This year, the SXSW crowds will be back in Austin for the first time since 2019.
Not into that? Here’s eleven exhibitions, and an open studio event, to check out in March.
1 to 4 p.m. March 5. Canopy, 916 Springdale Road
The Austin Studio Tour but without the drunken crowds? The monthly open studio event every first Saturday at Canopy features dozens of artist studios open to welcome the public for a look into the creative process.
a cloud floats in / a ship passes by
March 5 through April 9, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org
W. Tucker makes drawings/markings with his non-dominant hand on found materials, imbuing each art object with a sense of less fixed intention and control.
Elemental Mind: Jacqueline May/Jana Swec
Opening 6 to 9 p.m. March 5, continues through April 15. Lydia Street Gallery, 1200 E. 11th St. lydiastreetgallery.com
Both Austin-based artists seek connection to something deeper, whether it is through shamanic practice or finding truths in nature.
Maricela Sanchez: The Love and Money Show
March 5 through April 9. Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Dr. flatbedpress.com/
Texas-based artist Maricela Sanchez uses the iconic imagery of a $100 bill and repeating patterns of lips in her new multi-layered monoprints.
Volumes: Ezra Masch
March 5 through Co-Lab Projects, 5419 Glissman Road, co-labprojects.org/
A project by multidisciplinary artist Ezra Masch, ‘Volumes’ is an audio-visual instrument that uses a drum set to activate a site-specific grid of lights. A schedule of performances features different drummers in immersive rhythmic light shows.
Donald Moffett: Nature Cult (early freeze, late sleet)
March 2 through April. Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com
An exhibition of resin and extruded paintings by the celebrated Donald Moffett.
Cruz Ortiz: El Otro Ojo
March 12 through April 16. Ivester Contemporary, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, ivestercontemporary.com
The celebrated and prolific San Antonio artist unleashes a new body of work that continues his practice of examining cultural and social political narratives in bold compositions.
Miñarro/McClinton: Negotiating Spaces
Through March 25, Art Galleries at ACC, Building 4000 at Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Campus Dr. admc.austincc.edu/art/gallery/
Fiber artist Bárbara Miñarro and painter Dave McClinton both explore themes of race and equity in America.
Peace to the Queen: Jamel Shabazz
Through Aug. 15, George Washington Carver Museum, 1161 Angelina St.
Jamel Shabazz is best known for his iconic photographs of 1980s New York street style as hip-hop culture emerged. This exhibition takes a retrospective look at Shabazz’s images of Black and Brown women and children.
Austin Does Austin
Through April 8. Goodluckhavefun art space, 1207-B Enfield Road, glhfgallery.com/
Five artists who have show at Goodluckhavefun each invited one artist for a group show of fresh new work.
Holdfast: Madeline Irvine
Through March 20. Georgetown Art Center, 816 S. Main St., Georgetown, georgetownartcentertx.org/
Madeline Irvine names her latest body of work after holdfasts, the root-like structures that anchor the giant kelp forests to the rocky floor of the ocean. Irvine’s elegant
Soomin Jung: When you call my name quietly
Opening 6 to 9 p.m. March 26; continues through May 1, Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com/
“When you call my name quietly” is a series of landscape drawings rendered in gouache, colored pencil, and graphite on paper, simultaneously accurate and surreal.