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A man and his 1970s kitchen

5:29 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

“I see it as a sculpture,” says artist Keith Edmier of the meticulous recreation of the 1970s kitchen of his childhood home. “What else is it?” Using family photographs, family memories, 70s-era Sears catalogs and the sales brochure from his parents’ ranch tract home in suburban Chicago, Edmier contructed &ldquo...
Menuhin competition coming to UT

5:29 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The University of Texas will be the first host in the United States for the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists. The competition between some of the world’s best violinists under the age of 22 and 10-day festival happens Feb. 21-March 2, 2o14. Concerts, master classes and community activities are on the roster...
Austin Chamber Music Festival: 5th Annual Gay Pride Concert

5:23 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

For the fifth consecutive year, the Austin Chamber Music Festival is presents a free concert that celebrates the contributions of gay and lesbian composers to the world of chamber music. This year’s program features chamber works composed by Karol Szymanowski, David Del Tredici, Pauline Oliveros, Ben Stonaker, Lowell Liebermann and...
Leadership changes at Texas Cultural Trust

5:23 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

After nine years at the helm, Amy Barbee is stepping down from the job executive director of the Texas Cultural Trust, a release from the trust announced today. Barbee is headed to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation where she’ll begin duties as executive director August 5. Jennifer Ransom Rice, who is currently development director...
Bullock Museum to offer free first Sundays

5:22 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

On July 7, the Bullock Texas State History Museum kicks off its Free First Sunday program with free admission the first Sunday of every month. The museum had previously offered free admission the first Saturday of the month. The Bullock also kicks off its annual Music Under the Stars series of free Friday happy shows in the month of July...
Art around town: ‘Con/Juntos’ 18th annual Young Latino Artists exhibit

5:21 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

“It’s Like a Sculpture, But With More Breakdancing” by Dallas artist Sergio Garcia is elegant yet whimsical, a pinwheel-like fusion of vintage schooldesks. The piece is part of “Con/Juntos,” the 18th annual Young Latino Artists exhibit at Mexic-Arte Museum through Sept. 8. “Con/Juntos” curator Michael...
Austin arts groups net M-AAA grants

5:20 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Austin arts organizations garnered five out of seven Texas grants recently awarded by Mid-America Arts Alliance. M-AAA granted a total of $83,400 to Texas organizations under its Artistic Innovations program, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Grants were awarded to the following Austin artists and arts organizations...
Art around town: ‘Water, Water Everywhere’ at Women & Their Work

5:19 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Erika Blumenfeld is part ecological archivist and part installation artist as she gathers artifacts salvaged from recent wildfires to create a work of art that investigates our environment and its precarious state. “Water, Water Everywhere” is her intriguing solo exhibit opening at Women & Their Work. Blumenfeld’s gathered...
Austin Shakespeare’s Ayn Rand show headed to Off-Broadway

5:15 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Austin Shakespeare is taking “Anthem,” its stage adaptation of Ayn Rand’s novel, to New York this fall for an Off-Broadway run. The production, directed by Austin Shakespeare artistic director Ann Ciccolella, premiered in Austin at the Long Center in 2011. Previews at the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater...
Texas Biennial announces details of special exhibits

5:14 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Get out your calendars, pencil it in. The 2013 Texas Biennial has announce details of two fifth anniversary special exhibitions in celebration of the 5th anniversary of the longest-running state visual arts biennial in the U.S. Each features work by past biennial artists and both open the weekend of Aug. 23-24. At Houston’s Lawndale...
Art around town: “Work on Walls” at Texas State

5:13 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

White, pristine gallery walls — they’re the ubiquitious and often forgotten backdrop for so many exhibits. In a clever celebration of gallery walls — and a brilliant bit of end-of-budget summer programming — Texas State University Galleries presents, “Work on Walls” through July 30. It’s the first...
Miró Quartet with Michelle Schumann

5:11 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Each summer, the Austin Chamber Music Festival presents impressive talent from around the world. But on its final weekend, the festival spotlights internationally recognized Austin talent. The celebrated Miró Quartet — the University of Texas’ string-quartet-in-residence — joins with pianist Michelle Schumann, an...
Art around town: Michael Anthony Garcia at City Hall

5:08 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

On Friday, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2, as part of the Art After Six series of artist’s talks at City Hall’s People’s Gallery, Michael Anthony Garcia will be discussing his two installations currently on view. The talk is free. Assemblages of used clothing, Garcia’s “Portico” and “Ex X/O” are prominently...
The Butlers donate $1.5 million to Ballet Austin

5:07 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Major arts philanthropists Sarah and Ernest Butler have donated $1.5 million to Ballet Austin’s foundation to permanently endow an advanced level of Ballet Austin’s professional training, ballet officials announced today. The donation brings the Butler’s total investment in the program to $1.85 million. The endowment will...
Last chance for intriguing photography exhibit

5:03 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

You’ve got just a few more days to see the intriguing exhibit “Contemporary Photographic Practice and the Archive.” For the first time in its storied history, the venerable Ransom Center let a group of contemporary artists delve into its world-renowned photography collection and cull an exhibition from the more than 5 million...
Texas State launches Mexican photography exhibits

5:02 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos has opened two new exhibitions featuring their holdings of Mexican and Mexico-focused photography: “Manuel Álvarez Bravo” and “México lindo.” “Manuel Álvarez Bravo” features more than 50 signed vintage and modern prints...
Ink Tank Collective launches another happening

5:01 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Ink Tank Collective is at it again — staging another sprawling happening that part performance, part pop-up exhibit and part public happening and party. The 13-member (more or less 13 members, that is) artist collective stages a sequel to its “More Awkward Than Heavy” happening from last year, once again commandeering the...
Texas Early Music Project hires director

5:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

Ramping up its organization, the Texas Early Music Projectis has hired its first managing director. Allison Welch joins artist director Daniel Johnson to helm the non-profit music group. Welch holds a doctorate in musicology and has arts administration experience. She is also a performer on both Baroque and modern oboe. TEMP begins its season...
People’s Gallery call for entries

5:00 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

The city of Austin is once again putting out a call for entries for its annual “People’s Gallery” exhibit. Work by regional artists is selected each year for installation in Austin’s City Hall where it stays on exhibit for a year. And with each exhibit, visitors are invited to vote for their favorite in “The...
Blanton offers free screening of ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’

4:57 AM Thursday, Feb. 09, 2017

On Aug. 15, as part of its monthly Third Thursday slate of evening activities, the Blanton Museum of Art offers a free screening of the 2012 documentary “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.” The film provides a glimpse of the boundary-less swirl of politics, aesthetics, social media and activism that make up Ai Weiwei’s uniquely 21st-century...
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