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Arts picks: May 15-17

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the oldest artist studio in Austin.

Friday

“I Only Know Plenty.” Austin artist Elizabeth McDonald launches her ambitious new series of large- and small-scale paintings, sound art and sculptures in a beguiling installation that probes the all-too-human culture of blaming, shaming and scapegoating. Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. Friday. Exhibit continues 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through June 21. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. www.grayduckgallery.com.

Saturday

“Ney Day.” What’s the oldest artist studio in Austin? That’d be the 1893 castle-like limestone building in Hyde Park, once the workplace of sculptor Elisabet Ney. It’s now a museum dedicated to her life and work. Ney spent the first half of her life in her native Germany gaining a reputation for her sculptures of world leaders. After immigrating to Texas, she made the sculptures of Lone Star legends Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin that now stand in the Texas Capitol. Ney’s creativity and legacy is celebrated with an afternoon of art activities, live music, trapeze artists and the unveiling of a new sculpture by Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth, “Dance of the Cosmos.” Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th St. Free. 512-458-2255, austintexas.gov/elisbetney.