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Landmarks announces its newest commission—a digital animation by artist Monika Bravo. Titled An Interval of Time and sited at UT’s Jackson School of Geosciences, Bravo’s animation weaves together geological data with images of Iceland, Colombia, New Mexico, and Colorado, looped across three flat screen displays. A commission that began in 2010, An Interval of Time chronicles the evolution of the artist’s practice over the past decade and underscores her deepening interest in the interwovenness of metaphysical, spiritual and scientific inquiry.

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Access online resources that approach Kara Walker's work from a diverse set of perspectives. We invite you to explore them as a starting place for your own inquiry and contemplation.

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This summer, Landmarks hosted a contest in conjunction with Listening with Landmarks, our digital initiative in which Austin music notables curate playlists in response to works from our collection.  For the contest, we invited the community to submit their own playlists for a chance to have them featured on our website and social media channels. The winner was Douglas Cushing, an art history Ph.D candidate at UT Austin, who created a playlist inspired by Louise Bourgeois’ Eyes. We recently spoke with Douglas about the inspiration behind his music selections and his research as a Ph.D candidate. 

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Last November, we launched Listening with Landmarks, a digital initiative in which Austin music notables are invited to create playlists iin response to works from the Landmarks collection. With contributions from Peter Bay, Jackie Venson, Walker Lukens, John Aielli, Graham Reynolds, Molly Burch, and others, the playlists cut across musical genres to include opera, reggae, Tejano, country music and more.

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New Season of Landmarks Video Announced

This fall marks the eleventh season of Landmarks Video, a curated program of highly regarded and influential video art from the past six decades. Launching September 1, videos by Howardena Pindell, Michael Robinson, Michael Snow, and Luis Voldovin—originally scheduled for last season but postponed due to COVID-19—will be screened, along with new selections by Kota Ezawa, Athi-Patra Ruga, Thao Nguyen Phan, and others. 

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From the origins of personal video technology in the 1960s, artists have used video as a medium for cultural examination and intimate self-expression. Early practitioners such as Carolee Schneeman, Valie Export, Bruce Nauman, Joan Jonas, and Nam June Paik created video art that would protest war, challenge the male gaze, critique the media, and document performative actions. Their experiments helped forge a new genre of art making, one that extends from early technology like the Sony Portapak to the widespread use of video in smartphones today. As video technology has become ubiquitous, artists embrace the medium to create works of art that express their identities and confront injustices. In doing so, they shed light on innumerable ways of being.