Unfortunately, this event is canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see you at events taking place this weekend, admission will be free at the Jones Center!
Join us on the rooftop overlooking downtown, where music and complimentary drinks will set the vibe for a night of celebration.
Begin with an after-hours exploration of the exhibitions This Land and HOST: Aryel René Jackson, then head to the roof where you’ll connect with fellow art and music lovers from all over Austin. Our featured DJ, XOY, will take the stage and make the night come alive.
The Contemporary is also proud to partner with Big Medium, bringing you a discussion, Art Space Catalysts: Empowering Artists through Community Building, featuring Austin Studio Tour artists, Paloma Mayorga, Jonathan Paul Jackson, and facilitator, Coka Treviño.
Register now to secure your spot!
XOY is a Multidisciplinary Black Trans Indigenous Artist with a background in Vocal Performance, Creative Direction, and Makeup Artistry. The Houston native blazed trails for others like herself, curating a collective of DJs known as FKA (Formerly Known As); showcased at SXSW in 2023. Since shifting culture where she came from, XOY has been nominated for awards in OutSmart magazine and has been sharing their gifts with Austin by selecting songs at clubs like Coconut Club and Cheer Up Charlies. The young creative has just begun her stint in Texas as one of the most influential Trans artists and curators in the state.
About Paloma Mayorga
Paloma Mayorga (b.1989) is a Mexican American interdisciplinary artist and independent curator born and raised in Austin, Texas. Often using her own body as medium, her work explores movement and place in relation to landscape and ancestral uses of plants. Through unconventional forms of photography, video works, and installations that utilize natural materials, Paloma documents the interaction between her body and nature.
Her work has been exhibited across Texas and nationally. Paloma participated in The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group Program and recently began a curatorial project titled Yo trabajo con la tierra / I work with the earth that brings ecofeminist perspectives to the forefront. Paloma earned a BA in Painting from the Sarofim School of Fine Arts at Southwestern University, and has gone on to receive the Emerging Artist Award from the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Best Visual Artist by the Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll, and Southwestern University’s 18 Under 40 Award.
About Jonathan Paul Jackson
Jonathan Paul Jackson is an African American Visual Artist from Houston, Texas. He works in all mediums of Art, including Painting, Sculpture and Illustration. In 2008 J.Paul Jackson started curating Art shows for fellow Visual Artists. He continues to make this part of his art practice.
Another series he uses the historical symbolism of African tribes and interprets the imagery found there into his modern style; creating a personal totem by “writing” with their language. He applies the same method of making work to his landscape paintings by using nature to interpret into his own visual language.
Currently he’s working on a series in which he takes photos of nature, prints out the photo and hand embellishes the print outs. Its conceptual series about how we all see the same nature but interrupt it a different way.
About Coka Treviño
Coka Treviño was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and resides in Austin, Texas.
While studying for her BFA, Treviño started working at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Monterrey, supporting the Exhibitions department, where she fell in love with the art world. She has worked for art galleries, museums, and universities and has held every position imaginable in the industry, curating being her favorite. In 2009, she founded The Projecto in Monterrey to facilitate cultural exchange with different cities and artistic expressions. In 2010, she moved to Austin, Texas, where The Projecto has hosted international artists and collaborated with local institutions to enable dialog and community enrichment. She’s also working as the Curator and Director of Programming at Big Medium, and an independent Music and Art curator.
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