With summer behind us (on the calendar at least), the arts in Austin beckon with exhibits to appeal to all sensibilities and seduce the senses. Beginning with a major star, the Harry Ransom Center unveils its Robert Di Niro collection encapsulating costumes, props, film and video in the “Stories to Tell” exhibit. Meanwhile, 28,000 stemmed spheres subtly lit by solar-powered fiber optics will light up the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Arboretum with Bruce Munro’s “Field of Light.” From works by India’s first female industrial photographer exhibited at Link & Pin, to artist Jenn Hassin transforming military uniforms and more into beautiful raw memorials, there’s plenty to support the soul artistically. in September.
“Connie Arismendi: Everyone” – Through October 15
“Everyone” is an exhibition of new monotypes and prints by Connie Arismendi. In residence at Flatbed since 2021, she has created a series of large 42″ x 55″ monotypes and a suite of three prints in a varied chine collé edition. Arismendi is a nationally acclaimed sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Austin. Her work is shaped by the deep emotional and intellectual concepts of family, memory and spirituality. She is known for her innovative projects, from large-scale architectural installations to free-standing sculptures that combine a wide variety of materials.
“Jenn Hassin: Pulp Alchemy” – Until October 15
Texas-born artist Jenn Hassin has spent her career collecting clothing and personal artifacts with stories of trauma embedded. Work from his latest exhibit features military uniforms from all six service branches, medical uniforms, children’s clothing, jeans, carved bones and porcelain. As a United States Air Force veteran and rape survivor, Hassin’s main intention is to transform the materials she uses from her own past and the materials given to her by d other veterinarians and trauma survivors in beautiful, raw memorials to these stories. Her work invites the viewer to visually sift through the paste materials and contemplate the story of the people who have worn each item.
Gallery of links and pins
“Rama Tiru: Beyond” – September 8 to October 1
“Beyond” is made up of new work by Rama Tiru and features mostly surreal digital paintings in both color and black and white. As a photographer, painter and author, Tiru was “India’s first female industrial photographer”. His images evolve from his dreams, memories and collective experiences of the past, “beyond” the experiences of today. She starts from a blank canvas and without a plan, she creates an organic image. When she is satisfied with one of the iterations of the image, she completes the image, then adds Augmented Reality to provide “a technological shine”.
Gallery Contemporary Artisan Assembly
“A Sense of Place: Works by Debbie Carroll” – September 9-30
Originally a jewelry designer, Debbie Carroll came to painting later in life after taking an abstract watercolor painting course at Taos. Inspired by the landscape, she paints scenes from her travels, but is also inspired by what she sees in her own West Texas backyard. In this exhibition, Carroll paints places that resonate with her – “places that reach out and ask to be painted”. Inspired by places that hold memories, a particular light or color, she wants to infuse a sense of place into her paintings and transport the viewer there.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
“Bruce Munro: Field of Light” – September 9 to October 30
Illuminating 16 acres in the Wildflower Center Arboretum, “Field of Light” is an exhibit of 28,000 rod spheres subtly lit by solar-powered fiber optics showcasing the intersection of art, technology and nature. British artist Bruce Munro is best known for his large-scale, immersive light installations inspired in large part by his interest in shared human experience. Recording ideas and images in sketchbooks has been his practice for over 30 years, noting his own response to stimuli such as music, literature, science and the world around him as reference, reflection and subject . The installation unites with the outdoors, celebrating the natural topography of the landscape and creating an immersive and emotional experience for guests.
Harry Ransom Center
“Stories to Tell” — September 10 to January 29
Since 2006, actor Robert De Niro has donated his archives documenting his film career, adding to the Center’s extensive collection of documents and artifacts related to defining films of American culture. Covering many aspects of filmmaking – from scripts and production recordings to costumes, props, film and video – the Robert De Niro Papers are unlike any other film archive. This exhibit examines the actor’s early career, from his time in Stella Adler’s drama studio and acting classes, to the plays and films that marked his early successes and learning experiences, to the collaborations and friendships that continue to this day. The exhibition highlights De Niro’s work in films such as Bang the Drum Slowly (1973), Mean Streets (1973), The Godfather, Part II (1974), Taxi Driver (1976) and Raging Bull (1980) , among many others. What stands out is not just De Niro’s talent, but also his work ethic, resourcefulness, dedication and dedication to his craft.
“In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy” – September 17 to February 12, 2023
This exhibition title comes from a work by eminent feminist artist Jenny Holzer. With works by eight female artists – Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley, Adriana Corral, Ellie Ga, Juliana Huxtable, Tala Madani, Danielle Mckinney, Wendy Red Star and Clare Rojas, as well as engagements by Jenny Holzer – this exhibition grapples with a range of critical issues such as societal inequalities and envisioning pathways to a new and better future. Confronting identity and history in ways informed by feminism and other political thought, their works assess systems that suppress and exclude those whose lives are not privileged within the dominant patriarchal power structure.
Visual Arts Center
“Social Fabric: Art and Activism in Contemporary Brazil” — September 23 to March 10, 2023
“Social Fabric” brings together the work of ten artists who reflect on the long histories of oppressive power structures in the territory now known as Brazil. Blurring the line between art and activism, these artists contribute to local and global conversations about the state of democracy, racial injustice, and violence inflicted by the nation-state. In doing so, they ask us to consider how the agendas and policies of those in power are visually articulated in public spaces and embedded in official narratives. Rosana Paulino’s Tecido Social (2010), from which the exhibition takes its title, offers a timely roadmap for approaching these ideas while inviting us to reimagine, point by point, a more equitable future. Covering installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture and video, the exhibition takes place in five galleries.
Courtesy of Link & Pin Gallery
Roiling Sea16x20 by Rama Tiru, on display at Link & Pin Gallery.