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.
Afro-Caribbean folkloric dance styles, with an occasional shake of old-school Afro-American funk, led by Novuyo Masakhane. $10/class.
During 2018, Medearis – known to millions as The Kitchen Diva
– donated several books, manuscripts, photographs, awards, and research papers to the Carver Museum. Now, they’ve been curated and presented as this new exhibition. Through June 23.
Founding members of the Austin-based Black Mountain Project – Adrian Aguilera, Betelhem Makonnen, and Tammie Rubin – debut a new body of work in sculpture, photography, text, and, video. Also on display at the Carver: Re-Membering is the Responsibility of the Living, an installation by Taja Lindley. Through July 27.
Looking at human rights under threat in the current political climate in the U.S. and taking a marked stance against white supremacy, this film portrays diverse individuals in a country undergoing an enormous identity crisis. Tue., March 26, 6:30-9:15pm. Free, donations welcome.
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.