Final weeks to see “Natalie Frank” at the Blanton

On view at the Blanton Museum of Art through November 15, 2015, Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm features more than 30 gouache and pastel drawings by artist Natalie Frank, a New York-based Austin native. This presentation explores the nineteenth-century fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, including well-known stories such as Cinderella and Snow White, and more obscure tales such as The Lettuce Donkey and The Ungrateful Son. Written between 1812 and 1857, and subsequently translated into more than 160 languages, the Grimm’s fairy tales are known and loved by children the world over. What is less known is that these stories were originally intended for adults, with later editions expunged of sexuality and violence. For this body of work, Frank uses the original, often graphic versions of the narratives as a point of departure, examining the vast emotional, physical, and intellectual transformation of the stories’ female characters. Frank renders key scenes from each fairy tale, investigating the ways in which they address gender, sexuality, and complex familial dynamics.

Learn more about the exhibition on the Blanton’s website.

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Learn about Public Art Placement on the Upcoming Landmarks Tour

Artists who create works for public areas consider the surrounding environment as part of the installation. Join Landmarks for an hour-long walking tour of campus and compare the placement of loaned objects versus site-specific works in the public art collection.

Meet at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 1 at Joel Perlman’s Square Tilt, near the entrance to the Perry-Castañeda Library (map) at The University of Texas at Austin. Free and open to the public.

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“Twenty-four Hours with the Herd” performance with Graham Reynolds

Award-winning Austin composer Graham Reynolds re-imagine Texas artist Frank Reaugh’s groundbreaking 1933 performance Twenty-four Hours with the Herd during two performances on Friday, November 13, 2015 in the Texas Spirit Theater at the Bullock Museum. Featuring special musical guest Redd Volkaert and narration by Austin writer Gene Fowler, the performances brings to life seven panoramic pastel landscapes that constitute Reaugh’s landmark work through projections, live music, and 4D effects. This performance is presented in collaboration with the Bullock Museum’s current Tom Lea exhibition.

Ransom Center and Bullock Museum members who purchase tickets to the 7:15 p.m. performance receive exclusive access to a 6 p.m. reception. Enjoy cocktails and conversation with Bullock Museum and Harry Ransom Center curators as they further explore Frank Reaugh, the original performance of Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, Tom Lea, and the careers of these two Texas contemporaries.

 Purchase tickets online.
View the exhibition Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, which includes the seven panoramic landscapes of Twenty-four Hours with the Herd, at the Harry Ransom Center through November 29.
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Visual Arts Center presents the Strange Pilgrims Symposium

November 14, 2015
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Location TBD

The Visual Arts Center hosts a symposium that brings together scholars and critics, as well as The University of Texas at Austin faculty and students, to discuss a variety of themes connected to the multi-venue exhibition Strange Pilgrims. Esteemed speakers include Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of International Art (Film) at Tate Modern; Valerie Smith, freelance curator and writer; Ann Reynolds, associate professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History and the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts; Michael Smith, professor of Studio Art in Transmedia in the Department of Art and Art History;Rachel Stuckey, MFA candidate in Studio Art; and Department of Art and Art History PhD candidates in Art History Dorota Biczel, Kate Green and Robin Williams.

Check out website for updates!

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October is Tom Lea Month

Tom Lea - Lonely Town


October is one of the very best times of the year, in part because it’s Tom Lea Month! Celebrate this iconic Texas artist and writer with the first comprehensive collection of paintings, illustrations, full-scale prints of murals in the Bullock Museum’s new exhibition Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America.

El Paso native Tom Lea (1907-2001) depicted both the hauntingly beautiful Southwest and his experience as artist-correspondent. More than 40 original artworks, artifacts, and large-scale prints on loan from private collections and museums  are on view at the museum. Lea’s work is highly personal — exploring his own life and depicting the lives of 20th-century Americans, from the struggles of the Great Depression to those serving abroad in the military. Lea’s work was featured in the White House, Life magazine, and in Hollywood films.

Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America will be on view through Jan. 3, 2016, and is a collaboration among the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Tom Lea Institute, and the Texas State History Museum Foundation. For details on ticket prices, programs, and more, visit or call (512) 936-8746. Explore other Tom Lea Month events and programs around the Southwest, learn more at

Associated Events

Lunchtime Lecture: Tom Lea, a Texas Legend

Thursday, October  15  //  12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Member-Exclusive Tom Lea Reception

Thursday, October  15  //  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Join the Visual Arts Center for the opening of Strange Pilgrims

Opening Reception at the Visual Arts Center
Sunday, September 27  //  noon – 2 p.m.

Strange Pilgrims is an exhibition organized by The Contemporary Austin and spans multiple venues that include the museum’s Jones Center and Laguna Gloria locations in addition to the Visual Arts Center.

The exhibition begins with the metaphorical notion of the traveler: an open-ended journey through strange and unfamiliar spaces, embarking on a pilgrimage not only in time and place but also through imagination, the senses, and perception. Strange Pilgrims brings together a collection of experiential-based ideas and projects proposing unconventional gestures and formats, defining “experiential art” as work that is immersive, participatory, performative, or kinetic, and favoring art from the vantage point of the phenomenological experience. Taking its title from a collection of twelve short stories of the same name by the writer Gabriel García Márquez, Strange Pilgrims is The Contemporary Austin’s first large-scale, thematic group exhibition.

Strange Pilgrims includes work by artists: Charles Atlas, Trisha Baga, Millie Chen, Phil Collins, Andy Coolquitt, Ayşe Erkmen, Roger Hiorns, Nancy Holt, Lakes Were Rivers, Angelbert Metoyer, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Paul Sharits, and Sofía Táboas.


Strange Pilgrims Symposium
Saturday, November 14  //  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Focus Group: Pilgrim’s Process
Thursday, January 21  //  7–9 p.m.

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Pets welcome on the Landmarks Dog Walk

DogTour_Landmarks_Edgar_082615Fetch your pooch and come to campus! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present our first docent-led public art dog walk! Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin near 24th Street and Speedway (map) at 10 a.m. on Sunday, September 6. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines!

Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee! Free and open to the public. Visit the Landmarks website for more information.

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Enjoy events at the Harry Ransom Center this fall

The Harry Ransom Center announces its fall calendar of events. View the full lineup of events.

Front graphic_fall calendarEnjoy programs related to the current exhibition, Frank Reaugh: Landscapes of Texas and the American West, including:
• Curator’s Tour with Peter Mears (September 16)
• Poetry on the Plaza with poems inspired by the American West (September 24)
• Discussion of Frank Reaugh’s life and work with contributors to the exhibition’s companion publication, Windows on the West (October 1)
Twenty-Four Hours with the Herd performance featuring music by Graham Reynolds, projections, and 4-D effects (November 13; tickets required)

Join us for these literary events:
• “’Hearts with One Purpose Alone’: W. B. Yeats and the Irish Revolution” lecture by Roy Foster, with reception (October 22)
• A talk by Salman Rushdie (October 28; tickets available in September)
• Discussion with Jonathan Bate about his new biography, Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life (November 18)

Members receive exclusive invitations to deepen their engagement with the collections. Become a member for these opportunities.
• Director’s Reception and Open House featuring conservation, theater and performing arts, and more (November 4)
• Behind-the-scenes building tour with Cathy Henderson, Associate Director of Exhibitions (November 14)

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