The Contemporary Austin

The Contemporary Austin comprises two locations: the historic Jones Center in downtown Austin, and Laguna Gloria, a unique, 14-acre art-in-nature site that includes the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park, the Gatehouse Gallery, and the Art School of Laguna Gloria. The MaddocksBrown Foundation has consistently supported exhibitions, catalogs and general activities of the museum. The MaddocksBrown Foundation recently made a gift towards the acquisition of Ai Weiwei’s Iron Tree Trunk, a 15-foot-high replica of a dead tree trunk which is cast from the found remains of a massive tree. This work departs from this assemblage tactic but retains its terrestrial mystique: an elegant, twisting monolith in the burnt orange characteristic of oxidized iron rusting over time, evoking both nature and industrialization.