City of Austin, TX

02/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/21/2017 17:06

“Connections & Intersections,” art from the Americas on display at AUS

AUSTIN, Texas - Traditional art and artifacts from Mexico, artwork on loan from Austin's Mexic-Arte Museum and an expansive presentation of local artists' creations are on exhibit at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. 'Connections & Intersections' is on display through the end of April. The changing exhibit program at AUS is accessible to ticketed passengers only, past security checkpoints on the concourse between gates 7-11.

'Connections & Intersections' includes pottery from famed Mexican ceramicist Gorky González. He has been nationally acclaimed for his efforts to revive Mexican Maiolica pottery, a tin-glazed technique dating back to the Italian Renaissance period. The Mexican Consulate General's office in Austin generously loaned work from González, as well as many other pieces from various regions in Mexico for this special exhibit.

Austin-produced artwork is a major focus of the exhibit. The Mexic-Arte Museum is showcasing a selection of art from their Changarrito program, a mobile art vending cart that provides Central American visual artists with an opportunity to showcase and sell their work in Austin.

The exhibition also features contemporary painter Neena Buxani, photography by local artist Gerard Juarez and painted and carved gourd artworks from Austin-based artist Jill Robinson. Raised in the border town of Brownsville, Texas, Buxani references many cultural influences in her work. Juarez's aerial compositions of the Austin landscape call to mind indigenous earthwork art, while incorporating patterns created by urbanization. Robinson dedicates herself to carrying on traditional methods of weaving and basket-making in her original work.

The airport's changing exhibit spaces are filled with delightful, intricate, and insightful artworks which demonstrate to visitors that Austin is a city that connects artists from North, South and Central America.

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