Texas Biennial Announces a Clean Well-Lighted (and Free!) Place at SXSW, Last Call for Biennial Artists

by Bill Davenport February 27, 2013

ACWLP_promoThe organizers of the Texas Biennial have announced a series of free public readings in a street-level storefront on Congress Ave. in Austin, amid the hubbub of music and media fest SXSW, titled “A Clean Well-Lighted Place” after the cafe in Hemingway’s famous story, and Dave Hickey’s storied late-60’s Austin art gallery.

Local participants, including artists, critics, art historians, curators, arts administrators, educators, museum patrons, collectors and gallerists (to date, no auctioneers are confirmed) will read selections from the texts they find most pertinent to their understanding of contemporary art.

Readings take place Sunday, March 10, 4pm–12am; Monday, March 11, 6pm–12am; and Tuesday, March 12 6pm–12am at 823 Congress Ave. and will be streamed online at www.texasbiennial.org.

The project aims to be an “optimistic place for public conversation about art and art criticism,”  showcasing how Austin has a “vibrant visual arts community that sees itself as connected in many ways with those creative industries and modes.” but it’s an uphill battle: when Glasstire applied for a  press pass, the SXSW Press & Publicity Department told our writer:

“Thanks for your interest in SXSW 2013 and your patience with the application process.  Unfortunately, we can not approve you for a press credential this year. However, we would be happy to extend you the ability to purchase one standard badge at the lowest rate:

Music – $625
Film – $450
Interactive – $695
Gold (Film + Interactive) – $895
Platinum (Music + Film + Interactive) – $1150”

BTW, The Texas Biennial’s open call for art for its 5th statewide survey ENDS TOMORROW, FEBRUARY 28!

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Texas Biennial February 28, 2013 - 13:57

Thank you Bill for helping promote the Texas Biennial and the Open Call!

We’re having some issues with our Open Call system, if you have started an application and cannot complete it due to these errors, you will be guaranteed the opportunity to submit your application. For more information, please email [email protected] with the subject line “Biennial Application: Technical Errors”.


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