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Art and Architecture: Which Comes First?

December 22, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

Architecture can inform a work of art in a number of ways: in its conception, its construction, and its eventual presentation. The works gathered here illustrate the range of influences architecture can have on the meaning of an artwork: where it was commissioned to be displayed, what building(s) it references, and the structures it engages physically or evokes mentally.

The American West: Manifest Destiny, or Not?

December 22, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

Spanning over a century, the Blanton’s collection of Western art features a range of perspectives, including romanticized images of both the American cowboy and vanishing Native American cultures. Many of the artists subscribed to the nineteenth-century doctrine of Manifest Destiny—the belief that the U.S. was predestined to expand across the entire continent.

Contexts of Art in the Spanish Americas

December 21, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

Considering the contexts where art objects were originally displayed is essential to a better understanding of the role they play in society. In the Spanish Americas, art was displayed in different settings, both private and public.

The Body Politic: How Artists Politicize the Human Form

December 21, 2016 | Blanton Museum of Art

Creating a political artwork doesn’t necessarily mean depicting a political event or figure. When it comes to the human form, artists have frequently found creative ways to portray the body in order to convey social commentary.