The list of what’s good and what’s new for the week of Nov. 25, 2018.
“The Way You Make Me Feel” — Artists’ Film International 2018
Jibade Khalil Huffman video “First Person Shooter” is complex visual collage that frustrates conventional narrative expectations with layers stock digital animation, video shot by the artist, a libretto-like text that inflects the video’s barrage of stimuli, and multichannel audio. Stock images and digital animation combine with Huffman’s footage of actors who can’t help but fall asleep mid-sentence. “First Person Shooter,” was nominated by Ballroom Marfa for the 2018 season of Artists’ Film International, an international collaboration organized by Whitechapel Gallery, London. Huffman’s video is complemented by newly-commissioned sculpture and paintings in Ballroom’s galleries.
Through Feb. 18, 2019. Ballroom Marfa, Marfa ballroommarfa.org
“Pop América, 1965–1975”
With nearly 100 artworks that connect Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the U.S., “Pop América” is presents a hemispheric vision of Pop art, showing how Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists worked at the same time as their counterparts in the United States and Europe.
Through Jan. 13, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio. mcnayart.org
Reading: Eileen Myles
Recipient of Lambda Literary Awards, poet, novelist, public talker and art journalist Eileen Myles reads from “Evolution,” her new collection of poetry, again upending the vernacular.
7 p.m. Nov. 27, Book People, 604 Lamar Blvd. bookpeople.com/event/
Art and Activism: Artist Talk with John Quigley
John Quigley was commissioned by Greenpeace to create an installation that would highlight the effects of the rapid melting of sea ice in the Arctic. Quigley used copper strips to lay the outlines of Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on a large ice floe. Quigley talks about this and other projects, and discuss the efficacy of activist art production.
6 p.m. Nov. 28, Fleming Lecture Hall, Belo Center for New Media, 300 W Dean Keeton St. art.utexas.edu/event
Artist talk: Jack Risley
Jack Risley, artist and chair of UT’s Department of Art and Art History, and Jessica Stockholder — whose solo exhibit “Relational Aesthetics” is on view at the Contemporary — simultaneously began the graduate program at the Yale School of Art. For this talk, Risley will discuss his own design-oriented sculpture practice— which shares Stockholder’s incorporation of everyday objects, experimentations with presentation, and liberal use of color — and his longstanding interest in Stockholder’s work.
7 p.m. Nov. 29. Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. thecontemporaryaustin.org/events
Rohitash Rao’s “Rohit Records” is a record store for bands that don’t exist, filled with hand-made and one-of-a-kind album covers, concert posters and T-shirts for bands you’ve never heard of like Wolfdick, Fish N Chips and The Sackstreet Boys.
Nov. 30-Dec. 23, Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E. Sixth St. linkpinart.com
“The City Wears A Slouch Hat”
The Austin-based percussion ensemble Line Upon Line returns to its roots with a program celebrating the multifaceted legacy of John Cage, including “The City Wears A Slouch Hat,” a radio play performed by the Rude Mechs.
8 p.m. Nov. 30-Dec. 2, First Street Studio, 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. lineuponlinepercussion.org
“Immigrants: The Musical!”
America is a nation built by immigrants and their experiences of bravery, resilience, and strength are stories often untold. Now, from the improv specialists at the Institution Theater, “Immigrants: The Musical!” is a chance for these invaluable stories to be told through an improvised hip-hop musical inspired “Hamilton.” Each week, a new monologist will narrate their immigrant experience, each from a different background: Mexico, Russia, Vietnam, El Salvador, and more.
8 p.m. Fridays through Dec. 21. Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury Dr.