Program expanded to include murals and a temporary intervention on an existing public artwork
The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), part of the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division, presents TEMPO 2018—a temporary exhibition of public art across Austin. Now in its sixth year, the TEMPO program showcases thought-provoking works by local artists that transform city spaces and catalyze community engagement.
Traditionally, the TEMPO program has featured ten installations—typically three-dimensional works—sited in public parks throughout each of Austin’s ten Council districts. This year, the program has expanded to include murals and a proof-of-concept intervention or “refresh” of an existing artwork in the AIPP collection—Carl Trominski’s Moments—selected by the AIPP Panel, a citizen oversight body appointed by the Arts Commission. For the 2018 program cycle, a total of 23 public artworks will be exhibited: ten sculptures through the TEMPO program, twelve murals through the newly-established TEMPO 2D, and a reimagining of Moments, known more familiarly as the “blue signs” stationed along the Lamar Bridge Underpass, through the TEMPO Refresh pilot program. The works reflect a broad range of styles and materials and address subjects such as cultural identity and the environment.
“The TEMPO program has introduced public art to many Austinites and visitors to our City and has highlighted the numerous ways it can enhance enjoyment of public spaces and encourage civic dialogue,” said Sue Lambe, Manager of the Art in Public Places Program. “This year, through TEMPO 2D and TEMPO Refresh, we are able to share even more works that convey the City’s diverse perspectives.”
After being displayed in the City’s ten Council districts, the sculptural installations selected for this year’s TEMPO program will be relocated and exhibited together in an exhibition, TEMPO Convergence, as an official part of the East Austin Studio Tour. The works will be presented November 10 – 18 at Edward Rendon Sr. Park, located at 2101 Jesse Segovia Street, Austin.
Guided and self-guided tours for TEMPO and TEMPO Convergence will be held at the times and locations listed below:
TEMPO Convergence Guided Tours
(Participants to meet at the Camacho Activity Center parking lot, 34 Robert T Martinez Jr St. Parking is free but limited.)
November 10 at 11 am - Saturday Strut Opening event
November 14 at 4 pm – TemPUPorary dog walk with Austin Animal Center
November18 at 4 pm - Sunday Stroll Closing Event
The following artists were selected for the 2018 cycle: (For a checklist and high-resolution images, click here.)
For locations and descriptions of each TEMPO project, click here.
Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen
Clare van Montfrans and Elizabeth Farrell
Nathan Nordstrom and Peter Krsko
TEMPO 2D Artists
For the location and description of each TEMPO 2D project, click here.
Matthew Briar Bonifacio Rodriquez
Show Goat Mural Works
Veronica Ceci aka Flash Collective
Jonathan 'Chaka' Mahone
Christine Angelone and Alexander Bingham
TEMPO Refresh Commissioned Artist
The City of Austin Cultural Art Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.
Art in Public Places
The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. The goal of the City’s Art in Public Places program is to commission art projects of redeeming quality that advance the public’s understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places.
A program of Art in Public Places (AIPP), TEMPO allows artists to explore a range of themes suitable for outdoor environments and provides the opportunity for innovative, thought-provoking artwork that effects the way people experience their environment. Funding for this project comes from Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues as a way to cultivate tourism activity around the arts in Austin. More information about the TEMPO project can be found at www.austintexas.gov/ TEMPO.