If you are an artist, enjoy looking at or wearing art, or just need inspiration, pull up your britches.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
If you’re unaware, Austin never stops. There is always an event or happening that you will miss because of schedule conflicts. You’ll probably be too busy goin’ to or fixin’a go to a different gathering. Almost every weekend, there is a festival, plus there are too many amazing bars with great patios to hit them all.
Event listings tend to be Texas BIG, and it can get overwhelming. From a local to someone who just moved here, or just looking for something free to do, check out the The Top 5 Art Events in Austin this week. Remember, ALWAYS SUPPORT LOCAL ART.
#1 Big Medium
East Austin Studio Tour (EAST)
November 14-15 + 21-22, 11am-6pm
The biggest art festival in Austin! Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. Through collaboration with the community, EAST provides opportunities for the public to meet the makers: the local artists and artisans who drive Austin’s vibrant creative culture. In its 14th edition, EAST features 287 Artist Studios, 152 Exhibitions, 17 Happenings and a series of Select Events.
#2 The Contemporary Austin
Saturday, November 14, 10am-6pm
Light breakfast and meet-and-greet starting at 9am
The University of Texas at Austin
Doty Fine Arts Building Room, 2.204
Free and open to the public
The Visual Arts Center hosts a symposium that brings together scholars, critics, The University of Texas at Austin community, and the public to discuss themes connected to the exhibition Strange Pilgrims, organized by The Contemporary Austin.
Speakers include Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of International Art (Film) at Tate Modern; Heather Pesanti, senior curator of The Contemporary Austin; Ann Reynolds, associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts; Michael Smith, professor of Studio Art in Transmedia in the Department of Art and Art History; Valerie Smith, freelance curator and writer; Rachel Stuckey, MFA candidate in Studio Art; and Department of Art and Art History PhD candidates in Art History: Dorota Biczel, Kate Green, and Robin Kathleen Williams.
Experience In and Beyond the White Cube is organized by the Visual Arts Center and Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin and presented in partnership with The Contemporary Austin.
#3 Women & Their Work
Deborah Hay Artist Talk: Using the Sky
Tuesday, November 10, 7-8:30 pm
Women & Their Work Gallery
1710 Lavaca Street
Austin, TX 78701
Join a conversation with internationally esteemed artist, Deborah Hay. Hay will read selections from Using the Sky to supplement even more recent thoughts about the body beyond what it can do. A video of her work will be projected at the same time.
Using the Sky, her fourth book, was recently published by Routledge Books. It is an unfolding of a trove of notes and journal entries that provide insight into Hay’s extensive legacy and her profound influence on current conversations in contemporary performance. Hay began her career in NYC in the early 1960s. In five decades at the vanguard of choreographic experimentation she has helped redefine the field of dance with her revolutionary work and insightful publications. Hay, who has lived in Austin since 1976, is regarded as one of the most influential contemporary choreographers.
#4 Photo Méthode Gallery
Kevin Greenblat: Child of the Mississippi
Saturday, November 14, 6-8 pm
Photo Méthode Gallery
2832 East Martin Luther King Jr Blvd #107
Austin, TX 78702
As photography becomes a lost art with phones becoming the everyday professional camera, one of the only photo galleries in Austin is Photo Method Gallery. This gallery shows fine art photography where the photograph still lies within the realm of art, instead of a million social media photos.
“In the Spring of 1990 I first visited the state of Louisiana, lesser known as The Child of the Mississippi. There is an unwavering spirit in this state of diverse backgrounds and cultures that has captivated me ever since. I often feel the sense of being lost in time in this state that is unlike any other I have visited.
As always, I challenge myself to keep my images sincere and honest in order to pay respect to my subjects and their way of life. Also, through the process of capturing these unique environments and people, I learn more about myself and my relationship to the world.
I am proud to present these images affirming Louisiana is an integral part of our national identity.” – Kevin Greenblat
#5 Perch CoWorking
Refreshments Provided: the art of making abject
Sunday, November 15, 3-6pm
2235 E. 6th, Suite 107
Austin, TX 78702
Housing 10 visual local artists, 2 visual Houston artists, 2 local craft artists, 1 Houston craft artist, a vocal artist and a DJ. The art of refreshment is sponsored by Zilker Brewing Company and Treaty Oak Distillery for HouseMade Sangria. Artists include: Reji Thomas, Case, Marcy Ann Villafana, Ashton Guy, Jonathan Maurel, Perceptual Design, April Davis, Haden Howard,Kate Dunkle, Hatti Lindsely, Rebecca Milton, London H, Lisa Mctiernan, Abigail Brown, Pake, Michelle Yue. Music by Victoria Noll and King.