Sep 24 2021
Dec 03 2021
Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas: The Blessings...

Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas: The Blessings...

Presented by UT Visual Arts Center at UT Visual Arts Center

The exhibition articulates the complicated and layered histories, connections, and tensions present in West Texas through film, sculpture, installation, collage, and drawing. At its center is The Teaching of the Hands (2020), a single-channel film that recounts the region’s complex histories of colonization, migration, and ecological precarity from the perspective of Juan Mancias, Chairman of the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas. The film combines observational and experimental documentary with oral histories, reenactments, archival footage, and documents. The film’s narrative grows out of the land where both Indigenous and settler knowledge have been historically produced. Weaving together scenes from the present day to 4,000 years in the past, The Teaching of the Hands highlights the environmental memories and consciousness of these interconnected places across Texas. The exhibition also features a site-responsive installation incorporating both historical and contemporary surveying tools and artifacts used to create parcels of land. Suspended from the VAC’s vaulted ceiling in a configuration of wires and cabling, the floating objects that comprise Measuring the Immeasurable (2020) refer to the region’s history of land speculation and the rapid privatization of land that displaced people, animals, and reshaped the landscape.

Alongside original artworks by Caycedo and de Rozas are a selection of objects culled from special collections at The University of Texas at Austin. Original watercolors produced in the 1930s by artists and amateur archaeologists Forrest and Lula Kirkland are on loan from the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratories. These watercolors document the ancient rock art of the Lower Pecos, captured before many of these works were destroyed by flooding, erosion, or human interaction. Extinct and near extinct species of West Texas flora and fauna are also on loan from the Biodiversity Collections and the Billie L. Turner Plant Resources Center at UT Austin.

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Visual Arts Center

(512) 471-3713

Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm

The University of Texas at Austin

Art Building

2300 Trinity St.

Austin, Texas 78712

Admission Info

Free and open to the public

Phone: 5124713713


Dates & Times

2021/09/24 - 2021/12/03

Location Info

UT Visual Arts Center

UT Campus, Art Building, Austin, TX 78712