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Save the Date: “Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West”

Save the date! The Harry Ransom Center opens a new exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West on August 4.

Frank Reaugh (1860–1945) is one of the Southwest’s earliest and most distinguished artists. Working in the vein of American Impressionism, Reaugh (pronounced “Ray”) devoted his career to visually documenting the immense unsettled regions of the Southwest before the turn of the twentieth century. A restless and intrepid traveler, Reaugh sketched scenes while riding with cattlemen during the height of Texas’s historic roundups, and he led annual sketch trips to some of Texas’s most spectacular and remote locations. Drawing on more than 100 artworks from the Harry Ransom Center’s collection, as well as public and private collections across the state, the exhibition showcases Reaugh’s approach to landscape painting and his mastery of the pastel medium.

Join the online conversation with the hashtag #Reaugh.

The Ransom Center is free and open to the public. View hours and parking information.

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Learn How Public Art Is Made

01-lewitt-circlewithtowers-web-markmenjivar-t_0-copyLarge pieces of public art are sometimes feats of structural engineering. Artists work with architects, engineers and contractors to help make their ideas a reality. Join Landmarks on Sunday, June 7 at 10 a.m. for a docent-led tour to learn about the construction process and materials in some of the commissioned works of art on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Tour members meet at Sol LeWitt’s Circle with Towers in front of the Gates Dell Complex. All are welcome to attend and no reservation is required. Sunday walking tours commence rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Please note the time change. June through August tours will start at 10 a.m. due to the summer heat.

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Summer Activities for All Ages

Celebrate suAFM_2015_2mmer early and attend the Bullock Museum’s Music Under the Star: Spring Edition on Sunday, May 24 and Sunday, May 31 beginning at 4 p.m. Enjoy a free music concert featuring local talents on the Bullock’s plaza presented by the American Federation of Musicians.

For more musical adventures on Austin’s Cultural Campus, don’t miss the traveling exhibit Ladies and Gentlemen… The Beatles!, opening at the LBJ Presidential Library on Saturday, June 13. The exhibit’s opening day activities includes free admission all day, live music, and more!

Other upcoming summer events include:

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER
TEXAS MEMORIAL MUSEUM
June 6, 2015, 9 a.m.

We are celebrating the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum! Museum exhibits open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the activities run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Scheduled activities:  The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Fossil identifications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

YOUNG ADVENTURERS FILM SERIES
HARRY RANSOM CENTER
Saturdays in June at 3 p.m.

The Harry Ransom Center’s Young Adventurers Film Series kicks off on Saturday, June 6, at 3 p.m. with Disney’s film Alice in Wonderland (1951).

Drawing on Lewis Carroll’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, the film has become one of the most popular representations of the Alice stories.

The program is free and open to the public, but donations are welcome. Seating is first-come, first-served, and doors open at 2:30 p.m. Run time is 75 minutes, and the film is rated G.

This series is held in conjunction with the Ransom Center’s current exhibition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on view through July 6. Mark your calendar for the upcoming films James and the Giant Peach (June 13), Coraline (June 20), and Where the Wild Things Are (June 27.)

Enjoy these exhibitions on view at Austin’s Cultural Campus museums: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and Roller Derby.

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Visual Arts Center presents 2015 student thesis exhibitions

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The Visual Arts Center celebrates students of the Department of Art and Art History with three thesis exhibitions. The exhibitions will be open through May 16 and May 22–23 for the UT Austin graduation ceremonies. For more information about the shows:

Agree to Disagree: 2015 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition

how to listen: 2015 Design MFA Thesis Exhibition

Void: 2015 Design BFA Thesis Exhibition

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Return of the Landmarks Docent-Led Bike Tour

landmarks-biketour-fall2014-978pxSpring is in full swing, which makes this the perfect time for the return of the Landmarks Bike Tour! Austin Bike Tours and Rentals partners with Landmarks again to provide a docent-led bike tour of the Landmarks collection.

When: Sunday, May 3, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Where: Austin Bike Tours and Rentals, 102 1/2 West 3rd Street, Austin, TX 78701 (map)

The 90-minute, five-mile adventure will begin at Austin Bike Tours and Rentals at 3rd and Congress. The group will bike to campus with a guide and a Landmarks Docent and explore public art at The University of Texas at Austin. When the tour concludes, the group will bike back to 3rd and Congress. This tour is a fun way to see campus, talk about art and enjoy the weather. The ride will be at a leisurely pace!

Need a bike? Rent one with Austin Bike Tours and Rentals for $20. Have your own bike? Meet the group downtown and join the tour for free! Your Austin Bike Tours and Rentals guide ensures a safe route, keeps your bike tuned up, and works on tips!

Bring a bike (or secure a rental with Austin Bike Tours and Rentals), helmet (included in rental), and water.

Space is limited! Reserve your spot by Saturday, 2 May on the Austin Bike Tours and Rentals website. You can also give them a call at 512.277.0609. Indicate in the subject line that this is for the “Landmarks Bike Tour,” and let them know whether or not you’ll need to rent a bike.

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Landmarks and Hello Lamp Post: A Guided Tour

HelloLampPost_Logo_978pxJoin Landmarks for a guided-tour of the original 40 acres and talk to some of UT’s oldest residents!

The guided tour is in conjunction with Hello Lamp Post Austin, an exciting new city-wide art project that allows people to interact with objects around town.

How does Hello Lamp Post work? First, you’ll need to find an inventory or identifying number on the piece of street furniture that looks the chattiest. Let’s use 1234 as an example. Text hello lamp post #1234 (or traffic light, moontower, etc.) to 512-580-7373. You’ll receive a response–what you do with it is up to you!

Tour participants meet Sunday, 12 April at 11 a.m. at the southern entrance to the Main Building. Free and open to the public.

Hello Lamp Post was coordinated by Austin Art in Public Places in partnership with Art Alliance Austin. Sunday walking tours commence rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

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Explore Austin’s Cultural Campus with your family

Photo by Whitney Martin.
Photo by Whitney Martin.

Spring is a perfect time to walk between museums, stopping for public art along the way.

Current exhibitions at Austin’s Cultural Campus institutions include: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, La Belle: The Ship That Changed History, Roller Derby, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, Up + Up: 2015 Senior Art Exhibition, and more!

Please note: The Texas Memorial Museum and Bullock Museum will be closed on April 5, Easter Sunday, and the Visual Arts Center is always closed on Sundays.

Interested in attending a program? Don’t miss upcoming family events at the Bullock Museum and Harry Ransom Center.

BULLOCK MUSEUM
CREATE YOUR OWN: ANCIENT ART SUPPLIES
April 4, 2015, 11–noon; 1–2 p.m.

Kids and families will make and take home their own artifacts in this art workshop. Each workshop features a short talk followed by hands-on art making. Ideal for families with children ages 8 and up, this experience is about 40 minutes in length. Museum members may make advance reservations by calling 512-936-4649. Otherwise, the program is first come, first served and space is limited. Pick up a boarding pass (free with Museum admission) when you arrive.

HARRY RANSOM CENTER
FAMILY DAYS
SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 10 A.M.–5 P.M. & SATURDAY, MAY 9, 10 A.M.–5 P.M.

Visit Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and enjoy activities for the young and young at heart. Participate in writing activities with teaching artists from Austin Public Library Friends Foundation’s Badgerdog Creative Writing Program or engage with Lewis Carroll-inspired math activities with local math literacy organization Math Happens. University of Texas at Austin museum theater students perform alongside items in the galleries. Additional activities include docent-led exhibition tours and story times in the theater. Family days are generously supported by a grant from the Austin Community Foundation, with in-kind support provided by Terra Toys.

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Celebrate work by graduating emerging artists at the Visual Arts Center

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Photo by Sandy Carson. Image courtesy of the Visual Arts Center.

The Visual Arts Center (VAC), housed in the Department of Art and Art History, celebrates the graduation of its senior art students. Up+Up presents work by 39 emerging artists. The exhibition will be on display through April 4, 2015.

During the rest of the semester, the VAC will present Christine Sun Kim Sound+Vision artist in resident, 2015 Student Thesis Exhibitions for students graduating with their Studio Art MFA, Design MFA, and Design BFA degrees, among additional programming. Check out the calendar of events or sign up for the VAC newsletter to stay updated!

 

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