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Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Reporter/Arts Critic

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.


Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia Univ. Arts Journalism Program.

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Orly Genger’s “Current” is installed at the Contemporary Austin Laguna Gloria through Aug. 24.

Last week to catch 'Current' at Laguna Gloria

It’s the last week to see Orly Genger’s site-specific installation “Current” at Laguna Gloria. Made from thousands of feet of hand-knotted reclaimed lobster rope, “Current” tumbles in massive wave-like undulations down the amphitheater at Laguna Gloria. At the shore, one rope wave continues its downward-flowing journey, jutting out like a ...

Old wall scribblings from its time as a jail are still visible at the Georgetown Art Center.

Van Ryzin: Architect Gary Wang brings new life to historic Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — On a recent hot afternoon, children dodged jets of water that spurt up in varying patterns from a brick patio that’s bordered by the L-shape of a 19th-century building in this city’s historic downtown. The jetting water lasts just a few minutes before shutting off. Then the children ...

Orly Genger site-specific installation “Current” is on view through Aug. 24 at Laguna Gloria.

Last week for Orly Genger exhibit and more arts events Aug. 17-23

“Orly Genger: Current.” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24. Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 512-453-5312. www.thecontemporaryaustin.orgIt’s the last week to see Orly Genger’s site-specific installation “Current” at Laguna Gloria. Made from thousands of feet of hand-knotted reclaimed lobster ...

"A Survey of Open Space" Sketchbook, Page 4. By Peat Duggins.

"A Survey of Open Space" -- An epic bike ride captured in drawings and a film

Multi-media artist Peat Duggins 'feature-length documentary  "A Survey of Open Space" has just been released by Devolver Digital. Duggins' charming, thoughtful and quirky film follows the 14-week, 4,000-mile cross-continent bicycle ride made in 2009 by three young urbanites who idealistically set out to see if they can find the last ...

Lana Lesley, Jason Liebrecht and Thomas Graves in "The Method Gun" staged at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Rude Mechs remount 'The Method Gun' Sept. 10-14

It'd be fair to say that "The Method Gun" is one of the shining highlights of Austin-made theater to come along in  -- well, to this critic, one of the most brilliant moments of Austin-made theater ever. Ostensibly "The Method Gun" is about the how the fervernt followers of actor-training ...

Texas Choral Consort will premiere “Without Form and Void” this weekend by Dan Welcher, composer and University of Texas professor.

Arts picks: Best of the week, Aug. 15-21

Friday “Chimera.” Austin artist Michael Anthony Garcia fills Grayduck Gallery with large site-specific installations made of found furniture and thrift store 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, www.grayduckgallery.com ...

Stirrup spout bottle of seated figure. Moche culture, 100-800 CE. From the exhibit “Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes” at the Blanton Museum of Art through Aug. 17.

Arts scene: Picks for Aug. 10-16

“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. www.blantonmuseum.orgThe environment along ...

Landscape architect Alisa West of Westshop Design transformed a 900-square-foot backyard in Clarksville into a well-defined space with a limestone patio and plantings that balance the small space, previously unusable due to poor drainage and limited access.

Van Ryzin: Landscape architect Alisa West weighs sustainability, use

Ironically, there are few trees on the property where landscape architect Alisa West has her office. Since hanging out her shingle as solo practitioner about a year ago, West has occupied the second floor of an older house-turned-office-cluster on South Lamar Boulevard. A rental storage facility occupies the back half ...

Austin Classical Guitar presents guitarist Make Grgic on Saturday.

Arts picks: Theater and music, Aug. 1-7

Friday and Saturday“Bright Now Beyond.” A new music theater piece by award-winning performer Daniel Alexander Jones, “Bright Now Beyond” draws loosely upon L. Frank Baum’s second book in the series, “The Marvelous Land of Oz.” Only this Oz has lost its luster and faces hardships brought by drought and disillusionment. ...

Detail of “Soft Walls,” by Akiko Kotani at Women & Their Work through Aug. 30.

Akiko Kotani’s ‘Soft Walls’ transforms traditional craft

Akiko Kotani crocheted more than 1,000 45-gallon white trash bags to create “Soft Walls,” her installation on view at Women & Their Work through Aug. 30. No fanciful crochet lace here. Instead the chunky needlework unfolds in a simple linear pattern much like a homemade afghan, horizontal rows of clearly ...

 
 

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