September 24, 2021

Contemporary Austin hosts free week Aug. 9-15

It's the last chance to see the exhibition "Deborah Roberts: I'm"

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The Contemporary Austin is offering free admission for the last week of its current exhibitions, including “Deborah Roberts: I’m,” on view at the museum’s downtown Jones Center location, 700 Congress Ave.

Free week runs 12 noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 9-15. Advanced ticket reservations are required. Make reservations at thecontemporaryaustin.org/visit/

Both Contemporary Austin locations are free for all visitors on Thursdays.

Deborah Roberts, The duty of disobedience, 2020. Mixed media collage on canvas. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Photograph by Paul Bardagjy.
Deborah Roberts, “The duty of disobedience,” 2020. Mixed media collage on canvas. 72 x 100 inches. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist; Vielmetter Los Angeles; and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Image courtesy The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Paul Bardagjy.

The first solo exhibition at the Contemporary Austin by any Texas-based artist, “I’m” is Roberts’ first solo museum in her home state, and hometown. Occupying the Jones Center’s first floor, the show features new collages and paintings and an interactive sound, text and video installation.



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Outside on the Jones Center’s expansive, prominent south-facing wall is Roberts mural “Little man, little man,” which takes its name from James Baldwin’s long-overlooked children’s book that articulates the experience of Black childhood through the adventures of a four-year-old boy in Harlem.

After it closes in Aug. 15, “Deborah Roberts: I’m” will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Deborah Roberts, Little man, little man, 2020. Collage printed on weather-resistant vinyl. Installation view at The Contemporary Austin — Jones Center on Congress Avenue. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist, Vielmetter Los Angeles, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.
Deborah Roberts, ‘Little man, little man,’ 2020. Collage printed on weather-resistant vinyl. Installation view at The Contemporary Austin — Jones Center on Congress Avenue. Artwork © Deborah Roberts. Courtesy the artist, Vielmetter Los Angeles, and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London. Commissioned by The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Colin Doyle.


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