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.
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.
Artist's talk: Jim Torok
October 1, 6:30pm
Please join us as artist Jim Torok talks about his exhibition, Walton.
October 4, 8pm
During this special screening of Fade In's presentation of G.W. Pabst's 1929 silent film, Pandora’s Box, a small ensemble of UT jazz students, under the direction of faculty composer Dr. John Mills, will provide improvisational musical accompaniment based on written themes to the classic silent film. The new score is a contemporary homage to the musical zeitgeist of 1920s Germany.
Sound + Vision: Disco Desert by Austin Video Bee
October 7, 7-9pm
Setting out to capture the surreality, mutability, and possibility found in West Texas, Austin Video Bee (AVB) traveled to Presidio, Texas and the adjacent area to collect footage and construct a temporary shelter that doubles as a projection structure for this edition of Sound + Vision. The five-person collective gathered a multitude of desert images and sounds, translated and reassembled the footage, augmenting it in post-production to draw out the fantastic elements of the landscape. The installation features projections and sound enveloping the viewers in an immersive sensory experience.
October 12, 8-9pm
In conjunction with the Center Space Ezra Masch's exhibition Music of the Spheres, Center Space Project presents a very special performance by MFA Studio student Ezra Masch. This rousing and enveloping production is in tandem with his exhibition, which features his modified Fender Rhodes Electric Stage Piano wired to a matrix of seventy-three colorful electric lights.
Pastelegram Issue No. 1 Launch Party
October 13, 6-8pm
Pastelegram’s biannual print issue is an artwork-as-magazine, and offers original work by an artist, art historian or art critic. Included in each issue is a collection of the work’s source material, which may include images by other artists or writings about other artists (some original, some reproduced), poetry or literature, theoretical texts, timelines or diagrams, advertisements or business letters, and so forth. Also featured in the magazine is an interview with our collaborator. Instead of commissioning a writer to interpret the work, we provide the sources that the artist used to develop their ideas and invite readers to draw their own interpretations.
October 30, 5-7pm
In collaboration with Austin Center for Photography, B. Hollyman Gallery is hosting a one night exhibit and reception with ACP Icon Linda Connor on Friday, September 30. At 6pm, Connor will speak about an assortment of recent works on display in the gallery. Connor's work takes us on a journey to places near and far. For over 25 years, she has traveled to India, Mexico, Thailand, Ireland, Peru, Nepal, Egypt, Hawaii and the American Southwest, capturing the spiritual and sacred essence of people, place, custom, and landscape with her 8x10 view camera.
Taking Art with Carlos Rosales-Silva
November 2, 6pm
Talking Art is a forum for visitors to engage more deeply with Arthouse exhibitions by attending and participating in gallery talks led by exhibiting artists and other experts in contemporary art and culture. All talks are free and open to the public. Carlos Rosales-Silva is an artist living an working in Austin, Texas. He is a member of the Okay Mountain collective.
Through the Lens: The Early Days of the Rothko Chapel as Seen by Francois de Menil
October 1, 7pm
Admission: Free, outdoors of the Rothko Chapel
François de Menil, a son of Chapel co-founders Dominique and John de Menil, filmed key moments of the Chapel’s early years, including interviews with his parents. The filming was completed in 1972 but was just recently digitized by filmmakers de Menil and Jerry Michaels. Along with interviews with the senior de Menils about their decision to commission the painter Mark Rothko in 1964, and the spiritual goals of the building, the film captures the interfaith commitment of the Chapel through three religious ceremonies in the Chapel: a Catholic service, a Presbyterian Lenten service, and an Islamic prayer. The film also shows rare archival footage of Mrs. de Menil dedicating the Chapel to the people of Houston in 1971 and captures the contemplative nature of the space with slow shots of the interior and of visitors experiencing the art and architecture. The film will be shown on the Chapel's plaza and will be followed by a question and answer session and reception with the filmmaker.
Skydive Mega Yard Sale
October 8, 8am-2pm
Come hang out on the lawn, buy cool stuff, drink lemonade and support an amazing friend! All proceeds from this event will benefit a dear friend of Skydive who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis and the high costs of insurance associated with this condition. We've got furniture, antiques, clothes and tons of cool stuff. Also, a special art sale will take place inside by these well-known Houston artists: The Art Guys, Jillian Conrad, Sharon Engelstein, Dixie Friend Gay, Diana Harper, Rachel Hecker, Hana Hillerova, Terrell James, Lauren Kelley, Jim Nolan, Kelly Klassmeyer, Aaron Parazette, Linda Post, Carl Suddath and Gabriela Trzebinksi.
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.