Austin Openings

We've Got Tissues

okay mountain
Opening Reception: Saturday March 22 from 7:00-10:00 pm

We’ve Got Tissues features the individual works of Jesse Greenberg, Lizzie Fitch, Brian McKelligott and the Austin premiere of Ryan Trecartin’s I-Be Area. Of the exhibition, the four artists write. "The workshould be viewed like a venn diagram with the overlapping content being a natural effect of our shared experiences, with all of the intimacy and drama of a really realistic theatrical put-on that is actually happening in real time.” Don't miss the Artist's Talk at 6:00 pm--Jesse Greenberg will be speaking about the work with artist and arts writer, Benjamin Carlson. Also showing in the Okay Mountain project space is "Mice Space, Paper Graveyard, Welcome Wealthy Patrons" with work by Dave Bryant.

Cult of Color: Call to Color - Notes on a Collaboration

March 22 - April 27, 2008

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Cult of Color: Call to Color a new ballet commissioned by Ballet Austin and created by visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds. The exhibition traces various aspects of this cross-disciplinary collaboration among the three artists. It will include four environmental installations derived from ballet scenes as well as Hancock’s paintings, notes, drawings, sketches and other art works that informed the production’s concept and inspired the backdrop curtains, stage props and costumes. Reynolds’ entire score will be available and Mills’ working process will be represented digitally via computers and video collage. For further information about the ballet, please click here.

Yoon Cho: Nothing Lasts Forever

Women & Their Work Gallery
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 3, 6-8 pm

Women & Their Work proudly presents Nothing Lasts Forever, a solo multimedia exhibition by Austin-based artist Yoon Cho. Recently named by the Austin Museum of Art as one of Austin’s “20 to Watch,” Cho uses video and digital photography to examine the ways we constantly create and re-create our identities. Utilizing blurring, pattern overlay, image insertion and other digital techniques to manipulate photography and video installations, Cho trains a sly and poignant lens on the ephemeral and ever-shifting nature of human persona.

Austin On View

Ewan Gibbs: Pictures of Pitchers

lora reynolds gallery
On view through April 19, 2008; Reception and Artist's Talk March 22, 6-8pm

Lora Reynolds Gallery presents its second solo exhibition by British artist Ewan Gibbs. Entitled Pictures of Pitchers, the exhibition includes eight new graphite drawings; the subject of each is a baseball pitcher captured at the moment just after the release of the ball.

Eric Zimmerman: Atlas

Art Palace
On view through April 9, 2008

See Michelle White's interview with Eric Zimmerman in this issue.

Benito Huerta: Intermezzo

The Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River Street)
On view through August 31, 2008

In this exhibition, the artist Benito Huerta uses the intermezzo—a short movement separating the major section of a symphonic work—to confront contemporary issues such as the economy, immigration, and natural disasters, either directly or in a more poetic form. A recipient of of Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award, Huerta's work is in several museum and corporate collections through the United Stated and Huerta's work was recently presented in Soundings: Benito Huerta 1992 – 2005 at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi and the El Paso Museum.

In Katrina’s Wake

WorkSpace Gallery, Blanton Museum of Art
On view through March 25, 2008

How do artists respond to calamity? In New Orleans, many resident artists and a number of those observing from outside have been moved by the need for community relief, healing, and support and have directed their work to address these immediate social and spiritual concerns. This group exhibition —the result of a year's research by curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, a former resident of the city — will feature film and video, drawings, photographs, and mixed media works by artists including Willie Birch (New Orleans), Paul Chan (New York), Dawn Dedeaux (New Orleans), Jana Napoli (New Orleans), Cauleen Smith (Boston) and others.

Katy Heinlein: Unknown Pleasures

Women & Their Work
On view through March 29, 2008

Women & Their Work presents Unknown Pleasures, a solo exhibition by Houston-based artist Katy Heinlein. Using sinuous folds of draped fabric as her medium, Heinlein creates surprising structures full of elegance and moxie that invite the viewer to look beneath the surface. Swathed around hidden buttresses and assuming shapes ranging from quirky to austere, Heinlein’s work challenges our perceptions of traditional sculpture.

Wheelchair Epidemic

Gallery Lombardi
On view through April 5, 2008

Wheelchair Epidemic takes its name from the 1980s song by punk band The Dicks and it features work by artists who are either current or former members of influential punk or rock and roll bands. Artists include The Dicks band members Gary Floyd and Buxf Parrot, former Big Boys member Tim Kerr, The Ends band member Ian Schults and Sharon Tate's Baby band members Brian Curley and Andrew Feutsch.

Jess: To and From the Printed Page

Harry Ransom Center
On view through April 6, 2008

Jess: To and From The Printed Page was organized by the Independent Curators International, New York, and was curated by Ingrid Schaffner, the Senior Curator at Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia (and future testsite 08.2 collaborator). The exhibition features more than 50 original works of art, a 16mm film transferred to DVD and a sound recording by the artist “Jess” (Burgess Collins, 1923-2004) whose work developed in 1950s San Francisco from within the context of Beat literary culture.

20 to Watch: New Art in Austin

Austin Museum of Art
On view through May 11, 2008
See Kate Green's interview with Dana Friis-Hansen and Claire Ruud's review in Issue #94.

San Antonio Openings

Julieta Aranda: You had no 9th of May!

Sala Diaz
Opening reception, Friday, March 28, 7-11pm

Organized by guest-curator Regine Basha, Aranda’s installation considers the arbitrariness of our construction of time and the scientific basis for time measurement and experience. The International Date Line, the central figure in Aranda’s site-specific installation, is an immaterial marker of today and tomorrow with no fixed location and no international law that proclaims its existence (though it is commonly identified on maps as being 180 degrees longitude from the meridian located in Greenwich, England). It does though, have one very important aberration – a detour at the series of Micronesian islands called Kiribati. In 1995, the small archipelago of Kiribati located in the south pacific decided to move the International Date Line east to 150°, so that the entire country would then be situated on the western, "tomorrow," side of the IDL (instead of remaining split between yesterday and tomorrow). Significant to Aranda’s interest in this account is how a country (such as Kiribati), which is often ignored in cartographic and political representation, managed to change the representation of this imaginary boundary. Sala Diaz, an innocuous experimental gallery located in a residential neighborhood of San Antonio, will become the repository of material relating to Kiribati’s ownership of tomorrow. Aranda will materialize this anomaly of relative time with curious objects, the NEWSTAR newspapers, and a library of books exploring time constructions from Jules Verne, to Stansilav Lem, to Jorge Luis Borges and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Candace Briceño

Cactus Bra
Opening Reception April 4, 6-9pm

Wonderment, a solo show by Austin-based artist Candace Briceño, presents Briceño's narrative reinterpretation of landscape. She translates her observations of landscape into soft sculpture vignettes that are hand sewn and hand dyed. Her dying process incorporates her painting background with her fascination to further explore abstracted forms of landscape, shadows, and colors with the integration of drawing, painting and sewing.

Arte Latina: ROAR!

Blue Star Contemporary Art Center
Opening Reception April 3, 6-8pm

Curated by Arturo Almieda, this exhibition includes artists Vanessa R. Centavo, Adriana García, Vanessa García-Briedé, Frances Marie Herrera, Tess Martínez, Irma Carolina Rubio, Marta Sanchez, Elizabeth Rodríguez, Anita Valencia, Kathy Vargas, Laura Varela, Carla Velíz, Luisa Wheeler and Guillermina Zabala.

San Antonio On View

Unfurnished Room

Unit B Gallery
On view through May 2, 2008; Closing Reception May 2, 7-10pm

Inspired by the idea of an emptied suburban house functioning as a gallery, Unfurnished Room brings together a group of artworks that mark or inscribe presence. Curated by Jacob Robichaux, the exhibition includes artists Josh Blackwell, Rachel Foullon, Sam Gordon, Barbara Hatfield, Jamie Isenstein, Matt Keegan, Siobhan Liddell, Peter Mandradjieff, Adam Putnam and Sara Saltzman.

New Works: 08.1 Regina José Galindo, Rodney McMillian and Margarita Cabrera

On view through May 11, 2008

Curated by Franklin Sirmans,Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Menil Collection, this exhibition presents new works created by Regina José Galindo (Guatemala City, Guatemala), Rodney McMillian (Los Angeles, CA) and Margarita Cabrera (El Paso, TX)—the latest round of artists in residence at artpace.

Nate Cassie: For You

Three Walls-Blue Star Art Complex
On view through March 31, 2008

This exhibition documents a mail art project initiated by Nate Cassie in which he sent 55 artists two sheets of paper and an invitation to email him drawings of birdhouses and beehives. In return, the artists received a print done by Hare and Hound Press in San Antonio. In this exhibition, Cassie presents the drawings of the artists who chose to participate, the print he sent in return and the first edition of the book documenting the entire process.

Kate Gilmore: Girl Fight

Hudson (Show) Room, Artpace
On view through April 20, 2008

Girl Fight, curated by Artpace Executive Director Matthew Drutt, includes nearly a dozen videos by Kate Gilmore. The exhibition is the debut of Girl Fight, a video documenting Gilmore’s attempt to pile a motley collection of furniture in Artpace’s ground-floor courtyard. Once the colorful mountain of discarded sofas, chairs and dressers reaches the second-story ledge, she ascends the precarious tower dressed in a ball gown and wearing high heels, and enters her exhibition space via a red-carpeted ramp. During the run of the exhibition, only the video and piled furniture will remain as evidence of her Sisyphean task.

Houston On View

Kurt Stallmann & Alfred Guzetti: Breaking Earth and Zoe Crosher: One Year Later

On view through April 26, 2008

Diverseworks presents two projectsKurt Stallman and Alfred Guzzetti: Breaking Earth and Zoe Crosher: One Year Laterwhich both open on Friday, March 7. A five screen installation with multiple audio channels, Breaking Earth presents a palette of images, sounds and spaces created by composer Alfred Guzzetti and filmaker Kurt Stallmann. To create telling and insightful portraits for One Year Later, photographer Zoe Crosher trained her lens on young women in the small towns and big cities of America.

Dawoud Bey: Perspectives 160

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
On view through May 11, 2008

Since 1992 Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey has been working exclusively on large-scale portraits of American teenagers. In his recent work—portraits of teenagers taken in high schools around the country—Bey has included texts that the subjects have written about themsleves. For Bey, the creation and presentation of these portraits and texts allows for a more complex and nuanced representation than the photographic portrait alone.

Hana Hillerova: Transfigurations, Chuy Benitez: Houston Cultura, Adam Schreiber: Reverent Estimations and William Stewart: Broken Dreams

Lawndale Art Center
On view through April 12, 2008

Lawndale Art Center presents a suite of exhibitions organized in conjunction with FOTOFEST 2008. The new sculptures by Hana Hillerova in Transfigurations change the direction of the light in the room instead of claiming a sculptural space of their own. The digital panoramic photographs by Chuy Benitez in Houston Cultura document the Mexican American community in Houston. The photographs by Adam Schreiber in Reverent Estimations are meditations on the architecture of relics, technology and the marginal spaces in between. And in Broken Dreams, William Stewart chronicles Houston's old Third Ward and nearby neighborhoods.

Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space

Blaffer Gallery
On view through March 29, 2008

See Clare Elliott's review in issue #92.

Nan Goldin: Stories Retold

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
On view through March 30, 2008

In two room-sized installations, Stories Retold brings together three bodies of work originally exhibited at separate times in the artist’s career and now rewoven to tell a story of the artist’s life. Goldin’s work, which has evolved from the informality and directness of snapshots, breaks down the traditional barriers between photography, cinema and installation art.

Demetrius Oliver: Firmament

Inman Gallery
On view through April 5, 2008

Demetrius Oliver: Firmament contains a series of works the artist created during his residency at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Oliver's resume includes solo shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, Atlanta Contemporary, P.S.1 MoMA and Inman gallery, as well as group exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He was also a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School.

2008 Core Artists in Residence Exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts Houston
On view through April 18, 2008

Each year the Museum of Fine Art's Glassel School provides residencies to a group of emerging artists through its Core Program. Go see work made by this year's participants: Mequitta Ahuja, William Cordova, Kara Hearn, Andres Janacua Lauren Kelley, Nicholas Kersulis,Sergio Torres-Torres and Jeff Williams.

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
On view through April 20, 2008

Design Life Now: National Design Triennial presents the experimental projects, emerging ideas, major buildings, new products and media that were at the center of contemporary culture from 2003 to 2006. Inaugurated in 2000, the Triennial seeks out and presents the most innovative American designs from the prior three years in a variety of fields including product design, architecture, furniture, film, graphics, new technologies, animation, science, medicine and fashion. The exhibition presents the work of 87 designers and firms from established design leaders such as Apple, architect Santiago Calatrava, and Nike, Inc., to emerging designers like Joshua Davis, Jason Miller and David Wiseman.

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao: Habitat 7

Houston Center for Photography
On view through April 20, 2008

A series of photographs by New York based artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao that document the series of communities located near the tracks of New York City's 7 train.

Jay DeFeo: Where the Swan Flies

Moody Gallery
March 7 - April 26, 2008; Reception March 29, 1-5pm

Although artist Jay DeFeo (1929-1989) is well known for her epic painting The Rose, much of her work remains in relative obscurity. This exhibition presents some of DeFeo's works on paper

How Artists Draw: Toward The Menil Institute and Study Center

The Menil Collection
On view through May 18, 2008

Celebrating the strength and diversity of the museum’s drawing collection, which includes gouaches, sketches, watercolors, and collage, How Artists Draw: Toward the Menil Drawing Institute and Study Center presents a selection of The Menil Collection’s most significant drawings in combination with exceptional works on paper from private collections.

Dallas On View

Sterling Allen, Peat Duggins & Ali Fitzgerald: Palace Does Dallas

Road Agent
On view through April 12

Road Agent is pleased to announce the three-person exhibition, Palace Does Dallas, part of the gallery’s ongoing exchange with Austin gallery Art Palace. This show features new work by Austin-based, Art Palace artists Sterling Allen, Peat Duggins, and Ali Fitzgerald.

Damien Hirst

Goss Michael Foundation
On view through April 2008

The Goss Michael Foundation is a new (as of June 2007) and welcome addition to the Dallas art scene. Longtime collectors George Michael and Kenny Goss established the Foundation to share their collection with the public and increase the appreciation of contemporary art, specifically in the Dallas area. Their current exhibition showcases works by internationally recognized British artist Damien Hirst. Hirst’s visceral installations, sculptures, paintings and drawings challenge the boundaries between art, science and popular culture. His work explores such themes as life, death, loyalty and betrayal.

Real Time: Live Streaming Video

Dallas Contemporary
On view through May 10, 2008

The art of the mobile phone is the art of the hurried, the time starved, the always on. It is the art snapped while waiting in lines; art captured while sitting in traffic and mind numbing meetings. It is the art of the exhausted, overworked American. Real Time collects these fleeting images to reveal a larger reflection of our overworked society.

Fort Worth On View

Martin Puryear

Museum of Modern Art Fort Worth
On view through May 18, 2008
See Stephanie Ball-Piwetz's ...might be good recommends in this issue.

Houston Events

Barry Schwabsky: Core Lecture

Freed Auditorium, Glassel School of Art
Thursday, April 3 at 7:00 pm
Art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky will present a lecture as part of the 2007-2008 Core Lecture Series.  See Caitlin  Haskell's interview with Barry Schwabsky in this issue.
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