How to Develop Grit in an Art Museum

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 […]

Music for Museums: Brent Baldwin on curating Beat the Rush at the Blanton

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 […]

Draw It Like You See It

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 […]

Jack Whitten Awarded 2015 National Medal of Arts

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 […]

Curating “Goya: Mad Reason”

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 […]

Behind the Blanton: Carter E. Foster

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 […]

Behind the Blanton: Alie Cline

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.

Seeing the Bull in Red: A Conversation with Susan Scafati about Art and Bullfighting

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.

A Foodie’s Guide to Goya

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!

Madam C.J. Walker lives on at the Blanton

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.

Goya: Mad Reason | An Interview with Curator Douglas Cushing

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.

Austin is changing, and so is the Blanton

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, […]

SoundSpace: In Memoriam

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 […]

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