Once every generation or so, vigilant curators completely rethink the permanent exhibits at large Austin cultural outfits such as the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Last season, the venerable statewide museum revised the entire ground floor of its permanent show, the parts that deal with Native Americans, as well as the Spanish and the French.
“The museum (once) told a patriotic and uncomplicated story that did not provide a complete context for the encounters among various groups in Texas,” we wrote at the time. “Few of the presentations dealt in uncomfortable truths. Some of the history, particularly in the sections dealing with Native Americans, was demonstrably unhistorical. Walk into the newly overhauled permanent exhibit on the first floor — which delves into the region’s prehistory and early history — and another impression emerges. The Bullock has stepped into the 21st century.”
Here's a look at what's coming up in the next season at some of Austin's cultural centers.
2019-2020 CULTURE SEASON
These Austin cultural groups have announced at least a partial seasons. Check Austin360.com and the groups’ websites for updates.
Austin Film Society Cinema (fall highlights)
(6406 N I-35 Suite 3100; austinfilm.org)
Perhaps the most important contribution to Austin film culture in years.
Through Sept. 7: “Seven Samurai”
Sept 6: “2019 Sundance Shorts”
Sept. 6-8: “All That Jazz”
Sept. 13-15: “Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool”
Sept. 13-15: “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”
Sept. 20-22: “The Fog”
Sept. 23: “Dallas: Anatomy of an Episode”
Sept. 27-28: “Sister Aimee”
Oct. 4-8: “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”
Oct. 9-12: “The Harder They Come”
Oct. 10-12: “Ruthless”
Oct. 16-18: “Putney Swope”
Oct. 19-20: “Sweet Charity”
Oct. 30: “Europa, Europa”
Oct. 31-Nov. 2: “The Black Cat”
Austin History Center
(810 Guadalupe St.; 512-974-7480, library.austintexas.gov)
You can’t know New Austin without getting to know Old Austin.
Ongoing: “Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin Streetcars”
Ongoing: “Getting Austin Elected: Buttons and Bumper Stickers from the Austin History Center” (Central Library)
Ongoing: “Pioneer Painter: The Art of R.C. Wong” (Asian American Resource Center)
Through Oct. 27: “Treat Me Like a Saturday Night: The Joe Ely Photographs from the Cindy Light Collection”
May 1-June 30: “Pioneers from the East Revisited: Early Chinese Families of Austin” (Central Library)
Briscoe Center for American History
(2300 Red River St.; 512-495-4515, cah.utexas.edu)
A smallish but very modern history museum on the University of Texas campus.
Through Dec. 14: “Greatest Hits: The Briscoe Center’s Music Collections”
Ongoing: “Covering the Moon: Apollo 11 and the News Media”
Ongoing: “Highlights of the Weatherby Map Collection”
Bullock Texas State History Museum
(1800 Congress Ave.; 512-936-8746, thestoryoftexas.com)
Along with these exhibits, don’t forget the IMAX and Texas Spirit theaters.
Ongoing: “Becoming Texas”
Ongoing: “Austin City Limits Theater”
Through Nov. 17: “Collector’s Gallery: The Lusher Collection”
Through Dec. 1: “Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds”
Through Aug. 31: “Sister Suffragists: A Celebration of the Suffrage Centennial”
Sept. 21-Jan. 12: “Beyond Planet Earth”
Dec. 21-April 12: “Fashion Forward”
Feb. 15-May 31: “This Light of Ours”
May 16-Sept. 7: “Mystery and Benevolence”
June 20-Sept. 13: “Mental Health: Mind Matters”
LBJ Presidential Library (highlights)
(2313 Red River St.; 512-721-0200, lbjlibrary.org)
One of the city’s biggest tourist draws also teaches and entertains locals.
Through Dec. 1: “Dog Days”
Through Jan. 26: “Motown: The Sound of Young America”
• “The Legacy Gallery"
• “Nov. 22, 1963”
• “The Vietnam Conflict’
• “Social Justice Gallery”
• “Oval Office”
• “The White House Years”
(300 W. 21st St.; 512-471-8944, hrc.utexas.edu)
UT’s literary archives also excels at photography and performing arts.
Through Jan. 5: “Modernist Networks: The Annette Campbell-White Collection”
Feb. 1-July 19: “Gabriel García Márquez: The Making of a Global Writer”
• “Stories to Tell: Selections from the Harry Ransom Center”
• "The Gutenberg Bible”
• “The Niépce Heliograph”
Texas Military Forces Museum (highlights)
(Camp Mabry; 512-783-5659, texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org)
Exhibits look at Texas volunteer and militia units in the 19th century and the Texas Army and Air National Guard in the 20th and 21st century, as well as the Texas State Guard.
• “49th Armored Division, Cold War and Global War on Terror”
• “Lt. Colonel Albert C. Lloyd Air Guard Gallery”
• “WWII Pacific Theater Exhibit”
• “36th Infantry Division in the World Wars Gallery”
• “19th Century Gallery”
• “Texas Navy Exhibit”
• "Great Hall of Military Vehicles"
Don't let these other key cultural groups drop off your map.
Asian American Cultural Center
(11713 Jollyville Road; 512-336-5069, asianameriancc.com)
Sharing culture between the East and West within the American experience.
Asian American Resource Center
(8401 Cameron Road; 512-974-1700, austintexas.gov/aarc)
Provides spaces, services, resources and programs through Asian American and Pacific Islander perspectives.
Austin Central Public Library
(710 W. Cesar Chavez St.; 512-974-7400. library.austintexas.gov/central-library)
This building of consequence is a beehive of activity.
Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center
(1165 Angelina St.; 512-974-4926. austintexas.gov/carvermuseum)
A crucial resource in East Austin.
Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St.; 512-974-1625; austintexas.gov/elisabetney)
The stone studio of the famous sculptor.
Emma Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center.
(600 River St.; 512-974-3772, austintexas.gov/esbmacc)
A major confluence of cultures in the busy Rainey Street neighorhood.
Flower Hill Foundation
(1316 W. Sixth St.; 512-305-3650, flowerhillfoundation.org)
A beautiful West Austin house and grounds showcase a historic urban homestead.
French Legation Museum
(802 San Marcos St.; 512-463-7948, thc.texas.gov)
One of Austin’s oldest houses is slated reopen in the fall.
Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum
(411 E. Fifth St.; 512-974-3830, austintexas.gov/department/dickinson-museum)
Pure luck unearthed this house of Alamo survivor and force of nature Susanna Dickinson.
(1410 Rio Grande St.; 512-440-1991, humanitiestexas.org)
Advancing education by supporting teachers, libraries and museums.
(2310 San Gabriel St.; 512-478-2335, nchmuseum.org)
Not just any historical house museum, but rather one with a wider cultural reach.
O. Henry Museum
(409 E. Fifth St.; 512-974-1398; austintexas.gov/department/o-henry-museum)
Yes, author William Sydney Porter and family lived in this house, moved to Brush Square.
Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District
(1152 San Bernard St.; 512-505-8738, sixsqaure.org)
A gathering place for everyone to enjoy Austin’s black arts, music, history and more.
Texas Capitol Visitors Center
(112 E. 11th St.; 512-305-8400, tspb.texas.gov)
The most addition to this gateway is a Lego bricks version of the Texas Capitol.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
(1201 Brazos St.; 512-463-5455. tsl.texas.gov)
This is a place for research, but it often offers cogent exhibits in its lobby.
(1111 Red River St.; 512-541-3520, waterloogreenway.org)
Formerly the Waller Creek Conservancy, this group links people, culture and nature through a string of urban parks.