IMAGE: Body Shift for Abraham Cruzvillegas: Hi, How Are You, Gonzo?, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, Texas, May 25, 2019. Artwork © Abraham Cruzvillegas. Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City and New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

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Abraham Cruzvillegas:
Hi, how are you, Gonzo?

Exhibition Activation: Workout! with Erica Nix

Activations are included with museum admission.
Advance tickets recommended for timed events.

Abraham Cruzvillegas embraces the concept of autoconstrucción—loosely defined as “self-constructing”—in a vibrant artistic practice imbued with a sense of constant becoming and a curiosity to learn and share information.

Erica Nix, known for her signature brand of all-inclusive, queer-centric aerobics routines, brings PLAY PARTY WORKOUT to The Contemporary. In response to Cruzvillegas’s sculptural forms, Nix has choreographed an interactive training circuit to get your heart racing on a multitude of platforms, including (but not limited to) body weight strength training, pillow fights, ribbon dancing, and even . . . "dong ball." Lying somewhere between a field day and an energy-fueled slumber party, there is something for everyone at PLAY PARTY WORKOUT! In a time when LGBTQIA spaces seem limited or even dwindling, Nix breaks barriers and claims new space in unexpected and out-of-the-ordinary settings. Celebrate what makes you unique, and join in on the fun.

Bring clothing to get active and be ready for some hands-on, full-contact play with other consenting adults. Crafting table available for the shy participants. Voyeurs welcome.

Erica Nix has been a bright and raucous force in the Austin community for well over a decade. Her performance art, beloved photography, and work as a queer and trans-inclusive, body-positive activist and personal trainer is well-documented: from the multitude of activist rallies and demonstrations she’s supported, to being a regularly featured artist at OUTsider Fest and aGLIFF, to winning an Austin Critics’ Table Award in 2016 for best independent project and Best Personal Trainer Award in 2017 and 2018. Nix strives to be an ambassador of fitness and self-love to people that feel unlovable, invisible, or simply intimidated by normative culture.

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