Austin Art Exhibits This Summer

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Austin, Texas is home to some of the best art in the country. For residents of our Austin apartments, being in a city that cares so much about art is one part of what makes Austin home. All of Austin’s galleries, from the famous to the quirk, are open for patrons to experience the beauty. These are three of our favorite Austin art exhibits happening this summer.

Love through Photography

The famous Blanton Museum has just opened a show titled “Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite.” It’s sure to be as thought provoking as it is beautiful. In the ’50s and ’60s, Kwame Brathwaite was a key figure in the second Harlem Renaissance. He was a photographer known as the founder of the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios, one of the premier artist collectives of the movement. Brathwaite is less known for his work in founding Grandassa Models. Grandassa was a modeling collective for Black women in Harlem that sought to challenge white beauty standards. This show features stunning photos from the Grandassa collection that upend traditional narratives about Black femininity. It also includes behind-the-scenes photographs that document the burgeoning artistic community during Harlem’s Second Renaissance.

This show closes September 19, so reserve your tickets now!

Photorealism in Drawing

Gaylon F. Stanger is not a household name, but for devotees of the mystical art of photo-realistic drawing, he is a patron saint. The Tiemann Art Gallery is hosting a huge selection of his works this summer. Stanger is known for his nearly life-size drawings of animals — from rabbits to elephants — with photo-realistic detail. He includes a huge amount of detail in his wax pencil illustrations.

This show is free to the public Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm and closes August 31.

Movie Magic

This last exhibit is an incredible show by the Bass Concert Hall – Performing Arts Center. It’s titled “Behind the Scenes: Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel.” The Texas Performing Arts Center received 50 backdrops during its Art Director’s Guild Backdrop Recovery Project, in which classic Hollywood backdrops were dug out of storage to be refinished for exhibition. One such backdrop was a nearly complete replica of the Sistine Chapel from the 1968 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film The Shoes of the Fisherman. It features optical illusions that created a massive sense of scale and depth, as well as amazing details too fine for cameras to capture.

This show closes August 1st and can be viewed Thursday through Sunday at 10:30am. 

All of these Austin art exhibits are just minutes from our COLE apartments in Austin, TX. Our neighborhood boasts music, theater, as well as dining opportunities that are out of this world. When you’re ready to learn more about renting an apartment in Austin, TX, contact us today!

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