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Arts scene: Picks for Aug. 10-16

August 9, 2014

By Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman

Aug. 09--"Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes." Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Through Aug. 17. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. $5-$9 (free on Thursdays). 512-471-7324.

The environment along the Pacific coast of South America is a place of extremes -- a landscape where desert meets ocean and is set off by the towering rain-filled Andean mountain range.

Gathering more than 80 historical and anthropological objects from various collections at the University of Texas, "Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes " uses geography as a lens to illuminate the lifestyle, technological achievements and ideology of pre-Inca cultures that inhabited the coastal Andes of South America. Rare textiles and ceramic objects reveal the complexities of ancient Andean cultural history. This is the last week to catch this intriguing exhibit.


Dan Welcher's "Without Form and Void." Texas Choral Consort will present Haydn's masterwork "The Creation" with a newly commissioned work by Austin-based composer Dan Welcher. "Without Form and Void" was composed to be performed in conjunction with "The Creation," and it expands on the themes and ideas in the popular oratorio. Welcher describes his piece as a "choral and orchestral 'cosmic soup,' prior to the Big Bang." 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m.Aug. 17. Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Drive. $15-$20. 512-900-8715.


"Chimera." Austin artist Michael Anthony Garcia fills Grayduck Gallery with large site-specific installations made of found furniture and old clothes -- installations that movingly explore personal identity. Opening: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues through Sept. 14. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. 512-826-5334,


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