George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina, 512/974-4926
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 10am-6pm; Thu., 10am-9pm; Fri., 10am-5pm; Sat., 10am-4pm
The Carver complex centers around the old Carver Library, the first library for residents of color in Austin. The original 1926 city library building – which was moved to the Eastside and opened to blacks in 1933 – still serves the neighborhood, but since 2005, it's been flanked by the 36,000-square-foot center, which includes four art galleries, the 134-seat Boyd Vance Theatre, a dance studio, a photo lab and darkroom, a conference room, offices, classroom, archive space, and museum store. The library itself was expanded to more than 15,000 square feet, with computers, meeting and study rooms, gallery space, and a youth library area. Hard-won, deeply earned, and aesthetically sumptuous, the Carver Complex is the new heart of East Austin.
This exhibition of big, bold new works (mixed media sculpture, installation, performance, and sound) by Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (also known by his brush name, AKIRASH) looks deep into the immigration issues that plague our society. Through June 27.
Mixed-media artist Graylin Anderson
’s figurative works on paper and wood explore historical narratives of spirituality, resistance, and connection. Through June 27.
Afro-Caribbean folkloric dance styles, with an occasional shake of old-school Afro-American funk, led by Novuyo Masakhane. $10/class.
The Carver is the first museum in the nation to feature a permanent exhibit honoring Juneteenth. Up all year round, the museum's core exhibit is dedicated to the history and evolution of Juneteenth, told through a combination of visual and interactive activities. Mon.-Fri., 10am-4pm. Free.