THIS LAND AND HOST: ARYEL RENÉ JACKSON
Members and friends of The Contemporary Austin are invited to celebrate the opening night of two extraordinary exhibitions on view at the Jones Center with a free preview of THIS LAND and HOST: Aryel René Jackson.
Be among the first to view both exhibitions and enjoy a lively evening in the heart of downtown, with a DJ set by La Morena, a special performance by Mama Duke, and complimentary refreshments served on the rooftop.
This preview hour is intended for invited guests and members of The Contemporary Austin and we welcome you to stay for brief conversations with exhibiting artists.
Check out the schedule below!
5P Members & Friends Preview
6P Public Reception Begins
6:30P Remarks and Brief Artist Conversations by:
The public is invited to celebrate the opening of these exhibitions by registering for our Public Reception from 6-9P.
About the Exhibitions
This Land is an exhibition reflecting on landscape. Bringing together five multidisciplinary artists from regions across the Americas—Vivian Caccuri, Raven Chacon, Minerva Cuevas, Danielle Dean, and Jamilah Sabur—the show explores the concept of land as a container for subjects including the histories and mythologies of place, migration and displacement, and the exploitation of human labor and natural resources. In doing so, the exhibition seeks to address the complex and historically fraught concept of “land,” or “landscape,” as a system, centering the artists’ inquiries into political, economic, and social conditions shaping our world in this era of global capitalism.
Working across sculpture, video, sound, and performance, HOST: Aryel René Jackson explores landscape as a site of personal representation. In this newly commissioned work, Jackson presents a sculptural installation that recalls the landscapes of Texas and Louisiana, two places that hold profound meaning for the artist. Jackson was raised in New Orleans and is now based in Austin.
About Mama Duke
Mama Duke is a 2x Austin Hip-Hop Award winning Artist and 2x Austin Music Award Nominee. Taking home both “Artist of the Year" and “Female Artist of the Year" in one night - at the beginning of her career, it’s no wonder she can move effortlessly in a male dominated industry. With huge festivals and stages under her feet like Austin City Limits and Austin FC’s Amphitheater - Mama Duke is kicking up dust in Texas. As a Recording Academy Member and influential staple, Mama Duke is well on her way to being everyone's top songwriters in Texas. Just recently, she landed a solo front cover of The Austin Chronicle which made her the 1st queer, bi-racial, masculine presenting woman in history to do so. She’s been in multiple news appearances and has landed multiple magazine covers/spreads and shows no signs of stopping until she curates the tour of her dreams. Altogether she has performed over 300+ times and is currently working on her sophomore album. She also curates and hosts a live-streamed Hip-Hop show she founded called ATX Social Club that allows her to stay connected to the community and her peers.
About La Morena
La Morena (She/her/ella) is a Mexican American muñeca that started out in the ATX queer night life. Creating space for trans and queer bipoc this frontera southern bell wants to take up space ina cis-male dominated scene. Originally from Brownsville Texas she serves a special open format mix between Cumbia, reggaetón, baile funk, house, jersey club, Latin hits and hip hop.
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