texas in all its heroic glory comes to life in this preserved studio of the pioneering sculptor Elisabet Ney. As gifted as she was at portraying human emotion in majestic statuary, Ney could have carved out a comfortable life for herself in cosmopolitan Europe, but she chose to emigrate to the Lone Star frontier, where she sculpted images of Texian heroes for display in the State Capitol. Her charming castle/studio, "Formosa," nestled in a corner of the Hyde Park neighborhood, is a temple to her work, filled with chalky plaster casts of her works that radiate epic drama and inspire an almost holy awe.
Like you need an excuse to witness the glory of historical sculpting genius Elisabet Ney
's work? Well, then here you go: In the same storied venue, an exhibition of figurative sculpture
by the contemporary
artist (and Blue Genie
dude) Dana Younger
– who we won't call a "genius," but only because he's very much alive and would likely blush at the term. But, still, these two temporally divided local giants of three-dimensional, human-based art? What an excellent pairing
with which to immerse your eyes in wonder. Through Nov. 5.