Visual Arts Center Hosts Grand Opening Celebration Weekend, Sept. 24-26

Sept. 22, 2010

Event: Visual Arts Center (VAC) Opening Party

With an open bar and music by the DJ collective MenRG, the VAC celebrates the opening of Austin's newest contemporary art space. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at the door with cash or check. Entrance is free with a UT ID.

When: Friday, Sept. 24, 9-11 p.m.

Event: VAC Galleries Free and Open to the Public

Explore the galleries and exhibitions during the two hours prior to the kickoff of the Texas vs. UCLA football game. Admission is free and open to the public.

When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Event: Public Programs at the VAC

The VAC hosts public programs, all of which are free and open to the public.

When: Sunday, Sept. 26, noon-9 p.m.

  • Noon-5 p.m. Gallery tours led by Center Space Project students
  • 1-5 p.m. Sumi Ink Club Meeting hosted by Lucky Dragons
  • 3-4 p.m. Geography and Eyewitness: In Conversation with Magali Lara
  • 4-5 p.m. Tour of ZZZ's by Ry Rocklen
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Wrong Spectrum, an interactive musical performance by Lucky Dragons
  • 8-9 p.m. Fade In: Videos curated by Lucky Dragons.

Event: ZZZ's by Ry Rocklen in the Vaulted Gallery

Los Angeles-based artist Ry Rocklen began his residence at the Visual Arts Center on Aug. 23 and is working with students in the Vaulted Gallery to create a series of sculptures for his site-specific installation ZZZ's. Rocklen is known for transforming discarded domestic detritus into sculptures that investigate one's connection to everyday life. Rocklen is represented by Marc Jancou Contemporary in New York and has exhibited his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA PS 1 Contemporary in New York, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Rubell Collection in Miami.

When: Sept. 24-Dec. 18

Background: The Visual Arts Center (VAC) hosts a celebratory weekend of events to mark its grand opening from Sept. 24-26. The festivities will begin on Friday, Sept. 24 with an opening party in the new galleries, followed by a full day of public programs on Sunday, Sept. 26, which will include a collaborative drawing event, musical performance, video screening, gallery tours and lectures. All events on Sunday are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Leslie Lyon, College of Fine Arts, 512 475 7033.