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Must-See Austin Museum Exhibitions in 2017

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Updated: 20 February 2017

Austin‘s art scene is vibrant, and new collections regularly arrive at the city’s many acclaimed museums. Don’t miss these powerful exhibits coming to the city for a limited time in 2017.

Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser

Nina Katchadourian’s Curiouser is a collection highlighting 10 years of work by the Brooklyn-based artist. A multi-talented artist, this compilation features sculpture, photography, live performance, video, and sound art. Her work seeks to chisel away at the mundane to uncover the creativity and freedom underneath everything in our everyday lives and to spur new interest and curiosity in the world around us. Nina Katchadourian will be on-site at the Blanton on March 25, 2017, at 4 p.m. to speak and sign copies of her catalogue. The exhibit is on from March 12 to June 11, 2017.

The Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 471 7324

Mix ‘n’ Mash: XOXO

Valentine’s Day is over, but the love is still flowing at Mexic-Arte Museum’s Mix ‘n’ Mash: XOXO exhibition. More than 200 artists submitted the pieces that make up this collection, with each piece uniquely created for the exhibition, many of which depict themes related to the day of love. The exhibit only runs until March 5, 2017, so don’t miss out on this great date night opportunity.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 480 9373

By Toni Ardizzone, Courtesy of Mexic-Arte Museum

By Toni Ardizzone | Courtesy of Mexic-Arte Museum

Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time

Coming up at the Mexic-Arte Museum this spring is Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time. The exhibition overlaps renowned sculptor Sebastián’s designs and monuments, creating a contrast in mathematics, minimalism, and pop art. He is a multifaceted artist, skilled in creating towering pieces as well as prints. Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time runs from April 8 to June 25, 2017.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 480 9373

Courtesy of the Mexic-Arte Museum

Courtesy of the Mexic-Arte Museum

Orly Genger: Hurlyburly

Hurlyburly by Orly Genger has toured the world but is currently set up in Austin as a partnership between the Contemporary Austin and the Waller Creek Conservancy. This exhibit is just one of the many efforts to come to bring large-scale art to the Waller Creek parks, and Hurlyburly gives children and adults alike a chance to interact and play in the 4D large, knitted, singular piece made of recycled lobster rope. This exhibition leaves Waller Creek at the end of February 2017.

On view at 74 Trinity St, Austin, TX, USA

Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

Take a trip back to your childhood at the Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming exhibition at the Bullock Museum near downtown. Get hands on with the games that started it all and learn about the progression of video games from the simple ones of the 80s to the virtual worlds of the future. You’ll also leave with knowledge about the usually unnoticed elements of games, including the art, music, design, and technology powering it all. The exhibit will take place July 29, 2017, through March 18, 2018.

Bullock Museum, 1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 936 8746

Courtesy of Bob Bullock Museum

Courtesy of Bob Bullock Museum

Jim Hodges: With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress)

You can’t miss Jim Hodges’s With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress) at the Contemporary Austin, even if you tried to do so. The large outdoor installation, constructed of steel, LED lights, Dichrolam glass, and a variety of paints, greets visitors arriving at the museum as well as those simply driving by. It’s simple, powerful, and opens room for discussion on a topic that is at the top of many people’s minds in American society today, as this aspirational phrase is still falling short in many ways for the American people. This exhibition does not currently have an end date.

The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 458 8191

Once these exhibitions are gone, there are still plenty of great places to experience art in Austin. Check out the best museums in Austin, or follow the work of one of Austin’s emerging contemporary artists you should know.