With the hustle and bustle of September, Austin’s galleries, museums and arts institutions host a host of new creative shows and exhibits, from the first artistic residency at George Washington Carver to the very first investigation of works of the mind. visionary artist and musician Daniel Johnston. Explore delicious scribbles, symphony sewing machines, West Texas experimental film, vibrant glassware, and literary genius. It’s just a little taste of this month’s artistic assortment.
Blanton Art Museum
“Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction and the Language of Print.” September 4, February 20, 2022.
Helen Frankenthaler transformed abstract art in the 1950s with her first tinted painting, Mountains and Sea, which she achieved by pouring and brushing diluted oil paint on a rough canvas placed on the ground. His deliberate movements from above have resulted in abstract works that seem both intentional and spontaneous. A key figure in the development of color field painting, she has been a tireless experimenter of color, form and technique throughout her life. “Without Limits” presents 10 prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career.
The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
“Daniel Johnston: I’m living my shattered dreams.” September 11-March 20, 2022.
“Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams” is the first-ever museum investigation into the works of Austin’s beloved visionary musician and visual artist, who died in 2019. Perhaps best known for his music, Johnston was also an artist accomplished who exhibited his comic-inspired designs during his lifetime. Yet other than his iconic “Hi, how are you?” mural, painted in Austin in 1993, his abundant visual art remains unknown to most audiences. Here is your chance to immerse yourself in the work of genius.
Harry Ransom Center
“Gabriel García Márquez, The Making of a Global Writer.” Until January 2, 2022.
Relying mainly on the papers of the famous Colombian writer and Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez, who wrote A hundred years of loneliness, this exhibition is made up of around 300 objects, including numerous documents never before seen in a public space that show the evolution of the literary icon. Throughout his life, García Márquez has repeatedly thanked his family and friends for their support. Throughout the exhibition, correspondence, photos and videos illustrate how his professional and personal circles have supported his literary career.
George Washington Carver Museum
“Petit Black Museum Residency Volume I.” Until January 15, 2022.
This exhibition features digital artwork by Nigerian-American architect turned video game designer, native of Baltimore and Temi Olujobi; works by Hypatia Sorunke, writer and visual storyteller whose work explores the links between culture, humanity and power through portraiture, sound design and video; and works by Adrian Armstrong, a musician, painter, printmaker and multimedia artist from Omaha, Nebraska. Armstrong, now based in Austin, explores black identities and the perception of black bodies in predominantly white American spaces. This exhibition is the culmination of the museum’s first artist residency.
Neill-Cochran House Museum
“Annie Lyle Harmon: on her own path.” September 8-December 19.
Annie Lyle Harmon, a professional painter in the San Francisco area from the late 19th century to the 20th century, focused on intimate landscape scenes that kept the viewer away from evidence of human intrusion into the natural wonderland. that was the central Pacific coast of California. This flagship exhibit brings together 17 paintings from an Austin collection and places Harmon in the rapidly changing social, cultural and environmental context of post-Gold Rush California.
Sewing machine orchestra by Martin Messier. New installation.
Sewing machine orchestra is a sound and light installation made up of 12 synchronized sewing machines. The continuous movements of the machines steadily increase in power and volume, gradually increasing at full speed as the accelerated rhythm creates a jarring electro-acoustic concert. Martin Messier is a Montreal artist who explores the relationship between everyday objects and their sonic potential through performative audiovisual experiences.
Lydia Street Gallery
“Steven Bernard Jones: from zero to sixty. “ Now until September 16.
Houston sculptor and educator Steven Bernard Jones shares his solo exhibition, “Zero to Sixty,” which features scribbles that leave their mark on road maps, globes and gallery walls. He calls it his “political declaration for a black man in the 21st century”. Using a livestock marker or permanent marker and drawings on abandoned maps allowed Jones to reflect on social and political issues, “writing visual information with my Sharpie marker”.
Visual arts center
“Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas: The Blessings of the Mystery.” September 24 December 3.
Curated by Ballroom Marfa, this exhibit shines a light on the overlapping and complex histories of West Texas. Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas explore the links and tensions between the cultural, scientific, industrial and socio-political forces of three key sites: the McDonald Observatory at Fort Davis, the Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande, and the oil fields of the Permian Basin. In the exhibition center is located Teaching hands, a single-channel film that tells the complex stories of colonization, migration and ecological precariousness in the region from the perspective of Juan Mancias, president of the Carrizo / Comecrudo tribe of Texas.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
“Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. “ Until November 28.
This powerful exhibit, curated by the New York Historical Society, explores the national struggle for full citizenship and racial equality that unfolded in the 50 years following the Civil War. “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” takes a national perspective on these transformative years with particular emphasis on changing definitions and expressions of equality and citizenship. The narratives focus on African Americans who pursued the ideals of reconstruction and persevered in the face of a developing legal system of laws and Jim Crow policies promoting racial inequality. Artifacts in the exhibit include an 1850s urn, a Burroughs calculating machine, a separate Jim Crow bus sign, a portrait of Dred Scott, and a Pullman porter’s hat. Listen to early recordings of movement songs, including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Strange Fruit,” and view rarely seen historical footage of moving images.
“Rachel Kalisky: moment between stillness and movement.” September 2 October 2.
Rachel Kalisky originally worked in corporate and industrial design and was known for her contemporary interiors, straight lines and bright colors. She has now transferred these skills to the kiln glass making process. The artwork in this exhibition includes the grids, intricate patterns, and vibrant colors that characterize Kalisky’s practice, but with her extensive examination of texture and form, she was able to achieve an intense sense of movement and depth. She uses the play of light, shapes, textures, details and the transformation of colors to create a variety of visual effects and express an emotion and / or a moment in her work.