Quilt exhibit celebrates African American history, culture

Renee Allen, “Juneteenth.” (Cotton fabric, cotton thread, acrylic paint, colored pencil)

Featuring artists from the Women of Color Quilters Network, the exhibit “And Still We Rise: Race, Culture and Visual Conversations” exhibit charts four centuries of African American history with 69 handcrafted contemporary story quilts.

The show opens Friday — the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth Emancipation Day — at the Bullock Museum.

Preview a few quilts from the exhibit in this slide show.

Arranged in chronological order, the quilts visually tell the stories of event including the first enslaved Africans brought over by Dutch traders in 1619, the 1839 slave revolt on the Spanish ship La Amistad, the 1865 Juneteenth Emancipation Day in Texas and the Civil Rights Movement.

Key figures in culture are honored too such as actress Hattie McDaniel — the first African American actor to win an Academy Award — and poet Langston Hughes.


Also opening Friday at the Bullock is “Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection.”

Selected from the private art collection of Myrna Colley-Lee — one of the foremost costume designers in the Black Theatre Movement — comes a gathering of mostly figurative and representational art that reflects the African American experience by noted modern and contemporary artists including Romare Bearden, James Van Der Zee, Elizabeth Catlett and Bettye Saar.

Both exhibits continue through Aug. 30.
Museum hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Bullock Museum, 1900 N. Congress Ave.
Admission: $8-$12

Free admission to Umlauf Sculpture Garden all summer

Damian Priour’s “Pointed Sphere”

Leveraging the monies contributed through the annual Amplify Austin fund drive, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is offering free admission all summer long.

And new to verdant grounds is “Pointed Sphere” (2005), a 30” diameter limestone and glass orb by the late Texas artist Damian Priour (1949-2011).

“Pointed Sphere” is  now permanently installed at the sculpture garden.

And to celebrate the arrival of “Pointed Sphere,” there’s a public reception from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 21.

The Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.



Impressionism exhibit opens at the Blanton Museum

Oller_RoyalPalm (2)Puerto Rican painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) spent his life going back and forth between the tiny art community of his hometown San Juan and the cultural capitals of Europe.

Ambitious, Oller befriend the likes of artistic geniuses of the time including Monet, Cézanne and Pissaro as well as burnished his own painterly abilities which he then brought back to Puerto Rico.

Now comes the traveling exhibit “Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World.”

Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the exhibit offers historical, geographic, and cultural context for Oller’s work alongside paintings by 19th-century masters Cézanne, Monet, Winslow Homer, Camille Pissarro and others.

And the Blanton’s presentation also includes a small selection of works by contemporaneous Texas artists working on both sides of the Atlantic

“Impressionism and the Caribbean” opens June 14 and continues through Sept. 6

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  www.blantonmuseum.org.