Exhibits - Austin Public Library

Red Riding Hood II from the Bar Codes series by Paul Miller (DJ Spooky)
Mirror Mirrored: Contemporary Art and Fairy Tales

January 18 — February 24, 2019

Corwin Levi’s book Mirror Mirrored provides the framework for his mixed-media exhibit featuring local, national and international artists reimagining Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

As writer Neil Gaiman reminds us, "Fairy Tales are more than true--not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten." Today, the most dangerous monsters reside not in haunted castles or forests, but right here in the real world. These tales are metaphorical swords and shields for our everyday struggles, and remind us that whether we are poor, unloved, sick, invisible, weak, depressed, oppressed, trapped, discriminated against, or simply mismatched with our world, we can conquer our demons and find a home that is right for us.

Featured artists: Christina Coleman, Amy Cutler, Sarah Fagan, Terra Goolsby, Annalise Gratovich & Polly Morwood, Katy Horan, Julia Jacquette, Tsz Kam & Nat Bradford, Joseph Keckler, John Kelly, Sara Madandar, Anna Von Mertens, Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Brittany De Nigris, Emily O’Leary, David Packer, Rachel Perry, Agustin Lucho Pozo, Denise Prince, Debra Smith, Kiki Smith, Ashley Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Stephanie Williams

Opening Reception: Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 PM

Curator Talk: Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7 PM

Central Library Gallery
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400

Book Art by Linda Anderson
Mirror Mirrored: Fairy Tale Tome: Book Art Exhibition

January 18 - Feburary 24, 2019

Fairy Tale Tome is an exhibition created by artist Linda Anderson, presenting a collection of Book Arts and Paintings inspired by diverse traditions of fairy tales. The collection was created between 1993 and 2018, showcasing traditional bindings, medieval book structures, re-purposed books and hand tunnel books based on the artist's diverse training and techniques. It is located in the display case next to the main gallery. 

Central Library Gallery 
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400


Joy Harjo by Katy Horan
Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers

January 7 - February 4, 2019

A solo-exhibition featuring Katy Horan's illustrations from her book, Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers, created in collaboration with Poet Taisia Kitaiskaia. Located in the Living Room Gallery on the Central Library 6th Floor.

About the book: 

A collaboration between poet Taisia Kitaiskaia and artist Katy Horan, Literary Witches draws a connection between witches and visionary writers: both are figures of formidable creativity, and empowerment. Through written and painted portraits, Kitaiskaia and Horan honor the magical qualities of well-known and obscure authors alike, including Virginia Woolf, Mira Bai, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Octavia E. Butler, Sandra Cisneros, and many more.

Central Library Gallery 
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400

collage of multiple artists art
PrintAustin 2019

With three professional print shops, nationally recognized university printmaking programs, internationally acclaimed print collections, and a thriving printmaking community, Austin is a hub for printmaking in Texas. The PrintAustin team is working with organizations and individuals throughout the Austin visual arts community to showcase fine art prints during this annual event.  Prints from seven artists will be on display January 15 – February 15, at Carver, Cepeda, Ruiz, Southeast, St. John and Twin Oaks Branches. A reception and printmaking demonstration will be January 26, 2-4 PM, at Cepeda Branch.

Streetcar on 6th and congress
Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars

December 11, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Austin History Center | 810 Guadalupe St.

StreetcarOff the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars documents the history of the operation of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940. The chosen photographs and documents highlight the impact that the transit system had upon the city’s growth and development. Conflict with rideshare companies, issues of mobility and transportation, and electric light rail might all seem like modern issues, but the story of the streetcar proves otherwise and offers us an example of how Austin has attempted to deal with these questions in the past. The opening reception is December 11, 6:30 PM. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rusty Heckaman at (512) 974-7583 or rusty.heckaman@austintexas.gov

Left Image: Austin History Center, PICA 18776b, Top Image: Austin History Center, C02001b