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IMAGE: Do Ho Suh, Net-Work, 2010–2014. Gold and chrome plating with polyurethane coating on ABS plastic and nylon fishing net. Dimensions variable. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

On view at Jones Center

Do Ho Suh

September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Do Ho Suh, Apartment A, Unit 2, Corridor and Staircase, 348 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011, USA (detail), 2011–2014. Polyester fabric and stainless steel tubes. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

On view at LAGUNA GLORIA

Do Ho Suh
Richard T. Walker

September 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015

Richard T. Walker, the predicament of always (as it is), 2014. Two-channel HD video. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Gatehouse Gallery at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin. Courtesy the artist and Carroll/Fletcher. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

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Sept 13 – Dec 18

Spring 2015

Jan 17 – May 22

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March 16 – 20

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NEWS

Sculpture Parks Around the World

In October, The Contemporary visited innovative sculpture parks, gardens, and contemporary art sites throughout France—part of an ongoing process of sparking conversation and scouting inspiration for the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria. Read on for some highlights and images from the trip!

Lucky Dragons Comes to Austin

This fall, The Contemporary is pleased to present a new commission from Los Angeles–based artist duo Lucky Dragons: 17,000 Observations, a performance that merges live music, kinetic sculpture, birdcalls, and the forested setting of Laguna Gloria. FREE; performance Nov. 9 at 2P; sculpture and sound recording on view through Dec. 9.

In the News

“Walker’s take on this untouched natural world, shot in high definition, is sublime; you can practically smell it”: Glasstire visits Richard T. Walker’s video installation at the Gatehouse Gallery at Laguna Gloria.

The Austin American-Statesman is enchanted by Do Ho Suh at The Contemporary: “With its melancholy poetry and potent swirl of meaning, Suh’s dreamlike work intrigues.”

University of Texas at Austin Department of Art and Art History students volunteer as Korean-English language translators for artist Do Ho Suh and his team during the installation of the show at The Contemporary. Read about their experience here.

New World Kids: Creativity Camp Returns for Summer 2015!

New World Kids is a two-week course that playfully introduces young ones to a new alphabet and expands creativity to gain a new way of looking at the world. Museum staff will guide children in exploring sensory alphabet elements—line, color, texture, movement, sound, rhythm, space, light, and shape. Children will also engage with special guests who share innovations in design, technology, art, and science! For ages 5–6. Two weeks in Summer 2015, Mon–Fri, 9A–12P.

Please contact Carolyn Shrake at cshrake@thecontemporaryaustin.org to get on the mailing list, or watch for details in our Summer 2015 Art School catalog. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

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The Contemporary Art Museum for Austin

Mission: The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection.

Vision: The Contemporary Austin aspires to be the contemporary art museum for Austin and an essential part of city life. Through its unique combination of urban and outdoor sites, The Contemporary will embody an eclectic and collaborative spirit.

Museum Without Walls
A Discussion with Louis Grachos

Learn more about the many ways that we are inspiring our home city and get to know our executive director, Louis Grachos, and his ideas on the future of our city’s visual arts. Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

Jones Center

1851
The first three-story brick building in Austin is constructed on the corner of 7th Street and Congress Avenue.

1877
Tobin’s Drug Store opens at 700 Congress Avenue.

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1926
700 Congress Avenue becomes the Queen Theater, featuring a balcony and proscenium stage.

1956
Lerner Shops moves into 700 Congress and renovates by adding storefront windows, a second floor, and a new front elevation on Congress, including an awning over the sidewalk.

1995
Texas Fine Arts Association purchases the vacant building at 700 Congress and renovates the first floor.

1998
TFAA / The Jones Center for Contemporary Art opens to the public.

2002
TFAA changes its name to Arthouse at the Jones Center.

2008
Arthouse unveils the renovation and expansion plans for the Jones Center, designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects.

2010
Arthouse at the Jones Center reopens.

2011
Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

2013
AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Laguna Gloria

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1943
Texas legend Clara Driscoll donates her lakeside, 1916 estate in west Austin to be used “as a Museum to bring pleasure in the appreciation of art to the people of Texas.”

1961
TFAA splits into two separate entities. Laguna Gloria Art Museum is created with the purpose of owning and operating the museum and grounds, and presenting exhibitions and educational programs in the Driscoll Villa.

1983
The Art School’s 4,100-square foot facility is constructed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

1996
Laguna Gloria Art Museum changes its name to Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and moves its primary exhibition space to 823 Congress Avenue.

2003
The Driscoll Villa and gardens and key features of The Art School complex are refurbished and restored through a successful $3.6 million Laguna Gloria Renewal Project.

2008
The historic Gatehouse is restored and the Art School studios expanded by 2,500-square feet of new ceramics and painting space.

2011
Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

2013
AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Board of Trustees

Darrell Windham, Chairman
Diane Land, President
Richard Marcus, President-Elect (2015)
Clay Cary, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Katelena Hernandez Cowles
Ann Loupot Daughety
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
Mark Hanna
John Harcourt
Eric Herschmann
Teresa Hubbard
Stephen Jones
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Chris Mattsson
Ross Moody
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Reagan Reaud
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
Kate Sheerin
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Robert Turner
Melba Whatley
Leslie Wingo

THE BETTY AND EDWARD MARCUS SCULPTURE PARK AT LAGUNA GLORIA

The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $9 million grant by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation to help create an unparalleled arts destination at Laguna Gloria, with the majority of the funds committed to commissioning and acquiring sculpture and permanent outdoor installations by some of today’s leading artists. In honor of the foundation, this major feature at The Contemporary Austin’s outdoors site is named the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Already well known for its historic significance and the Art School, Laguna Gloria will continue to grow into an exceptional art-in-nature experience with exhibitions, commissions, and vibrant community engagement through public programming and educational initiatives. The Contemporary Austin’s ongoing land stewardship program, designed in collaboration with an environmental firm, will ensure that this precious reserve of natural beauty in the heart of the city will become even more resilient, diverse, and welcoming for art and nature lovers alike.