Charles Long with Eluvium, Brady Foster, Seth Hawkins, Emery Martin, Michael Mascha, Carrie Paterson, Karen Reitzel, and Solid Concepts, Memory Print Boutique (detail), 2014. Mixed media. Dimensions variable. Installation view, CATALIN, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin. Courtesy the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Photograph by Ben Aqua.

Charles Long

January 18 – April 20, 2014

Artist Charles Long brings new and recent work to The Contemporary Austin. In the newly commissioned CATALIN, Long manifests a transformative, multimedia installation at the Jones Center. The playful sculptures of Pet Sounds, outdoors at Laguna Gloria, engage the viewer with strange sounds, murmurs, and vibrations.


Love Song premiere, SFMOMA, 2012. Photograph by Charlie Villyard.

The Contemporary Presents

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo: The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

April 17, 2014

The Contemporary Austin and Fusebox Festival present Sam Green’s live documentary about the life of visionary architect, designer, and social critic R. Buckminster Fuller. Legendary band Yo La Tengo accompanies Green’s narration in an exciting cinematic collaboration.

Orly Genger, Conceptual rendering for Current, 2014. Courtesy the artist.

Orly Genger

May 3 – August 24, 2014

Blending large-scale sculpture techniques with an expanded notion of craft, Orly Genger manifests a massive outdoor installation at Laguna Gloria, activating the amphitheater and lagoon as a site for community interaction and play.

Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009. Stainless steel and brass (unique). 13.3 x 108.25 x 20.5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Thomas Müller.

A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection

May 3 – August 24, 2014

In this large-scale exhibition at the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria, sculptural objects explore the theme of the body and its absence, from the hyperreal to the abstract, tinged with a range of complex, playful, and dark psychological undertones.

Susurrus. Photograph by David Leddy.

The Contemporary Presents


June 14 – 28, 2014

Part radio play, part stroll in the park, part lesson in bird dissection, part musical recital: Susurrus, by Scottish site-specific artist David Leddy, is a play without actors or a stage, customized for the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

Music for Wilderness Lake. Courtesy Make Music New York, Inc.

The Contemporary Presents

Music for Wilderness Lake

June 27 and 28, 2014

In this work of environmental sound music, twelve trombonists positioned around the lagoon play meditative music across the water to one another at dusk and dawn while the music is cued via flags from a raft.


Liam Gillick, Raised Laguna Discussion Platform (Job #1073), 2013. Painted steel, 120 x 160 x 431 ¾ inches. Courtesy of the artist and Casey Kaplan. Photograph by Dave Mead.

Liam Gillick

September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014

A sparse aesthetic vocabulary belies conceptual complexity in the work of Liam Gillick, in which distilled elements of utopian modernism, power ideology, social interaction, and corporate production make up a constellation of open-ended proposals.

Marianne Vitale, Burned Bridge Junction (Congress), 2013. Wood, 91 x 339 x 339 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin. Courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer Gallery. Photograph by Dave Mead.

Marianne Vitale

September 21, 2013 – January 5, 2014

Utilizing the abandoned evidence of quotidian human existence as raw material, artist Marianne Vitale transforms discarded elements of rural life into rugged visual poems alluding to a larger universal and celestial cosmology.