Art Dinner

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Jeanne Klein, President of the Board of Trustees, and Lora Reynolds, Chair of the fourth annual Art Dinner, cordially invite you to an evening benefiting The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions program.

The Art Dinner is the culminating event of a larger celebratory weekend for The Contemporary Austin, including the opening of the exhibitions Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008–2017 and Mark Lewis: Galveston at the Jones Center and new work by Lionel Maunz and Anya Gallaccio at Laguna Gloria.

This year’s dinner will highlight The Contemporary Austin’s ongoing efforts to transform its Laguna Gloria location into a unique art-in-nature experience.

Please join us.

Tickets are now sold out for the Art Dinner. For information about participating in the art auction, please contact Danielle Nieciag,

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Art Dinner

6P Cocktail Reception

7:30P Dinner service courtesy of restaurateur and trustee Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman Jr. of McGuire Moorman Hospitality and Sommelier June Rodil.

9P Art Auction led by Sotheby’s auctioneer Kevin Doyle.

9:30P Musical Performance

10P Dancing on the Lawn

Elegant attire.

For more information about this special celebration, contact Loren Mullins,

The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street, Austin, Texas

Friday, March 31, 2017 – Exhibition Openings

6–9P Opening Reception for Garth Weiser: Paintings, 2008–2017 and Mark Lewis: Galveston

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
700 Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas

Also celebrating: Lionel Maunz: Discovery of Honey / Work of the Family and Anya Gallaccio: to see if time was there at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Auction Artworks Generously Donated By

Terry Allen
Janine Antoni
John Bock
Carol Bove
Ryan Gander
Jim Hodges
Ragnar Kjartansson
Mark Lewis
Lionel Maunz
Paul McCarthy
Tom Sachs
Garth Weiser

Special Thanks to Our Art Dinner Committee

Lora Reynolds, Chair
Suzanne Deal Booth
Deborah Green
Jeanne Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Fredericka Middleton
Elizabeth Stanley
Jesse Stowell

Art Auction

The 2017 Art Dinner Auction will be led by Kevin Doyle, Auctioneer and Senior Business Development at Sotheby's.

Auction artworks generously donated to The Contemporary Austin by the artists Terry Allen, Janine Antoni, John Bock, Carol Bove, Ryan Gander, Jim Hodges, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mark Lewis, Lionel Maunz, Paul McCarthy, Tom Sachs, and Garth Weiser.

View a PDF of the auction items in the order they will be auctioned and a PDF of higher-resolution images and information about each artwork:

2017 Art Dinner Auction Card

Artwork Images and Information

Auction items will be available for preview in the Driscoll Villa at Laguna Gloria, Wednesday–Friday, March 29–31, from 10A–4P during gallery hours, as well as by appointment with Danielle Nieciag, 805 452 6144 or

Items will also be on view in the Driscoll Villa during the Cocktail Reception on the evening of the Art Dinner.

If you will not be attending the Art Dinner but are interested in participating in the auction remotely, please contact Danielle Nieciag for information on how to bid.

IMAGE: 2016 Art Dinner by Annie Parish Photography.


Art Dinner sponsors support the exhibitions program at The Contemporary Austin.

To contact us directly for additional information, or to move forward with your payment, please use the following links.

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For inquiries, please contact Loren Mullins,, 512 453 5312 x 145, or Danielle Nieciag,, 512 453 5312.

Past Art Dinners

The Contemporary Austin's annual Art Dinner has celebrated the achievements and vision of the museum's exhibitions program and its commitment to supporting groundbreaking contemporary art and artists at both the downtown Jones Center and the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

The inaugural 2014 Art Dinner celebrated the launch of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria and honored the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation for its founding gift. The Art Dinner was the culminating event of the opening weekend for the exhibitions A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection and Orly Genger: Current, and featured a special performance by musician Graham Reynolds inspired by Genger's site-specific installation.

The 2015 Art Dinner celebrated Tom Friedman’s Looking Up, a new acquisition to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, as well as the opening of the exhibition Robert Therrien at the Jones Center. Musician and artist Terry Allen, whose new sound sculpture Road Angel is currently on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, shared a special performance.

The 2015 Auction featured unique, artist-created stand-up paddleboards by artists Andy Coolquitt, Liam Gillick, Jim Hodges, Roy McMakin, Angelbert Metoyer, Tom Sachs, and Marianne Vitale.

The 2016 Art Dinner recognized the hundred-year anniversary of Clara Driscoll’s 1916 Mediterranean-style villa with a garden party encompassing the Driscoll Villa and the fourteen acres of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park. The debut of artist Ronen Sharabani's Matchbox, a site-specific outdoor and indoor video projection created for The Contemporary Austin, celebrated the Villa's centennial through a breathtaking performance.

The 2016 Auction featured works by artists Terry Allen, Anya Gallaccio, Jim Hodges, Mark Mothersbaugh, Monika Sosnowska, Sofía Táboas, and Garth Weiser.

IMAGES: 2014 and 2015 Art Dinner by Brian Fitzsimmons Photography. 2016 Art Dinner by Annie Parish Photography.

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