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IMAGE: Tom Sachs, Miffy Fountain, 2008. Silicon bronze and paint (3-part catalyzed acrylic, white primer, white base coat, “Xtreme” Flat Finish Klearkote). 111 x 102 x 102 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, 2015. Courtesy Tom Sachs Studio. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

On view at Jones Center

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015

January 24 – April 19, 2015

Tom Sachs, Model One, 1999. Mixed media. 32 x 41 x 14 inches. Collection of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, New York. Image courtesy Tom Sachs Studio.

On view at LAGUNA GLORIA

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015
JJ PEET: BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_

January 24 – April 19, 2015

JJ PEET, Machine_Gun_Lover, 2014. Porcelain, aluminum, granite, tape, and flower. 5 x 12 x 5 inches. Private collection, New York.

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11A — 7P. Open now!


Tomorrow

Open from 11A — 7P

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Laguna Gloria

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Grounds: 9A — 5P. Closing soon!
Gallery: 10A — 4P. Closed now.

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Grounds: Open from 9A — 5P
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Art School

Spring 2015

Jan 17 – May 22

Spring Break Children’s Workshops

March 16 – 20

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NEWS

Five x Seven 2015

Five x Seven, The Contemporary’s annual Art Sale and after-party, will take place on February 26 at Brazos Hall! This year’s event features exciting new work from Texas-based artists, live music from DJ Adrian Quesada and the band Whiskey Shivers, and enticing bites and drinks from some of Austin’s favorite establishments. All proceeds go to support the museum’s exhibitions program. Get your tickets now!

Lucky Dragons: 17,000 Observations

The Contemporary is pleased to present a new commission from Los Angeles–based artist duo Lucky Dragons. The sound and sculptural installation 17,000 Observations, which accompanies a one-time live performance that took place on November 9, 2014, is on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria through May 31, 2015.

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!

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About

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.