What's in store for this year's Austin Sound & Cinema and why should you check out Robert Therrien's work at The Contemporary Austin's Jones Center. That and more in this month's culture news….
Robert Therrien Brings His Minimalist Sculptures to the Jones Center
For his first museum exhibit in Austin, LA-based artist Robert Therrien introduces his minimalist sculptures and works on paper, overtaking both floors of the Jones Center. Heather Pesanti, senior curator of The Contemporary Austin, felt compelled to share Therrien’s work with the Austin community. “He is an essential Los Angeles artist who has been integral to—yet independent and removed from—the California art world for the past 40 years. He’s under the radar, and it’s a story that should be told,” she says. “His work will hopefully be a refreshing and different take on art for Austinites.” The grand-scale installation of folding chairs and tables on the second floor are three-and-a-half times bigger than the natural size—“they are immersive, playful, and radical in their shifts in perspective,” Pesanti notes. The first floor highlights Therrien’s work currently in development, “perspectival ‘rooms-within-rooms’ that offer a surreal take on imagery, context, and environment,” says Pesanti. “In the back room are rarely seen Polaroids by the artist that inspired his work.” Through August 30; The Contemporary Austin, Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave., 512-453-5312
Austin Aces Relocates to Gregory Gymnasium
In its second season as a part of Mylan World TeamTennis, Austin Aces is relocating to Gregory Gymnasium on the UT campus. Following the 2014 season, which was played at the Cedar Park Center, team owner Lorne Abony “began evaluating all aspects of this team,” he says. “From feedback we received and the analysis that was done by our front office, we felt that a relocation to a venue closer to the city center would be in our team’s best interest.” With Austin resident Andy Roddick, formerly number one in the world, leading the team, Aces will play 14 regular season matches July 14–29, with seven being home games. 512-987-9967
Austin Sound & Cinema is Back on the Long Center Lawn
Bring your picnic blanket to Austin Sound & Cinema, which is back at the Long Center lawn for Wednesday nights of live music paired with fi lms, such as Otis The Destroyer with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on July 1. This free event—coproduced by Do512 and Alamo Drafthouse—also offers local food trucks, cocktails, and craft beers. Food trucks open at 6 PM, concerts begin at 8, and movies commence after sunset. July 1, 15, 29; August 12; Long Center, 701 W. Riverside Dr., 512-474-5664