Upcoming Events

September 2021

September 21, 2021 | 10:00 AM

TEXAS HISTORY TUESDAYS: First Encounters – When the Conquistadors Met the Karankawa

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Two Opportunities to Connect Online: 10am & 1pm

A museum educator, primary sources, and interesting content is a winning instructional combination. These programs are typically taught to elementary and middle school audiences, but we invite anyone who is looking for an enriching and fun experience to connect with us. How did early American Indians encounter their environment, other tribes, and the Spanish conquistadors in the vast landscape that would become Texas? A Museum educator will lead students as they search for evidence from artifacts and paintings to explore stories that reveal what impact these first encounters made upon these early Texans. Program is FREE to the public. Zoom webinar registration required. You'll be able to ask questions during the Q and A at the end of the program.

For more information, including registration and extension activities, visit the Bullock Museum website.

September 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Joey Fauerso: Wait for It

Visual Arts Center

Working across a range of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, performance, and video, San Antonio-based artist Joey Fauerso engages with notions of domesticity, the body, gender, and identity. Her oeuvre consists of large-scale figurative paintings as well as complex and layered installations, akin to theatrical sets, that the artist outfits with painted canvases, props, and sculptural elements. Fauerso’s installations contain details activated by participants—friends, peers, and perhaps most notably, her children—who push, prod, and nudge these items into action in the context of the gallery or for the camera’s lens. Though created by the artist, they are modified by her collaborators. Her paintings, by contrast, are produced in her studio through a subtractive process in which layers of paint are built up and scraped away, resulting in works that are textured and fluid. Wait for It presents recent painted portraits of the artist’s friends and family alongside You Destroy Every Special Thing I Make (2017–19), a four-channel video installation documenting the construction, demolition, and reconstruction of an installation staged within the artist’s studio. Privileging the role of painting within her practice, Wait for It focuses on Fauerso’s commitment to portraiture and representations of the figure—whether in motion or silent and still. Fauerso’s figures often appear expectant and sometimes even burdened, as if anticipating an event that will never happen; their gazes and poses are poignant metaphors for contemporary life, marked by time spent waiting. Opening Date: September 24, 2021 / Closing Date: December 3, 2021 Visual Arts Center (512) 471-3713 info@utvac.org Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm  The University of Texas at Austin Art Building 2300 Trinity St.  Austin, Texas 78712 Free Admissions For more information on this exhibition please click here!

September 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas: The Blessings of the Mystery

Visual Arts Center

Expanding on ideas manifested in the multidisciplinary practice of Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, The Blessings of the Mystery examines themes of environmental activism, encounters between history and memory, Indigenous rights, and the formation and dissemination of knowledge. The exhibition articulates the complicated and layered histories, connections, and tensions present in West Texas through film, sculpture, installation, collage, and drawing. At its center is The Teaching of the Hands (2020), a single-channel film that recounts the region’s complex histories of colonization, migration, and ecological precarity from the perspective of Juan Mancias, Chairman of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. The film combines observational and experimental documentary with oral histories, reenactments, archival footage, and documents. The film’s narrative grows out of the land where both Indigenous and settler knowledge have been historically produced. Weaving together scenes from the present day to 4,000 years in the past, The Teaching of the Hands highlights the environmental memories and consciousness of these interconnected places across Texas. The exhibition also features a site-responsive installation incorporating both historical and contemporary surveying tools and artifacts used to create parcels of land. Suspended from the VAC’s vaulted ceiling in a configuration of wires and cabling, the floating objects that comprise Measuring the Immeasurable (2020) refer to the region’s history of land speculation and the rapid privatization of land that displaced people, animals, and reshaped the landscape.  Alongside original artworks by Caycedo and de Rozas are a selection of objects culled from special collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Original watercolors produced in the 1930s by artists and amateur archaeologists Forrest and Lula Kirkland are on loan from the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratories. These watercolors document the ancient rock art of the Lower Pecos, captured before many of these works were destroyed by flooding, erosion, or human interaction. Extinct and near extinct species of West Texas flora and fauna are also on loan from the Biodiversity Collections and the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center at UT Austin. Opening Date: September 24, 2021 / Closing Date: December 3, 2021 Visual Arts Center (512) 471-3713 info@utvac.org Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm  The University of Texas at Austin Art Building 2300 Trinity St.  Austin, Texas 78712 Free Admissions For more information on this exhibition please click here!

September 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Madison Cooper: (Untitled) Fanon

Visual Arts Center

I sit down at the fire and I become aware of my uniform. I had not seen it. It is indeed ugly. I stop there, for who can tell me what beauty is? — Frantz Fanon, “The Fact of Blackness” (1952) What do we use to define who we are? In (Untitled) Fanon, artist Madison Cooper delves into issues surrounding the definition of culture and the intricacies of race. Through printed photographs and projected images, she navigates the web of identifying factors and experiences she uses to solidify her own Blackness. Each of these works is an act of self-reflection; an effort to comb through memories and consider signifiers—such as church services and hair care products—that have influenced the ways she perceives her Black identity. Her focus on portraits of family and friends, as well as self-portraits, further emphasizes the deeply personal nature of Cooper’s recent body of work. The result is a visual assemblage of intimate moments and social performances that question what it means to be Black. (Untitled) Fanon draws inspiration from the literary work of Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), a renowned Black psychiatrist and philosopher who made significant contributions to postcolonial theory and critical studies in the twentieth century. In his 1952 essay, “The Fact of Blackness,” Fanon proposes the concept of ontological resistance: the notion that centuries of colonization and oppression have stunted the ability of Black people to escape preconceived ideas and harmful stereotypes surrounding Black identity—perpetuated by White people—and develop their own sense of self. Cooper explores this concept through her photographs, working toward a personal definition of what Blackness means to her. Opening Date: September 24, 2021 / Closing Date: December 3, 2021 Visual Arts Center (512) 471-3713 info@utvac.org Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm  The University of Texas at Austin Art Building 2300 Trinity St.  Austin, Texas 78712 Free Admissions For more information on this exhibition please click here!

September 24, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Aesthetics of Health

Visual Arts Center

The works in this exhibition are the result of a partnership between the Department of Art and Art History and Livestrong Cancer Institutes that explores the intersection of art and healthcare. By creating art with and for cancer patients, caregivers, and clinical staff, Aesthetics of Health students use their art to make connections and build relationships with others in a clinical setting. Students in the course explore Artists: JJ Barrett, Mac Benson, Madison Boothe, Jasmine Chock, Bee Cortez, Leah De La Rosa, Elyse Garcia, Richard Greene, Kelly Housley, Anna Maupin, Janelle Mendoza, Maddie Siedell, Karina Teruya, Alexa Torti, Anthony Westmoreland, Nicholas Wong Opening Date: September 24, 2021 / Closing Date: October 9, 2021 Visual Arts Center (512) 471-3713 info@utvac.org Tuesday - Saturday 12-5pm  The University of Texas at Austin Art Building 2300 Trinity St.  Austin, Texas 78712 Free Admissions For more information on this exhibition please click here!

September 30, 2021 | 12:00 PM

Virtual Studio Visit: Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas

Visual Arts Center

Fall 2021 artists-in-residence Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas join VAC Director MacKenzie Stevens from their Los Angeles studio to discuss their multi-layered practice and their work in the exhibition The Blessings of the Mystery, on view September 24 – December 3, 2021. Tune in at noon on Instagram Live (and be sure to follow us @visualartscenter)! A recording of the conversation will be posted here following the live event. Free Admissions  For more information on this event click here!