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

A World of Interest: Frida Kahlo

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s Self–portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940) has returned to the Harry Ransom Center and is on display in the lobby through January 8, 2012.

Join us on Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m. for a lecture by Peter Mears, Associate Curator of Art at the Ransom Center. Mears discusses how the Ransom Center acquired the painting and a small but important collection of modern Mexican art from photographer and collector Nickolas Muray, who was also Kahlo’s lover. Mears will also provide an overview of this iconic painting’s worldly travels, which serve as a cultural barometer reflecting the trends, issues, and cross-cultural themes prevalent in the art world over the past two decades.

The painting, one of the Ransom Center’s most famous and frequently borrowed artworks, has been on almost continuous loan since 1990. During that time, the painting has been featured in exhibitions in more than 25 museums in the United States and around the world.

The painting was most recently on loan as part of a Kahlo retrospective tour with stops at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, Germany; the Kunstforum Wien in Vienna, Austria; and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, Spain. View a map of where the painting has travelled in the past 20 years.

Watch a video documenting the painting’s return, unpacking, and conservation assessment.


Visit the Harry Ransom Center

The galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

Docent-led tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

The Ransom Center is located at 21st and Guadalupe. Admission is free. Your donation supports the Ransom Center’s exhibitions and public programs.