IMAGE: John Bock, Dead + Juicy (still), 2017. HD video, sound. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin for the exhibition John Bock: Dead + Juicy, 2017. Artwork © John Bock. Courtesy the artist; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; and Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Photograph by David Schultz.

An Absurd Lecture: The Art of John Bock Meets the Art of Improv

Senior Curator Heather Pesanti unpacks topics of humor and absurdity in the history of art, while special guest Hideout Theatre presents a one-night-only original improv comedy performance inspired by Pesanti’s talk and artist John Bock’s exhibition.

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IMAGE: Installation view, Wangechi Mutu, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Wangechi Mutu. Courtesy the artist and Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

Free 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: David Deming, Mystic Raven, 1983. Painted steel. 264 x 192 x 72 inches. Collection of The Contemporary Austin. Gift of TRST Congress, Inc., 1992.10. Installation view, Pease Park at Shoal Creek Greenbelt, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork and image courtesy The Contemporary Austin – Museum Without Walls Program. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Public Celebration: Museum Without Walls at Pease Park, Featuring David Deming’s Mystic Raven

Join us for the Public Celebration of The Contemporary Austin’s Museum Without Walls installation of artist David Deming’s Mystic Raven at Pease Park!

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IMAGE: Terry Allen, Road Angel, 2016. Bronze with audio and light. 65 x 181 x 81 1/2 inches. Collection of The Contemporary Austin. Commission, purchased with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, 2017.2. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2016. Artwork © Terry Allen. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Road Angel Redux

Terry Allen’s mysterious sculpture Road Angel gets a whole new soundtrack! Join the artists, musicians, and writers who contributed to this audio experience and enjoy tamales and refreshments.

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IMAGE: Carol Bove, Frog, 2017. Steel, stainless steel, and urethane paint. 47 x 70 x 41 inches. Commissioned in part by The Contemporary Austin with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation. Artwork © Carol Bove. Courtesy the artist; Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles; and David Zwirner, New York/London.

Free 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: Wangechi Mutu, The End of carrying All, 2015. Three-screen animated video (color, sound). Running time: 10:45, loop. Edition of 3. Courtesy the artist, Gladstone Gallery, New York and Brussels; Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles; and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

Wangechi Mutu in Conversation

Join us on the rooftop for a conversation between artist Wangechi Mutu; Heather Pesanti, Senior Curator at The Contemporary Austin; and Kanitra Fletcher, Curatorial Assistant for Modern and Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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