A short and selected list of what’s good and what’s new the week of May 12, 2019.
Book launch: Fernando A. Flores’ “Tears of the Trufflepig”
We’ve been waiting for this. Flores’ debut novel is set in fictional near-future where organized crime on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border is a surreal business of involving genetic manipulation of extinct animals and ancient Olmec artifacts. The Austin-based author presents an original, absurdist take on life along the border.
7 p.m. May 14. Malvern Books, 613 W. 29th St. malvernbooks.com/event
Making Space, Preserving Place: A Conversation at the Intersection of Art, Community and Preservation
Space has enormous power to bring people together or keep them apart. What role can historic places and space play in providing spaces for making and exhibiting art? How can new types of spaces and places for art develop. Panelists: Miriam Conner, community engagement coordinator, Forklift Danceworks; City of Austin African American Resource Advisory Commission member. Oliver Franklin, site director, Elisabet Ney Museum. Kim McKnight, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, PARD. Sara Vanderbeek; artist and gallerist South Austin garage gallery, DORF. Moderator: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin A program of the West Austin Studio Tour. Co-hosted by Sightlines, Big Medium, Preservation Austin and the Elisabet Ney Museum
6 p.m. May 15, Elisabet New Museum,
Artists in Conversation: Nicole Awai and Vincent Valdez
Awai and Valdez are two of the artists who have contributed to “New Monuments New Cities” the exhibition of proposal for what a public monument could be in the 21st century. Last year, Valdez garnered considerable attention for his large-scale painting “The City,” a potent criticism of America’s lack of historicism.
6 p.m. May 16. Free; registration required. Refreshments will be available. Waller Creek Conservancy, 1111 Red River St. Event info
Composite Landscapes: Early Film Special Effects
Film historian Leslie DeLassus examines obscure yet historically significant early special effects cinematographer, Norman O. Dawn and his groundbreaking work, including the pioneering “glass shot,” a live-action scene shot through a large plate of painted glass.
7 p.m. May 16. Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St. Free. Event info
Pop-Up Exhibition: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
The Blanton’s monthly pop-up show from its outstanding print collection, this month feature modern representations of varied modes of transportation, from the underground to the skies.
5:30-8:30 p.m. May 16; 5 to 8 p.m. May 17, Julia Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings, Blanton Museum of Art
Time and Lines: Pecos Pryor
Common labor, the passing of time, hand tools, simple art-making materials — Pecos Prior translates the ordinary into the sublimes. He scribed into a lithograph stone an actual, complete mile of fine lines to make “A Mile of Lines.” And a neat pile of two years worth of pencil shavings becomes his quiet monument to artistic diligence.
Opening 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 with an artist talk at 6 p.m. Exhibit continues through June 29. Texas Arthouse, 105 N. Nugent Ave., Johnson City, texasarthouse.com
Crossing the Line: Drawings from the Mexic-Arte Museum Permanent Collection
The majority of artists featured in “Crossing the Line” hail from Texas and include well-know names such as Sam Z. Coronado, Fídencío Durán, Luis Jimenez, Celia Alvarez Muñoz and Paloma Mayorga. The exhibit continues through June. 2.
1 p.m. May 19, artist talk with Felipe Reyes, founding member of the first Chicano art group in Texas, El Grupo in 1967. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org