The Latest at the Blanton

October 19 – January 4, 2015

The Blanton Museum of Art presented an immersive exhibition of works by virtuosic draftsman James Drake. Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) represented the culmination of two consecutive years of active creation by the Texas native, now Santa Fe-based artist. Committing to draw every day for two years starting in 2012, Drake devised a disciplined yet flexible production system that resulted in an astonishing 1,242 individual drawings depicting wild animals, landscapes, studies of human anatomy, scientific formulas, and representations of classical art and family photographs, among other subjects. Together, they comprised a monumental installation revealing his most enduring preoccupations and references – from communication and culture to violence and addiction. The exhibition, which was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and debuted there in the summer of 2014, was on view at the Blanton October 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.

La línea continua

June 14, 2016 | Adam Bennett

September 20 – February 15, 2015

The Blanton Museum of Art presented La línea continua, a selection of approximately 70 works from the Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American art. Recently gifted to the museum, the collection—the entirety of which will ultimately come to the Blanton—includes painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works by artists Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, Armando Reverón, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Xul Solar, and Joaquín Torres-García, among others. Spanning the early 20th century to the present, it features many artists who were key to the creation of modernism in Latin America.

In the Company of Cats and Dogs

June 14, 2016 | Adam Bennett

June 22, 2014 – September 21, 2014

Throughout history, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, and William Wegman have created works that explore the relationship between people, cats, and dogs. Today amateur videographers post videos to the Internet that receive thousands of views daily. What is the reason for our enduring fascination with these animals and what do our relationships with them say about us? In the Company of Cats and Dogs featured works that capture our attitudes and behavior towards these trusted companions. It highlighted their inherent personalities and temperaments as well as those imposed or projected by us: we see them as family members, as hunters of prey, as characters in books, poems, and films, and as mythological, religious, and social symbols. With works that span centuries and genres, the exhibition draws on research and scholarship from several disciplines in the humanities and sciences at the University of Texas and offered dynamic programming for Austinʼs pet lovers.

February 23, 2014 – May 18, 2014

Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance presented an innovative union of art, dance and technology within a museum setting. With its debut at the Blanton, the site-specific video installation combined the groundbreaking choreography of dance pioneer Deborah Hay with new software technologies created to study and inform movement and dance.