Roger Hiorns’s outdoor, interactive foam installation will now be activated three times per week at The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria. You can see this installation, A retrospective view of the pathway, on Tuesdays at 4pm and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm. The installation is part of the museum’s Strange Pilgrims exhibit, which is on view through January 24, 2016.
Note: The foam used in Hiorns’s artwork is nontoxic and biodegradable. Please use caution if you have sensitivities to detergent-based materials. We invite you to interact with the installation at your own risk. Guests are encouraged to wear clothes that can get wet or messy and to bring towels and a change of clothes.
Strange Pilgrims is The Contemporary Austin’s first large-scale, thematic group exhibition. Organized by Senior Curator Heather Pesanti, the exhibition explores experiential art through a presentation of works that are immersive, participatory, collaborative, performative, and kinetic in nature. Taking its title from a collection of twelve short stories of the same name by the author Gabriel García Márquez, the exhibition threads together a set of ideas and projects loosely linked by the metaphorical notion of a “pilgrimage” through time and space. Featuring works by fourteen artists, this ambitious exhibition activates the entirety of The Contemporary Austin’s two sites—the Jones Center in downtown Austin and the fourteen-acre grounds, Driscoll Villa, and Gatehouse Gallery at the museum’s Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria—plus a third venue, the Visual Arts Center (VAC) in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin. With this expansive reach through the city, the exhibition advances the museum’s commitment to serve as a “museum without walls.”
Contemporary artists represented in the exhibition are Charles Atlas, Trisha Baga, Millie Chen, Phil Collins, Andy Coolquitt, Ayşe Erkmen, Roger Hiorns, the collective Lakes Were Rivers, Angelbert Metoyer, and Sofía Táboas. As a historical component to the exhibition, key works by pioneers in the field—Nancy Holt, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, and Paul Sharits—serve as anchors and points of resonance for each section.
Scheduled dates to experience A retrospective view of the pathway in action:
October 24, 25, 27, 31
November 1, 3, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17, 21, 22, 24, 28, 29December 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 26, 27, 29
January 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 19, 23, 24
The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
3809 West 35th Street
Austin, Texas 78703
Hours: Galleries Closed Monday, Open 10A–4P Tuesday through Sunday
Grounds Open 9A–5P Monday through Saturday; Open 10A–5P Sunday
Admission to Strange Pilgrims covers entrance to both sites at The Contemporary Austin. Admission to the Visual Arts Center is free.
Seniors & Students $3
Under 18 & Military FREE