Summer Exhibitions at The Blanton Showcase Two Contemporary Art Collections

"Untitled (L.A. Portrait)"

Roland Fischer, "Untitled (L.A. Portrait)," 2000, C-print and acrylic on board, Collection of RBC Wealth Management

This summer, when you’re not submerged in a cool pool of water, we recommend a visit to the Blanton Museum of Art, a building filled with beauty and air conditioning.

For your viewing pleasure, we have two new exhibitions on display through Aug. 12 that examine methods and motivations for building art collections.

The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection showcases 40 works from contemporary artists working in multiple media, and examines how corporate collections are assembled and the ways in which they serve multiple audiences. Conversely, The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel, tells the story of the personal collection of Herb and Dorothy Vogel, a New York couple of modest means whose love of art and artists resulted in a renowned collection that spans five decades.

Want to learn more about the art in these two summer exhibitions?

There are several opportunities to engage with The Blanton this summer:

  • Attend a public tour, it’s included in the general admission cost. (Dates and times are listed on our website.)
  • Bring the kids to one of our art making sessions happening Thursdays and Fridays through Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon! We also have touch kits available for kids (ages 4-10) that go along with The Human Touch.
  • Come to the lecture by Mary Lee Corlett of the National Gallery of Art on the Vogel Collection, Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.
  • Watch the documentary screening of “Herb & Dorothy” at the museum on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

Details about The Human Touch and The Collecting Impulse can be found on The Blanton’s website, but you can also read expert interviews about the shows on Austin 360 and CultureMap Austin.