Monday, May 31, 2010

New @ Women and Their Work

On the night of the opening the artist will actively construct a new collective women's space (in the form of a wood structure) along with audience members as a performance piece. Tools will be put out and viewers will be able to participate. In addition to her series of photographs and portraits of women, DeVun has made light boxes that include images inspired by vintage photographs of street marchers and protesters. These photographs are political and anthemic, an homage to the impressive energy of feminists in the 1970s. DeVun’s exhibit draws its title from a quotation from “Lesbian Land,” published during the 1970s and 1980s. It is a compilation of writing by lesbians who founded or lived in women’s intentional communities, sometimes called “womyn’s lands.” DeVun's work combines documentary and staged photography in an effort to collapse and interweave the different generations of lesbian/ transgender/queer people who have been involved in the creation of feminist space, as well as to picture the relationship between utopian ideals and hard-fought reality. 0.

Community Discussion: Thursday, June 24th at 7pm
"A Brief History of Queer Space" Join us for a conversation with artist Leah DeVun and Dr. Lisa Moore, Associate Professor of English and Women's and Gender Study at UT. She is the author of the forthcoming "Sister Arts: Lesbian Genres and the Erotic Landscape" (Minnesota 2011).

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sunday @ Birdhouse

Michael Merck / FOIL

Remember FOIL, the acronym for the algebraic method for multiplying binomials? FIRST OUTSIDE INSIDE LAST?

Michael Merck has created a body of work using this method by creating sets of images and texts and systematically multiplying them.

Open Reception:

Sunday, May 30th
6-10 pm

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

The Mona Lisa Project

Please join us for a panel and public discussion on the Mona Lisa Project at Women and Their Work.
May 27 at 7:00pm

Photographer Rino Pizzi and artists Connie Arismendi, Ellen Berman, Valerie Chaussonnet, Faith Gay, Judy Jensen, Germaine Keller, Emily Little, Beili Liu, Beverly Penn, Margo Sawyer, Nancy Scanlan, Julie Speed, Jana Swec, Liz Ward, Sally Weber, and Sydney Yeager will be discussing this creative collaboration.

Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca, Austin TX 78701, 512-477-1066,

The Mona Lisa Project is a series of collaborative portraits inspired by the image and cultural relevance of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa portrait. The portraits will be the result of an exchange between photographer Rino Pizzi and 16 women artists who specialize in different media and disciplines, living in Texas and well established locally, nationally and internationally.

The project started in December 2009 and its first stage is now complete. The participants rehearsed the smile of Mona Lisa as closely as possible to the original portrait, occasionally producing small documents (sketches, snapshots) of body postures, locations, imagery, and the like. They then sat, enacting the Mona Lisa smile, for a photo session. The artists are now working on a second layer on top of a print or in some cases of electronic files of their portrait to produce the final art pieces.

The main objective of the project is that of providing a commentary on a wide range of topics in contemporary art production and gender issues, inviting women artists to approach an established icon about femininity through diverse traditions of performance and photographic portraiture, and appropriate it for their own aesthetic vision and experience. This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and with the generous support of Jim Sipowicz, Shell Media, Inc. Special Thank you's to William Nemir, Janis Bergman-Carton, Chris Cowden, and Erika Payan Zanetti.

---in the news---

May 27th 10-6pm is the last day to see “Slurb” the animation by New York artist Marina Zurkow. “Slurb” was nominated for an Austin Critic’s Table 2010 award, as was our exhibit Erin Curtis: “Perspective Thresholds.” Thank you for the nominations and support members of Critic’s Table!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Matisse as Printmaker

Join us for these events in conjunction with
Matisse as Printmaker

Members-Only Preview Day
Saturday, May 22, 11AM - 5PM

Before it opens to the public, all Blanton members are invited to explore Matisse as Printmaker on your own or as part of a docent-guided tour.

Special Lecture
Saturday, May 22, 2PM
Blanton Auditorium
Jay Fisher
, curator of Matisse as Printmaker, deputy director for curatorial affairs and senior curator of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art, will survey the chronology of Matisse’s printmaking and discuss the importance of printmaking within the context of Matisse’s other works. Open to the public. Free tickets will be available in the lobby from 1PM.
Funding provided by the Charles and Dorothy Clark Lectureship in Fine Arts.

Thursday, May 27, 12:30PM
Jonathan Bober
, The Blanton’s senior curator, on Matisse as Printmaker.

Thursday, June 10, 12:30PM
Kenneth Hale, Marguerite Fairchild Centennial Professor, UT Art Department, onMatisse as Printmaker.

Special Lecture: Why Matisse Matters
Saturday, June 12, 2PM
Blanton Auditorium, Free
John Elderfield, chief curator emeritus of painting and sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, curator of of Henri Matisse: A Retrospective and co-curator of Matisse-Picasso, 2002, and Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913-17, discusses the continuing relevance of this modern master.
Funding provided by the Charles and Dorothy Clark Lectureship in Fine Arts.

Printmaking Workshop at Flatbed Press & Tour of Matisse as Printmaker
Saturday, July 17
Tour: 11 - 11:45AM
Workshop: Noon - 5PM
Class fee: $125/ $100 (Blanton members). E-mail or call(512) 477-9328, ext. 30 to register and pay in advance of the class.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Saturday studio tour

Springboard: East Side Art Showcase
Saturday, May 22, 2010
2:00pm - 9:00pm

Springboard into art – Visit Austin’s largest studio complexes: Pump Project, Pump Project Satellite, Big Medium and Art Post in one Saturday! More info here .
Also on Saturday:
5pm: Artist talk with Hank Waddell
about his recent exhibition Wonderlanded in the Pump Project Gallery.
6-10 pm: Opening: Iron & Clay: new work in sculpture and ceramics by Craig McNeil & Croix Williamson opening at Pump Project Satellite.
  • Pump Project: 702 Shady Lane, 78702
  • Pump Project Satellite: 1109 Shady Lane, 78721
  • Big Medium: 5305 Bolm Rd
  • Artpost: 4704 E Ceasar Chavez

Announcing the first kids classes at our new Satellite Space!
Art Like the Masters: June 30- July 28, Wed 10-11:30
Each day is a new creative adventure where we'll learn about and make art in the style of famous artists. $85 class fee includes supplies. 9-12 years old
Ceramics Class: June 26- July 31, Sat, 2-4 pm
Exciting opportunity for kids to learn foundations of ceramic hand building, firing and glazing with projects to take home at the end of class! $115 class fee includes supplies. 9-12 years old. For more information or to register contact Kim Webster at 832-260-4671 Payment plans available.
Upcoming Exhibitions In the Gallery
  • Sat, June 12, 7-9 pm: Opening - The Colorful Ceaseless Chatter: Oil Paintings by Jan Middleton Roset & Nathaniel Jensen. Exhibition runs through June 26.
  • Sat, June 19, 2 pm: Art Talk & Book Signing with Roset & Jensen
  • July 2010 - Women Printmakers of Austin Annual Exhibtion
Pump Project Art Complex:
702 Shady Lane, near the intersection of East 7th St. & Airport Blvd & 183 [google map]
Pump Project Satellite:
1109 Shady Lane, neat the intersection of Bolm Rd and Airport Blv

Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Saturday @ Co-Lab

MAY 22

Installation/Performance: Saturday, May 22, 7-11PM
Performance at 9PM
Thax Douglas has been seriously writing poetry since the day after his 30th birthday in 1987. Always attracted to the so-called "abstract" he denied his predilection for a while until he had no choice. In 1991 he composed many "poetry portraits" of people but got bored. In 1997 he wrote a "portrait" of a band and was overjoyed to find his metier. The unique speck that makes a band beloved and unique is what is translated into words in his poems. Written on the night of the show ideally the poem captures the vibrations (a literal not a slang term) of the night and bands and their fans will pick up on that.
Thax says:"I love the idea of a poem as a 3 dimensional object- After all the electrical charge of inspiration takes place in those 3 dimesnions-so what better way to give body to that idea than to strect the manuscripts of the poems to a giant size-beyond broadsides, the poems become sculptures, the letters chiseled out against a background of white hills. The poems proudly stare out at the viewer as tall or taller than the viewer (no longer just reader-"reading" comes later).
Some but not all of the poems are illustrated by Joe Swec. Ambient music by Kevin Foote.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Opening @ D Berman

Gladys Poorte
Unavoidable Outcome


Sarah Greene Reed
On the Dot

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday, May 20, from 6-8 pm.
Gladys Poorte, The Dance, 2009
Sarah Greene Reed, I-XII
from the On the Dot Series, 2010

Gladys Poorte says of Unavoidable Outcome: “My paintings are constructions of concrete objects that refer to an elusive narrative. I arrive at my paintings by an intuitive process. I create set-ups using a variety of common everyday objects … I arrange them in elaborate settings and then paint these from life. The objects are selected … to bring out associations that are different from the objects’ actual function. The narratives evoked by the paintings refer to themes of authority and submission, religion, oppression and rebellion, relationships among members of society, human comings and goings. The world is a complicated place. My role is that of an observer, someone watching from a distance trying to figure out what it’s all about.”

Sarah Greene Reed says of On The Dot: “In On the Dot, I scrap the rectangle entirely and am making perfectly circular collages to be printed and framed in circles. By tweaking the format, I’ve challenged myself to approach composition in a new way. In On the Dot, I stretch myself in terms of source material. Feeling a bit removed from the physicality of traditional painting by working digitally, I began reverse painting on glass for fun and found that by scanning the results, a fresh dimension was added to the work. The impetus for this show was to focus on the circle. The result, for me, was to look at composition in a new way and to revel in the subtleties of color.”

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Youth Arts Festival

Youth Arts Festival
featuring youth from
Theatre Action Project
Middle and High School Programs

Saturday, May 22

FREE and open to the public
The Boyd Vance Theatre at the Carver Museum
1165 Angelina Street Austin, TX 78702

Perhaps Tomorrow performance

Theatre, Dance, Visual Art, Film, and Music

by youth artists from:

Bedichek Middle School, AISD

Decker Middle School, Manor ISD

Fulmore Middle School, Manor ISD

Manor High School, Manor ISD

Manor Middle School, Manor ISD

Manor New Tech High School, Manor ISD

Mendez Middle School, AISD

Ojeda Middle School, Del Valle ISD


The Changing Lives Youth Theatre Ensemble

and special guests: The Austin Community Steel Band