For the Love of Art
Downtown Austin museum reveals vibrant new look
A downtown Austin staple has a new look. Ahead of the reopening celebration of The Contemporary Austin - Jones Center, CultureMap has a look at the building's renovations and an installation that shapes Congress Avenue.
The Jones Center closed in April for extensive renovations from Paul Lewis of LTL Architects. The gallery space now clocks in over 7,000 square feet, up from 5,100. The crowning jewel is the revamped open-air deck, now known as Moody Rooftop. The new space will host more events, including artist talks, moving screenings, educational classes, and private parties. When not in use, the rooftop will be open to the public.
Gracing the facade of the building is Jim Hodges' With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), a large-scale installation along Congress Avenue and Seventh Street. The sculpture comprises 7-foot-tall letters installed 51 feet above the ground. Coated in iridescent film and lit at night from within, the letters seem to shift colors with changes in light and the observer's location and angle. The work is on long-term loan.
Also new to the Jones Center is an exhibition from Monika Sosnowska, Habitat. The gallery space has been taken over by her labyrinth-like installation, Antechamber. It's the Polish artist's largest solo exhibition in a U.S. museum, and it will be on view through February 26, 2017.
The updates are made possible through a $1.3 million grant from the Moody Foundation of Galveston and individual contributions from members and board members. The cost of the project was $3 million.
The museum is hosting a members-only party on Friday, December 16, to celebrate the reopening and the new additions. The Contemporary is also offering free admission to both campuses, in addition to free celebration at Laguna Gloria, on Saturday, December 17.