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IMAGE: Robert Therrien, No title (room, pants with tambourines), 2014–2015. Wood, enamel on Masonite, and mixed media. 114 x 139 x 151 inches. Installation view, Robert Therrien, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

On view at Jones Center

Robert Therrien

May 9 – August 30, 2015

Robert Therrien, Folding tables and chairs, dates variable. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Photograph by Robert McKeever.

On view at LAGUNA GLORIA

Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria

John Grade, Tom Friedman, Monika Sosnowska

Tom Friedman, production maquette (detail) for Looking Up, 2015. Stainless steel. 390 x 130 x 90 inches. Edition 1 of 3, 1 AP. Artwork © Tom Friedman. Courtesy the artist; Luhring Augustine, New York; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Image courtesy Walla Walla Foundry.

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Looking Up at Laguna Gloria

Tom Friedman’s Looking Up, 2015, has arrived at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park! Watch our behind-the-scenes video of the installation of this landmark new work for Austin.

Glorious Renewal

"Austin hides its ghosts well, but if you know where to look, the spirits of the city’s past residents still buzz about." Read about the storied history of our landmark art-in-nature site, Laguna Gloria, in the Austin Chronicle. By writer Caitlin Greenwood.

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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.

Read more about the history of Laguna Gloria in "Glorious Renewal," published in the Austin Chronicle, March 25, 2015.

Board of Trustees

Richard Marcus, President
Jeanne Klein, President-Elect (2017)
Mark Hanna, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Katelena Hernandez Cowles
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
John Harcourt
Eric Herschmann
Justin Halloran
Teresa Hubbard
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Chris Mattsson
Larry McGuire
Will Meredith
Fredericka Middleton
Ross Moody
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
A. Kate Sheerin
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Robert Turner
Melba Whatley
Darrell Windham

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.