October is Tom Lea Month

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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.

Associated Events

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.

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Join the Visual Arts Center for the opening of Strange Pilgrims

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.

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Pets welcome on the Landmarks Dog Walk

DogTour_Landmarks_Edgar_082615Fetch your pooch and come to campus! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present our first docent-led public art dog walk! Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin near 24th Street and Speedway (map) at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 6. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines!

Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee! Free and open to the public. Visit the Landmarks website for more information.

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Enjoy events at the Harry Ransom Center this fall

The Harry Ransom Center announces its fall calendar of events. View the full lineup of events.

Front graphic_fall calendarEnjoy 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)

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Escape the Heat with an Indoor Landmarks Tour

Bourgeois_Eyes_PhotoByRobertBoland_01_OptimizedAugust is Austin’s hottest month. Escape the blistering summer temperatures and join Landmarks for a docent-led tour of art in Bass Concert Hall on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The collection features striking examples of postwar and contemporary sculpture from influential artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

Meet at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 2 in front of Bass Concert Hall (map) near 23rd Street and Robert Dedman Drive on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Free and open to the public.

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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.

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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 online essay writing service free admission all day, live music, and more!

Other upcoming summer events include:

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.

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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