Come For The View: Don’t Miss American Scenery at The Blanton

You only have two weeks left to see American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting, an exhibition at the Blanton Museum of Art that the Austin American-Statesman called “impressive.”

Saranac Lake (Morning) painting

Homer Dodge Martin, Saranac Lake (Morning), ca. 1857, Oil on canvas, Private collection

The exhibition, on view now through May 13, features 116 paintings from the Hudson River School, a loose collective of artists working in upstate New York from 1825-1875, whose works comprised American’s first native artistic style.

Founded in 1825 by Thomas Cole, the Hudson River School drew its inspiration from American’s landscape. Its artists shared a spiritual awe of nature and believed in the notion that the country’s untamed wilderness reflected aspects of its national character. American Scenery investigates the group’s shared aesthetic and philosophical principles and situates the paintings in the context of nineteenth-century American values. The exhibition’s unique point of view stresses the artist’s eye, pairing and grouping paintings that explore the visual characteristics of particular sites, or that examine the subtle changes that can be observed during varied seasons, times of day, and weather conditions.

Artists included in the Hudson River School, and represented in The Blanton’s presentation, are Thomas Cole, Jasper Francis Cropsey, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Asher B. Durand, Frederic Edwin Church among others. Assembled from a single private collection, this tour exhibition is organized by the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

American Scenery serves as an eastern counterpart to the exhibition, Go West! Representations of The American Frontier, featuring works from The Blanton’s celebrated C.R. Smith Collection. Organized by The Blanton, it will be on view through Sept. 23.

Plan now to attend a drop-in public tour of American Scenery at The Blanton:
Thursday, May 3 at 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 5 at 3 PM
Thursday, May 10 at 12:30 PM
Saturday, May 12 at 3 PM
Sunday, May 13 at 3 PM

Read more about these tours in The Blanton’s online calendar.

Concerts & Cycling: Join us on Saturday, April 14

Saturday, April 14

Bike Tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus
1 p.m.
Meet at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop (400 Nueces)
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Co-hosted by Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the Austin Cycling Association, this no-drop, co-ed group ride is perfect for cyclists of all levels and riding abilities. Total distance is about 6 miles.

On this route, we’ll visit museums that are part of Austin’s Cultural Campus: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights, and you will enjoy musical performances from the University’s Butler School of Music’s Chamber Music Outreach Project at each stop.

Ride size is limited, so please RSVP.

Helmets and signed waiver are required. Ride may be cancelled in the event of inclement weather; please check for updated information.


Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl
2–4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of music with the Austin’s Cultural Campus Concert Crawl, a chamber music outreach project featuring performers from The University of Texas’s Butler School of Music. Enjoy 20-minute casual chamber music performances at four of the University’s museums: the Blanton Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center, the Texas Memorial Museum, and the Visual Arts Center. Performances repeat every half hour. Make plans to visit each institution and hear music by Ravel, Mozart, Beethoven, and more.