IMAGE: Daniel Johnston, mural produced in conjunction with the exhibition Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams, 2022. Acrylic Paint. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by Vans + No Comply. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, 2022. Artwork © Daniel Johnston. Courtesy The Daniel Johnston Trust. Photograph by Alexa Johnston.

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Open to everyone! Admission will be walk-up only, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our book club, With Liberty and Justice For All, is back! We've partnered with Austin Public Library to co-host a series of discussions around works of fiction, poetry, and visual art to consider themes of racism, institutional violence, social justice, empathy, healing, and community.

This month, we’ll congregate on the open-air roof deck of our downtown location, surrounded by Jim Hodges’ sculpture With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), as librarians Mariizhe Bonier and Gabriel Ransenberg from the Austin Public Library lead us in a discussion of the visually striking graphic novel The Incantations of Daniel Johnston. Be sure to arrive early to explore the exhibition, Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams. This is an in-person event. Masks are required indoors, and social distancing will be observed.

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston is a collaboration between New York Times best-selling Spanish illustrator, Ricardo Cavolo, and award-winning author Scott McClanahand. This engaging and thoughtful graphic novel tells the story of the life of Johnston, his rise to fame, and his struggles with mental health. Through this telling, Cavolo and McClanahand touch upon many complex issues such as the power of art to sustain us, the demons with which we all struggle, and the mythologies society creates about the artists we choose to exalt.