Don’t Miss: Fearless and Provocative

The Fontaine Archive in Austin, Texas, houses the works and letters of painter Paul Fontaine and of Wisconsin-born Virginia Fontaine, a World War II–era denizen of the German art scene and a collaborator with the Jewish underground. Information scientist, former board chair of Austin literary nonprofit Austin Bat Cave, and Paul and Virginia’s daughter Claudia Fontaine Chidester collects in Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate a treasure of photography and personal letters that together paint a richly detailed portrait of her mother Virginia’s life, both during the war and afterward. With Dave Hickey and His Art, journalist Daniel Oppenheimer pens the first definitive biography of Fort Worth–born art critic Dave Hickey, once dubbed by the Guardian as “the enfant terrible of art criticism” for his candid, uncompromising takes on modern art and in particular the art establishment. Join Chidester and Oppenheimer as they talk about two figures who decided to live their lives, and loudly, in artworld.

  • Moderator: Michael Hall, Texas Monthly executive editor
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Don’t Miss: Poetry and Pandemics

Austinite Kirk Wilson’s poetry collection Songbox, winner of the 2020 Trio Award, captures with such skill and precision a sensation or impression hard to describe yet immediately felt, a feeling that surely has a perfect term in a language other than English. It’s a feeling of reckoning, of loss, of a past gone by, and of long-held assumptions obliterated. But it is not mere nostalgia or sentimentality—rather it is more current, more immediate, centered to some degree on the pandemic, climate crisis, and social injustice. And in any case, all of it is tempered with a sense of love, community, and shared understanding. Tune in as Wilson paints in readings and commentary the feeling we struggle to sketch here.

  • Moderator: Rose Smith
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Don’t Miss: Horse Girls!

Personal, funny, and earnest, the essays in Horse Girls offer new perspectives on the meaning of the term—often used derisively and one-dimensionally— via the experiences of “horse girls” from many backgrounds. Contributors Halimah Marcus, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Allie Rowbottom, and self-described “Texpat” Sarah Enelow-Snyder talk about the stereotypes and gather to redefine the term.

  • Moderator: Halimah Marcus
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