New interactive downtown art exhibit explores cultural narratives

See paintings, textile art, sculptures, and alternative reality experiences at The Contemporary Austin downtown.

Attendees at an art museum looking at paintings on a wall, silhouetted by a projection in the foreground.

The Contemporary Austin’s new downtown exhibit features paintings, textile, and mixed-media art + alternative reality experiences.

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Whimsical paintings of witches climbing trees. Moving mixed-media art depicting lived experiences. An immersive, interactive alternate reality experience.

All of these artworks — and many others — are on display now, at The Contemporary Austin’s downtown Jones Center.

The new exhibit, titled “In A Dream You Saw a Way to Survive and You Were Full of Joy,” opened Friday. The display fills the entirety of the museum’s exhibition space, and features works from eight artists, including Houston-based artist Adriana Corral and College Station-born Juliana Huxtable.

The show examines underrepresented stories, experiences of privilege, and dominant cultural narratives. In addition to the works on display, the museum will also unveil a public mural, with details to be announced later this fall.

Check out our behind-the-scenes look on our Instagram page, or plan your visit to the museum yourself before the exhibit closes on Sun., Feb. 12.

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