With so many wonderful and eclectic arts & culture choices in Austin, I thought that it would be helpful to create a fall preview. Here are some of my "can't miss" suggestions:

Blanton Museum of Art James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) October 19, 2014 January 4, 2015

James Drake, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 9, 2012 2013. Mixed Media on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist, James Drake 2013.

James Drake, Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) Chapter 9, 2012 2013. Mixed Media on paper. Photo courtesy of the artist, James Drake 2013.

Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) represents the culmination of two years of active creation by contemporary artist James Drake. Beginning in 2012, the artist committed himself to drawing everyday. The resulting 1,249 drawings of wild animals, human figures from anatomy books, scientific formulas, personal portraits and art historical figures are rendered in pencil, ink and charcoal, often with collage and stencil work. Displayed as expansive grids across multiple gallery walls, the drawings reveal a layering of Drake's enduring preoccupations and references from communication and culture to violence and addiction. Drake's confidence as an artist and virtuosity as a draftsperson is on display in this retrospective reckoning of his overriding themes of order and chaos, life and death, legacy and innovation. Contemporary and traditional both, the drawings serve as an echo of Drake's studio the artist's mind played out on epic scale.

Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery Beyond Beauty: More Than Meets the Eye - Artists Ash Almonte and John Petrey Share Personal Tales through Dressmaking and Painting September 2-27, 2014

Color will bathe the West 6th Street art gallery when Ash Almonte and John Petrey display their latest works including sculptural dresses, stunning chandelier paintings and cheery odes to fruit which are all inspired by individual experiences the two artists had during their childhoods. An Artist's Reception with Almonthe and Petrey will take place on Saturday, September 6, from 6-9 p.m.

The Contemporary Austin RICHARD T. WALKER: THE PREDICAMENT OF ALWAYS (AS IT IS) September 20, 2014 January 11, 2015

In the Predicament of Always (As It Is), a video installation premiering at The Contemporary Austin, the artist continues his encounters and explores the Texas landscape for the first time. Filming throughout the Southwest, with iconic vistas from Enchanted Rock State Natural Area in the Texas Hill Country, Big Bend Ranch State Park in West Texas and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico, Walker plays with the idea of the whims of nature, or the improvisational incidents that happen by chance when exposed to the elements and unprotected in the great outdoors.

DO HO SUH September 20, 2014 January 11, 2015

Do Ho Suh, Net-Work.
Do Ho Suh, Net-Work, 2010. Gold and chrome plating with polyurethane coating on ABS plastic and nylon fishing net. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Architectural settings and abstracted figures inspired by the artist's biography serve as the central tenets of Do Ho Suh's practice, highlighting the porous boundary between public and provate space as well as notions of global identity, space, nomadism, memory and displacement. For The Contemporary Austin, the artist renders a multipart installation for the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria exploring these themes, combining existing work with newly commissioned aspects and including architectural structures, documentary films, and drawings and related models.

Bullock Texas State History Museum La Belle: The Ship That Changed History Special Exhibition October 25, 2014 - May 17, 2015

The Bullock Museum's special exhibit showcasing recently conserved hull timbers and artifacts excavated from the 1686 French shipwreck in Matagorda Bay opens in October 2014. Newly edited film footage, rare artifacts, touch pad games, interviews with conservators, and the transformation of a 600-piece, three-dimensional "jigsaw puzzle" into a recognizable ship over the course of the exhibit will make this a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages.

Women and Their Work Red Dot Art Spree September 11-21, 2014

The Bullock Museum's special exhibit showcasing recently conserved hull timbers and artifacts excavated from the 1686 French shipwreck in Matagorda Bay opens in October 2014. Newly edited film footage, rare artifacts, touch pad games, interviews with conservators, and the transformation of a 600-piece, three-dimensional "jigsaw puzzle" into a recognizable ship over the course of the exhibit will make this a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages.

Co-Lab Projects Migration Wisdom, Chalk Lines, Tracings, and Undertow by Ryan Cronk August 22 - October 8, 2014

Waters of sorrow and tranquility. Havoc, movement, and finally suspension. Layers of sediment from a lake, from dry riverbeds, from buildings under construction, from dust settling on the paper in my studio. These arent creationist works. Well, they might be. Tsunamis, lichen sent to Mars to check for water, walleye and bass my granddad caught in Arkansas, the same granddad who served in Okinawa. These works are culled from personal narratives that reflect on universal narratives of disaster and transformation.

Blanton La Inea Continua: The Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American Art September 20, 2014 February 15, 2015

Carlos Mrida Guatemala City, 1891 Mexico City, 1985 Abstract, 1953 Glass mosaic on composite matrix 33 1/8 x 72 x 1 1/8 in. (84.1 x 182.9 x 2.9 cm) 2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SOMAAP, Mexico City

Collectors Judy and Charles Tate recently gifted to the Blanton a selection of Latin American artworks spanning the early 20th century to the present. Complementing the museums existing holdings of more than 2,100 Latin American objects, the gift features many of the artists who were important to the creation of modernism in Latin America. A selection of approximately 70 works from the acquisition will be exhibited, highlighting the range and quality of the Tates gift, and illustrating how it serves to enhance the Blantons Latin American holdings.

Harry Ransom Center The Making of Gone With The Wind September 9, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Go behind the scenes of one of the classic films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Featuring more than 300 rarely seen and some never-before-exhibited materials, the exhibition is drawn entirely from the Ransom Center's collections and includes on-set photographs, storyboards, correspondence and fan mail, production records, makeup stills, concept art, costume sketches, audition footage, and producer David O. Selznick's memos. The green curtain dress and other gowns worn by Vivien Leigh are displayed together for the first time in more than 25 years.

Also, mark your calendars for Austin Museum Day, September 21, 2014, when you can enjoy more than 40 participating institutions free of charge!