Explore the Blanton at a free day-to-night community festival celebrating the newly reinstalled permanent collection galleries! The Blanton Block Party is the perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with the museum’s collection, while experiencing outdoor family art activities, a museum studies symposium, live music, food, and tours throughout the day. Enjoy a lecture and book signing by renowned artist Nina Katchadourian, in conjunction with her exhibition, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser. Transition to evening with a special party featuring after-hours art viewing, a cash bar, light bites, live music and dancing, a photobooth, and art-making activities.
Schedule of Events:
11 am: The Groundwork Music Orchestra
12 noon: Austin Community Steelband
1pm: Lamar Middle School Jazz Factory
2pm: Mariachi Paredes de Tejastitlan, UT Austin Mariachi Ensemble
3pm: Anthropos Arts
5pm: Charlie Belle
7pm: KP and the Boom Boom
9pm: El Tule
Food and Beverage
11 am–7 pm: Enjoy a diverse menu at the Blanton Café, including beer and wine. Members always receive a 10% discount.
12–4 pm: Treats by MOSH Bakery, Pink Berry, and Tamale Addiction
5–8 pm: Food by Burro Cheese Kitchen, and Eastside King
5–10:45 pm: Indoor cash bar
Drop in with the family and create a unique wind-powered toy using prismatic reflective tape. Take your pinwheel home, or “plant” it in the Faulkner Plaza to watch the bright colors catch the light as they whirl.
12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
Docent-guided tours of the newly reinstalled collection galleries.
1pm, 3pm, 6pm
Docent-guided tours of the new exhibition Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser.
Tour sizes limited. Tickets available at the Visitor Services Desk in Michener on a first-come, first served basis.
Members of the Blanton team present pecha kucha talks (20 slides, each displayed for 20 seconds) to highlight key works and themes in the Blanton’s reinstalled collection. The symposium culminates with the premiere of a musical composition by Adrian Quesada, Adelia Faizullina, and Steve Parker, made in response to works from the Blanton’s collection.
Enjoy a Member-only Champagne Preview with artist Nina Katchadourian prior to her Perspectives talk at 4 pm. Members will enjoy champagne and light bites, priority entry into the auditorium, and an opportunity to purchase a copy of the exhibition catalogue to be signed by the artist. Space is limited. Member check-in at lobby of Smith Building.
Perspectives: Nina Katchadourian
Artist Nina Katchadourian speaks about the major exhibition showcasing her work, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, with Blanton curator Veronica Roberts. Exhibition catalogue signing to follow.
Check out the two interactive photobooths, provided by Austin City Photobooth.
11 am–2 pm | 6–10 pm
Create art at the Digital Graffiti Wall
11 am–2 pm | 6–10 pm
Become art at the Magic Mirror (Michener, 2nd floor mezzanine)
Photography in the museum is encouraged! Tag @blantonmuseum in your photos today and swipe right on Snapchat to find a special Block Party filter.