We hope to see you at the museum soon for a visit! Please note that we are not currently scheduling any in-person programming and will continue to offer a range of museum experiences online. Check back here for more about Curated Conversations, Virtual Visits, and other ways to deepen your museum experience digitally.
Join us for live Q&A sessions with Blanton staff and special guests! They’ll answer your burning questions about everything from how the windows in Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin got here to what NOT to say to an artist.
How much influence can a Brazilian artist have on Austin, Texas? Plenty, if that artist is the renowned Regina Vater, a pioneer in video and installation art, who was instrumental
How much influence can a Brazilian artist have on Austin, Texas? Plenty, if that artist is the renowned Regina Vater, a pioneer in video and installation art, who was instrumental in introducing international audiences to Brazilian art. In this conversation with Jennifer Sales, the Blanton’s 2020-21 Andrew Mellon Fellow in Latin American Art, Vater will address her five-decade artistic trajectory across diverse media producing poetic meditations on society, nature, and technology. Vater will also reflect on her works in the Blanton’s collection and delve into projects developed for Austin based institutions while she lived in the Texas capital from 1985 to 2012.
Installation view, Regina Vater: Curandart, 1997, Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, Texas. Image courtesy of Women & Their Work.
About our Speakers
Regina Vater (b.1943, Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian artist whose pioneering oeuvre showcases the intersection between art and ecology, encompassing photography, visual poetry, drawing, video, and installation. Vater has received several awards including the Travel Award from the National Salon of Modern Art which took her to New York in 1973 and the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1980. She has shown solo exhibitions at Oi Futuro Flamengo (2012), MAC Niterói (2017), and has participated in biennials such as Biennale des Jeunes, Paris (1967), the Venice Biennale (1976), and the São Paulo Bienal (1969, 1976). Her work appears in important permanent collections of MoMA, New York; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Blanton Museum of Art; San Antonio Museum of Art; ArtPace Foundation, San Antonio; CAYC, Buenos Aires; and MAM, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Vater currently lives in Rio de Janeiro and is represented by the Jaqueline Martins Gallery in São Paulo.
Jennifer Sales is a doctoral student in the Center for Latin American Visual Studies at The University of Texas, Austin. Her research broadly examines modern and contemporary Latin American and Latinx art, but centers on Brazilian video, installation, and performance art in the early 1970s and 80s. She was recently awarded an honorable mention for the 2020 Peter C. Marzio Award for Outstanding Research in Latin American and Latino Art, sponsored by the International Center for the Arts of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Previously, Sales was the curatorial assistant at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for the 2017 Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA exhibition, Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now, and has also held curatorial and research positions at the Museum of Latin American Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museumof Fine Arts, Houston.
Feature Image Credits: (Left) Regina Vater, 2016 – foto Adriana Maciel, (Right) Jennifer Sales, Doctoral Student, Center for Latin American Visual Studies at The University of Texas, Austin. Jaimee Dunning Photography.
Is there ever a wrong way to display your art collection? What connections are you trying to reveal in the installation? In Drawn: From the Collection of Jack Shear, Jack
Is there ever a wrong way to display your art collection? What connections are you trying to reveal in the installation? In Drawn: From the Collection of Jack Shear, Jack Shear, photographer, curator and Executive Director of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, takes on an exploratory, free-flowing manner in which the forms, compositions and colors on the sheets respond to one another in a playful, non-traditional hang. Join Carter E. Foster, Blanton’s deputy director for curatorial affairs, and Christian Wurst, curatorial assistant, as they discuss Shear’s unconventional installation and remark on some of their favorite works in the exhibition.
The Blanton Bake-Off is BACK and we’re DOUGH excited to see the entries this year! Do you have what it BAKES?
TASK: Bake something based on a work of art you’ve seen on view at the Blanton or from our collection. Visit our collections website or scroll through our Instagram feed for inspiration! With no taste test, we’ll be relying on visuals so take your best photos and tag us with @blantonmuseum and #BlantonBakeOff. If you’re not on social, you can email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org Be sure to specify if you’re entering the “Amateur” or “Professional” category.
VOTING: We’ll share your creations on #WorldBakingDay Monday, May 17 on Instagram and Facebook so the public can vote for their favorites in both categories. Deadline for entries is 11:59pm CT May 16. Prizes this year include gift cards for Sour Duck Market and Quack’s Bakery plus family membership packages to the museum! We’ll announce winners on May 18.
Check our gallery of entries below to see what happened in 2020 and read this article in PBS Newshour to learn about how the #BlantonBakeOff began!
2020 Winners: Chocolate Cookie by Cookies del Mundo / Inspired by Simone dei Crocifissi’s “Triptych” (Professional Category). Sugar Cookie by St. Elmo Architecture Studio / Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.
Enjoy this video series featuring Blanton educator Monique Piñón O’Neil leading easy, make-at-home art activities inspired by works in the museum collection. Each activity includes a downloadable supply list and instructions.
Step inside the galleries of the museum….virtually! Our interactive 360-degree video tours let you move through exhibitions online, enhancing your “visit” with high-resolution images, in-depth descriptive text, audio commentary from curators, and even videos. First up, you can explore our exhibition The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s. Stay tuned for more virtual visits soon!
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.
The Blanton’s permanent collection of over 19,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Browse by collection area or search the entire collection.
Get more out of our collections and exhibitions through this in-depth series! Explore artistic themes, learn about connected histories, and observe works in more detail. Your art education starts here!
Like our community, the Blanton continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a nonprofit, the Blanton depends heavily on admissions, membership, donations, and other income to be able to pay for our programs and staff—so the closure from March-August 2020 significantly impacted us. Now that we’ve reopened, it is at a reduced capacity to allow for social distancing, therefore limiting admissions income for anextended period. We have made substantial changes to our operating budget to try to mitigate this unprecedented situation, but it is still a difficult time financially.