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New Monuments for New Cities: Public Art Exhibition & Programs

Posted Feb 11

Waller Creek Conservancy is proud to present New Monuments for New Cities, the inaugural joint art initiative of the High Line Network. The exhibition features 25 artists selected by five industrial reuse projects in North America. Each artist was asked to respond to the role monuments have played in shaping cities and how they successfully speak to or, in some cases, misrepresent the people who live there. The diverse of array of participating artists each present a poignant perspective that respond to the evolving nature of monuments in our country today. The resulting works are meant to stimulate civic dialogue on what it means to honor a person, idea or moment in time as viewers explore themes of equity, identity, and heritage.

All New Monuments for New Cities programs are free and open to the public. They will take place at the newly renovated Symphony Square.

Artist Talk
Wednesday, March 27 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Daniela Cavazos Madrigal, Teruko Nimura, and Denise Prince.
Moderated by Sightlines’ Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
Free; Registration Required

Austin Monuments: Past, Present, Future
Thursday, May 2 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Based in the Austin experience, dynamic guest speakers will guide guests through local stories, experiences of how communities are represented in monuments, and opportunities for the future.
Presented in partnership with Preservation Austin and the Austin History Center. Moderated by KUT’s DaLyah Jones.
Free; Registration Required
Featured Panelists:
Stephanie Lang, Program Administrator, John L. Warfield Center for African & African American Studies
Eric Tang, Director, Center for Asian American Studies; Associate Professor and Associate Chair of African and African Diaspora Studies Department
Rocío Villalobos, Program Manager, Children in Nature Collaborative of Austin (CiNCA) at Westcave Outdoor Discovery

Artists in Conversation
Thursday, May 16 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Nicole Awai and Vincent Valdez
Free; Registration Required

Cinema on the Creek
Sunday, March 24, April 14, & May 19 | 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Taking its inspiration from the exhibition, this free series features films about art and architecture that highlight themes of immigration, civic participation, patriotism, race, and heritage. A community discussion will accompany each film. Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Society.

New Orleans Club Revisited Concert Series
Thursday, April 25 & May 23 | 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Red River Street has been the heart of music in Austin, Texas for decades, predating the rock era. The clubs of the ‘50s and ‘60s offered a rich variety of music; house gigs were coveted and the New Orleans Club led the pack. Join us as we pay homage to this venue now located at Symphony Square with a series of free concerts that revisits the sounds of one of Austin’s most beloved music scenes.

Presented by the Waller Creek Conservancy and the High Line Network.

Sponsored by Michael Chesser, BBVA Compass, Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and the Susan Vaughan Foundation.