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:
1. ART HISTORY FROM A TO Z
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.
2. SEE A MASTERWORK UP CLOSE
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!
3. LOOK, LISTEN, AND LEARN
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.
4. INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING PROGRAMMING
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
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Blanton Blog: Curator on Organizing the Blanton’s First Exhibition on UT Alumni Collecting