The Line-up: Six exhibitions to see in September

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“Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas: The Blessings of the Mystery,” Univ. of Texas Visual Arts Center, Sept. 24-Dec. 3
Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas explore the connections and tensions in the layered and complicated histories of West Texas by probing three locations: the McDonald Observatory in Fort Davis, the Amistad Dam on the Rio Grande, and the Permian Basin oil fields. At the exhibition’s center is the film “The Teaching of the Hands,” that recounts the region’s complex histories of colonization, migration, and ecological precarity from the perspective of Juan Mancias, chairman of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. The exhibition is organized by Ballroom Marfa.

“Together with the Earth: Suzy González,” Spellerberg Projects Main St. Gallery, Lockhart, Sept. 3-25

Suzy González’s new paintings feature solitary figures existing at the crossroads of human rights, environmental concerns, and mental health. Writes the artist: “The corn husks represent the skin of the figures, recalling Mesoamerican beliefs that our very beings are created from maíz. These “mestiza media” works reclaim the “mestizo” colonial caste label. I define mestiza media as when materials originate from the region(s) of the artist’s ancestors. This material use also works to dismantle folk and fine art hierarchies within the arts. Accepting mixedness is also about embracing queerness and the fluid nature of identities that reject constructed binaries.” The exhibition is a project of ICOSA Collective and Spellerberg Projects.


“Small Black Museum Residency Volume I,” George Washington Carver Museum, through Jan. 15, 2022

A culmination of the museum’s first artist-in-residency cohort, this show features digital artwork by Nigerian-American architect turned game designer Temi Olujobi; multi-media works by writer and visual storyteller Hypatia Sorunke; and paintings by Austin-based Adrian Armstrong who explores Black identities and the perception of Black bodies in predominantly white American spaces.


“The Black Index,” Art Galleries at Black Studies, Univ. of Texas, Sept. 16-Dec.12

The artists featured in “The Black Index” — Dennis Delgado, Alicia Henry, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Titus Kaphar, Whitfield Lovell, and Lava Thomas — build upon the tradition of Black self-representation as an antidote to colonialist images. These artists question our reliance on photography as a privileged source for documentary objectivity and understanding. Their works offer an alternative practice — a Black index — that still serves as a finding aid for information about Black subjects, but also challenges viewers’ desire for classification.


“Daniel Johnston: I Live My Broken Dreams,”Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, Sept. 11-March 20, 2022

“The Devil and Daniel Johnston,” (2005). Directed by Jeff Feuerzeig

This exhibition’s title, “I Live My Broken Dreams,” references the song that the late visionary musician and visual artist Daniel Johnston (1961–2019) performed on MTV in 1985 as part of an episode recorded live in Austin. While est known for his music, Johnston was also an accomplished artist who exhibited his comic-inspired drawings during his lifetime. This survey show features Johnston’s drawings and paintings, the presentation will include the artist’s home-recorded music and movies, as well as documentary footage of him rehearsing and performing.


“Without Limits: Helen Frankenthaler, Abstraction, and the Language of Print,” Blanton Museum of Art, Sept. 4-Feb. 20, 2022

This show celebrates the gift from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation of ten prints and six proofs that span five decades of the artist’s career. Frankenthaler’s work is joined by that of other artists in the Blanton’s collection using the medium of print to capture and translate their own abstract visions.