IMAGE: Jim Hodges, With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), 2014–2016. Stainless steel, Dichrolam, acrylic, enamel paint, and LED lights. Installed, 84 x 1,737 x 10 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – The Moody Rooftop at the Jones Center, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Jim Hodges. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Free Angela and All Political Prisoners: With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series

Educator and activist Angela Davis, whose affiliation with the Communist Party and the Black Panthers landed her on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list, challenged perceptions of political freedom in America. In this intimate film, she tells her own stories.

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First Fridays Art Walk

Downtown Austin’s independent art spaces are teaming up to bring you First Friday Art Walk, a special night designed to celebrate the Austin arts community! Enjoy extended hours, special performances, live music, art giveaways, and drinks and bites at some of Austin’s up-and-coming downtown art venues.

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IMAGE: Rodney McMillian, 44.8617° N, 93.5606° W: coordinates to an ascension (detail), 2018. Latex, acrylic, ink, and paper on duck cloth. 41 feet 6 inches x 36 feet 5 inches. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Installation view, Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2018. Artwork © Rodney McMillian. Courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Maccarone, New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Drop-In Tours

Drop into either location and explore the art on view through a conversational tour with a knowledgeable docent.

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IMAGE: Rodney McMillian, Untitled (neighbors) (still), 2017. Single-channel video, color, sound. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Artwork © Rodney McMillian. Image courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Maccarone, New York.

Open for Discussion

Come together to view Rodney McMillian’s timely exhibition Against a Civic Death, then take part in a conversation about art, politics, and race with Chris Tomlinson, journalist, filmmaker, and author based in Austin.

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IMAGE: 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.

Drop-In Tours

Drop into either location and explore the art on view through a conversational tour with a knowledgeable docent.

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IMAGE: Alva Rogers as Eula Peazant (right), Trula Hoosier as Trula (center), and Barbara-O as Yellow Mary Peazant in Daughters of the Dust, directed by Julie Dash. Photograph courtesy of Cohen Film Collection.

Daughters of the Dust: Green Screen Film Series

At the dawn of the twentieth century, a multigenerational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off of South Carolina—former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions—struggle to maintain their heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland. This acclaimed film was the first wide release by a black female filmmaker.

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IMAGE: Rodney McMillian, Untitled (neighbors) (still), 2017. Single-channel video, color, sound. Edition of 3, 2 AP. Running time: 19:04, loop. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin, with funds provided by the Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize. Artwork © Rodney McMillian. Courtesy the artist, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, and Maccarone, New York. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Talk: Dancing Behind the Curtain

Meet three of the cloaked dancers featured in Rodney McMillian’s video Untitled (Neighbors)—Edward Carr, James Fuller, and Jordan Moser—as they share their experiences performing for the camera, in this conversation with Ballet Austin artistic director Stephen Mills.

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IMAGE: Whale Rider, 2002.

Whale Rider: Green Screen Film Series

In Whale Rider, a Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village, twelve-year-old Pai remains certain of her calling and trains herself in the ways and customs of her people.

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