Five things to enjoy as Black History Month continues: We’re spotlighting artists of color who bring a diversity of aesthetic vibrancy to our city’s theaters, galleries and other venues – Arts

While acknowledging that a month should be as long as a millennium to even begin to encompass the accomplishments of African Americans, we continue to embrace this theme as our curatorial focus for the week, glad to have an opportunity recognized by the government. federal government to showcase artists of color who bring a diversity of vigor and aesthetic vibrancy to theaters, galleries and other venues in our growing city.

Women and their work: a welcoming place

Ariel René Jackson’s show is a cinematic exhibition that contemplates what it might look like to predict the welcoming status of a place. The exhibited work weaves together interviews, research, images, videos, animations and sculptures to offer a poetic visualization of shared knowledge about East Austin. “Jackson’s exposition craft lies in generations of skillful observation within black and brown communities, warning each other when sociological danger is near, especially when it is not entirely visible.” Until March 3. 1311 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/477-1064.

Shannon Stott: This is (your) story

Shannon Stott and Improv On and Off the Stage present a collaborative narrative between skilled improvisers and late-night audiences, using science and improvisation to create an experience where performers and those present (i.e. you, citizen) are building a world together – right there in that downtown powerhouse of comedy, the Fallout Theater. “Be prepared to share yourself, interact with strangers, and see how a little improvisation can create a universe in which you are seen, heard, and loved.” Saturday February 26, 7 p.m. 616 Lavaca, 616/676-7209. $10-12.

black pearl books

This Austin-based, Afrocentric independent bookstore — opened as a pop-up by owner Katrina Brooks in 2019 and recently moved to a newer, more spacious location on Burnet — promotes diversity, inclusion, equality and community through literature. Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm. 7112 Burnet Road, 512/902-9717.

RichesArt Gallery: American History

Promoted by its owner, painter and former professional footballer Richard Samuel, as “the only black-owned art gallery in town”, RichesArt is currently presenting an interactive exhibition curated to amplify the work of local black artists, with works by DeLone Osby, Xavier Alvarado, Lakeem Wilson, Chris Tobar, and more. Until February 28. 2511-A E. Sixth, 512/484-2448.

The Blanton Museum: Assembly

The title of Blanton’s new installation of works by black artists embraces heterogeneity – “refusing generalization, essentialization and definitive interpretation” – in a show that includes creations by Emma Amos, Kevin Beasley, Genevieve Gaignard, James “Yaya” Hough, Arie Pettway, Sally Pettway Mixon, Robert Pruitt, Noah Purifoy, Deborah Roberts, Lorna Simpson, Cauleen Smith, and Nari Ward. Until May 8. 200 E.MLK, 512/471-5482.

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