Make Do and Meet in April

Would your meetings be different if they were held at an art museum? From March 20 to July 21, The Contemporary Austin invites you to relocate your conference room, group discussions, book clubs, and team retreats to our gallery space. A unique meeting space will be available for reservation within the vibrant context of Lubaina Himid: Make Do and Mend.

This special opportunity to gather at a table designed by the artist within the Jones Center’s first floor gallery is inspired by Himid’s new body of work, Strategy Paintings, which depicts figures seated around tables. Each painting imagines the act of solving a problem left open to interpretation. With the Jones Center’s location just a few blocks from the Texas State Capitol, these paintings prompt us to reflect on the people in power who make decisions from afar and how context affects the decisions that are made. We invite museum visitors to stage and extend their own conversations (up to 20 attendees) within the exhibition itself, fostering community engagement and reflection on the dynamics of decision making. We encourage groups or individuals interested in participating to fill out the reservation request form. If not reserved, this area is open for museum visitors to use.


Reserving the table

Please note all reservations are subject to review and must be approved. Once the reservation is confirmed, museum staff will contact you with additional details. Admitted groups will enjoy complimentary admission to The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center. We invite you to explore the exhibition before and after your reserved meeting time.

Please note that the museum galleries will be open to the public during your selected time.


House rules

  • No food, drink, or liquids of any kind.
  • For your safety, please do not move the tables.
  • Please keep chairs within the table area. Do not move them across the gallery.
  • No pens or markers allowed; only pencils can be used as writing utensils.
  • Laptops, tablets, and phones are allowed, but outlets will not be accessible.
  • materials beyond typical office supplies will be reviewed by museum staff before your reservation.
  • Large objects and audiovisual equipment are prohibited.
  • Table reservations should be limited to one hour.
  • Please make sure your table reservation time slot is during the available times:

    Wednesday, 12P—7P

    Thursday through Sunday, 12P—4P

  • We encourage IRL interactions over virtual meetings!


Disclaimer: The Contemporary Austin is an all-ages, public space. We reserve the right to intervene in any meetings or discussions that become disruptive to the public enjoyment of the exhibition. We welcome healthy debate and dialogue. Inappropriate and discriminatory language or hate speech of any kind will not be tolerated.