MBG Issue #22: April 14, 2004

Issue # 22

April 14, 2004

April 14, 2004

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Dos Maestros: Dr. Atl & Mardonio Magana
Mexic-Arte Museum
March 29- May 9, 2004

Mexic-Arte's current exhibition is a gem. The drawings of the eccentric but influential Dr. Atl (his whacky NahuatI I pseudonym means Dr. Water - go figure!), are strangely compelling. These 99 drawings register his obsessive renderings of the Paracutin volcano as it erupted in 1943. His fascination with the form of this volcano seems like an early version of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The Close Encounters weirdness is compounded by Mexic-Arte's insane installation of the exhibition, arranging the drawings into pyramids - perhaps to evoke the volcano itself? - literally forcing you to crawl around on the floor to look at some of the best drawings mounted a foot or so above the ground. Don't miss it!

Brad Tucker
Arthouse Presents. .
April 8 - May 9, 2004

Brad Tucker's installation Bad Face, currently in the Arthouse Presents... project space, mixes Modernist forms with the existing office environment to create a fun-land of low materials. Much of Tucker's work deals with improvisational music, word games, and chance and his cast plastic and painted wood place innocence within the hallowed grounds of abstract painting. An integral part of this exhibition will take place on April 30 as Tucker (along with other local musicians) performs a musical composition centered on a featured sculptural work.


Disappointed in the absence of news sites on the web focusing on contemporary black visual art, Austin artist Cinque Hicks developed his own site www.electricskin.com as a service to the community. Updated every day of the week, Electric Skin links to news sources throughout the Internet, pulling the information from over 200 search engines, databases, and links pages. The only site of its kind, ES will add original content in the coming weeks, which is quite an accomplishment considering it was established only this year. Kudos to Hicks for the idea and the drive to get it up and running. Hopefully others will follow his lead.


Viewpoint 2004 Schedule Change!
Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Chrissie lies: Lecture Thursday, April 15. 5pm; Seminar Friday, April 16, 2-4pm
Tom Eccles : Lecture Thursday, April 22, 5pm; Seminar Friday, April 23, 11 - 1pm

There has been a schedule change for the third and final installment of the Viewpoints series. Chrissie lies will give a public lecture Thursday, April 15 at 5pm (Art BIdg. 1.102) and a seminar Friday, April 16, 2 - 4pm (Art BIdg. 3.206). Tom Eccles will follow with a public lecture on Thursday April 22 at 5pm (Art BIdg. 1.102) and a seminar Friday April 23, 11am- 1pm (Art BIdg. 3.206).

Bill Lundberg and Regina Vater
Flatbed Press
Tuesday, April 20, 6pm

Austin artists Bill Lundberg and Regina Vater will host an informal lecture about their recent work-both produced in-part in Brazil and currently on view at Flatbed Press. Lundberg's "Pool", a video he began in Brazil as a Fulbright Fellow, stems from the subject of human relationships which has been a focus of his work since the 1970s. Regina Vater will discuss "Body Water", a portfolio of documentary photography that illustrates her concerns about water conservation.

John Waters "9 Dead Gay Guys" Screening
Arbor Theater at Great Hills
April 20, 2004, 7:30pm

Described as "a hilarious and outrageous comedy from England that throws political correctness out the window!" 9 Dead Gay Guys tells the story of two Irishmen who move to London to hit it big, but end up working as male prostitutes in the gay underbelly of the city. Advanced tickets are available through www.agliff.org or at the door 45 minutes before showtime. Also, on May 20, John Waters will be in Austin presenting his monologue 'World of Trash".... we'll remind you about that one in a later issue.

Luke Savisky opens MEDIA ARCHEOLOGY tonight
Aurora Picture Show, Houston
April 14 - 18, 2004; Opening Reception April 14, 7-10pm

Austin artist Luke Savisky will kick off MEDIA ARCHEOLOGY: A 16MM FILM COLLECTORS FESTIVAL at
Aurora Picture Show tonight with a site-specific film installation. Media Archeology brings 8 of the most notable US 16mm film collectors with treasures from their libraries. This festival represents a variety of genre including classroom academic film, stock footage, educational and training films, science films, advertising, industrial, amateur, and found home movies.

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