The Contemporary Project is a gallery on the museum’s 2nd floor devoted to recently-made art. Installations will rotate throughout the year.
Inaugurating the Blanton’s Contemporary Project gallery is Turner Prize-winning artist Susan Philipsz’s Part File Score. First exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin in 2014, the work is an immersive experience of sound and image. Large prints feature redacted FBI files kept on Austrian composter Hanns Eisler during the McCarthy era, while isolated violin notes from his early Hollywood film scores spill from twelve speakers. The result is a haunting landscape that captures the tragic biography of a composer whose life and art were repeatedly under siege.
Organized by Veronica Roberts, Blanton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
On Sunday, April 23rd at 2 p.m., Susan Philipsz will be in conversation with curator Veronica Roberts in the Blanton Auditorium. Free with museum admission.
Susan Philipsz, Part File Score, 2014
24-channel sound installation and twelve digital and screenprints on canvas mounted on wood
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin; Promised gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2015