Austin Openings

Apparent Weight: 2011 MFA Studio Art Exhibition

Vaulted and Arcade Galleries of the Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Opening Reception: April 1, 6-8pm

Apparent weight is a term from physics that indicates an objects relative, perceived weight within a closed system. In an accelerating, ascending elevator, an individual senses a greater downward force than usual; in that moment, that person’s apparent weight has increased. Conversely, underwater, or in free fall, that same person perceives weightlessness. An object’s apparent weight is both quantifiable but shifting, concrete but infinitely variable. A vantage point outside of the system is required to take an accurate measurement of apparent weight. This is because apparent weight is relative to its context; in relationship to artistic production, it would encompass factors like cultural values, art historical frameworks and personal histories. The artists in this exhibition ask the viewer to consider the work’s apparent weight—that is, a weight that is both obviously present and not yet proven.

2011 MFA Design Exhibition

East Gallery of Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Opening Reception: April 1, 6-8pm

This year’s MFA Design class developed practice-based research out of a curricular framework organized around the theme of mapping. As a design process, mapping encompasses the framing, digging, arraying, and presenting of information, and is a useful way for designers to stake out territory and negotiate space and complex problems. Mapping does not necessarily define the projects represented here, but it serves as an underlying process, reminding us that design is an activity inextricably tied to pragmatic, real-world problems, where solutions emerge by carefully surveying the situation and the materials at hand.

Jeff Stanley

Center Space Gallery of the Visual Arts Center on UT Campus
Opening Reception: April 1, 8pm

For the second 2011 Fade In series, the VAC presents a video reel especially created by M.F.A. candidate Jeff Stanley. Stanley will be presenting his work, Re_FX, and this edition of Fade In will only be on view from the window facing Trinity Street. Join us for the unveiling of this video exhibit outside the VAC, along Trinity Street, following the Opening Exhibition for 2011 Student Art and Design Exhibitions.

Jack Strange

Opening Reception: April 9, 2pm

British artist Jack Strange makes conceptual works in a wide variety of media including sculpture, photography, video, works on paper, and performance. Characterized by a cheeky wit, his work is visually engaging and frequently causes the viewer to do a double take. Strange finds beauty in the mundane and humorously celebrates the banal by appropriating everyday items and subjecting them to simple manipulation.

About Face: Portraiture as Subject

Blanton Museum of Art
Opening Reception: April 30

About Face features 35 portraits in diverse mediums from antiquity to today. Drawn mostly from The Blanton’s notable collection, along with several choice loaned objects, the exhibition includes works by artists known for their probing investigations of the genre, such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, John Singer Sargent, Diego Rivera, Sir Jacob Epstein, Antonio Berni, Alice Neel, Chuck Close, Robert Henri, Andy Warhol, Yasumasa Morimura, Charles Umlauf, Oscar Muñoz, and Kehinde Wiley.

Austin on View

Barry Stone

SOFA Gallery
Through April 9

Barry Stone’s exhibition of photographs and drawings, Hum, distorts sets of polarities: feminine and masculine, the ballad and metal music, the drawn image and the mechanical image, youth and adulthood. Often, the pictures are paired together to create tension or to complicate meaning. An image is so rarely read alone.

Thomas Benton Hollyman

B. Hollyman Gallery
Through April 30

Some Creatives pulls from the Thomas Benton Hollyman Trust Archive, and focuses on a number of limited original vintage prints; silver gelatin portraits of historical "creatives": Robert Frost, George Balanchine, Frank Lloyd Wright, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Carr, Jorge Luis Borges, Arthur Miller, Dr. Martin Luther King, Pablo Casals and many others.

Jules Buck Jones

Champion Contemporary
Through April 16

Employing a larger-than-life presence intrinsic to the changing dialogue between man and the animal kingdom, Jules Buck Jones' characters continue to center around the hawk, fox, owl, and toad. Depicting these animals without their eyes invites the idea of transformation as each drawing becomes a potential shell for one to enter, wear, or maneuver. The illusion of hollowness is created in response to a fascination with the desire, and sometimes unintentional urge, to actually become the animal. This opens up a new direction which allows for the addition of new media to complement Jones' rhythmic drawing style.

Deanna Templeton and Ed Templeton

Domy Books
Through April 28

This is the second two-person show for Ed and Deanna Templeton, two artists living together as husband and wife in Huntington Beach, California, a famous surfing locale. Ed and Deanna Templeton both document their surroundings, and the people and places they visit in their extensive travels. The suburbia they live in serves as a provocation for the work they make.

Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

Lora Reynolds Gallery
Through May 7

Cinema, the subtleties of its components and its history form the core of Hubbard/Birchler’s artistic work. This exhibition will feature new photographs as well as the Texas premiere of Hubbard/Birchler’s most recent video installation titled Méliès. Set in the Chihuahua Desert of West Texas near the border town of Sierra Blanca, this video explores the cinematic residue of a specific location named Movie Mountain.

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch

Austin Museum of Art
Through May 22

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch is the fourth exhibition in a triennial showcase that spotlights emerging artists from Central Texas whose work stretches the boundaries of contemporary art. Accompanied by a full-color scholarly catalogue, the exhibition will bring cutting edge work in a variety of media to a broad audience.

Austin Closings

Marie Losier

Through April 3

French-born, New York-based Marie Losier is a filmmaker and curator whose work recalls the heyday of 1960s New York underground film. Papal Broken-Dance is a campy music video in the style of a Scopitone from the early 1960s. A forerunner of music videos, the Scopitone was a jukebox surmounted by a dim color screen that played 16mm film clips along with the soundtrack. The reference to Scopitone underscores the importance of music in the work.

Graham Hudson

Through April 10

British artist Graham Hudson, whose sculptures often include scaffolding, shipping pallets, scrap wood, discarded windows, and vintage turntables, will recreate a portion of the stage of the famous Astoria Theatre (London, demolished 2009) in the renovated space of Arthouse’s 2nd floor gallery. Constructed of scaffolding, the ghost-like replica will double as a sculpture and performance space, as it will be utilized as a rehearsal stage by local bands.

Austin on View

Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires

Blanton Museum of Art
Through May 22

Organized by The Blanton, Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires will be the first comprehensive presentation of art produced during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, a time of pivotal transformation in Argentina. The exhibition will focus on the work of artists identified as the “arte light” group, which rose to prominence during this decade.

San Antonio on View

New Works: 11.1


E.V. Day's deconstructive style puts all clothing at risk, from women's undergarments to wedding gowns. Devon Dikeou seeks to "reiterate or re-enrich Conceptual models in their physical reality, often reinterpreting these models through an autobiographical twist." Kelly Richardson's computer-generated videos and photographic works serve to obscure the limits between fantasy and reality. Curated by Heather Pesant

Gabriel Vormstein

Through May 1

Gabriel Vormstein is interested in exploring the relationship between figuration and abstraction. Inspired by the work of Egon Schiele, he reexamines the romantic, emotionally charged gestures found in early Modernist painting. By redrawing figures found in art history, Vormstein captures the body as an abstract shape that can be filled with new choices of color and medium, such as the ground of newspapers, and more particularly, the mechanical text of the financial pages.

Michael Jay Smith

McNay Art Museum
Through May 1

To create Symmetry in Rhythm, Michael Jay Smith recorded the group Urban-15 at Luminaria, San Antonio’s arts night of March 13, 2010. By first shooting the elaborate performance, moving the camera to the beat of the music, and then modifying the footage digitally, Smith transformed color, light, and movement into a kaleidoscopic dream. Slight changes in the original footage, often result in dramatically different images. Smith’s work is inspired by the beauty of symmetry, referencing mandalas and stained glass rose windows found in cathedrals.

Joshua Bienko

Through May 1

Joshua Bienko exposes the fetishistic nature of sports, music, and fashion through stylistically diverse drawings, paintings, photography, and video works. His diverse practice often references popular cultural icons such as contemporary artists, poster pinup girls, rap songs, and sports logos. Through this unique juxtaposition of imagery and object, he emphasizes the relationship between fame and desire with art stars and the fashion industry.

Richie Budd

Unit B Gallery
Through May 7

All I Have to Give, Richie Budd's exhibit, is a series of the artist's four extracted wisdom teeth showcased on individual pedestals. The only explanation given by Mr. Budd is that he has been thinking a lot lately about oral traditions and how wisdom is spread through word of mouth and that he hopes you will, too.

New Image Sculpture

McNay Art Museum
Through May 8

Organized by the McNay’s Chief Curator and Curator of Art after 1945, New Image Sculpture assembles works by emerging and mid-career artists who freely appropriate from art history, ethnographic artifacts, fashion, folk art, hobby crafts, popular culture, and the world of do-it-yourself. Included is Austin collected, Okay Mountain.

San Antonio Closings

Erick Jackson

Sala Diaz
Through April 10

Ever-inspired by the romantic notion that a gifted, perhaps misunderstood loner, creatively following the dictates of his inspiration rather than the mores of contemporary society, is to be revered and celebrated, Jackson marries his childhood memory with an imagined, other world.

Houston Openings

Linda Post

Art Palace
Opening Reception: April 16 6-8pm

Linda Post explores how perception and individual position can be examined in experiential video installations, sound works, media sculpture and photography. Wherever presents a group of discreet works that extend her exploration of the site-specific to the idea of the ideal exhibition space as a neutral non-site. The white cube is addressed as nowhere or wherever. A choreography of the everyday emerges as simple everyday actions are performed and systematized.

Carmen Flores

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Carmen Flores' drawings explore the proliferation of violence in the culture and its impact on the human psyche. The imagery in Flores' work is drawn from personal safety tutorials, police reports and press accounts of violence drawn in graphite and chalk.

Leigh Merrill

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Leigh Merrill's work is driven by an interest in regionalism and the cultural signifiers of particular places. She has photographed the places where she has lived, motivated by curiosity about the architecture that surrounds us and how it reflects larger ideas of beauty, class, romanticism and perfection.

Marc Bell & Jim Woodring

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Some artists record the world, some interpret it, and some distort it. A few, like Jim Woodring and Marc Bell, create their own worlds. They represent a certain strain in modern comics-a world of fantasy influenced by childrens books, pre-war newspaper comic strips and illustration, and contemporary art.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Daniel McFarlane & Anthony Thompson Shumate

Lawndale Art Center
Opening Receptions: April 22, 2011, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

This exhibition features residents for the fifth year of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program, Hillerbrand+Magsamen (Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen), Daniel McFarlane and Anthony Thompson Shumate. The exhibit includes abstract paintings, video art, and installations.

Houston on View

Michael Bise

Moody Gallery
Through April 23

This exhibition follows up his Holy Ghosts! exhibition in 2009 as he continues his practice of creating large, formally complex images based on incidents from his own life. Using personal memories and family stories, Bise makes drawings that address larger cultural realities such as child abuse, aging, religious fervor, and the strange experience of childhood.

San Antonio Openings

Suchil Coffman-Guerra

Bil Haus Arts
Opening Reception: April 15 5:30pm-8:30pm

Fiberartist Suchil Coffman-Guerra will introduce the culmination of several years’ work with her evolving The Kitchen Goddess textile series. She will transform Bihl Haus Arts into a retro 1950s kitchen in which everything has been painstakingly re-created in fabric to match the mood of both the time period and the secretly frustrated housewife who presides there. For the opening reception, performance artist Rebecca Coffey will embody the kitchen goddess with her musings, local poets will perform kitchen poetry, and chef Eric Chiappetta of Denver, in his role as “The Magic Chef,” will serve up an interactive 50s retro edible installation.

Houston Openings

Window Into Houston

Blaffer Art Museum
Opening Reception: April 6, 6:30pm-8pm

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston will debut a new exhibition series, Window into Houston, at 110 Milam Street in downtown Houston. This exhibit is dedicated to showcasing the work of Houston artists in a unique and highly public setting that allows for focused two-part installation in the windows of a historic building.

Houston on View

2011 Core Exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Through April 22

The 2011 Core Exhibition features work by artists-in-residence Nick Barbee; Lourdes Correa-Carlo; Fatima Haider; Steffani Jemison; Gabriel Martinez; Julie Ann Nagle; Kelly Sears; and Clarissa Tossin. Core critical studies residents Massa Lemu, Melissa Ragain, Julie Thomson, and Wendy Vogel contribute essays based on their independent research to the Core 2011 Yearbook publication that accompanies the show (forthcoming April, 2011).

John Wood & Paul Harrison

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Through April 24

Answers to Questions: John Wood & Paul Harrison will be the first United States museum survey of work in video by this British artistic team. Wood and Harrison use a wide variety of props, often including their own bodies, to create short video vignettes that highlight the inventive play behind all art, even in its most minimal and conceptual strains. Well known throughout Europe and Asia, and especially in their native England, where they have collaborated since 1993, Wood and Harrison’s imaginative, inventive, and often hilarious shorts will be an exciting new discovery for American audiences.

Chad Hopper and Amanda Jones

Domy Books
Through May 5

In acrobatic acts of blind alchemy they mix wood whispers and plastic gossip. Animals take over abandoned office buildings, leading us to explore the mysteries lurking between pictures and words.

Mary Temple

Rice Gallery
Through May 25

Mary Temple paints directly on walls and floors creating installations that not only trick the eye, but also trigger memory by freezing a fleeting moment of passing time. Upon encountering a Mary Temple light installation, it is common for viewers to stick out a hand in an attempt to block the light they perceive as falling on the wall before them. Yet after a few moments of hand waving, they realize that the shards and patches of light they see are, in fact, painted on the wall. This moment of confusion is what Mary Temple calls the “not-knowing,” that moment when memory collides with experience causing the viewer to question what is real. Temple has refined her trompe l’oeil painting technique to convince the eye, mind, and body that somehow light has been captured, and so it has, in hundreds of thousands of tiny brushstrokes

Carlos Cruz-Diez

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Through April 6

For more than five decades, Carlos Cruz-Diez (born 1923) has experimented intensively with the origins and optics of color. His wide-ranging body of work includes unconventional color structures, light environments, street interventions, architectural integration projects, and experimental works that engage the response of the human eye while insisting on the participatory nature of color. The MFAH and the Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston, present the first large-scale retrospective of this pioneering Franco-Venezuelan artist.

Houston Closings

Heimir Björgúlfsson

CTRL Gallery
Through April 2

In his new collage works, Björgúlfsson transforms photographs taken as records of his varying environment. One reality punctuates another, creating impossible scenarios.

Jim Nolan

Art Palace
Through April 2

In his debut show at Art Palace, Today is Tomorrow, Jim Nolan combines the aesthetics of working class labor and underground music culture with the language of Minimalism to create off-hand and irreverent installations, sculptures and photographs.

Okay Mountain

Blaffer Art Museum
Through April 2

For their exhibition at the Blaffer, Okay Mountain explores the methods and rituals held in common by otherwise isolated groups—from followers of self-help messiahs to fundamentalist cults to Fortune 500 companies—who “employ a combination of initiation, insider/outsider mentality, esoteric language, and a hierarchy of progressive advancement to inspire a streamlined, new identity that supersedes the complexities of everyday existence.

Johan Grimonprez

Blaffer Art Museum
Through April 2

Johan Grimonprez’s critically acclaimed films and video installations dance on the border of art and cinema, documentary and fiction, practice and theory. Mixing reality and fiction in an innovative fashion and presenting history as a construct readily open to manipulation, Grimonprez asks us every so often to pause, do a double take, and to reconsider our assumptions. Acting as a media archeologist and suggesting new narratives through which to tell our histories, the artist emphasizes the co-existence of a multiplicity of realities.

Heyd Fontenot

Inman Gallery
Through April 2

Heyd Fontenot's exhibit "It's A Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude, Nude World" is a series of drawings on paper by pencil and ink. It raises questions about the human figure and perhaps its role in history.

Tony Smith

The Menil
Through April 2

A selection of rarely exhibited and early drawings by American artist Tony Smith (1912-1980), the work, executed within a limited time-period in the 1950’s, precedes Smith's emergence as one of the most important sculptors of the mid-twentieth-century, following his career as an architectural designer.

Man Bartlett

Through April 9

SKYDIVE is pleased to present NEW SOME, an exhibition and performance by New York artist Man Bartlett. For his Texas debut, Bartlett will be exhibiting a selection of his drawings – comprised of thousands of tiny circles or dots – and new collages, which are crafted from travel magazine advertisements of the 1950s and '60s.

Dallas Openings

Jay Shinn

Marty Walker Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 2, 6-8pm

In his new exhibition, Centerfolds, Jay Shinn deftly manipulates space, light, shadow, and shape with sharp minimalist work that actively alters viewer's perceptions by continuously shifting between two-and-three-dimensional planes. His arrangements imply movement and balance as they evoke pathways, thresholds, and mandala-like plans while also inviting the viewer to understand each form by approaching it from different positions.

Jim Lambie

Goss Michael Foundation
Opening April 7

Jim Lambie has discussed the relationship between the tape works and the solid objects they incorporate in terms of a jazz ensemble, comparing the tape to the “baseline played by the drums and bass” and the pieces placed on top to the “guitar and vocals.

Juergen Teller

Dallas Contemporary
Opening Reception: April 8, 8pm-12a

The photographs in Man with Banana, a large-scale exhibition, will survey Juergen Teller’s oeuvre and include many new and unseen works from the last year. Blurring the distinction between his commercial and non-commercial work, Teller takes a story-telling approach to this exhibition by combining images of family and friends interwoven with known and at times abstract metaphors.

Dallas on View

Royal Robertson

Webb Gallery
Through April 17

A retrospective. Robertson worked primarily on poster board using magic markers, tempera paint, colored pencils, ball point pens and glitter. Many of his pieces are double sided and in addition to works on paper; he adorned his home with murals, signs, and shrines of space sexy ladies,space men, signs with his troubled thoughts on women, warnings of the end of times, and biblical texts.

Ed Ruscha

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Through April 17

Since Ruscha's first road trip from Oklahoma City to Los Angeles in 1956, the artist has continued to engage the images he has encountered along the roads of the western United States. Consisting of approximately 75 works, spanning the artist's entire career, Ed Ruscha: Road Tested tracks key images inspired by his admitted love of driving. "I like being in the car, and seeing things from that vantage point," Ruscha has said. "Sometimes I give myself assignments to go out on the road and explore different ideas."

Brian Fridge

Dunn and Brown Contemporary
Through May 14

For this exhibition Fridge presents a site-specific video projection in the project gallery. This video, Sequence 36.1, is part of a new catalog of silent, black and white videos. The photographic prints in the exhibitions are stills taken from the videos

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