October is one of the very best times of the year, in part because it’s Tom Lea Month! Celebrate this iconic Texas artist and writer with the first comprehensive collection of paintings, illustrations, full-scale prints of murals in the Bullock Museum’s new exhibition Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America.
El Paso native Tom Lea (1907-2001) depicted both the hauntingly beautiful Southwest and his experience as artist-correspondent. More than 40 original artworks, artifacts, and large-scale prints on loan from private collections and museums are on view at the museum. Lea’s work is highly personal — exploring his own life and depicting the lives of 20th-century Americans, from the struggles of the Great Depression to those serving abroad in the military. Lea’s work was featured in the White House, Life magazine, and in Hollywood films.
Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America will be on view through Jan. 3, 2016, and is a collaboration among the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Tom Lea Institute, and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. For details on ticket prices, programs, and more, visit TheStoryOfTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746. Explore other Tom Lea Month events and programs around the Southwest, learn more at TomLea.com.
Lunchtime Lecture: Tom Lea, a Texas Legend
Thursday, October 15 // 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Member-Exclusive Tom Lea Reception
Thursday, October 15 // 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Opening Reception at the Visual Arts Center
Sunday, September 27 // noon – 2 p.m.
Strange Pilgrims is an exhibition organized by The Contemporary Austin and spans multiple venues that include the museum’s Jones Center and Laguna Gloria locations in addition to the Visual Arts Center.
The exhibition begins with the metaphorical notion of the traveler: an open-ended journey through strange and unfamiliar spaces, embarking on a pilgrimage not only in time and place but also through imagination, the senses, and perception. Strange Pilgrims brings together a collection of experiential-based ideas and projects proposing unconventional gestures and formats, defining “experiential art” as work that is immersive, participatory, performative, or kinetic, and favoring art from the vantage point of the phenomenological experience. Taking its title from a collection of twelve short stories of the same name by the writer Gabriel García Márquez, Strange Pilgrims is The Contemporary Austin’s first large-scale, thematic group exhibition.
Strange Pilgrims includes work by artists: Charles Atlas, Trisha Baga, Millie Chen, Phil Collins, Andy Coolquitt, Ayşe Erkmen, Roger Hiorns, Nancy Holt, Lakes Were Rivers, Angelbert Metoyer, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Paul Sharits, and Sofía Táboas.
Strange Pilgrims Symposium
Saturday, November 14 // 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Focus Group: Pilgrim’s Process
Thursday, January 21 // 7–9 p.m.
The Harry Ransom Center announces its fall calendar of events. View the full lineup of events.
Enjoy programs related to the current exhibition, Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, including:
• Curator’s Tour with Peter Mears (September 16)
• Poetry on the Plaza with poems inspired by the American West (September 24)
• Discussion of Frank Reaugh’s life and work with contributors to the exhibition’s companion publication, Windows on the West (October 1)
• Twenty-Four Hours with the Herd performance featuring music by Graham Reynolds, projections, and 4-D effects (November 13; tickets required)
Join us for these literary events:
• “’Hearts with One Purpose Alone’: W. B. Yeats and the Irish Revolution” lecture by Roy Foster, with reception (October 22)
• A talk by Salman Rushdie (October 28; tickets available in September)
• Discussion with Jonathan Bate about his new biography, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life (November 18)
Members receive exclusive invitations to deepen their engagement with the collections. Become a member for these opportunities.
• Director’s Reception and Open House featuring conservation, theater and performing arts, and more (November 4)
• Behind-the-scenes building tour with Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions (November 14)