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New Commission by Sarah Oppenheimer Opens at UT Austin April 30 as Part of Landmarks’ Public Art Program

On Saturday, Landmarks, the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin, will unveil Sarah Oppenheimer’s major new work, titled C-010106, following previews this week. Commissioned by Landmarks for UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, C-010106 consists of two discrete glass structures or “apparatuses” inserted into a newly-constructed pedestrian footbridge on the Texas Engineering campus. The design of the installation allows for views both on and below the bridge, raising our awareness of the shared environment and creating unexpected social connections.

Landmarks will celebrate the opening on April 30 with docent tours and will continue programming into the fall, including presenting a choreographed video by ARCOS and hosting an online public conversation between Oppenheimer and curator Lumi Tan on September 15. Details will be announced in the coming months.

“We’re working with an inventor who questions everything,” said Landmarks Founding Director and Curator Andrée Bober. “Oppenheimer draws scientists and engineers into a journey that is driven by curiosity. I can’t think of a more apt place for this work than the center of innovation and discovery at the Cockrell School of Engineering.”

C-010106 is a catalyst: it reconfigures social patterns emerging within the flux of public place. I am eager to see the piece animated by intimate exchanges passing through and around its contours,” said Oppenheimer.

C-010106 is Oppenheimer’s first entirely outdoor public work and is among the artist’s largest works to date. Sited on the Peyton Yates Family footbridge connecting the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) to the new Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (GLT)—both designed by Ennead Architects with Jacobs—the work features architectural materials that have been engineered with unique specificity. Within each apparatus, four panes of glass intersect to create a periscope effect, offering passersby intimate and surprising views between the bridge and ground below. Oriented to create reflected and refracted sightlines, the work shifts our spatial awareness, displacing our experience of inside and out, and inverting our sense of what is near and far.

“Sarah has developed an extremely thoughtful concept that challenges our perceptions and uses materials in an innovative manner,” said Sharon L. Wood, former dean of the Cockrell School and current university provost. “The fusion of art and engineering creates an exciting opportunity for our community, and I believe C-010106 will inspire future generations of Texas Engineering students to think creatively about technical challenges.” 

Since its founding in 2008, Landmarks has become a leading university public art program in the United States. Under the leadership of founding director and curator Andrée Bober, Landmarks continues to expand its programming and collection, which is publicly accessible and free to all, providing opportunities for students and visitors to engage with great works of art. Displayed across UT Austin’s 433-acre campus, the collection comprises 28 sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art along with acquisitions and commissions by artists including Michael Ray Charles, Ann Hamilton, José Parlá, Nancy Rubins, Jennifer Steinkamp, and James Turrell.

ABOUT SARAH OPPENHEIMER

Sarah Oppenheimer (b. 1972, Austin, Texas) has lived and worked in New York City since earning a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1995 and an Master in Fine Arts from Yale University in 1999. Oppenheimer’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Kunstmuseum Thun, Switzerland (2020); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2019); the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2017); the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Florida (2016); MUDAM: Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg (2016); and Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz, Switzerland (2014). The artist is a recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship (2011–12), Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Fellowship (2009), and Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2007). Oppenheimer is currently a senior critic at the Yale University School of Art.

ABOUT LANDMARKS

Landmarks is the award-winning public art program of The University of Texas at Austin and the College of Fine Arts. Landmarks’ collection of modern and contemporary art celebrates diverse perspectives, featuring commissioned projects alongside sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Landmarks inspires thought and growth by making great art free and accessible to all. For more information: landmarksut.org

ABOUT THE COCKRELL SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

The Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has been a global leader in technology advancement and engineering education for more than a century. Texas Engineering has launched some of the nation’s most accomplished industry and academic leaders and pioneered world-changing solutions in virtually every industry, from space exploration to energy to health care. For more information: cockrell.utexas.edu

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