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More than 500 guests celebrated the opening of José Parlá's Amistad América last Friday. The evening started with an insightful discussion between Parlá and art critic, Carlo McCormick. McCormick has followed Parlá's work for most of the artist's career and the two have been friends for years. Their casual rapport lead to thoughtful questions from the audience. Stay tuned for a video of the Q&A.

photo by Christina Murrey

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Did you see Ann Hamilton's O N E E V E R Y O N E but didn't have a chance to pick up her book? The 900-page publication compiled more than 500 portraits of individuals from the Austin community. The books can be found in carts at three campus locations: 


Dell Medical School Health Learning Building Entrance 1501 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701

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Still finishing your holiday shopping?  Consider making a donation in someone’s honor.

Gifts to Landmarks keep the public art collection looking its best through vital conservation treatments such as cleaning, waxing and the application of anti-graffiti coatings. Contributions also provide much-needed educational resources to complement the art, from docent training materials to large group tours.


Below are a few ways your gift may be used:

$2,500 – Repaints the bench back inside James Turrell’s Skyspace The Color Inside

$1,000 – Applies anti-graffiti coating to one sculpture

Students in front of mural

Looking at and talking about art has become popular in non-art related disciplines like medical sciences, engineering, and mathematics. These types of tours are a favorite at Landmarks because they result in new perspectives and insights about the collection.

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José Parlá has arrived in Austin and is busy working on his monumental mural Amistad América. Robert B. Rowling Hall is still an active construction site and closed to the public, but you can follow his progress on Instagram @landmarksut. Even some of our staff hasn’t seen the artist at work so we invited UT sophomore Logan Larsen to tell us about his visit to Parlá’s studio in Brooklyn this spring.

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Artist Statement

Parlá explains his inspiration for the mural and thoughts about its title in an Artist Statement

Posts from Parlá

During his residence, Parlá shares his observations on Instagram. Follow his posts @LandmarksUT.

Opening Celebrations

Join the public unveiling on 26 January 2017 that features a Q&A with Parlá and curator Carlo McCormick, followed by a reception with drinks and bites. Learn more and make a reservation.