Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties
February 15, 2015 – May 10, 2015
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, an exhibition of approximately 100 works by 66 artists that explores how painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography not only responded to the political and social turmoil of the era, but also helped influence its direction. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the exhibition highlights the wide-ranging aesthetic approaches used to address the struggle for civil rights.
Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard
March 7, 2015 – June 21, 2015
The Blanton Museum of Art and the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin present Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard. The exhibition features over 35 photographs—including never-before exhibited prints—exclusively drawn from the Ransom Center’s photography collection and archives of writers from Meatyard’s intellectual circle. Included are the artist’s acclaimed photographs of masked figures set against a deteriorating Southern landscape, and his somewhat lesser known, yet equally dynamic portraits—primarily of American writers.
Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World
June 14, 2015 – September 6, 2015
The Blanton Museum presents Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World, an exhibition of approximately eighty paintings by Realist-Impressionist painter Francisco Oller (1833–1917) and his contemporaries. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum and debuting at the Blanton, the exhibition reveals Oller’s important contributions to both the Paris avant-garde and the Puerto Rican school of painting.
Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm
July 11, 2015 – November 15, 2015
The Blanton Museum of Art presents Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, an exhibition of more than 30 gouache and pastel drawings by artist Natalie Frank, a New York-based Austin native. Organized by The Drawing Center in New York, this presentation explores the nineteenth-century fairy tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, including well-known stories such as Cinderella and Snow White, and more obscure tales such as The Lettuce Donkey and The Ungrateful Son.
August 29, 2015 – February 28, 2016
As part of a growing initiative to increase holdings by artists from Texas or currently based in the state, the Blanton Museum of Art presented a special installation of newly acquired works by San Antonio native Donald Moffett. In this intimate presentation, Moffett’s diverse and influential practice was showcased through a rich variety of media including painting, drawing, and projected video on canvas.
Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978
October 11, 2015 – January 17, 2016
The Blanton presented Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela, 1940–1978. Organized by the Americas Society in New York, the exhibition is the first to examine how design transformed the domestic landscape of Latin America, during a period marked by major stylistic developments and social and political change. The presentation featured over 130 works, including furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and graphic design by Lina Bo Bardi, Clara Porset, Miguel Arroyo and others.
The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece
December 12, 2015 – April 3, 2016
The Blanton Museum presents The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece, an exhibition of over forty unbound pages from the one of the most celebrated French illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages.