The list of what’s good and what’s new the week of Aug. 5, 2018.
“Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance”
Ed Ruscha’s wry and deadpan representations of the vernacular of the last 50 years of American West distill the imagery of popular culture into a language of cinematic and typographical codes that are as accessible as they are profound. “Archaeology and Romance” is first major exhibition drawn from the Ransom Center’s Edward Ruscha Papers and Art Collection, a body of archival materials — selected by the artist and acquired by the Ransom Center in 2013 — focused especially on Ruscha’s artist’s books.
Opens Aug. 11 and continues through Jan. 19, 2019. Harry Ransom Center, UT campus. Free. hrc.utexas.edu
“YLA 23: Beyond Walls, Between Gates, Under Bridges”
Mexic-Arte’s annual showcase of emerging Latinx artists is this curated by Rocha Rochelli, and brings together the works of 11 talents who explore the complexities of the U.S./Mexico border region.
Through Aug. 26. Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave. mexic-artemuseum.org/exhibitions
KUT’s Views and Brews: “The City Within Our City”
Vincent Valdez’s monumental — and politically charged — painting “The City” is the topic of a public discussion with hosted by KUT’s Rebecca McInroy and featuring UT administrator Rich Reddick, art historian Cherise Smith, Rabbi Neil Blumofe and Blanton curator Veronica Roberts.
5:30 p.m.; Program begins in the museum atrium around 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Blanton Museum of Art. Free. blantonmuseum.org/exhibitions-calendar/events-calendar/
Xavier Schipani: Chasing Desire
Public restrooms are polarizing political battlegrounds. And so Xavier Schipani turns Lora Reynolds Gallery into an immersive installation, an ersatz public bathroom filled with murals of nude men and toilet stalls covered with genderqueer positive images and graffiti.
Through Sept. 1. Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces St. lorareynolds.com
Meet Her Hands: Cindy Popp
Cindy Popp uses found objects, clothing and makeup to transform herself into different characters, then photographing herself. Popp is the featured artist of this exhibition program, a collaboration #bossbabesatx and the Elisabeth Ney Museum.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Free. bossbabes.org/events
“There and Back”
A new play by Austin playwright Raul Garza —National Latino Playwrights Award — jumps back in time to the Kennedy era to frame a discussion of Mexican immigration to the United States. Yet after Gloria travels from her native Mexico, to join her husband, Victor, a series of visits by a liberated, contemporary Virgen de Guadalupe offers Gloria a glimpse of her life and legacy in the context of other presidential eras — Reagan and Trump, and presents a life-altering choice: stay in the United States, and accept her.
8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Aug. 24. Ground Floor Theatre, 979 Springdale Road. $20. groundfloortheatre.org
Reading: Kevin Powers, “A Shout in the Ruins”
The celebrated author of “The Yellow Bird,” and a graduate of UT’s Michener Center for Writers, Kevin Power’s reads from “A Shout in the Ruins,” a wrenching yet poetic novel that examines the fates of both the black and the white inhabitants of Beauvais Plantation from Antebellum era to the 1980s.
7 p.m. Aug. 10, Book People, https://www.bookpeople.com/event/kevin-powers-shout-ruins