IMAGE: Maurizio Cattelan, Frank and Jamie, 2002. Wax and clothes. 75 5/8 inches and 72 1/2 inches. Installation view, A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the Fuhrman Family Collection. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

On view at Jones Center

A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection

May 3 – August 24, 2014

Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009. Stainless steel and brass (unique). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Thomas Müller.


Do Ho Suh

September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Do Ho Suh, Net-Work, 2010. Gold and chrome plating with polyurethane coating on ABS plastic and nylon fishing net. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Jones Center


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Art School

Summer 2014

May 31 – Aug 24

Fall 2014

Sept 13 – Dec 18

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The Contemporary in the News

Check out some recent stories highlighting what we’ve been up to!

The Austin Chronicle gets the scoop from Glenn Fuhrman, the collector behind the exhibition A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Collection, on view through August 24.

Austin Monthly features a Q&A with our executive director, Louis Grachos.

CultureMap names A Secret Affair as one of “5 August art exhibits that will make you cooler”!

The Austin Chronicle stops by the Advanced Young Artists: Teen Artist + Mentor exhibition at Pump Project Art Complex, the culminating event of The Contemporary’s long-term education initiative for teens and local artist-mentors.

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25th Annual La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival for Art Education

Save the date for La Dolce Vita on October 16, 2014, at Laguna Gloria. All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s innovative education programs, and we’ll be featuring tastings from the best chefs and restaurants in Central Texas, selections from both local and international wineries, and creations from acclaimed pastry chefs. Tipsy Texan David Alan will curate the Cocktail Lounge, with specialty cocktails from top mixologists.

Impossible Light
at The Contemporary

Join us for a screening of Jeremy Ambers’s Impossible Light, 2013, a documentary about the making of artist Leo Villareal’s monumental LED light sculpture The Bay Lights on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. After the film, we’ll be checking out Villareal’s experimental light intervention incorporating the architecture of our downtown building! Thursday, August 21, 7P, at the Jones Center.

Meet Our Newest Sculpture

The Contemporary receives gift of Ursula von Rydingsvard's Luna, 2007

Luna is made out of a very dense material, urethane resin, that I chose because it has the capacity of absorbing and reflecting sunlight,” the German-born, US-based sculptor noted. “A touch of color (like the color one sees in water, sky, or clouds) was added to the resin.” Read about von Rydingsvard’s process and this significant acquisition here, and come say hi to Luna at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria!

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The Contemporary Art Museum for Austin

Mission: The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection.

Vision: The Contemporary Austin aspires to be the contemporary art museum for Austin and an essential part of city life. Through its unique combination of urban and outdoor sites, The Contemporary will embody an eclectic and collaborative spirit.

Museum Without Walls
A Discussion with Louis Grachos

Learn more about the many ways that we are inspiring our home city and get to know our executive director, Louis Grachos, and his ideas on the future of our city’s visual arts. Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

Jones Center

The first three-story brick building in Austin is constructed on the corner of 7th Street and Congress Avenue.

Tobin’s Drug Store opens at 700 Congress Avenue.

Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

700 Congress Avenue becomes the Queen Theater, featuring a balcony and proscenium stage.

Lerner Shops moves into 700 Congress and renovates by adding storefront windows, a second floor, and a new front elevation on Congress, including an awning over the sidewalk.

Texas Fine Arts Association purchases the vacant building at 700 Congress and renovates the first floor.

TFAA / The Jones Center for Contemporary Art opens to the public.

TFAA changes its name to Arthouse at the Jones Center.

Arthouse unveils the renovation and expansion plans for the Jones Center, designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects.

Arthouse at the Jones Center reopens.

Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Laguna Gloria

Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

Texas legend Clara Driscoll donates her lakeside, 1916 estate in west Austin to be used “as a Museum to bring pleasure in the appreciation of art to the people of Texas.”

TFAA splits into two separate entities. Laguna Gloria Art Museum is created with the purpose of owning and operating the museum and grounds, and presenting exhibitions and educational programs in the Driscoll Villa.

The Art School’s 4,100-square foot facility is constructed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

Laguna Gloria Art Museum changes its name to Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and moves its primary exhibition space to 823 Congress Avenue.

The Driscoll Villa and gardens and key features of The Art School complex are refurbished and restored through a successful $3.6 million Laguna Gloria Renewal Project.

The historic Gatehouse is restored and the Art School studios expanded by 2,500-square feet of new ceramics and painting space.

Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Board of Trustees

Darrell Windham, Chairman
Diane Land, President
Richard Marcus, President-Elect (2015)
Clay Cary, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Katelena Hernandez Cowles
Ann Loupot Daughety
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
Mark Hanna
John Harcourt
Eric Herschmann
Teresa Hubbard
Stephen Jones
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Chris Mattsson
Ross Moody
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Reagan Reaud
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
Kate Sheerin
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Robert Turner
Melba Whatley
Leslie Wingo


The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $9 million grant by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation to help create an unparalleled arts destination at Laguna Gloria, with the majority of the funds committed to commissioning and acquiring sculpture and permanent outdoor installations by some of today’s leading artists. In honor of the foundation, this major feature at The Contemporary Austin’s outdoors site is named the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Already well known for its historic significance and the Art School, Laguna Gloria will continue to grow into an exceptional art-in-nature experience with exhibitions, commissions, and vibrant community engagement through public programming and educational initiatives. The Contemporary Austin’s ongoing land stewardship program, designed in collaboration with an environmental firm, will ensure that this precious reserve of natural beauty in the heart of the city will become even more resilient, diverse, and welcoming for art and nature lovers alike.