Fall 2023 at The Contemporary Austin

We're thrilled to announce what’s on this fall at The Contemporary Austin!

From new exhibitions to robust exhibition-inspired programming at both of our locations, here’s your look at the upcoming season.

Announcing This Land and HOST: Aryel René Jackson opening at the Jones Center on Sept 28 (Thurs).

This Land is a group exhibition about landscape and how it records the social and environmental effects of colonialism and capitalism. With Greater Austin ranking among the fastest growing and most expensive metropolitan areas in the U.S., This Land offers a space to reflect upon these transformations and broader histories of place, migration, and extraction. This exhibition features dynamic, multidisciplinary artworks in a range of media by five artists: Vivian Caccuri, Raven Chacon, Minerva Cuevas, Danielle Dean, and Jamilah Sabur.

For the second installment of HOST, Austin-based artist Aryel René Jackson will debut newly commissioned artwork specifically created for the exhibition space at the Jones Center. Jackson’s practice considers land and landscape as sites of internal representation that is informed by their perspectives as a Black Afro-Creole artist working in film. Their “Visual Essays,” a term used by the artist to describe their practice, are lyrical films that utilize soil, performance, mimicry, and sculpture to reflect on critical race theory and archeological studies.

Sign up for the members preview hour for new exhibitions from 5–6P at the Jones Center on Sept 28 (Thurs).

One-time, major performance event coming to Laguna Gloria

In conjunction with This Land, a site-responsive adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winner Raven Chacon’s Tremble Staves will be performed at Laguna Gloria. Conceived as a site-specific work originally presented at the Sutro Baths in San Francisco, Tremble Staves considers the sanctity and scarcity of water, as well as the unequal access to water among different communities globally.

The site-responsive adaptation will be performed on the shore of the Colorado River at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria on Oct 13 (Fri) in partnership with Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox, and The University of Texas at Austin's Butler School of Music Percussion Ensemble. Featuring Bay Area musicians The Living Earth Show (Travis Andrews and Andy Meyerson), Tremble Staves will be accompanied by an original narrative written by Austin-based interdisciplinary artist and writer, Virginia Grise.

Walk up tickets are available for this free performance, capacity is limited.

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Minerva Cuevas, Horizon II, 2016. Oil on canvas dipped in chapopote. 21.65 x 27.95 x 1.97 inches. Artwork © Minerva Cuevas. Image courtesy kurimanzutto, Mexico City.