February 7, 2023

The Line-up: Eight exhibitions in October


Our picks, in chronological order, for what’s freshest to see in October.

Note: Many museums, galleries and arts spaces currently have health and safety protocols in place. Check before you visit.

“¡Se Ha Dicho! (It has been said)”
Through Oct. 24, Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library,
Words matter. Austin-based visual artist and curator Michael Anthony Garcia gathers work by 16 Latinx artists that uses or is inspired by text.

 “Location, Location, Location” 
Oct. 1- 24, Northern-Southern Gallery,
What, and when, is a place? In its new but temporary location Northern-Southern Gallery presents art and design works that depict specific places, pin-able on map, longitude and latitude provided: domestic nooks, urban corners, secret trees, vast lakes, remote plains, the scars of highways.

Related: ‘Northern-Southern gallery moves downtown. For a while.’

“Color, Form and Sin: Edward Lane McCartney”
Oct. 7 -Nov. 16, Camiba Gallery
An artist, jeweler, and metalsmith with an obsession for material culture, Edward has created finely crafted artworks for this exhibit that are a manisfestation and reflection of the turmoil of the last few years in both his studio practice and in society in general.

“small acts: Betelhem Makonnen + Christina Coleman + Deborah Roberts + Tammie Rubin”
Oct. 16-Nov. 21, Grayduck Gallery,

Tammie Rubin
Tammie Rubin, “Always & Forever (ever, ever) No.8,” 2021, pigmented porcelain, underglazes. Courtesy Grayduck Gallery

Four Austin-based Black women artists investigate of the Black existence through body, object, beauty, childhood and familial narratives, fugitive perceptual experiences, and time.

“Rehab El Sadek: Pattern Language”
Oct. 23-Dec. 16, Women & Their Work,

Rehab El Sadek
Rehab El Sadek, “Shadow Study #107”

Through installations that invert the principles of architectural design, artist Rehab El Sadek questions existing power dynamics and contemplates the role of the individual within the built environment.

“Own it, examine it, and confront it head on”
Oct. 29-Nov. 16, DORF art space,

Edith Valle

The independent art space sets up a platform for art examining rape culture, survivor justice, and healing, anchored by a group exhibition. The project fosters a localized conversation about sexual violence in Austin, Texas, and forges a union between artists and community organizers to employ art as a potent force in resisting sexual violence and transforming personal and collective trauma into communal healing. Free public programming at DORF during weekend hours will enhance the exhibition’s impact and community outreach, offering access to engaging cultural experiences and vital social services. Featured speakers include Former Texas Senator Wendy Davis, Austin City Council Members Greg Casar and Alison Alter.

“Border Vision: Luis Jiménez’s Southwest”
Oct. 31-Jan. 16, Blanton Museum of Art,

Luis Jiménez, Untitled [Sin título] (Low Rider), 1994. Lithograph. Blanton Museum of Art

Luis Jiménez lived most of his life in the American Southwest and this show explores his critical perspective on the border region: the history of western expansion and its lasting impact on Indigenous populations along the borderlands; the beauty and diversity of the local wildlife; and the vibrant contributions that immigrants and well-established Mexican Americans have made to the Southwest.

“Pop Crítico/Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s-1980s”
Oct. 31-Jan. 16, Blanton Museum of Art,
Juxtaposing works by American and Latin American artists from the Blanton’s collection, this exhibition explores how artists adopted a darker Pop artistic language to voice a political conscience.


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