A short list of what’s good and what’s new in Austin the week of Sept. 1, 2019.
Michael Ray Charles
It’s been a while since Austin has been treated to an exhibition of Michael Ray Charles. Charles, who taught for more than 20 years at UT, has since the 1990s stirred controversy by appropriating racist images of African American — Sambo, Mammy, and minstrel figures — to deconstruct the underlying racism still prevalent in contemporary culture. For a solo show at the Umlauf, Charles debuts new paintings and a suite of prints printed at Flatbed.
Opening reception: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5. Exhibit continues through Jan. 3. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Azie Morton Road umlaufsculpture.org
“Hot Dogs at the Eiffel Tower”
What kind of mother knits her daughter a wool swimsuit? Or gives her a briefcase for her 11th birthday? Or keeps her in the dark about where she came from? British actor and comedian Maggie Gallant shares her childhood embarrassments and adulthood discoveries including un très magnifique French Papa.
Sept. 5-Oct. 5, Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St. hydeparktheatre.org
A stellar line-up of artists — Scott Vincent Campbell, Cordula Ditz, Beili Liu, Birthe Piontek, Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Jaime Zuverza — come together with work that investigates the idea of inherited memory. Curated by Alyssa Taylor Wendt.
Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6. Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road bigmedium.org
Reading: Salman Rushdie
The latest novel from the Booker Prize winning author, “Quichotte” is a parody of a parody, a riff on the tale of Don Quixote. Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse.
7 p.m. Sept. 6, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity St. bookpeople.com/event/salman-rushdie-quichotte
Danika Ostrowski: Chroma. Flora
Danika Ostrowski paints landscapes en-plein-air and creates in-studio work based on photographs, sketches and memories.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. Commerce Gallery, 102 S. Commerce St. Lockhart thecommercegallery.com
Miranda Terry, Painting and Sculpture
Miranda Terry creates paintings, sculpture and installations from found objects, particularly failed objects, to create new things that represent the intangible qualities of remembrance, ingenuity, and function.
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6, Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery, 119 W. San Antonio St, Lockhart spellerbergprojects.com
Valerie Fowler: The Story of the Deer in the Road
In her expressive, vaguely surrealistic style Fowler has created a 30-foot long narrative drawing to be “cranked” on a roll and accompanied by live, original music written and performed by Brian Beattie, her husband.
Opening: 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 7. Camiba Art, camibaart.com