Texas Contemporary Art Fair
artMRKT Productions, a newly formed Brooklyn-based organizer of modern and contemporary art fairs, announces Houston as the host city for its inaugural Texas Contemporary art fair taking place October 20 – 23, 2011 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Texas Contemporary will present 50 contemporary art dealers from around the world, including a section showcasing special projects and pieces that focus on energy and sustainability by Texas-based artists featured in solo booths.
September 17, 1pm
Eleanor Whitney, Program Officer for External Affairs and Fiscal Sponsorship will present information geared to individual artists across disciplines and emerging arts organizations on Artspire/NYFA’s extensive fundraising and support programs. Visual, performing, literary artists and filmmakers are all encouraged to attend.
September 22, 7pm
Legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt discusses his life and work on Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium at The University of Texas at Austin. In a career spanning more than six decades, the former president of Magnum Photos has published over 20 photography books and exhibited his work in both public and private galleries from New York to Paris and Tokyo. The Magnum Photos collection resides at the Ransom Center.
Lecture with El Anatsui and Lisa Binder
September 24, 2pm
Artist El Anatsui joins exhibition curator Lisa Binder from the Museum of African Art and Moyosore Okediji, associate professor in the department of art and art history at UT Austin for a conversation on the occasion of the opening of his major retrospective at The Blanton.
Lecture by Nancy Kwallek: Herman Miller, Inc. and Knoll's color palettes from the 1950s
September 27, 5pm
Offered in conjunction with The Architect's Garden, Dr. Nancy Kwallek, Gene Edward Mikesa Endowed Chair in Interior Design and Director of the Interior Design Program at UT Austin uses Herman Miller and Knoll as examples to discuss the impact of color on our senses. This lecture relates to discussions between Dr. Kwallek and Mika Tajima on interior design, architecture, and modernism.
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2011
Saturday and Sunday October 1-2, 10am-6pm
The 25th Annual AIA Austin Homes Tour is a showcase of great design by local architects. This year's self-guided tour will include 15 homes in the Austin area. Traditional and contemporary designs coexist on the tour, which encompasses new construction and renovation projects. Approximately 5,000 attendees are expected to attend this year's two-day tour, which reaches an educated, design-minded group. Tickets to the AIA Homes Tour go on sale September 1st and are $25 in advance; $30 the weekend of the event. Tickets may be purchased at Zinger Hardware (North Lamar location near Central Market), Five Elements Furniture (South Lamar), or directly from AIA Austin. Additional information is available from AIA Austin at 512.452.4332.
24th Annual Dia de los Muertos
October 17- November 6
Lawndale Art Center is pleased to present its 24th Annual Día de los Muertos programs, a celebration of the art, music and practices of Mexico. This program supports area artists and students by offering them an opportunity to show their works to diverse audiences in a museum quality setting. Over the years additional programming has been developed to educate audiences and encourage dialogue in celebration of Mexican-American heritage in our region. Día de los Muertos programs and exhibitions at Lawndale Art Center promote cultural awareness of Mexican folk art practices associated with this celebration of family, life and community.
Fort Worth Events
TASA Conference 2011
Texas Association of School of Arts
Addressing diversity as a practical necessity, Fluid Dynamics seeks to explore the evolving boundaries between art and related fields in an era of ever expanding interests. As each speaker in the conference typifies, plurality can allow for a synergistic effect, creating success and community through embracing a multi-faceted career. For more information, click here.
Jennifer Rubell: Legendary
September 22, 7-10pm
For the LEGENDARY event at Dallas Contemporary, Jennifer Rubell’s Made In Texas will be a participatory artwork involving Texas cuisine that is a hybrid of performance art, installation, and happenings. Rubell’s pieces are often staggering in scale and sensually arresting, employing food and drink as media. Past works have included one ton of ribs with honey dripping on them from the ceiling; 2,000 hard-boiled eggs with a pile of latex gloves nearby to pick them up; 1,521 doughnuts hanging on a free-standing wall; a room-sized cell padded with 1,800 cones of pink cotton candy.