This summer, The Contemporary Austin will be humming with an exciting and diverse range of exhibitions, programs, and performances at both of its locations – the Jones Center downtown and Laguna Gloria outdoors on Lake Austin.

On view at the Jones Center through August 24, 2014, A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection has been drawing crowds to experience works by some of the most influential figures of the 20th and 21st centuries. Artists including Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Matthew Barney, and Maurizio Cattelan explore relationships – among humans or objects, between reality and imagination, between a work of art and its viewer, and more – in works that are at times whimsical, surreal, or poetic and are imbued with intriguing psychological undertones and conceptual twists.

Also this summer, visitors to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria are invited to interact with artist Orly Genger’s recently commissioned monumental sculpture, Current, which cascades down the outdoor amphitheater and across an undulating platform in the lagoon. Comprised entirely of reclaimed lobster fishing rope which has been painstakingly knotted, woven, and then painted, the lyrical work reflects the topography of the ground beneath it and suggests the movement of water as it laps against the shores of Lake Austin.

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The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
Through June 28, Tue-Sun 10A-4P, Wed evenings until 8P
Check out an audio player and enter the world of Scottish artist David Leddy’s Susurrus – a sensual reinterpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a contemporary edge – in this audio play customized for the meandering paths and gardens of Laguna Gloria.

Music for Wilderness Lake
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
June 27, 8:15P, and June 28, 6:30A
Twelve trombonists positioned around the lagoon, a conductor in a boat on the water, and the changing atmospheric sounds and light of dusk and dawn conspire to transport you during this rare staging of composer R. Murray Schafer’s 1979 work of environmental music.

Crit Group Exhibition
grayDUCK Gallery
2213 E. Caesar Chavez
July 19-Aug 10 Celebrate the culmination of The Contemporary Austin’s first ever Crit Group, a free program in which selected area artists benefit from group critique and professional development to support the growth of their complete artistic practice. Eight artists will be exhibiting: Jeana Baumgardner, Bug Davidson, Robert Jackson Harrington, HIXX Collective, Katy Horan, Masumi Kataoka, Olivia Moore, and Teruko Nimura.

Film: Impossible Light, 2013
The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center
Aug 21, 7P
Witness the drama and daring of artist Leo Villareal, who led a team of visionaries that turned a dream of creating the world’s largest LED light sculpture into a glimmering reality on San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. After the film, experience Villareal’s light intervention among the architectural glass blocks embedded in the walls of the Jones Center.


Maurizio Cattelan, Frank and Jamie, 2002. Wax and clothes. 75 5/8 inches and 72 1/2 inches. Installation view, A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection, The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, Austin, 2014. Courtesy the Fuhrman Family Collection. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons. Orly Genger, Current, 2014. Lobster rope and latex paint. Dimensions variable. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons. Susurrus. Photograph by David Leddy. Music for Wilderness Lake. Courtesy Make Music New York, Inc.