Arguably one of the best times to visit Austin, fall has plenty to offer visitors. The air is crisp, leaves are beginning to turn burnt orange like the students at DKR Stadium on Saturday nights and many of the local museums have a great lineup of new exhibits. Check out some these new exhibits on your next trip to our city.
Courtesy of the Bullock Museum.
9/2/17 – 1/7/18
"American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition"
For 13 years in the early twentieth century, the United States didn't sell a drop of alcohol – legally, that is. Now, the new "American Spirits" exhibit allows viewers to step into the days of Prohibition for themselves. With hundreds of artifacts from the era on display, a re-created speakeasy, and an interactive mugshot photo op with the likes of Al Capone, Meyer Lansky and more, one will surely find it appropriate to put on one's flapper dress or fedora and dive into America’s “dry” period.
9/2/17 – 12/17/17
Neill-Cochran House Museum
From the personal collection of Dale and Stephen Sonnenberg, "Experience’s Treasures" is an exhibit showcasing the Sonnenberg family’s most treasured collectibles. These artifacts reveal what the Sonnenburgs valued most, not only for their beauty but for the sentiment behind each item. The collection will leave the viewer considering how and why they too feel connected to the items in their life.
9/5/17 – 11/6/17
"Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions"
UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum
University of Texas at Austin alum and current UT photography professor Bucky Miller brings "Grackle Actions" to UMLAUF this fall. A mix of photography and object, the exhibit breaks the rules in the best way. Winner of the 2017 UMLAUF Prize, Miller’s exhibit has earned rave reviews from the community and is one to check out when you're in the area.
9/7/17 – 11/26/17
"Dana Younger: Contemporary Figurative Works"
Elisabet Ney Museum
Continuously supporting local up-and-coming art, the Elisabet Ney Museum hosts sculptor Dana Younger and his "Contemporary Figurative Works" exhibit. Younger’s modern 3D portraiture series both contrasts and compliments the museum’s permanent busts and sculptures by renowned artist Elisabet Ney, dating back to the 1800s.
Mexico Modern Gallery. Courtesy of the Harry Ransom Center.
9/11/17 – 1/1/18
"Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920-1945"
Harry Ransom Center
Featuring art created shortly after the Mexican Revolution, "Mexico Modern" displays work that embraces both the country’s indigenous past and its new ideals, during this transitional period. During this time, modern Mexican art broke into the mainstream, accepted and supported by the art community in the United States. "Mexico Modern" features work from artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco and many more.
9/15/17 – 11/26/17
"Love to Death: Community Altar"
The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated to honor friends and family who have passed onto the afterlife. Lives are typically celebrated with altars adorned with candles, flowers and photos. To coincide with the museum's annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, Mexic-Arte has invited visitors to contribute to and interact with the community altar in order to celebrate the lives of Austinites, beloved cultural icons, and loved ones.
9/23/17 – 1/14/18
"John Bock: Dead + Juicy"
The Contemporary Austin Jones Center
This fall, The Contemporary Austin showcases a unique view of Austin with German artist John Brock’s "Dead + Juicy." The film, commissioned by the museum and labeled an “uncanny musical,” features unusual characters filmed in and around different recognizable Austin locations. The film borrows from “spooky thrillers” and applies “horror aesthetics” in the murder mystery. Brock brings a true artist’s touch to the screen by using several different props, such as human hair and a taxidermized rat in the film. Many of the props seen in the film as well as new editions can be found on the first floor of the museum.
Stephen Shore. U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973. Chromogenic color print. © Stephen Shore, 303 Gallery, New York.
11/25/17 - 1/7/18
"The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip"
The classic American road trip is at the center of "The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip." Through the lenses of nineteen different photographers, moments of reflection and inspiration are captured upon the artists’ journeys, spanning several decades. Curated by David Campany and Denise Wolff, "The Open Road" captures the essence of American culture from behind the wheel.
"Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition"
Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms
The Czech community has brought a variety of music, food, art and heritage to Texas. On display at Pioneer Farms this fall, "Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition" captures aspects of Texas Czech culture through photographs, artifacts and film. Be sure to check out this exhibit!
Whether it be modern, historical or authentically Austin art, the city is brimming with fresh, new art and exhibits waiting for you on your next fall adventure!
Contributed by Nicole Zielinski, Visit Austin Marketing Communications Intern.