Oct 13 2017
Nov 02 2017
Good Mourning Tis of Thee

Good Mourning Tis of Thee

Presented by CoLab Projects/DEMO Gallery at DEMO GALLERY

Good Mourning Tis of Thee, an expansive group art installation directed and curated by the multimedia artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt and Co-Lab Projects’ Executive Director and Curator Sean Gaulager, will show work from over 65 artists and performers from Texas, New York, Detroit and Seattle. This interactive exhibition will address topical issues such as grief, loss, death, architecture and urban development. Staged in an old building shell in downtown Austin currently being used by Co-Lab Projects as their gallery space, visitors will be able to move through areas devoted to themes of mourning, darkness and transformation and occasionally interact with durational performances both during gallery hours and at designated events throughout the run of the show. The show is especially relevant as the building is slated for subsequent demolition to make room for a planned development on this site.


The concept behind this show, conceived of by Miss Wendt, looks at death as a positive agent and component of change. American culture has few rituals around or processing death and she hopes that the artists involved will bring their own ideas, superstitions and rituals about mortality, but also those of different cultures and belief systems. We all have the capacity to use such markers of change as vehicles for new beginnings and transformative magic. Visitors to the exhibition will be guided to move freely in between the curated areas of the building in no particular order, ending with the message implied by the title, that each one of us is a source of beneficial change through cycles of ending and new beginnings. A unique project for Austin, this exhibition explores both issues of urban redevelopment and those surrounding death and grieving. Our fear of death and the lack of concern for history and preservation in an age of rapid development and gentrification will be addressed through photography, video, sculpture, sound, painting, installation, drawing and performance.


Wendt and Gaulager chose a specific group of installation artists and performers to create the immersive environment including: Jon Brumit; Chris Carlone; Gail Chovan; Maggie Douglas; Michael Anthony Garcia; Oren Goldenberg; Joshua Goode; Frank Haines; Hollis Hammonds; Ryan Hawk; Geoff Hippenstiel; Scott Hocking; Jules Buck Jones; Joseph Keckler; Jardine Libaire; Marne Lucas; Colin McIntyre; Angelbert Metoyer;  Landon O’Brien; Matt Rebholz; Cristin Richard; Benjy Russell; Seth Orion Schwaiger; Julia Solis; Michael Stephen; Terri Thomas; Bruce Lee Webb; Alyssa Taylor Wendt; Steve Wiman; Matt Winters; Rachel Wolfson-Smith and many others. The curators have also dedicated a large salon style space in the main gallery called the Bardo Salon.  Comprised of 2D works by over 40 artists that illustrate death and sorrow in various presentations, they hope to create a space for contemplation and conversation. In addition to additional work from some of the aforementioned artists, contributors include: Michael Abelman; Toni Ardizzone; Shawn Camp; Livia Cocchi; Erin Cunningham; Alex Diamond; Rachelle Diaz; Dan Estabrook; Stefany Anne Golberg; Amy Guidry; Katy Horan; Lindsay Hutchens; Madeline Irvine; Tlisza Jaurigue; Rebecca Marino; Robert Melton; Cynthia Mitchell; Christos Pathiakis; Lacey Richter; Beth Schindler; Lauren Silberman; Brad Walton; Jason Webb; and Marcus Zilliox.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

Admission Info

Free Admission

Dates & Times

2017/10/13 - 2017/11/02

Additional time info:

List of Public Programs (all events are free and open to the public)

Opening Reception:
Friday, October 13th, 7-11pm

Friday the 13th is the opening reception with artists in attendance and a performance by Ryan Hawk.

Panel Discussion:
In the Round: Death and Urban Renewal
Sunday, October 15th, 4-6pm
Moderated by Andrea Mellard from The Contemporary Austin, DEMO Gallery will host this panel discussion as part of the extensive group exhibition Good Mourning Tis of Thee in conjunction with the curator and artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt. The conversation will address the lack of mourning rituals in American culture, both in terms of our fear of death and the rapid gentrification of our urban centers. Panel members include: Miss Wendt; Michael Anthony Garcia, Los Outsiders curator and artist; Benjy Russell, artist; Murray Legge, architect; Spencer Dobbs, artist and mortician; Dr. Randy Lewis, professor of American Studies; Austin Nelsen, Developer and Co-Lab Projects Director of Development and Angela Reed, TX Historical Commission.

Performance Event:
Friday, October 20th, 8-10pm
Featuring performances by Chris Carlone and Sandy Smiles (Frank Haines).
More information TBA

How to Draw a Ghost
Saturday, October 21st, 2-4pm
Learn to draw ghosts with Katy Horan and Emily Cayton! Parents must accompany their children for the duration of the workshop.

Performance Event:
Thursday, October 26th, 8-10pm
Featuring performances by Marne Lucas and Marnie Castor (Duelling Doulas), Michael Anthony Garcia, and Jardine Libaire.
More information TBA

Fear the Reaper, A Costume Party
Saturday, October 28th, 9pm-12am
A Halloween DJ Dance Party where everyone is dressed up as DEATH. Interpretations welcome, think Kali, The Seventh Seal, Iron Maiden’s Eddy, Brad Pitt in Meet Joe Black, Osiris or the ole’ Grim Reaper hisself….
More information TBA

Performance Event:
Deep in the Dark Embrace: An Evening with Joseph Keckler
Thursday, November 2nd, 9 pm-11pm
More information TBA


Location Info


721 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701