I confess that when I visit museums or art galleries I get a little confused when trying to understand some works. After all, we are not always able to understand what the author was trying to convey with a painting, sculpture or photo, right? Despite this, I find it very fun to visit these places and try to guess the meaning of the items on display.
In the case of Austin, the city has several incredible spaces for those who enjoy art. If you like to meet local artists, I’m sure you will love the smaller, more local galleries. In addition to them, I will also share with you the museums that are worth a visit 😉
With two locations around the city, The Contemporary Austin is one of Austin’s best-known museums. One of them is Laguna Gloria, a little further from the city center, having a more classic and traditional style. The second unit is right in the center and is known as the Jones Center of Contemporary Art.
This second location is much more interesting and modern than the first, both in relation to the exhibitions and also the building where the museum is located. As the name suggests, the works exhibited there are all contemporary. The museum supports several not-so-famous artists from Texas and also from other parts of the world! Adult tickets cost $ 5, with admission free on Tuesdays.
Founded in 2010, grayDUCK Gallery is a relatively new gallery in the city. Her facade is cute and the interior is also super nice, with a very peaceful atmosphere. Some showrooms are all white and with concrete floors, while others are covered with wooden planks – a very original mix.
The gallery is always open to new artists and they accept both solo and group exhibitions. They are very eclectic as to what will be part of the temporary collection, but always following the style of contemporary art. If you want to take a look at the exhibitions that will be taking place at the time you are traveling, just take a look at their calendar 🙂
Blanton Art Museum
The Blanton Museum of Art has approximately 17 thousand works of the 20th century in the collection. As there are so many pieces, they have a bit of everything: art from Latin America, Greek, Renaissance and even Baroque. It was founded in 1963, which is why the museum collected a large number of works.
You can take the opportunity to visit the museum on a Thursday, because admission is free on that day of the week. If you are curious to know other things to do around the city for free, just click here 😉
Promoting and supporting contemporary art in Texas, Big Medium is always among the city’s highlights when it comes to art. Their gallery is always with incredible collections, which transform the white walls into a true work of art, full of different colors and textures.
The production of this gallery is also well known for promoting art-oriented events in the city, such as the East Austin Studio Tour, West Austin Tour and Texas Biennial. The exhibitions are always innovative and the interesting thing is that they bring together artists from different places.
Art on the 5th
Art on 5th is Austin’s largest art gallery, so you must already imagine the diversity of artists and works exhibited there, right? Their collection also includes artists from different countries, but they still value the art produced by the city’s residents.
Although none of the works are known worldwide, some of them were made by well-known artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró. Among the works exhibited, a part of them does not fit into any artistic movement or genre, so you will see very different works in the local!
Women and their work
Have you ever imagined an entire museum aimed only at female artists? In Austin it exists and is one of the most interesting places in the city. I find it incredible that Women & Their Work created a space with works made only by women, valuing the work and creativity of artists from Texas and other parts of the world.
In addition to traditional exhibitions, performances and workshops are also held on site, all geared towards contemporary art and innovations within this medium. On the gallery’s website, they explain that they are always looking for the education of all audiences about contemporary art. The team also offers financial and technical assistance to artists who are just starting their careers or just need support. Everything super organized and always thinking about distributing the best possible content to the public.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum is not an art museum, but it is one of the most important in the city. It was developed to tell the story of Texas. If you like this type of tour and are curious to know a little about the place you are visiting, it is worth going to it. Each floor of the museum tells a part of the state’s history. Admission is paid and admission for adults costs 13 dollars.
You can make an incredible cultural tour through Austin, right? Paulo and I ended up not visiting any of these places because we didn’t stay there long, but I believe they are great! For you to see our experience around the city, just watch the videos on the channel 😉