2019 James Surls
JAMES SURLS: WITH OUT, WITH IN
MARCH 5 - AUGUST 18, 2019
This pioneering exhibition featured nearly 30 large and small objects spanning nearly 40 years, arrayed throughout the gallery and garden. James Surls: With Out, With In includes ample public programming for adults and children, partnerships with other local and national organizations, and a full-color brochure.
UMLAuf prize 2018 Shanie Tomassini: Slippery Clump
September 6 - November 5, 2018
“By marrying thick, palpable, abstract structures created from diverse materials with interesting ideas of algorithms and inverse forms, Shanie’s work shows a brilliance and uniqueness that needs a larger platform.” -Juror Sedrick Huckaby
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Entangled, A site-specific Installation by Sherry Owens & Art Shirer
April 12 - August 12, 2018
Sherry Owens and Art Shirer worked night and day in the Gallery to install a site-specific, brand new installation titled Entangled. They transformed the Gallery into a wild, turbulent environment, confounding our normal perceptions of interior and exterior. Entangled involved giant spiral “vortexes” wound together from wire, natural, and manmade objects. Texas-native Owens has gained a national reputation for her exquisite, labor intensive sculptures made primarily from crepe myrtle wood. Her collaborator, Art Shirer, has been a practicing artist for decades.
Flight & Fall: Charles
December 12, 2017 - March 11, 2018
Over his long career, Charles Umlauf created numerous works that explored oppositional tendencies in the human psyche. Umlauf found the duality in human nature intriguing, leading him to explore classic notions such as good and evil, virtue and vice, and the sacred and the profane. His iconic sculpture, the Spirit of Flight (1959), celebrates one of humankind’s historic achievements. Yet Umlauf also created the harrowing Icarus, a bronze figure revealing a complementary theme from mythology. As Gibson Danes, former Dean of Yale School of Art and Architecture, wrote: “Umlauf is, in fact, more than one person, as most gifted people have to be. He perceives sculpture as being public and private, monumental and intimate, deeply religious and subtly erotic.” Flight & Fall explores these dualities and others in Umlauf’s art, taking visitors on a rich journey through human archetypes.
UMLAUF PRIZE 2017
Bucky Miller: GRACKLE ACTIONS
September 5 - November 26, 2017
"Bucky Miller is the type of rule-breaking, thought-provoking artist that gives me faith in the next generation of artists emerging from grad programs today. His mixing of photography and object, nature and its artificial mirror, deployed memorably to create spatially orchestrated experience made giving him the top honor an easy choice."
- Juror, Bill Arning
mentoring a muse: Charles Umlauf & Farrah Fawcett
February 16, 2017 - August 20, 2017
This exhibition explored the lifelong artistic friendship between Charles Umlauf and his most famous student, Farrah Fawcett. This pioneering exhibition featured never-before-seen work made by both artists from the UMLAUF, private collections, and a generous loan from the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin.
UMLAUF prize 2016 & retrospective
November 11, 2016 - January 29, 2017
Exhibition presenting UT-Austin MFA graduate Elizabeth McClellan’s performance-based installation “EchindaLabs” featuring science and the art of genetic modification. When museum visitors walk onto the set of EchindaLabs they will learn about genetic skin modifications and explore the possibilities of using viral biomes to decorate the skin through a series of videos, brochures, photographs and human interaction with the EchidnaLabs staff. Former Crystal Bridges Executive Director, Don Bacigalupi, awarded McClellan this year’s UMLAUF Prize, and the exhibition continued until January 29, 2017, also featuring new works from previous Prizewinners such as Gracelee Lawrence & Ryan Hawk (2015), Adam Crosson (2014), Stephanie Wagner (2007), Katalin Hausel (2006), Mark Schatz (2005), and Holly Fisher (2004).
Studio in the Museum: An Interactive
Recreation of Charles Umlauf's Studio
April 22 - October 16, 2016
For our 25th anniversary, we prepared a very special exhibition that with an interactive recreation of Charles Umlauf’s studio!
The Spirit is the Thing: Moving from Concept to Creation
March 17 - April 21, 2016
Curated by Maryhelen Murray & Trisha Fabian, this exhibition provides a glimpse into Charles Umlauf’s artistic practice by highlighting the processes between idea conception and finished sculpture. Alongside completed works in the Garden, Umlauf’s original sketches and sculptural iterations serve as windows into his process, allowing viewers insight into his ethos.
Jesús Moroles: A Tribute
March 17 - April 21, 2016
Jesús Moroles moved people through massive displays of granite—chiseled and smoothed to perfection, as well as his tremendous generosity, energy, enthusiasm, and boundless energy. His untimely death in June 2015 sent shock waves through the art world. With the help of the Moroles Studio in Rockport, Texas, the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is honored to present his work in the exhibition, JESÚS MOROLES: A TRIBUTE. The exhibition runs from November 20, 2015 through March 13, 2016 and will feature sculpture, drawings, and models which Moroles used to create his work.
Today one of his most recognizable pieces, the 64-ton, 22-foot tall Lapstrake sculpture, sits at the CBS Plaza in New York City directly across from the Museum of Modern Art. Moroles is known throughout Texas for the Gateway Stele at Lubben Plaza in Dallas and the Houston Police Officers’ Memorial – the artist’s largest sculpture, an earthen stepped ziggurat extending above and below ground level and spanning 120 x 120 feet.
He was a recipient of the United States National Medal of Arts in 2008, received the 2007 Texas Medal of the Arts Award for Visual Arts, and was the 2011 Texas State Artist for Three-Dimensional work.
Thank you to Suzanna Moroles, Kurt Kangas, and the Moroles Studio for co-organizing and installing this exhibition. Additional support was provided by Mo and Richard Anderson, Austin Portfolio Real Estate – Keller Williams, Ronald Cheng, Chinatown, the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Mint Title Company, and Texas Cultural Trust.
Umlauf Prize 2015: Murmurs
Ryan Hawk &
The 2015 UMLAUF Prize Juror, Suzanne Deal Booth, selected Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence from an impressive group of candidates.
For this exhibition, Ryan Hawk and Gracelee Lawrence created site-specific work in response to Charles Umlauf’s twentieth century sculptures. Hawk’s video installation features a male figure taking the pose of Umlauf’s iconic 1960 Spirit of Flight bronze sculpture. The video captures a dark green/grey colored polymer slowly flowing down the subject’s bound body, with intercuts of the original Spirit of Flight. Lawrence’s work engages both Umlauf’s Lovers V and The Kiss by reinterpreting the figures as enormous fiberglass fruit fountains installed in the Garden near the original sculptures.
Umlauf’s secular and religious sculptures align with the dominant culture’s mindset during the 20th century. Although totally different in execution, Hawk’s and Lawrence’s works function similarly as alternatives to the heterosexual masculine ideology underlying Umlauf’s art. Hawk reinterprets Spirit of Flight through a Queer lens. Lawrence’s installation engages concepts of fertility and fecundity that shed light on Umlauf’s representation of women and his valorization of men. Although the artists take inspiration from perspectives that were marginalized in the last century, Hawk and Lawrence both encourage new possibilities for a variety of 21st century viewers.
Eve & Shiva
Sculpture by Charles Umlauf and Gene Owens
May 9 - August 30, 2015
Eve & Shiva:
Sculpture by Charles Umlauf and Gene Owens
May 9 - August 30, 2015
Eve & Shiva: Sculpture of Charles Umlauf and Gene Owens belongs to an ongoing series of exhibitions that juxtapose the art of Charles Umlauf (1910-1994) and his 20th century peers. Fort Worth-area native Gene Owens (b. 1931) is a pioneer of modern sculpture. He spent the summer of 1952 studying with Umlauf, quickly becoming an accomplished abstract and figurative sculptor in his own right. He worked at the side of Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi throughout the 1960s, traveling between New York and Texas.
In the same era, while teaching art full time at The University of Texas at Austin, Umlauf spent every summer casting bronze sculptures in Italy. His studies in Italy intensified his appreciation and knowledge of Renaissance and Medieval art.
Eve & Shiva centers around two bronze figures: Umlauf's Eve with Apple/Eva con Mela (1974) and Owens's Shiva (1965). The two sculptures convey the different influences and journeys of these artists. Their many other works in the exhibition are arranged so viewers can closely compare subject matter, surface texture, and materials of the two artists.
Luis Jiménez: Sodbuster
Jan. 21 - Apr. 19, 2015
Originally from El Paso, Texas, Luis Jiménez studied sculpture with Charles Umlauf at the University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s. The UMLAUF brought one of Jiménez earliest and most powerful monumental works into the Gallery. Sodbuster, San Isidro (1982; cast 1995) is a rare pristine fiberglass sculpture that celebrates contributions of indigenous and local people to the expansion of the Great Plains. Special thanks to Russell Tether Fine Arts for lending Sodbuster, San Isidro.
Nov. 12, 2014 - Jan. 11, 2015
UMLAUF: Process presented a behind-the-scenes look at the lost-wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for his bronze sculptures. The exhibition featured fiberglass sculptural molds never seen by the public. Supplementary studies and finished bronzes complemented the sculptural molds.
UMLAUF Prize 2014: Intermodal
"With this body of work I seek to negotiate strategies of intermodal freight transport (IFT) with the social and literary theory of negative capability. The literary theory of negative capability was first described by John Keats (1795-1821) as the creative necessity of being comfortable with the unknown. In the late 20th century, Roberto Mangabeira Unger (born 1947) outlined in his social theory of negative capability an individual’s ability to eliminate illusions of social constraints in order to achieve maximum individual freedom.
IFT utilizes multiple modes of transportation to haul freight in standardized intermodal containers, commonly referred to as shipping containers. Goods of varying sizes and shapes are conformed to the internal dimensions of the containers, rendering a systematic uniformity. IFT strategies have decreased the amount of direct human handling of goods in lieu of cranes, hoists, and other large scale mechanized equipment as a way to increase efficiency and safety.
Keats writes that an embodiment of negative capability includes being able to project oneself into different roles, the necessity of indifference, and a presence of insecurity and neurosis. Unger states that negative capability undermines the simplified binary that an individual’s only choices pertaining to social structuring is either assimilation or rebellion. At the heart of negative capability is the discovery and negotiation of internal conflict—of a persistence of social forces, both internal and external, simultaneously attempting to deliver the self into something well defined.
I am seeking a reflexive relationship between efforts to contain and forces pushing against that containment. Where some of my previous works have utilized moving parts, this body of work questions the relationship between movement and stasis by way of the familiar and the speculative. Through a layering of intermodal freight transport and negative capability, I look to create episodes of tension between the processes of transportation efficiencies and the social negotiations of routine and rebellion." - Adam Crosson
May 6 - October 19, 2014
Four indoor and outdoor site-specific installations created by Margo Sawyer. Reflect subtly related to the bricks on the floor, the garden, the changing light-even the visitors- while echoing our Lawrence Speck-designed Museum.
Charles Umlauf & Charles Williams
February 19 - April 20, 2014
Two of the most prolific sculptors in twentieth century Texas, Charles Umlauf and Charles Williams competed for juried prizes, commissions and museum shows. Each man was powerfully influenced by the art and events of the era. At times their midcentury work was uncannily similar; at other points it diverged sharply. Yet the two artists barely knew each other. C2 Sculptors offers rare insight into these two creative minds, exhibiting many objects that have never before been displayed.
This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of our members and the Austin Community Foundation.