The list of what’s good and new for the week of Oct. 7, 2018.
“Kusama — Infinity”
Because of its popularity, the run of “Kusama-Infinity” has been extended! A thorough documentary charts Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world.
Through Oct. 11, Austin Film Society Cinema, 6406 N I-35, austinfilm.org/screening/kusama-infinity/
“Volume: A Library of Texas Women Artists”
A collaborative installation between #bossbabesATX and Chulita Vinyl Club, “Volume” is a collectively built library of zines, prints and vinyl records from the communities intersecting women artists and Texas music. Hosted by Texas State’s Center for the Study of the Southwest and the Center for Texas Music History, “Volume” will be built over the semester and is available in
Texas State University Brazos Hall’s gallery through Dec. 7, 2018. facebook.com/events/299721274144181/
Public art talk: Janet Echelman
Artist Janet Echelman recently suspended a giant net sculpture 180-feet above London’s Oxford Circus, that city’s busiest intersection. Soon, Austin anticipates its own Echelman floating net, at the entrance to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport — a 300-foot long floating net sculpture inspired by Austin’s Mexican Free-tailed bat colony. Echelman discusses her project in a free public talk.
6 p.m. Oct. 9, Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon St.
In the summer of 1916, a series of fatal shark attacks terrorized the New Jersey Shore, while in nearby Philadelphia a polio epidemic raged. The regional premiere of UT playwright Dan Caffrey’s play — told from the point of view from the shark.
Oct. 10-21, Brockett Theatre, Winship Building, UT campus, theatredance.utexas.edu/event/matawan
Salvage Vanguard Theatre premiere the latest from Adara Meyers, a Boston-based experimental playwright. “Tryouts” find mothers and daughters wrestling with the social confines of a prestigious high school until a tragicomic turn of events launches things into the realm of the absurd.
Oct. 11-27, Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road. salvagevanguard.org/tickets/
“The Films of Ed Ruscha”
Yes, Ed Ruscha made a few short films. And in tandem with its enormous survey exhibit of Ruscha’s archive, the Ransom Center screens a trio of films. Salad meets seduction in “Premium,” starring artist Larry Bell and model Léon Bing; an auto mechanic spends a very strange day working on a Ford Mustang in “Miracle,” with artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips; and musician Mason Williams reads Ruscha artist’s book in the deadpan “The Books of Ed Ruscha.”
7 p.m. Oct. 11. Doors open 30 minutes in advance. Free. Harry Ransom Center, UT campus.
Serie Project Speaker Series: Fidencio Duran
The late Sam Coronado founded the Serie Project as an artistic incubator to introduce artists to the art of serigraphy. The roster of artists who participate in the 20 years Coronado ran it reads like a who’s who: Vincent Valdez, Beili Liu, Margarita Cabrera, Liliana Wilson and more. Now, the studio launches a speaker series. First up is well-known muralist Fidencio Duran.
6 p.m. Oct. 13, Coronado Studio, 901 Vargas St. coronadostudio.com
Reading: Rachel Heng
Rachel Heng’s debut novel “The Suicide Club,” imaginges a near future time New York where people live to 300 years old and immortality is societal obsession — except for those in secret Suicide Club who chose to live, and die, on their own terms. Heng is currently a fellow at UT’s Michener Center for Writers pursuing an MFA in fiction. Poet Carrie Fountain joins Heng in conversation.
7 p.m. Oct. 13, Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. malvernbooks.com/event/