Watch & Listen
Artist Dario Robleto in conversation with anthropologist Marina Peterson, 2019.
Artist Talk with Jessica Stockholder and Robert Davidson, 2018.
Artist Jim Hodges in conversation with journalist Dan Rather, 2017.
Curators in Conversation
Heather Pesanti and Robert Storr, November 14, 2019
In conjunction with the exhibition The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn, curator Heather Pesanti and her colleague and former professor, the artist, critic, and curator Robert Storr, discuss interdisciplinarity and what the fields of art and anthropology stand to learn from one another.
Rooftop Art & Design Film Series
We have screened over 50 films on the Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue as part of the Rooftop Art & Design Film Series! Though we have postponed our spring films, you can watch one of our favorite former RAD films, Coast Modern, from home!
Traveling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, this beautiful film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the light-filled, expansive homes that have become their legacies. If we could be stuck home anywhere, it would be sheltered in one of these classics of modernist architecture with streaming light and a sense of place.
Presented in Partnership with Austin Film Society
Beyond the Visible: Hilma af Klint
Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colorful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.
Streaming available May 1–30, 2020
General Admission: $12
How Did We Do That?
How did With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) become a public artwork along The Contemporary Austin roof line on Congress Avenue?
How did a 33-foot-tall silver figure come to live at Laguna Gloria?
How did we install Ai Weiwei's Iron Tree Trunk at Laguna Gloria?
Ragnar Kjartansson: S.S. Hangover at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, 2018.
Percussion ensemble line upon line performs in the Jones Center galleries, inspired by Monika Sosnowska's exhibition Habitat, 2017.
Artist collaborative Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck) perform in nature inspired by the flora and fauna of Laguna Gloria, 2016.
While The Contemporary Austin is closed to the public, we remain committed to inspiring our community through experiences with contemporary art. We have developed virtual programming to keep Austin inspired, organized virtual art classes for adults and kids through our Art School, and built robust art-based curricula and resources for educators and the general public—all while maintaining our 14-acre sculpture park and caring for the artwork at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue so we will be ready to welcome you back in-person soon. Please consider supporting our efforts if you are able.
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