A very short list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Feb. 23, 2020.
“Nicole Eisenmann: Sturm und Drang”
The crowd-pleaser at last year’s Whitney Biennial was Nicole Eisenmann’s “Procession,” an ungainly sculptural spectacle that was installed on the New York museum’s sixth floor terrace overlooking the High Line. A motley yet beguiling group of weary-seeming figures trudging, toiling and farting (one emits periodic puffs of smoke). “Procession” will get the entire downstairs gallery at the Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center, part of “Sturm un Drang” Eisenmann’s solo exhibition that comes with the $200,000 Suzanne Deal Booth/Flag Art Foundation Prize. Encompassing a wide range of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture, “Sturm und Drang” focuses on the artist’s anti-monumental and enigmatic three-dimensional work.
Opens Feb. 27 and continues through Aug. 16. The exhibition is at both the Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., and the Contemporary-Laguna Gloria, 3805 W. 35th St. thecontemporaryaustin.org
Creative Standard: Equity Workshop
Angelica Benton-Molina, a member of Undoing Racism Austin, will lead this free workshop, which will focus primarily on using history and culture as a vehicle to amplify an antiracist narrative. Open to all artists in all disciplines.
6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25, Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org/events/equity-workshop
“Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet”
Tarell Alvin McCraney’s provocative, poignant and fiercely humorous coming-of-age story of a young gay man in the South. Days before Hurricane Katrina strikes the housing projects of Louisiana, the currents of 16-year-old Marcus’ life converge.
Feb. 26-March 8, Oscar G. Brockett Theatre, UT campus, texasperformingarts.org
“The African American Presence in 19th Century Texas”
It’s pretty monumental when a museum changes its core exhibition. And now, the George Washington Carver Museum will unveil its new centerpiece exhibition, “The African American Presence in 19th Century Texas.” With a special focus on Central Texas, the exhibition explores the impact of cultural memories of West and Central African ancestral traditions informing the development of life in Black communities.
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 29, George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St. Event info.
“Histories of Displacement in Austin’s Black Communities: Tour of Clarksville”
Antiquities Action presents a historic tour of the Clarksville neighborhood led by Mary Reed, a lifelong Clarksville resident and board president of the Clarksville Community Development Corporation. This tour will start and end at the historic Hezikiah Haskell house, a home built by a freed slave and representative of the kinds of homes that were built throughout Clarksville, a freedmen community that was established in 1871.
2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 29, Hezikiah Haskell House, 1703 and 1705 Waterston St. Free. Event info
“Where is Here”
“Where is Here” is a portrait of a community, circa 2019: 100 photographs of people who live, work, grew up, or frequent the thereabouts of East Austin, one of every age, newborn to 100. Photographs by Arius Holifield, Montinique Monroe, Tyeschea West, Beartie Pearson, Hector Hernandez, Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, and Ryan Junell. Curated and organized by Keyheira Keys and Phillip Niemeyer.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 29. Exhibit continues 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through March 29. Northern-Southern, 1902 E. 12th St. northern-southern.com
More listings at artaustin.org and nowplayingaustin.com