Saturday brings the opening of “Daniel Johnston: I Reside My Damaged Goals” to The Up to date Austin’s downtown museum house the Jones Heart.
The exhibit connects the late former Austinite’s music and art work by a mixture of “live performance posters, hand-made tapes, and Johnston’s notebooks to vinyl information, comics, and toys from his huge collections,” in accordance with the museum’s web site. Additionally included is a piano that Johnston owned.
The exhibit’s opening date marks the second anniversary of Johnston’s loss of life at age 58 in a Houston-area assisted-living facility. Johnston lived in Austin within the Nineteen Eighties, gaining notoriety when he appeared on a 1985 MTV particular filmed right here after he’d made connections with many native musicians by passing out crudely recorded cassette tapes of his songs.
OBITUARY:Daniel Johnston, Austin music legend, dies at 58
Organized by TCA chief curator Heather Pesanti and affiliate curator Robin Okay. Williams, the exhibit will stay on show by March 20, 2022. Additionally within the works are “collaborative public packages and performances” to be introduced, in addition to a individually organized exhibit of drawings by Johnston and his sister Marjory Johnston coming to the Bale Creek Allen Gallery in East Austin at an as-yet unspecified date.
(Full disclosure: I loaned the exhibit my copy of the 1983 cassette “Hello, How Are You?” with Johnston’s handwriting on the label, with out compensation.)