February 4, 2023

The Contemporary Austin Awarded $100,000 Warhol Foundation Grant


The Contemporary Austin has been awarded a $100,000 grant form Andy Warhol Foundation for the museum’s fall 2019 exhibition, “The Sorcerer’s Burden.”

The grant is part of $3.6 million that the foundation gave out to 42 cultural organizations across the country this week. Other Texas institutions receiving Warhol Foundation grants are ArtPace in San Antonio and Houston’s Project Row House, each of which received $100,000 in program support.

“The Sorcerer’s Burden” will highlight an international roster of emerging and mid-career artists whose lies at an intersection of art and anthropology — artists who intertwine fact and fiction and interrogate society’s accepted truths. Featuring new commissions, existing artworks and site-specific iterations, the show will be exhibited in both the Contemporary’s locations. It will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by Pesanti, as well as artist, critic, and Dean of the Yale University School of Art, Robert Storr, among other contributors.

“The Sorcerer’s Burden” is curated by the Contemporary’s senior curator Heather Pesanti who organized the 2015 exhibit “Strange Pilgrims” also the recipient of a Warhol Foundation grant.



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