February 2, 2023

The Line-up: Nine exhibitions to see in April

What's freshest to see at Austin's art galleries and museums


Our picks for which exhibitions at Austin’s galleries and museums are freshest to see in April.

Rachael Starbuck, Michael Muelhaupt, Jesse Cline: fitting

Northern Southern
Through April 30, Northern Southern, 411 Brazos St. ,
Starbuck and Muelhaupt are sculptors, materials experts, and educators. Cline practices and teaches design. They exhibit furniture, functional objects and art objects.

Lance Letscher: Birds & Fishes

Lance Letscher
Lance Letscher, “Tetras,” collage, 2021. Courtesy Stephen L. Clark Gallery

Through May 21, Stephen L. Clark, 508 Baylor St.
Lance Letscher is much regarded for his meticulously constructed collages. He sources material from a range of antique papers, discarded notebooks, magazines, photographs, schoolbooks, vintage technical publications, postcards, and record covers.


I’ll Tell You This for Free

Dana Robinson
Paintings from Dana Robinson’s “Ebony Revisited” series. Left, “Stephanie Mills, The Painful Education of a Young Super-star,” 2021 Acrylic on wooden panel. Right, “Does She… Or Doesn’t She, August 2020 Acrylic on wooden panel.”

April 1-30, Spellerberg Projects Main Gallery, 103 S Main St, Lockhart. Open 6-9 p.m. April 1, and 11am to 2pm, April 16. Visible through the storefront window 24/7.
If you missed Dana Robinson’s 2019 solo show a Co-Lab Projects, you can catch up with this Brooklyn-based artist again in a small show in Spellerberg Projects’ storefront window gallery. In her ‘Ebony Reprinted” series, Robinson mines vintage images from Ebony magazine, and dissects commercial representations of Blackness with her own ironic and subversive visual language.


De La Tierra: Gabi Magaly + Chris Marin

Gabi Magaly
Gabi Magaly, “Abuelita’s bed at 1:23 p.m.” Archival pigment print, 2021

April 4 – May 2, Contracommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd., #F-140,
“As brown-skinned kids, we were filled with self-deprivation,” say Gabi Magaly and Chris Marin in their joint artist statement. “The imagery of the work is based on our two different Mexican-American upbringings. The materials show how we grew up by creating portraits of our Brown selves.”


Chicano/a Art, Movimiento y Más en Austen, Tejas 1960s to 1980s

Mexic-Arte Museum
Left: Amado Peña, Wanted, 1974, Serigraph, 16 1/8″ x 10 1/4″, Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection
Right: Jose Francisco Treviño, Uno de los Quemados, 1974, Oil on canvas, 38″ x 30″

April 8 – June 19, Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave.
This exhibition serves as a primer on the rich and understudied Chicano art movement in Austin, highlighting Chicano and Chicana artists in Austin during “El Movimiento” (The Chicano Civil Rights Movement), that emerged in the 1960s.


Entropy: Mery Godigna Collet

Mery Godigna Collet
Mery Godigna Collet

April 9 – June 22, Emma S. Barrrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.,
In a range of media and through a conceptual lens, Austin-based Venezuelan artist Mery Godigna Collet explores the coexistence between humans and the environment through social and political issues.


Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers

Tarek Atoui
Tarek Atoui, “The Whisperers,” Artwork © Tarek Atoui. Image courtesy the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photograph by Nick Ash.

April 9 – Aug. 14, The Contemporary Austin,
Winner of the $200,000 Suzanne Deal Booth/Flag Art Foundation Prize, Paris-based artist and composer Tarek Atoui stages two sound installations, each occupying one floor of the Contemporary’s Jones Center downtown. And in the sculpture park at Laguna Gloria, he’s created an outdoor sound installation using an assemblage of cisterns housing underwater microphones.


Alexandra Robinson: Delimitations, or words to live by 

Alexandra Robinson
Alexandra Robinson, Installation view, TgrayDUCK gallery, Austin, Texas, 2020. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons

April 9 – June 2, Women & Their Work, 1311 E. Chavez St.
Through the use of Morse code, flag semaphore and the flag form Alexandra Robinson appropriates symbols of American exceptionalism, which are informed by her upbringing and familiarity with military family life, and American ideals.


Apertura: Pepe Coronado

Pepe Coronado
April 16– May 21 Flatbed Center for Contemporary Prinimaking, 3701 Drosset Dr.
A master printmaker, Dominican-born Austin-based Pepe Coronado debuts a new series of monopriints that demonstrate his subtle mastery of shadow and light.

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