UPDATE: Pre-Registration For This Event Now Closed. Limited Walk-Up Tickets Available.

The public is invited to a free celebration at the Jones Center on the opening night of two extraordinary exhibitions, 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. 

The 6-9P portion of the evening is open for all to attend, with remarks by the Director and a brief conversation with the curators and artists from 6:30-7:30P.

Members and invited guests of the museum are encouraged to register for the Members & Friends reception from 5–6P.

Become a member today and you can join for the preview hour!

Check out the schedule below to plan your experience.

5P Members & Friends Preview
6P Public Reception Begins
6:30P Remarks and Brief Artist Conversations by:

  • sharon maidenberg
  • Alex Klein
  • Curator Julie Le and exhibiting artist Aryel René Jackson
  • Curator Robin K. Williams and exhibiting artists Vivian Caccuri, Minerva Cuevas, and Danielle Dean
  • Performance by Mama Duke
  • 7:30-9P Reception

    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.

    Tito's Handmade Vodka, Topo Chico, LALO Tequila, Austin Beerworks, and Austin East Ciders