“New Monuments New Cities”
Waller Creek Conservancy launches a slate of free film screenings and programs this week that complement “New Monuments New Cities” the public art project that asked 25 artists to imagine new kinds of civic monuments.
Programs are free; RSVP requested. Everything happens at Waller Creek Conservancy headquarters at Symphony Square, 1111 Red River St. wallercreek.org/events/
- “Through the Repellent Fence.” Directed by Austin filmmaker Sam Wainwright Douglas, the documentary follows the art collective Postcommodity — comprising three artists of indigenous heritage, Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist — as they construct a massive installation made up of 28 large, color balloons that stretch two-mile-long span across the border between Douglas, Arizona, and Aguas Prietas, Sonora.
7 p.m. March 24 with a discussion with director Sam Wainwright Douglas at 7:30 followed by the screening at 8 p.m.
- Artists’ Talk. Join three Central Texas artists —Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Teruko Nimura, and Denise Prince — who are featured in “New Monuments New Cities.” Moderated by Sightlines editor-in-chief Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
6 p.m. March 27.
“Strong as an Acre of Garlic”
Bryony Roberts interviewed four women ranchers — Missy Bonds, Linda Galayda, Kimberly Ratcliff, and Kelley Sullivan — to understand how they are creating complex articulations of femininity and transforming existing conventions related to riding, animal husbandry, and land management. Roberts transforms it all into an immersive installation of visuals and sound recordings.
Opening: 5 to 7 p.m. March 25. Exhibit continues through April 19 and is open seven days a week. Texas State University Galleries, Mitte Building, San Marcos txstgalleries.org
“A Thousand Thoughts”
Read: ‘Kronos Quartet searches for utopia in “A Thousand Thoughts.” The live-cinema concert not only details the history of the world-renowned ensemble, but also the fleeting nature of music. 8 p.m. March 27, Bass Concert Hall
Short Short Fiction Festival
Some 15 local authors read stories 1,000 words or less. Hosted by writer Mary Helen Sprecht.
12 noon to 3 p.m. March 30, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th St. Free.
Blanton Block Party
Twelve hours of free fun, food, music — and art.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 30. Blanton Museum of Art
Mass Gallery: “Into the Dirt”
New work by Katie Broyles, Jenelle Esparza, Haley Hill, Gabriela Muñoz, and Aziza Murray, who are all addressing landscape in a contemporary fashion.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. March 29. Mass Gallery, 705 Gunter St.
“Grounded In Culver: Anika Cartterfield”
Partial Shade and Co-Lab Projects continue their “Platform” series of heavily conceptual outdoor installations at the East Austin site of the future Co-Lab facility.
Opening: 5 to 9 p.m. March 30. 5419 Glissman Road
Cambia Gallery: Gallery Warming Party
The gallery celebrates its new streamlined space with an open house from 1 to 9 p.m. March 30. La Costa Business Park, 6448 Hwy 290 East, Suite A102
“Abraham Cruzvillagas: Hi, how are you, Gonzo?”
World-recognized Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillagas exhibits his autoconstruccións, highly improvised and always-changing sculptures of ordinary building and construction materials. For his Austin presentation at the Contemporary, Cruzvillagas has planned an eclectic series of activations — from music to cooking to skateboarding — every Tuesday and Saturday throughout the three-month exhibit. For the opening weekend, Cruzvillagas has invited Mexico City-based artists and collaborators Diego Espinosa Cruz González and Nadia Lartigue to participate.
Activations March 30 and 31 at the Contemporary Austin-Jones Center. See events page for tickets. Exhibit continues through July 14.