The LBJ Presidential Library will be commemorating two significant 50th anniversaries in the upcoming weeks. We invite the public to participate in each.
50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid
On Thursday, July 30, the LBJ Library is partnering with The Blood and Tissue Center of Central Texas to host a blood drive in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. The drive is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the LBJ Library classroom on the second floor. Free admission to the Library will also be granted to those that donate blood! Please remember to bring a photo ID. For more information, please visit our event page.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law in a ceremony on July 30, 1965, at the Truman Library and Museum in Missouri. President Harry Truman had tried to pass a federally insured health program for seniors previously, but was unable to overcome obstacles. President Johnson gave the first Medicare cards to Harry and Bess Truman.
50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act
On Thursday, August 6, the LBJ Library and the Travis County Tax Office are partnering to host a voter registration drive – 50 years to the day after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the historic Voting Rights Act, one of our nation’s most impactful laws. The voter drive is from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the LBJ Library. Travis County Volunteer Deputy Registrars will be on-hand to register new voters. We will also be granting free admission all day. Come and visit! For more information, please visit our event page.
Of the more than 1,000 laws passed in his administration, President Johnson called the Voting Rights Act the most important as its purpose is to end discrimination at the polls. Learn more about the Voting Rights Act of 1965 through our archival materials.
The right to vote is the basic right without which all others are meaningless. – President Lyndon B. Johnson
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.
This 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.
The Visual Arts Center is thrilled to kick off the spring season last Friday with a fantastic opening reception for its five exciting exhibitions! Exhibitions this spring inspire distinct interpretations of the VAC’s versatile and sweeping galleries through the creation of spaces within spaces and the use of repurposed materials. Drawing on a diverse set of disciplines and art practices, including architecture, performance, and the use of found objects, this spring’s artists invite viewers to engage with these disparate environments, both controlled and chaotic, which are created throughout the VAC. Couldn’t make it to the opening? Don’t fret! Exhibitions are on view through March 9, with the exception of Diffuse Reflection Lab, which runs through May 11.
Another great way to experience the VAC’s current exhibitions is through Walk-In, a series of guided public tours happening every Saturday at 2pm. Each weekly tour will feature a different theme and conversation topic as a launching pad for visitors to enjoy. A VAC guide will meet participants at the front desk for a tour through the galleries with plenty of time for questions about the work on display. Tours will last approximately 45minutes and no reservation is necessary.
Join the Ransom Center for “Face to Face,” the opening celebration for the photography exhibition Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Get a first look at the exhibition, enter a drawing for an Arnold Newman-inspired prize package, and enjoy refreshments from Austin Wine Merchant, Dripping Springs Vodka, and The Cupcake Bar. Guests will also have the opportunity to pose in one of Newman’s iconic portraits in an analog photo booth created by the Lomography Gallery Store and to view screenings of Arnold Newman interviews and film clips in the theater.
Become a member now to receive complimentary admission and valet parking at “Face to Face.” If you are not yet a member, you may order individual tickets for $20 (valet parking not included). Join or order tickets online or by calling 512-232-3669.
Katy Wilson, public programs intern at the Blanton Museum of Art and a UT art education graduate student, organized Art on Tap: Craft Beer and Local Fare, an event at The Blanton this spring that features tours of our American Scenery and Go West! exhibitions, followed by food and beer tastings selected from regions represented in the shows. Katy interviewed sommelier Sam Hovland and chef Mat Clouser, The Blanton’s partners for the event. Here’s an excerpt from the Q&A. (The full interview appears on the Blanton Blog.)
During Art on Tap, guests will get to try different beers selected because of ties to the art in Go West! and American Scenery, two exhibitions currently on view at The Blanton. Can you tell us how you selected the art works and corresponding beers for the event?
Sam Hovland: Some of the art choices are based on places where Mat and I had spent time, and some are regionally selected so that our progression made sense. We usually chose the beers first and then paired the food afterwards. We knew that we wanted to do the food as three courses, each delivered as a pairing with two beers, so we had to keep that in mind as we narrowed down the art, beer, and food choices.
Mat, you are creating food pairings to complement the beers and art works in the exhibitions. Where do you find inspiration when devising new dishes?
Mat Clouser: Inspiration can and does come from anything. I am always trying to leave myself open to any new ideas or styles. I read about food quite a bit, which tends to inspire my thoughts while I am out walking. As Nietzsche once said, “all truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” Mine frequently come this way, with a great amount of clarity to them, as well. I think just being in the vastness of space, rather than the typical confines of a kitchen matters. Beyond that, my predominant inspiration tends to be based on seasonality and availability. Nature supplies us with some pretty amazing stuff; I wouldn’t say I try to stay out of its way, but more that I try to accent its great ingredients with my own idiosyncrasies. I do try to spend a great deal of time determining how sensible the food can be: whether the ingredients make sense together, if they might be traveling too far to rationalize their usage, given their toll on our and their own environments. I have to sit on ideas for a while sometimes, some disappear from memory, but the persistent ones almost always become fabulous. I imagine one might call that pragmatic gastronomy, though I think for many chefs it is the one true path to good food. Lastly, I have been meditating on the Dada and Surrealist movements of late: the concepts of unique juxtapositions in food, the playfulness of including some non sequitur into a dish or meal, rule breaking, and in particular the idea of cooking via psychic automatism.
When can we expect your new restaurant, Swift’s Attic, to open its doors? Will the food served during Art on Tap provide a sneak peak of your new menu?
MC: Swift’s Attic will be opening sometime after SXSW, as we want to invite people to come and visit us at a less hectic and congested time and place. We’ll do it when it’s safe to go back downtown, so to speak. The food for Art on Tap is a mixture of things that will be on our menu, albeit with custom tweaks to fit the presentation, and some things that we think compliment the beers, paintings and locales. Six items in total, one paired with each beer, ranging in texture, flavor, and inspiration. Most will be vegetarian, while I am not a vegetarian; I feel that they end up suffering too often when eating out. My, and Swift’s Attic, intent is for there to be many options, for all palates, that are quite delicious on their own, meaty or not. That being said, I am somewhat of a Pork Spiritualist, so do be on the look out for that!
Saturday, November 12: Bike Tour with Mellow Johnny’s
Explore art, history, the humanities, and science while enjoying a casual bike ride! Join us Saturday, November 12, for a bike tour of Austin’s Cultural Campus. Meet at 9 a.m. at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, located at 400 Nueces. 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 Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, LBJ Library and Museum, and Visual Arts Center. Docents will briefly share museum highlights.
Update: The bike tour is full, and the RSVP list is closed.
Saturday, November 26, Holiday Museum Crawl
Kick off your holidays with some super shopping and a bit of culture too at the Austin’s Cultural Campus Holiday Museum Crawl on Saturday, November 26. Visit the Blanton Museum of Art, The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, Harry Ransom Center, and LBJ Library and Museum for free or discounted admission to exhibitions (use code: museum crawl at the front desk), live music, free hot beverages, special museum shop savings, plus a drawing for a prize package with gifts from each museum. Visit each museum’s website for additional information and hours for November 26.