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Épicerie to Open New Cafe at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

Opening spring 2019, Épicerie at The Contemporary will bring chef-owner Sarah McIntosh’s sophisticated French-Cajun comfort food to the beloved, fourteen-acre art-in-nature museum site, as part of The Contemporary Austin’s transformation of the Laguna Gloria visitor experience.

On March 21, 2018, The Contemporary Austin broke ground on Phase I of its Master Plan for the fourteen-acre Laguna Gloria—home to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, the Art School, and the Driscoll Villa. Executive Director and CEO Louis Grachos, together with chef and restaurateur Sarah McIntosh, are pleased to announce that McIntosh will launch a new concept—Épicerie at The Contemporary—as a key part of this transformation.

Situated right at the entrance to the iconic property, Épicerie at The Contemporary will feature fresh fare suited for eating on site or taking to-go. Signature Épicerie favorites, like the porchetta and pastrami sandwiches, the salmon and kale salad, and the restaurant’s broad selection of fine cheeses and charcuterie, will be on hand. A variety of new soups, salads, and sandwiches will be available, including baked goods, a coffee program, and wine and beer. Additionally, Épicerie’s new grocery line, consisting of packaged coffee, jams, chutneys, pickles, fermented goods, spice blends, and cookie mixes, will be available. Picnic packages, consisting of all of the above, will be available in limited-edition Laguna Gloria picnic bags. Along with McIntosh, Épicerie at The Contemporary will be helmed by General Manager Chloe Kennedy and Chef de Cuisine Keith Abate.

Guests will be invited to order at a walk-up window and may then enjoy their meal, snack, or drink within one of two gracious, shaded terraces, or find a picnic spot throughout the wooded sculpture park. The new café will be housed in a compact, modern steel and glass structure currently under construction. This building, together with the new visitor center and museum shop, pergolas, and renovated restroom facilities, was designed by Trahan Architects of New Orleans. Landscape architects Reed Hildebrand of Boston—who were hired in 2013 to design the full Laguna Gloria Master Plan—designed the terraces, walkways, and gardens surrounding the new entrance and café.

“In building a menu for Épicerie at The Contemporary, I’ve thought a lot about the sculpture park‘s visitors and the students of the Art School at Laguna Gloria who attend classes over and over again. I was an art major in college, so this really does come full circle for me,” McIntosh said. “A light bite, a cup of coffee, or a bottle of wine split by two is the perfect accompaniment to a day strolling the sculpture park grounds. The second location of Épicerie was much debated, and when this opportunity came up, we knew it made sense.”

Café hours and full menu are still in development. Read the full press release here.

The Contemporary Austin acquires Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree Trunk for Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria

On view at the museum since 2017, the poignant, monumental sculpture—by an artist who is among the most influential artists in the world—is now part of the museum’s permanent collection, for visitors to appreciate on every visit to the museum’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.

Acquisition of Iron Tree Trunk, 2015, is made possible through the generous contributions of more than seventy individuals and foundations in Austin and nationally.

Melba Whatley, Chairperson of the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation said, “What could be more wonderful than participating in the acquisition of Ai Weiwei’s singular work Iron Tree Trunk. We believe great art elevates us all. Through Ai Weiwei’s monumental sculpture we brush up against China, immigration, civil rights, nature and the awe-inspiring dimensions of genius. All Austinites can be proud that this community has matched the Marcus Foundation’s financial support for this most important addition to the city’s cultural landscape.”

The Contemporary also announces an extension to the loan of the artist’s Forever Bicycles, 2014, which will now remain on view through June 2019 at the Waller Delta downtown.

THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN ANNOUNCES MUSIC & FOOD LINEUPS FOR CAMP CONTEMPORARY 2018

The annual fall fundraiser benefits arts education programs that serve more than 30,000 Central Texas kids and adults every year.

The Contemporary Austin is thrilled to announce a stronger-than-ever focus on music and a diverse lineup of local and regional restaurant collaborators for its much-anticipated fall fundraiser Camp Contemporary. Thanks to a partnership with KUTX—the Austin Music Experience—the 2018 Camp stage will feature performances by Walker Lukens, Mobley, SMiiLE and Lolita Lynne. During Camp Contemporary, chefs and their teams from Elm Restaurant Group, épicerie, Le Politique, McGuire Moorman Hospitality, and Supper will present their own camp-inspired twists on dishes to pass around the campfire for all to enjoy.

Described as “your childhood camp, all grown up,” Camp Contemporary at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria takes place October 20, 2018, with live music, artist-led workshops, campfires, paddling in the lake, camp-inspired fare, craft cocktails, and more campy fun. All of the festivities take place at Laguna Gloria—a beautiful fourteen-acre art-in-nature site on Lake Austin—and all proceeds support The Contemporary Austin’s art education programs that reach tens of thousands of Central Texas kids and adults every year.

Tickets for this immersive day of art are on sale now and are inclusive of all food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages live music, outdoor activities, and hands-on art workshops with local artists and craftspeople.

The Contemporary Austin announces Nicole Eisenman as the winner of the Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize

Eisenman will receive an unrestricted cash award, along with production expenses toward a scholarly publication and a solo exhibition premiering at The Contemporary Austin, Texas, with a version of the exhibition then traveling to The FLAG Art Foundation in New York.

Louis Grachos, the Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director & CEO of The Contemporary Austin, is pleased to announce New York based artist Nicole Eisenman is the winner of the 2020 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize. In addition to receiving a cash award, she will present a solo exhibition premiering in February 2020 at the museum’s downtown venue, the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, with the option to extend the exhibition to the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. The exhibition is scheduled to open to the public in Austin on Thursday, February 13, 2020. A related exhibition will then travel to The FLAG Art Foundation in New York, where it will open in fall 2020. In addition to the exhibition and monetary award, the prize includes a scholarly publication and development of public programming around the exhibitions.

The Contemporary Austin receives $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Prestigious grant will support a major group exhibition that will span both sites of The Contemporary Austin, opening in fall 2019.

Louis Grachos, the Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director & CEO of the Contemporary Austin, is pleased to announce The Contemporary Austin has received a $100,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for its upcoming, fall 2019 exhibition, The Sorcerer’s Burden. This is the second Warhol Foundation grant received by the five-year-old institution. Previously, the Warhol Foundation awarded the museum a grant to support the 2015 exhibition Strange Pilgrims.

Exploring the intersection of art and anthropology, The Sorcerer’s Burden will feature new and existing work by emerging and mid-career artists from around the globe. Funding from the Warhol Foundation will support new, site-specific works designed to activate the museum’s urban and outdoor sites: the Jones Center on Congress Avenue and Laguna Gloria on the shores of Lake Austin. The grant will also help fund a scholarly catalogue published in partnership with Radius Books, Santa Fe. The Sorcerer’s Burden is curated by Heather Pesanti, Chief Curator & Director of Curatorial Affairs at The Contemporary Austin.

The Contemporary Austin and The FLAG Art Foundation Announce New Art Prize

The Contemporary Austin and The FLAG Art Foundation are pleased to announce the formation of the Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize.

Through additional funding provided by Glenn and Amanda Fuhrman, the new Prize will transform the existing, $100,000 Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, which is currently celebrating its inaugural exhibition, into one of the largest awards presented to an artist. The Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize will fund a $200,000 unrestricted award to an artist selected by an independent advisory committee comprising renowned curators and art historians from across the U.S. and internationally, a scholarly publication, and all production expenses for the creation of new work for a solo exhibition that will premiere at The Contemporary Austin in Texas and then be presented at The FLAG Art Foundation in New York.

Groundbreaking for Phase I of the Laguna Gloria Master Plan

We are delighted to announce that we have completed fundraising for Phase I of the Master Plan for Laguna Gloria! Featuring a range of new visitor amenities and a welcoming new entrance, Phase I of this multi-year project will transform the visitor experience at the museum's beloved art-in-nature site on the shores of Lake Austin. The project will break ground this spring, thanks to a $3 million grant from The Moody Foundation, with additional grants from the Still Water Foundation, Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, The Meadows Foundation, Austin Community Foundation, and The O'Shaughnessy-Rivers Family Fund, along with gifts from board Trustees Jeanne and Mickey Klein, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Chris Loughlin, and Jannette and Pat Keating. Please join us for the Groundbreaking Celebration for Phase I on Wednesday, March 21.

L.A. Artist Rodney McMillian Peels Back the Facade

Los Angeles Times reporter Carolina A. Miranda previews the work and ideas behind our inaugural Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize Exhibition, Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death, opening at the Jones Center on Congress Avenue on February 1, 2018.

Jones Center Awarded 2017 Best of Design Awards for Adaptive Reuse

Congratulations to LTL Architects, who received The Architect's Newspaper's 2017 Best of Design Award for Adaptive Reuse for the stunning renovation of the Jones Center on Congress Avenue! According to award juror Eric Bunge, Principal of nARCHITECTS, “Simultaneously serious and whimsical, the project is a beacon not only for Austin, but for adaptive reuse in general—inspiring for its inventiveness.”

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Installation view, Huma Bhabha: Other Forms of Life, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2018. Artwork © Huma Bhabha. Photograph by Colin Doyle. Jessica Stockholder, A Freezer, 2015. Bathtub, oil paint, Chicago street lamp with LED light, rubber diamond pattern mat, plasticized green fabric, cast resin circle with Sculpey in resin. 90 x 70 x 77 inches. Installation view, Jessica Stockholder: Relational Aesthetics, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2018. Artwork © Jessica Stockholder. Courtesy the artist; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. Photograph by Colin Doyle. Robert Davidson, Looking Back At Where We Came From, 2000. Screen print on paper. 17 x 41 1/2 inches. AP VII/X, Edition of 99. Artwork © Robert Davidson. Courtesy the artist. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons. Installation view, Carol Bove, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Carol Bove. Courtesy the artist; Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles; and David Zwirner, New York/London/Hong Kong. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons. Rendering of Laguna Gloria Master Plan Phase I, Visitor Pavilions, 2017. Courtesy Reed Hilderbrand and Trahan Architects.

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Learn more about exciting developments at The Contemporary Austin, including the Laguna Gloria Master Plan and the Jones Center Renovation, here.

Congratulations to artist Rodney McMillian, winner of the inaugural 2016 Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize! McMillian's exhibition will open at The Contemporary Austin on February 3, 2018.

The Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize at The Contemporary Austin is a biennial, unrestricted international art award of $100,000 to be given to an artist selected every two years, which also includes a solo exhibition, a scholarly publication, and related public programming. An independent advisory committee comprising renowned curators and art historians will select the recipient. The Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize is funded by a generous gift to the museum by arts professional and museum trustee Suzanne Deal Booth and administered by The Contemporary Austin. Learn more here.

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 how we are inspiring our home city and get to know our executive director, Louis Grachos, in the video above! Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

Louis Grachos Biography

Louis Grachos was appointed in 2013 as the Ernest and Sarah Butler Executive Director and CEO of The Contemporary Austin, which operates two distinct sites—the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, a kunsthalle-like space in the downtown core, and Laguna Gloria, a historic site in residential Austin. Prior to his appointment, Grachos served as Director of SITE Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1996 to 2003 and Executive Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York from 2003 to 2012.

In 2013, Grachos led a successful rebranding of the recently merged institutions—the Austin Museum of Art (AMoA) and Arthouse—as The Contemporary Austin, encapsulating the museum’s mission of reflecting the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. Grachos led a successful campaign to secure a $9 million grant from the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, which helped to develop an art program at Laguna Gloria as The Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, and launch a landscape master plan to restore its historic grounds.

As executive director and CEO, Grachos has brought ambitious exhibitions of new work and site-specific commissions at both of The Contemporary’s sites by leading contemporary artists such as Garth Weiser, Ryan Gander, Anya Gallaccio, Monika Sosnowska, Tom Sachs, Paul McCarthy, Janine Antoni, Tom Friedman, Liam Gillick, Marianne Vitale, Charles Long, and Do Ho Suh. He recently organized the long-term loan and installation of Jim Hodges's seminal sculpture, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) in tandem with the renovation of The Contemporary’s downtown location, the Jones Center on Congress Avenue, located a few blocks from the State Capitol building. In 2017, in addition to organizing and installing exhibitions by Wangechi Mutu, John Bock, and Carol Bove, Grachos served as guest curator of the Keshet Award organized by the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Herzliya, Israel. He has also been committed to bringing diverse and engaging educational and public programming offerings to the city, working in a collaborative spirit with Austin’s cultural community. Through The Contemporary’s Museum Without Walls program, Grachos has arranged the long-term loan of outdoor sculpture from the museum’s existing collection for display at various parks throughout Austin, including the monumental installation of Ai Weiwei’s Forever Bicycles at Waller Creek.

Grachos earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Toronto and a Certificate for Museum Studies from the Museum Studies Graduate Program, John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco. He began his museum career with curatorial internships at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. He held curatorial and administrative positions at the Americas Society Visual Arts Program, New York; the Queens Museum of Art; the Center for the Fine Arts, Miami; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and SITE Santa Fe.

A passionate advocate for the arts, Grachos has more than 30 years of experience in the museum field supporting advanced contemporary art. He is committed to community collaborations, with a focus on arts education and outreach programming, and consistently strives to create an institutional culture he describes as “artist-centric.”

The Contemporary Austin comprises two locations: the historic Jones Center in downtown Austin, and Laguna Gloria, a unique, fourteen-acre art-in-nature site that includes the landmark Driscoll Villa, the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, the Gatehouse Gallery, and the Art School at Laguna Gloria.

Jones Center on Congress Avenue

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.

2015
The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $1.3 million grant from The Moody Foundation, making possible a major renovation of its downtown location.

2016
In December 2016, The Contemporary Austin celebrated the Grand Reopening of the renovated Jones Center and the debut of The Moody Rooftop. The project was led by LTL Architects (later awarded the 2017 Best of Design Awards for Adaptive Reuse by The Architect's Newspaper).

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.

The Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation awards The Contemporary Austin a $9 million grant to support the creation of the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

2014 – Present
The landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand is engaged in a Master Plan that will transform Laguna Gloria into an exceptional space for the public to experience art in a vibrant natural setting.

In 2017, The Contemporary Austin embarks on Phase I of the Master Plan, including Invasive Species Removal and Heritage Tree Preservation at Laguna Gloria. Learn more here.

Reed Hilderbrand is recognized with the 2017 Excellence Award in Analysis and Planning from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for its ongoing work at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

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

Board of Trustees

Jeanne Klein, Co-Chairperson
Richard Marcus, Co-Chairperson
Kathleen Irvin Loughlin, President
James Dyess, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Valerie Armstrong
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Joe Cole
Kim Dowling
Deborah Dupré
Hank Feir
Alice Foultz
Kristin Gish
Deborah Green
Mark Hanna
Karen Hawkins
Eric Herschmann
Teresa Hubbard
Lorena Junco Margain
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Chris Mattsson
Kelley Cooper McClure
Larry McGuire
Will Meredith
Fredericka Middleton
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Jill Turner
Melba Whatley
Teresa Windham

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