Five things to enjoy as Black History Month continues: We highlight artists of color bringing a diversity of aesthetic vibrancy to our city’s theaters, galleries and other venues – art


While we recognize that a month would need to be as long as a millennium to even begin to chart the achievements of African Americans, we continue to include this theme as the week’s curatorial focus and welcome a nationally recognized opportunity to artists of color Bringing a diversity of vigor and aesthetic appeal to the theaters, galleries and other venues of our fast-growing city.

Women and their work: A welcoming place

Ariel René Jackson’s exhibition is a film-based exhibition that reflects on what it might look like to predict a place’s welcoming status. The works on display weave interviews, research, imagery, video, animation and sculpture to provide a poetic visualization of the shared knowledge of East Austin. “The craft in Jackson’s exhibition lies in the generations of skillful observation within the black and brown communities, alerting one another when a sociological danger is near, particularly when it is not fully visible.” 3 March 1311 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/477-1064.

Shannon Stott: This is (your) our story

Shannon Stott and Improv On and Off the Stage present a collaborative narrative between expert improvisers and the evening’s audience, using science and improvisation to create an experience where the performers and those in attendance (that’s you, citizen) come together build a world right in there is downtown’s comedy powerhouse, the Fallout Theatre. “Be willing to share, interact with strangers, and see how a little improvisation can create a universe where you are seen, heard, and loved.” Sat, February 26, 7 p.m. 616 Lavaca, 616/676-7209. $10-12.

Black Pearl Books

Opened as a pop-up in 2019 by owner Katrina Brooks and recently relocated to a newer, more spacious location on Burnet, this Austin-based, Afrocentric indie bookstore promotes diversity, inclusion, equality and community through literature. Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7112 Burnett Rd, 512/902-9717.

RichesArt Gallery: American History

Promoted by its owner, painter and former professional soccer player Richard Samuel, as “the only black owned art gallery in the city” by its owner, painter and former professional soccer player Richard Samuel, RichesArt is currently hosting an interactive exhibition curated to showcase the work of local black artists with works by DeLoné Osby and Xavier Alvarado, Lakeem Wilson, Chris Tobar and more. Until February 28th. 2511-A E. Sixth, 512/484-2448.

The Blanton Museum: Assembly

The title of Blanton’s new installation, featuring works by Black artists, embraces heterogeneity – “Rejection of generalization, essentialization and definitive interpretation” – in an exhibition that includes creations by Emma Amos, Kevin Beasley, Genevieve Gaignard, James “Yaya” Hough and Arie Pettway , Sally Pettway Mixon, Robert Pruitt, Noah Purifoy, Deborah Roberts, Lorna Simpson, Cauleen Smith and Nari Ward. Until May 8th. 200 E. MLK, 512/471-5482.


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