Jeremiah the Innocent & Friends in Zilker Park
Permanent collection, Special Collections area, 4th floor beginning January 22, 2020
Collection of Daniel Johnston’s sketches
January 8 – March 31, 2020, Living Room Gallery, 6th floor
Central Library | 710 W. César Chávez St.
Austin Public Library commemorates the life and work of beloved musician and artist Daniel Johnston, who passed away in 2019, leaving behind a rich legacy of musical recordings, sketches, and cartoons. On January 22, 2020, the Central Library will display a new mural honoring Johnston. The artwork was commissioned by The Library Foundation, and will be housed in Central Library’s fourth floor Special Collections area. The mural by artist Jason Archer mimics Johnston’s playful, surreal style and invokes themes Johnston explored throughout his life and work, including his struggles with mental illness.
Johnston was an advocate for open conversation and greater awareness around mental health issues. The Hi How Are You Project, a sponsor of the mural, continues Johnston's work today. The unveiling of the mural coincides closely with Hi How Are You Day on January 22, Johnston’s birthday—a day now dedicated to mental health advocacy and awareness. A collection of Johnston’s original sketches will also be displayed in the Central Library’s Living Room gallery on the sixth floor.