My 2 Cents

by Margaret Meehan September 6, 2011

Adding my voice to the peanut gallery I’d like to mention a few other notable exhibitions, openings and lectures happening this fall. So get on your walking shoes, pick out your best black ensembles and drink a two fisted cocktail of wine and coffee because there is really so much more to see.


Miguel Aragon

Tiny Park is a new exhibition series and art space located in central Austin at 607 ½ Genard Street. Said to offer contemporary art, readings, and film screenings by local and national artists it is a welcome addition to the scene. Their first show this Friday Sept 9th (I know Austin you will be busy so get in carpooling mode…) is Miguel Aragon whose work addresses the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars by exploring what it means to see, live and cope with images of incomprehensible violence through perception and memory. 

Elad-Lassry-Wolf-Blue in The Anxiety of Photography at Arthouse

Arthouse presents The Anxiety of Photography September 10- December 30th 2011. Members preview is also on Friday September 9th so add it to your list of openings and/ or go hear Matthew Thompson, Associate Curator, Aspen Art Museum talk about the exhibition on Saturday the 10th at 2pm. The exhibition in is presented by Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art.

Libby Black-Watching You. In Queer State(s) at the VAC.

A lot has already been said about Queer State(s) , the exhibition at the VAC co-curated by David Willburn and (full-disclosure… my husband) Noah Simblist, but I wanted to make sure the Queer State(s) Symposium on October 22 from 10am -5pm was on your radar as well. It brings together scholars and critics to discuss a variety of themes connected to the exhibition. Participants include Ixchel Rosal, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Center; Risa Puleo, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art; and Andy Campbell and Chelsea Weathers, both PhD candidates in Art History. In addition, other participants will include Nathan Lee, an independent curator and critic from New York, Leah Devun, a Faculty Fellow at Stanford University and an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, and Jonathan D. Katz, director of the Doctoral Program in Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo and co-founder of the activist group Queer Nation, San Francisco and the Queer Caucus of the College Art Association. It should be a full day of information to compliment the exhibition.

Following the symposium there will be a reception and book signing by Queer State(s ) New York-based artist Adam Shecter at Domy Books from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.


Sandra Ono- Untitled. 2010, foil and glue.

Sandra Ono, a San Francisco based sculptor opens Saturday September 10th at Conduit Gallery. Her work consists of assembled everyday objects that transcend and push beyond their original materials. Each media is carefully chosen and usually relates to products used on the body such as Q-tips that will then reference back to consumerism.

Fort Worth:

Wura-Natasha Ogunji- Video still from TWO 2010, single-channel digital video color, sound : 1 minute, 5 seconds. PHOTO CREDIT : Sonseree Verdise Gibson.

Self. Selfish. Selfiness. Opens Friday September 9 at Brand 10 artspace. A group show with recent work by many, including some of my favorites like Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Kerry Pacillio, Tiffany Wolf and Terri Thornton.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has an amazing line up of lectures this fall which include:
Jayson Musson, October 4 is an artist and writer living and working in Philadelphia. He’ll shares his multifaceted work, which includes provocative performances, drawings, and writings, as well as Art Thoughtz by his “cousin” Hennessey Youngman.
Dr. Frances Colpitt , October 11,  art critic, corresponding editor to Art in America, and holder of the Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University, she will discuss the problems of abstract painting in the postmodern/electronic age.
Koki Tanaka, November 1,
is an artist living in Los Angeles, California. He will talk about the development of his playful and insubordinate art that, as he describes in an interview with Akiko Miki, a curator at Palais de Tokyo, has moved from an interest in “how the exhibition is structured to the ordinary process of making of the work, to how the content is developed.”


Barry Stone- Man at the End of the Rainbows, Bailey Island, 2011, 24 x 36 inches, Archival Inkjet Print.

Opening October 15th at Art Palace is Barry Stone’s DARKSIDE OF THE RAINBOW. An assemblage of a photographs, drawings, collage and paintings that frames notions of circularity, contradiction and fantasy. Billed as “works of fact and fantasy that fold into one another to create hopeful visions and yet offer dire warnings” this show seems a perfect injection to our post 9-11 ten year anniversary reality.

and finally in San Antonio:

Jeff Williams- Abrasive Cabinet. aluminum risers, glass aquarium, furnace blower, Plexiglas, metal duct, collection bag, aged brick, recycled glass bead. 64 x 20 x 45 inches.

UT Austin’s own Jeff Williams will be one of  the next artists in residence 11.3 at Artpace. His site-specific sculptural works involve intervening in a structure’s architecture in order to reveal the layers of a building’s history of habitation. He uses natural phenomena such as air, light, water, and gravity to create “poetic gestures” that connect the past to the present. I’m really looking forward to this one.

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