Free Concert Crawl at ACC Museums April 6

On April 6, students from the Butler School of Music will perform short, informal chamber music concerts in five museums from Austin’s Cultural Campus. Each mini concert will feature a variety of chamber music masterworks, specifically chosen to respond to the art and ephemera exhibited at each museum. Concerts begin at 1 p.m., and will repeat continuously, on the hour until 4 p.m. Travel from museum to museum for this Concert Crawl, and enjoy an inspiring afternoon of music, history, art, and fun.

Austin's Cultural Campus Concert Crawl April 6

Presented by the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music and Austin's Cultural Campus.

Here’s what to look forward to on April 6:

Blanton Museum of Art: Founded in 1963, the Blanton Museum of Art is one of the foremost university art museums in the country and holds the largest public collection in Central Texas. The Blanton is particularly well known for its collection of modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Inspired by these collections, musicians from the Butler School are presenting the enchanting Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by the famous twentieth century Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos, along with other sumptuous works for classical guitar and bassoon.

Harry Ransom Center: The Harry Ransom Center is cherished in Austin for offering fascinating exhibitions of literature, photography, film, art, and performing art. This spring they present a major exhibition of Arnold Newman’s photographs of innovators, celebrities, and cultural figures. One of Newman’s most iconic images features Igor Stravinsky at a grand piano. Taking inspiration from this photo, the Butler School of Music moves one of its priceless Steinways to the Ransom Center for a collection of chamber music pieces with piano, including the classic masterpiece “Arch Duke” trio by Beethoven.

The Visual Arts Center: The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a place where art exhibition and education intersect, drawing together a uniquely diverse community of students, faculty, guest artists, and creative voices from around the world. Situated in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, on April 6 VAC visitors can explore the popular, annual exhibition of UT student work. The Butler School of Music also presents a concert of music by UT student composers. Come hear lively, colorful, fresh-off-the press chamber music, and discover a new generation of brilliant, young Longhorn artists, composers, and musicians.

Texas Memorial Museum: Natural history with a Texas focus! Texas Memorial Museum is the place to see Texas dinosaurs and fossils, wildlife, and gems and minerals. Marvel at the 30-foot mosasaur that swam here when the area was covered with a shallow sea. Wonder at the Texas Pterosaur – largest flying creature ever found, with a wingspan of 40 feet. Gather beneath the Pterosaur on April 6, as the Butler School presents musicians as archeologists, preforming 17th century music on replicas of antique instruments.

LBJ Library and Center: The LBJ Library houses the historical documents, telephone recordings, video, artifacts and photographs of President Lyndon Johnson to let researchers and the public render their own verdict as to his place in history. The Library features three floors of interactive exhibits to educate visitors about legislation passed during LBJ’s years in the White House. To celebrate LBJ’s heroic legacy for African American civil rights, the Butler School presents a concert of jazz from the 1960s. Enjoy famous tunes by Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, brilliant African American composers that overcame oppression and segregation to change the history of music and American culture.

Visit the participating museums’ websites for directions and parking information.

Must See: The Blanton’s Spring Special Exhibition

Through the Eyes of Texas Monet Water Lilies

About 150 UT alumni loaned the Blanton works from their private collections for this special exhibition.

This spring the Blanton Museum of Art presents Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections, an exhibition of nearly 200 extraordinary objects from the art collections of University of Texas at Austin alumni across the country. Here are four reasons to visit the Blanton before this special exhibition ends May 19:

Through the Eyes of Texas allows visitors to experience significant works that span 4,700 years of art. There are Mayan vessels, tribal masks, Chinese jade, Renaissance paintings, and Old Master prints and drawings, showcased alongside modern and contemporary works by major artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ed Ruscha, Vija Celmins and Kehinde Wiley.

The unique nature of the exhibition enables the Blanton to display works outside the scope of its permanent collection—art and artifacts not normally on view in Austin. Highlights include a 1916-19 Water Lilies painting by Claude Monet, a Robert Rauschenberg “Jammer” from 1975, multiple works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, an ancient Chinese urn from the Liao Dynasty, and more!

Through the Eyes of Texas also explores the stories behind the objects and the lives of the collectors who, after leaving The University of Texas at Austin, have gone on to significantly impact the art world here and abroad. The voices of museum professionals, university faculty, art scholars, and art collectors can be heard in the cell phone audio guide developed exclusively for this exhibition.

The Blanton provides many unique learning opportunities. Public programs at the Blanton are free to attend if you’re a member or UT student, faculty, or staff member. Otherwise, the programs are included in the low cost of museum admission. On Thursdays, museum admission and public programs are free for everyone. Visit the Blanton’s events calendar for details …
March 30, 3 PM: Curator gallery talk, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi
April 4, 12:30 PM: Perspectives, Veronica Roberts
April 11, 12:30 PM: Perspectives, Hao Sheng
April 13, 2 PM: Lecture, Reiko Tomii
April 18, 12:30 PM: Perspectives, Julia Guernsey
April 18, 6 PM: Art Gazes, Paul Bolin
April 27, Noon – Midnight: Fifty Fest, the Blanton’s BIG Birthday Party (FREE!)
May 9, 12:30 PM: Perspectives, Francesca Consagra and Catherine Zinser
May 16, 6 PM: Art Gazes, Veronica Roberts

Blanton Blog: Curator on Organizing the Blanton’s First Exhibition on UT Alumni Collecting

Save the date: Focus Group at the Visual Arts Center

Screening Room Still

Still from "Screening Room" with Suzan Pitt, 1975

On Thursday, March 28 join the Visual Arts Center (VAC) for the second edition of Focus Group, a new screening series centered on experimental film in its various formats, including but not limited to 16mm, 8mm, and digital video.

This spring, as part of Focus Group, the VAC presents monthly screenings of Screening Room, the 1970s television series that invited independent filmmakers to screen and discuss their work on a commercial affiliate station (ABC-TV). The unique program, developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner, gave equal exposure to animation, documentary, and experimental film by artists such as Jean Rouch, Jonas Mekas, Hollis Frampton, Yvonne Rainer, and Michael Snow. The filmmakers presented on the show are now considered among the most influential contributors to their respective genres. Produced and released by Studio7Arts, an organization founded by Robert Gardner to support nonfiction media, the rarely seen Screening Room episodes are still invaluable today to creative thinkers, regardless of what medium they work in.

For the March edition of Focus Group, the VAC presents the July 1975 episode of Screening Room with Suzan Pitt. An animator and painter whose surreal films have gained her worldwide acclaim, Pitt pushes the boundaries of the animated form, sometimes working with live actors or using animation in operatic stagings. In this episode of Screening Room, Pitt screens and discusses the films Bowl, Garden, Theatre, Marble Game, Crocus, Cels, Whitney Promo, and Jefferson Circus Songs.

Focus Group is presented in collaboration with Experimental Response Cinema, an Austin-based collective of avant-garde film and video artists, whose members choose videos and films to precede each screening. For this episode of Screening Room, Rachel Stuckey will lead a presentation on women animators and showcase films by Janie Geiser, Daina Krumins and Gunvor Nelson.

Screening is 7-9PM, Thursday, March 28 in the University of Texas at Austin Art Building (ART), Room 1.102. For directions and further information please visit the Visual Arts Center’s website.

Frida Kahlo’s “Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird” on display at the Harry Ransom Center

Photo by Pete Smith.

Photo by Pete Smith.

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940), one of the Ransom Center’s most famous and frequently borrowed works of art, is on display through July 28.


Since 1990 the painting has been on almost continuous loan, featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums in the United States and around the world in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, and Spain. View a map of where the painting has traveled in recent years.


The painting was most recently on view in the three-venue exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Activities of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and exhibited subsequently at the Musée National des beaux-arts du Quebec in Quebec City and at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City. The painting travels next to The ARKEN Museum of Modern Art in Ishøj, Denmark, for the exhibition Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, running from September 7, 2013 to January 5, 2014.


Kahlo (1907–1954) taught herself to paint after she was severely injured in a bus accident at the age of 18. For Kahlo, painting became an act of cathartic ritual, and her symbolic images portray a cycle of pain, death, and rebirth.


Kahlo’s affair in New York City with Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray (1892–1965), which ended in 1939, and her divorce from artist Diego Rivera at the end of that same year left her heartbroken and lonely. But she produced some of her most powerful and compelling paintings and self-portraits during this time.


Muray purchased the self-portrait from Kahlo to help her during a difficult financial period. It is part of the Ransom Center’s Nickolas Muray collection of more than 100 works of modern Mexican art, which was acquired by the Center in 1966. The collection also includes Kahlo’s Still Life with Parrot and Fruit (1951) and the drawing Diego y Yo (1930).


View the video documentary “A World of Interest: Frida Kahlo’s Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird,” which highlights the painting’s return to the Ransom Center.

March is Texas History Month

The Martyrs of the AlamoThis month celebrate the rich history of Texas and commemorate the anniversary of the fall of the Alamo with a special screening of the 1915 silent film The Martyrs of the Alamo at the Bullock Museum. This is the earliest surviving film to depict the 1836 standoff between Texian volunteers and Santa Anna’s Mexican forces. The film’s historical biases illuminate how 100 years have changed perspectives on that critical event in the fight for Texas’s independence.

This special screening will be accompanied live by The Invincible Czars, presenting their original score for this silent film classic.

FREE for Bullock Museum Members/$10 for non-Members
Reservations required. Please call (512) 936-4649.