Sara Vanderbeek presents Pop-Up Show

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Sara Vanderbeek presents Pop-up Show
Photo by Eric Manche

Artist Sara Vanderbeek will present Pop-Up Show, a mobile exhibition project featuring her new artworks installed within and surrounding the pop-up camper in which she and her family lived and traveled during 2020 and 2021.

Sheltered during the pandemic, Vanderbeek drove thousands of miles with her partner and child and experienced an expansive but distant view of the country. The camper acted as an escape, safety net, home, office, classroom, and studio for them as America faced an increasingly polarized political landscape of protests, climate crises, and a historic racial justice movement. Now the camper is open to others as a gallery.

Vanderbeek’s expressive figurative fabric paintings will cover most of the camper’s interior surfaces and will hang outside, blowing in the breeze like laundry on clotheslines. The paintings’ bright colors reference nature but also signal alarm and dissent. Visceral depictions of family, domesticity, and travel are contrasted with portraits of depression, forests burning in California, and the endless media feed of tumultuous political news.

The Pop-Up Show tour is an active and evolving exhibition project that will continue to pop-up in the woods, galleries, institutional grounds, and other locations connected to the continental interstate highway.

The show will be at McKinney Falls State Park, August 27-30, and the Museum of Human Achievement, November 20-21.

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McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy.
Austin, TX 78744

Ticket Info

Admission is free.