IMAGE: Wangechi Mutu, Water Woman, 2017. Bronze. 36 x 65 x 70 inches. Edition 2 of 3, with 2 AP. Collection of The Contemporary Austin. Purchased with funds provided by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation, 2017.5. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2017. Artwork © Wangechi Mutu. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

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: Seen & Unseen: A Sunday Afternoon in Clarksville.

Clarksville Walking Tour

In connection with the photography exhibition Seen & Unseen: A Sunday Afternoon in Clarksville, at UT-Austin’s Art Galleries in Black Studies, this tour will explore Clarksville, a westside community founded in 1871 as a freedom settlement.

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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.

Chisholm ’72—Unbought & Unbossed: With Liberty and Justice for All Film Series

The nation’s first African-American congresswoman, the passionate Shirley Chisholm launches a campaign for the U.S. presidency in 1972 and garners impressive support, given the era and the still-prevailing prejudices of many voters.

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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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