GRIT—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal. In Grit, an instant New York Times bestseller, pioneering psychologist Angela Duckworth shows anyone striving to succeed that the secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a special blend of passion and persistence she calls “grit.” Why do some succeed while others fail? Duckworth, a professor in […]
Brent Baldwin is a composer, conductor, vocalist, guitarist, and the artistic director of Panoramic Voices. He’s collaborated with everyone from Austin Symphony Orchestra to M. Ward, from Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Shulamit Ran and Caroline Shaw to Peter Buck and …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead. He’s currently curating the Blanton’s music […]
The holidays are upon us, and Austin is alive with opportunities to enjoy cultural treats, from visual art, to music, to theater and dance. In the spirit of the season, we’ve rounded up ways to bring the arts into your plans—including some free events! Celebrate with Visual Art Holiday Family Day Blanton Museum of Art […]
That cold chill in the Austin air can only mean one thing: the holidays have finally come, and with them the time to shop for gifts for your loved ones! We know that this time of the year can be hectic and stressful, so we’ve created a Holiday Shopping Guide to the Blanton Museum Shop […]
Sometime last spring, Ray Williams, the Blanton’s Director of Education was looking for a suitable thank you card to send to someone. This basic need sparked a conversation about how great it would be to have notecards with student representations of works from the museum’s collection. Above: greeting cards featuring works from the Blanton’s collection […]
There’s a blockbuster talk at the Blanton next Thursday night, featuring a talk show host, an underwear model, a New Wave rock and roller, a haute couture fashion insider, an art critic, a philosopher, an advice columnist, a stand-up comedian, and one of the original members of Andy Warhol’s Factory. All of these people are […]
One of the great things about being a gallery teacher at the Blanton is that you never know what you’re going to learn about an exhibition, about art, or about anything else. And you never know who you’re going to learn it from. In June, I took a group of seven-year-olds for an “Art Trek” […]
One weekday morning, imagine you are strolling through the Blanton. As you look around, you notice groups of school children touring the galleries. You can feel their excitement as they move through the museum. At the helm of these groups are gallery teachers, helping the students see the art in new and unexpected ways. Wouldn’t […]
Today, on Thursday September 22, President Barack Obama will present artist Jack Whitten with a 2015 National Medal of Arts. Whitten is being honored for “remaking the American canvas,” alongside other distinguished honorees such as Philip Glass and Sandra Cisneros. When the announcement was made last week, I felt elated. We were fortunate to host Jack […]
Working on Goya: Mad Reason, the artist’s prints and paintings—art I have long known—worked upon me. The depth of understanding and feeling for Goya’s art grew deeper in that process. These objects reshaped me a little bit with each encounter, like river’s current reworking a landscape. I hope audiences shared a bit of that experience […]
In May, the Blanton announced that Carter E. Foster would join the museum as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Prints and Drawings. His face might be familiar—Carter participated in a roundtable discussion on the life and work of Ellsworth Kelly in 2015 as the museum celebrated the groundbreaking of Austin, Kelly’s only freestanding building. Fast […]
While it may seem quiet to visitors at the museum, behind the scenes it is anything but: curatorial teams are planning new installations of paintings, sculpture, video, and works on paper for You Belong Here: Reimagining the Blanton, construction crews are renovating the permanent collection galleries, and the matting and framing studio is hard at […]
If you follow the Blanton on social media, you might have interacted with Alie Cline—she’s the voice of the museum online as the Digital Content Strategist. In this edition of Behind the Blanton, a series where we profile different staff members, learn about why Alie came to Texas, her thoughts on keeping her personal and professional life separate (or not so separate!) and her not-so-secret career of riding horses competitively.
What is the meaning of a book that can’t be read? Our education team ponders the answer in a new blog that tackles issues that “Xu Bing: Book from the Sky” raises.
If you’ve visited the Blanton’s latest exhibition Goya: Mad Reason, you might have heard audio recordings scattered around the galleries that juxtapose modern reflections on themes in the exhibition with words by Goya and his contemporaries. One of these recordings feature both the words and work of Susan Scafati, an Austin-based American contemporary artist. Exhibition curator Douglas Cushing sat down with Scafati to discuss her work and the visual culture of bullfighting, both in Goya’s time and today.
As the summer heats up in Austin, we’re dreaming of siestas, sangria, and of course, tapas! Inspired by our current exhibition featuring the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, Blanton educator Andrea Saenz Williams explains the background of these small plates and shares a few of her favorite summer tapas recipes for you to make at home!
When the Blanton’s upstairs galleries reopen in February, artist Sonya Clark’s formidable ten-foot portrait of Madam C.J. Walker (made entirely out of 3,840 combs!) will go on view. In a new blog, learn more from Curator Veronica Roberts about Madam Walker, her legacy, and how Clark’s portrait will be a “stop-you-in-your-tracks art experience” for Blanton visitors.
On June 19, the Blanton opened Goya: Mad Reason, an exhibition featuring nearly 150 prints and paintings by renowned Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya. These works illustrate the artist’s mastery of forms and concepts as he grappled with the changing political and intellectual landscape of his native Spain in the early nineteenth century. To learn more about the show, we recently sat down with Curator Douglas Cushing to get an inside scoop on all things Goya.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you might have noticed that Austin is changing. Rapidly. Sitting in traffic is now officially Austin’s #1 pastime ( “tweeting about sitting in traffic” comes in at a close second). You can’t swing a cat without hitting a craft brewery or fair-trade coffee “haus.” New start-ups are everywhere, […]
The avant-garde French composer Pierre Boulez died on January 5 of this year. He was 90 years old, and had retired from public life, so while many of us admired his innovative electronic music, as well as his iconic recordings as a conductor of Mahler, Debussy, and Wagner, we were saddened but not shocked at […]