The Contemporary Austin presents Daniel Johnston: "I Live My Broken Dreams" opening day

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The Contemporary Austin presents Daniel Johnston: "I Live My Broken Dreams"
Daniel Johnston, Speeding Motorcycle, 1977, Pen and colored marker on paper, 8 ½ x 11 inches Image courtesy of Daniel Johnston

Daniel Johnston: "I Live My Broken Dreams" is the first-ever museum survey of works by the visionary musician and visual artist Daniel Johnston. Best known for his music, Johnston was also an accomplished artist who exhibited his comic-inspired drawings during his lifetime. Yet, apart from his iconic “Hi, How Are You?” mural, painted in Austin in 1993, his abundant visual art remains little-known to most audiences.

This exhibition will provide a rich presentation of Johnston’s work across disciplines, enabling visitors to explore the intricate connections between his prolific corpus of music and visual art. In addition to a selection of Johnston’s drawings and paintings, the presentation will include the artist’s home-recorded music and movies, as well as documentary footage of him rehearsing and performing.

Rounding out the presentation with an array of ephemera and material culture - from concert posters, hand-made tapes, and Johnston’s notebooks to vinyl records, comics, and toys from his vast collections - the exhibition will delve into the artist’s process and his work in context.

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Contemporary will also present collaborative public programs and performances, offering ample opportunities to explore Johnston’s legacy in depth.

The exhibition will remain on display through March 20, 2022.

Event Details



The Contemporary Austin — Jones Center
700 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701


Ticket Info

Admission is free.