A Message from the Director

15 April 2020

Ann Hamilton, O N E E V E R Y O N E · Andrée, 2017

At Landmarks, our inspiration is kindled by the personal impact that our collection has on thousands of people every day. Seeing James Turrell’s Skyspace serve as a refuge on campus to reflect and reset, or the way students marvel at the feat of engineering in Nancy Rubin’s Monochrome for Austin—such are the moments that define the lives of our community and shape our sense of purpose. It is inspiring to watch children delight at the sheer scale of José Parlá’s Amistad América and to witness dancers and musicians use the collection to create new works of art. Every day we are reminded that Landmarks affects our audiences in ways large and small, seen and unseen.

In this time of great uncertainty, Landmarks is here for you as a safe place for learning, contemplation, and even a little joy. While we’re distancing ourselves physically, we’re also developing new ways to stay connected from home. The following online materials have been created to serve you and your families:

  • Learning at Home with Landmarks offers an educational and entertaining experience for learners of all ages. Each week, we spotlight work in our collection with multiple entry points. Included are curatorial essays, video interviews with the artists, K-12 activity guides, and of course, scores of beautiful images. 
  • For those looking for a more sensory experience, discover Listening with Landmarks. This series of Spotify playlists is curated by many of Austin’s most celebrated music notables in response to works from our collection. Contributors include Austin Symphony Conductor Peter Bay, composer Graham Reynolds, singer/songwriter Stephanie Bergara, Austin Music Awards Best Vocalist Tameca Jones, and many others. From the Beatles to Beethoven, the playlists offer something for everyone.
  • For teachers and other educators, we offer a range of online services to meet a variety of classroom needs. Live, online sessions are available to explore the collection and include Q&As with me and our education coordinator. For additional information on these offerings, please contact our education coordinator.

As we navigate the strangeness of social distancing, I encourage you to take time for things that replenish you and invite you to make Landmarks part of that practice.  Should you have questions or ideas for how we can better support you or others in the community, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to serving you in person soon and hope you will enjoy our online resources in the meantime. Be well, take comfort, and thank you for your ongoing support of Landmarks.

Sincerely,

 

Andrée Bober