Past Exhibitions

2016


Image of Catherine Opie's Jo, 1993 Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s -
February 21, 2016 - May 15, 2016
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s, the first major museum survey to examine, within an historical context, art that emerged in this pivotal decade. The exhibition showcases approximately 45 artists born or practicing in the United States—including Doug Aitken, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Glenn Ligon, Donald Moffett, Shirin Neshat, Catherine Opie, Gabriel Orozco, Shahzia Sikander, Frances Stark, and Kara Walker—and features installation, video, painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, photography, and early Internet art. Organized by the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, the survey includes works created from 1989 to 2001, and explores a range of social and political issues as diverse as the decade from which they emerged.
Francisco de Goya Disparate de tontos [or Toritos] [Fools’—or Little Bulls’—Folly], from Los disparates [Follies] / Los Proverbios [Proverbs], ca. 1816–19 (published 1877) Etching, aquatint, drypoint 15 15/16 x 12 3/16 in. Yale University Art Gallery, The Arthur Ross Collection Goya: Mad Reason -
June 19, 2016 - September 25, 2016
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents Goya: Mad Reason, an exhibition of nearly 150 prints and paintings by renowned Spanish court painter Francisco de Goya. The series of prints comprising Goya: Mad Reason—borrowed from Yale University Art Gallery’s distinguished Arthur Ross Collection—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. Yale chose the Blanton as a partner for its Ross Collection sharing initiative, and the Blanton in turn selected Yale’s superb and affecting Goya prints as a foundation for this exhibition. Select paintings on loan from the Kimbell Art Museum, the Meadows Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will further punctuate Goya: Mad Reason thematically and visually, offering new and insightful ways of understanding the artist’s prints.
Hare, Pablo Miguel Grau, Bahía Tortugas, Ancash, de la serie Monumentos, 2005-2012 [Miguel Grau, Bahía Tortugas, Ancash, from the series Monuments, 2005-2012] Inkjet print on fiber paper 11.5 x 14.5 in Blanton Museum of Art, Gift of the artist and purchase through the generosity of Jeanne and Michael Klein, Kathleen Irvin Loughlin and Christopher Loughlin, and Anthony and Celeste Meier, 2016 Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015 -
April 23, 2016 - July 3, 2016
The Blanton Museum of Art presents Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography, 1968–2015, featuring more than 40 works from a transformational period of artistic growth, political turmoil, and social engagement in Peru. Realized in collaboration with the university’s Harry Ransom Center, this exhibition will present photographs from their esteemed collection alongside new Blanton acquisitions. The exhibition further explores the influence of an important generation of photographers working in Peru during the 1970s and 1980s on the practices of a younger generation working since the 1990s. Fixing Shadows includes works by Fernando La Rosa, Mariella Agois, Carlos Domínguez,Milagros de la Torre, and Pablo Hare, among others.
Unidentified artist (Peru, Cuzco) Our Lady of Miracles (Cuzco), 17th or 18th century Oil on copper with gold 9 5/8 x 7 3/4 in. The Marilynn and Carl Thoma Collection Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Painting from South America -
July 5, 2015 - July 3, 2016
The Blanton recently opened the second phase of Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Paintings from South America. Featuring loans from one of the country’s most distinguished collections of colonial South American art—the Marilynn and Carl Thoma Collection of Chicago—the exhibition investigates representations of the Virgin that emerged within colonial Latin America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

2015


Barkley Hendricks, "Lawdy Mama" 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.
Image from Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard 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.
Image from "Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World" 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.
Image from "Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm" 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.
Donald Moffett Lot 102807X (Yellow), 2007 Acrylic polyvinyl acetate on linen and wall, with rayon and steel zipper 72 x 72 inches Purchase through the generosity of Houston Endowment, Inc. in honor of Melissa Jones, with support from Jeanne and Michael Klein and Lora Reynolds and Quincy Lee, 2014 Donald Moffett -
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.
Image from "Moderno: Design For Living" 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.
Image from "Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece" 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.

2014


James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) -
October 19 - January 4, 2015
The Blanton Museum of Art presented an immersive exhibition of works by virtuosic draftsman James Drake. Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) represented the culmination of two consecutive years of active creation by the Texas native, now Santa Fe-based artist. Committing to draw every day for two years starting in 2012, Drake devised a disciplined yet flexible production system that resulted in an astonishing 1,242 individual drawings depicting wild animals, landscapes, studies of human anatomy, scientific formulas, and representations of classical art and family photographs, among other subjects. Together, they comprised a monumental installation revealing his most enduring preoccupations and references – from communication and culture to violence and addiction. The exhibition, which was organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and debuted there in the summer of 2014, was on view at the Blanton October 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015.
La línea continua -
September 20 - February 15, 2015
The Blanton Museum of Art presented La línea continua, a selection of approximately 70 works from the Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American art. Recently gifted to the museum, the collection—the entirety of which will ultimately come to the Blanton—includes painting, drawing, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works by artists Tarsila do Amaral, Lygia Clark, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Mérida, Wifredo Lam, Armando Reverón, Diego Rivera, Alejandro Xul Solar, and Joaquín Torres-García, among others. Spanning the early 20th century to the present, it features many artists who were key to the creation of modernism in Latin America.
In the Company of Cats and Dogs -
June 22, 2014 - September 21, 2014
Throughout history, artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Francisco Goya, and William Wegman have created works that explore the relationship between people, cats, and dogs. Today amateur videographers post videos to the Internet that receive thousands of views daily. What is the reason for our enduring fascination with these animals and what do our relationships with them say about us? In the Company of Cats and Dogs featured works that capture our attitudes and behavior towards these trusted companions. It highlighted their inherent personalities and temperaments as well as those imposed or projected by us: we see them as family members, as hunters of prey, as characters in books, poems, and films, and as mythological, religious, and social symbols. With works that span centuries and genres, the exhibition draws on research and scholarship from several disciplines in the humanities and sciences at the University of Texas and offered dynamic programming for Austinʼs pet lovers.
Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance -
February 23, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance presented an innovative union of art, dance and technology within a museum setting. With its debut at the Blanton, the site-specific video installation combined the groundbreaking choreography of dance pioneer Deborah Hay with new software technologies created to study and inform movement and dance.
artwork by eva hesse 1963 Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt -
February 23, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt celebrated the close friendship between two of the most significant American artists of the post-war era: Eva Hesse (1936–1970) and Sol LeWitt (1928–2007). Organized by Veronica Roberts, the Blanton’s curator of modern and contemporary art, the exhibition featured approximately 50 works, including many that have not been publicly exhibited for decades.
Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes -
February 1, 2014 - August 17, 2014
The Blanton Museum of Art, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, presented a special selection of objects that illuminated the lifestyle, technological achievements, and ideology of pre-Inka cultures among the coastal Andes of South America.

2013


The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas -
October 27 - January 12, 2014
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin and the Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre, Brazil have joined together to organize the first comprehensive career survey of one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists: Waltercio Caldas. The Nearest Air: A Survey of Works by Waltercio Caldas will explore the artist’s full body of work, from the 1960s through the present, and will investigate Caldas’s centrality within Brazilian art, his role on the international stage, and his unique position on art and its ethos.
Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475-1540 -
October 5 - January 5, 2014
One of the oldest cities in Germany, Augsburg was founded as a Roman military fortress in 15 BCE. During the reign of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519), Augsburg hosted the Imperial Council and became the center from which the emperor organized all of his print and armor commissions. The combined influences of this important seat of government and Augsburg's location at the crossroads of international trade manifested a diverse artistic community and a thriving art market. This exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Cubism Beyond Borders -
August 31 - December 8, 2013
In a special investigation of the far-reaching influence and wide-ranging interpretations of Cubism in the early twentieth century, the Blanton Museum of Art brings together iconic works from France, the Americas, and Eastern Europe in Cubism Beyond Borders.
Lifelike -
June 23 - September 22, 2013
Organized by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Lifelike invites a close examination of artworks based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, but often made of unusual materials in unexpected sizes.
Luminous: 50 Years of Collecting Prints and Drawings at the Blanton -
June 8 - September 15, 2013
Luminous: 50 Years of Collecting Prints and Drawings at the Blanton highlights the breadth and depth of the museum’s collection of works on paper and provides a rare opportunity to see some of the finest examples displayed together for the first time.
Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections -
February 24 - May 19, 2013
Through the Eyes of Texas: Masterworks from Alumni Collections is an exhibition of nearly 200 extraordinary objects from the art collections of University of Texas at Austin alumni living across the country. Marking the occasion of the Blanton’s fiftieth anniversary, this special survey includes ancient Mayan vessels, tribal masks, Chinese jade, Renaissance paintings, and Old Master prints and drawings, showcased alongside modern and contemporary works by major artists such as Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ed Ruscha, and Kehinde Wiley.

2012


Restoration and Revelation: Conserving the Suida-Manning Collection -
November 17, 2012 - September 1, 2013
Antonio Carneo’s seventeenth-century painting The Death of Rachel, restored by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, serves as the focal point of Restoration and Revelation: Conserving the Suida-Manning Collection, an exhibition that thoughtfully considers the ethical and aesthetic choices involved in art restoration and conservation.
William Hogarth: Proceed with Caution -
October 6 - January 20, 2013
A selection of prints by celebrated English satirist William Hogarth, including his important eighteenth-century series Marriage à la Mode, A Rake's Progress, and Industry and Idleness.
Into the Sacred City: Tibetan Buddhist Deities from the Theos Bernard Collection -
September 16 - January 13, 2013
Into the Sacred City: Tibetan Buddhist Deities from the Theos Bernard Collection explores the rich art and religion of this fascinating region through five mandalas and three thangkas dating from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries.
The Rules of Basketball: Works by Paul Pfeiffer and James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basket Ball” -
September 16 - January 13, 2013
The Rules of Basketball is an exhibition of works by contemporary artist Paul Pfeiffer, presented in conjunction with a special display of James Naismith’s “Original Rules of Basket Ball” — the 1891 document that outlined the 13 original rules of the game. In a rare union, the exhibition considers the sport from a historical perspective, and, on a more psychological level, explores the phenomena and spectacle that surround it.
The Human Touch: Selections from the RBC Wealth Management Art Collection -
June 10 - August 12, 2012
An exhibition of 40 contemporary paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the corporate art collection of RBC Wealth Management. The Human Touch features representations of the human form in all its variety, ranging from the whimsical to the provocative, large scale to small, and across all media.
American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting -
February 26 - May 13, 2012
The Blanton Museum of Art is pleased to present American Scenery: Different Views of Hudson River School Painting, featuring 116 paintings from the Hudson River School, a loose collective of artists working in upstate New York from 1825-1875, whose works comprised America’s first native artistic style.
The Marco Polo Syndrome: Contemporary Cuban Art -
January 22, 2012 - April 15, 2012
The Marco Polo Syndrome: Contemporary Cuban Art presents a selection of The Blanton’s holding from some of the most important contemporary Cuban artists working today. The exhibition examines the cultural renaissance of 1980s Cuba that swept the visual arts, cinema, literature, and theatre.
Go West! Representations of the American Frontier -
January 14 - September 23, 2012
Go West! is an exhibition exploring the pioneering American West as both a physical terrain and an idea deeply rooted in the American psyche. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and works on paper made in, and about, the American West by Henry Farny, Charles Russell, Maynard Dixon, and other artists from The Blanton’s celebrated C.R. Smith Collection of Art of the American West.
The Collecting Impulse: Fifty Works from Dorothy and Herbert Vogel -
June 10 - August 12, 2012
The Collecting Impulse features 50 works from the collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel by artists Stephen Antonakos, Sylvia Plimack Mangold, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Tuttle and more.

2011


Pun Value: Four Works by Lee Lozano -
December 3, 2011 - April 16, 2012
Pun Value, an intimate display of four works by Lozano, demonstrates the diversity of the artist’s interests throughout her short career. All of the included works feature suggestive verbs as titles: Ream, Stroke, and General Strike Piece. Two are paintings, one is a study for a painting, and another is an art-life piece—a conceptual practice involving tests the artist imposed on her daily life, recorded in a notebook, and transcribed for exhibition. As case studies, these four works reflect a kinetic network of ideas traveling across numerous media; they represent the best work of an artist who refused to be defined in any one way.
Paul Villinski: Passage -
November 11, 2011 - December 30, 2012
As a special complement to El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will present Passage,a temporary installation by artist Paul Villinski. On view through December 30, 2012, the large scale, multi-media sculpture features a glider plane with a wing span of over thirty-three feet.
El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa -
September 25, 2011 - January 22, 2012
The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will serve as the only southwest venue for El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, a major retrospective of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui organized by the Museum for African Art in New York City. On view September 25, 2011 – January 22, 2012, the exhibition spans four decades and includes approximately 60 works drawn from public and private collections internationally.
Storied Past: Four Centuries of French Drawings from the Blanton Museum of Art -
September 18 - December 31, 2011
Organized by The Blanton, and comprising fifty-eight works drawn primarily from the museum’s Suida-Manning Collection, the exhibition explores the expressive and technical range of French drawing through preliminary sketches, compositional studies, figure studies, and finished drawings from the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries.
Overture: New Ways of Seeing The Blanton Collection -
June 25, 2011 - August 21, 2011
Overture: New Ways of Seeing The Blanton Collection features a selection of fifty-seven works from across the museum’s holdings designed to welcome visitors to the art museum experience. Spanning centuries and continents, the display includes visitor favorites and rarely-seen works in all mediums by James Surls, Albrecht Dürer, José Guadalupe Posada, Kathe Kollwitz, Radcliffe Bailey, Ando Hiroshige, Bill Lundberg, Joan Mitchell, Thomas Moran and others.
About Face: Portraiture as Subject -
April 30 - September 4, 2011
About Face: Portraiture as Subject gathers together 40 portraits in diverse mediums and across a range of time periods to examine how personality and aspects of character are portrayed in art. From a Roman bust to a contemporary video portrait, from allegorical attributes of rank and privilege to penetrating psychological studies, the variations in approach are considerable. About Face invites Blanton visitors to ask: Who are these people? What are their stories? What does the artist want us to know about them? The exhibition is drawn mostly from The Blanton’s notable collection, along with several choice loaned objects, and includes works by artists Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt Van Rijn, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, John Singer Sargent, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Antonio Berni, Alice Neel, Chuck Close, Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol, Byron Kim, Oscar Muñoz, and Kehinde Wiley.
Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires -
February 20 - May 22, 2011
Organized by The Blanton, Recovering Beauty will be the first comprehensive presentation of art produced during the 1990s in Buenos Aires, a time of pivotal transformation in Argentina. The exhibition will focus on the work of artists identified as the “arte light” group, which rose to prominence during this decade. The artists involved—including Feliciano Centurión, Sebastián Gordín, Benito Laren, Jorge Gumier Maier, Marcelo Pombo, Cristina Schiavi, and Omar Schiliro, among others —regularly exhibited at the Centro Cultural Rojas, and, through their work, hoped to move beyond the oppressive climate of the military dictatorship of the previous decades to build a new appreciation of visual culture as a source of pleasure and creativity.
Robert Wilson Video Portraits -
February 1, 2011 - February 16, 2011
The Blanton Museum of Art is pleased to present a special installation of video portraits by the internationally acclaimed artist, and 2011 Blanton gala honoree, Robert Wilson. Described by The New York Times as a “towering figure in the world of experimental theater,” Wilson is an artist whose works integrate a wide variety of media including set design, choreography, sculpture, lighting design, music and more.

2010


Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum -
October 2 - January 2, 2011
Forty of the finest nineteenth-century paintings from The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, including works by Eugène Delacroix, J.A.D. Ingres, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, J.M.W. Turner and Asher B. Durand, among others, illustrate the striking range of styles, techniques, and approaches practiced during this era of artistic revolution.
Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection -
August 14, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Repartee: 19th-Century Prints and Drawings from The Blanton Collection is conceived as a companion exhibition of over 125 works examining in greater detail the artists and ideas introduced in the presentation of paintings in Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum. The social and theoretical frameworks for nineteenth-century art making are revealed in this dialog between the collections in Baltimore and Austin. Featured in the exhibition are works by John Constable, William Blake, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Auguste Renoir, Berthe Morisot, J.A.M Whistler, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Toulouse-Lautrec to name only a few.
Andy Warhol: Ads -
August 14, 2010 - November 28, 2010
One of the last portfolios of prints made by the artist before his death in 1987, Andy Warhol's series of ten silkscreens, Ads, embodies the artist's signature Pop aesthetic. Using magazine advertisements and corporate logos from the 1950s—the moment in his career when he worked as an advertising designer—as source material, Warhol's Ads convey irony, reverence, and critique of American popular culture as well as great wit.
Matisse as Printmaker -
May 23 - August 22, 2010
Henri Matisse (1869–1954) may be best known as a painter and sculptor, but he himself placed no hierarchy on the mediums in which he worked. Each medium was exploited for its unique possibilities and became totally integrated with other formal and thematic concerns. Drawn from the extraordinary collection of Matisse prints that once belonged to the artist's son Pierre and is now part of the Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Matisse as Printmaker includes over sixty etchings, monotypes, aquatints, lithographs, linocuts in black and white, and two-color prints-examples of every printmaking medium that Matisse utilized.
New Works for the Collection -
May 23 - August 22, 2010
The Blanton is pleased to present New Works for the Collection, an exhibition highlighting more than sixty new acquisitions from among the hundreds of works recently acquired through gift and purchase. Strengthening key areas in The Blanton’s collection and offering fresh opportunities for learning, this selection includes a number of landmarks in the history of printmaking, European drawings that deepen the rich holdings of the Suida-Manning Collection, paintings by a master of modern Latin American art, and an exciting range of contemporary painting, sculpture, video and new media from artists based in Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, England, Canada and the United States, including Austin.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries -
March 20 - August 1, 2010
Featuring forty-five iconic images of Mexico in the first half of the 20th-century, Manuel Álvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries: Photographs from the Collections of the Harry Ransom Center and The Blanton Museum of Art examines the life and work of Manuel Álvarez Bravo . Commonly referred to as the father of Mexican photography, Bravo is considered one of the most important figures in the development of modernism in Mexico. Organized as part of the University of Texas' celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial, the exhibition will also include photographs by Bravo's contemporaries, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand and others, drawn from the collections of The Blanton and The Harry Ransom Center.
Picasso: A Graphic Inquiry -
March 20 - August 1, 2010
Pablo Picasso’s involvement with printmaking was a passionate and lifelong creative endeavor. His prolific output of prints underscored his development as an artist and revealed his seemingly limitless capacity for reinvention. This exhibition presents The Blanton’s holdings of Picasso’s prints, and highlights the artist’s uncanny ability to explore and experiment with the medium’s variety of techniques.
WorkSpace: Anna Craycroft: Subject of Learning / Object of Study -
March 5 - October 17, 2010
Brooklyn-based artist Anna Craycroft explores educational methodology, theories of selfhood, and identity. Working in mediums including installation, drawing, computer programming and texts, she will transform The Blanton's WorkSpace gallery and adjoining e-lounge in to a library and classroom.
Desire -
February 5 - April 25, 2010
Desire is a complex human emotion and a driving force in our lives from childhood through old age. We all can recall examples of literature, film, and music that are rife with expressions of desire. But how do contemporary visual artists portray desire, and all its attendant psychological states/anticipation, arousal, longing, regret, and so on? Opening in February, The Blanton will present a major exhibition of recent works in all media by an international roster of contemporary artists who have investigated notions of desire.

2009


Goya’s Prints: The Dawn of Modern Art -
November 28 - March 7, 2010
The Blanton possesses some thirty of Goya's prints, with several impressions from each of his major series. They include great rarities, like El Embozado, which was left unfinished at his death, and a number of recent acquisitions, like a brilliant proof impression from Los Proverbios.
WorkSpace: Pablo Vargas Lugo: Eclipses for Austin -
November 14, 2009 - February 21, 2010
Pablo Vargas Lugo's WorkSpace project, Eclipses for Austin, explores solar eclipses as important collective rituals. Total eclipses of the sun provoke astonishment, anxiety, hope, joy, and fear and compel those who witness them to question their place in the world. For the project, 200 people gathered in the stands of UT's Darrel K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and staged 4 solar eclipses that will occur in Texas over the course of the next 340 years.
Teresita Fernández: Blind Landscape -
November 1 - January 3, 2010
The Blanton presents a touring survey of recent works by the internationally acclaimed artist Teresita Fernandez. Organized by the University of Southern Florida Contemporary Art Museum, the exhibition features a spectrum of 10 major sculptures and room-size installations that abstract the experience of nature by addressing light, color, space, and other aspects of natural phenomena.
Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece Reconstructing a Renaissance Masterpiece -
October 4 - February 7, 2010
This fall the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to present Paolo Veronese: The Petrobelli Altarpiece, on view October 4, 2009 - February 7, 2010. In 2008, the museum announced an important discovery regarding a work in the Blanton's collection by Venetian master Paolo Veronese (1528 - 1588). Head of an Angel, part of the museum's Suida-Manning Collection, had recently been identified as a fragment of a long-lost masterpiece by Veronese.
Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker -
July 18 - November 15, 2009
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin presents an exhibition of one of Texas' most loved and celebrated artists, Jerry Bywaters (1906 – 1989). Organized by the Meadows Museum of Southern Methodist University, Jerry Bywaters: Lone Star Printmaker features 39 prints from 1935 to 1948, source photographs and select archival materials that illuminate the artist's process. Included are Bywaters famous renderings of the American Southwest, West Texas landscapes and architecture, and depression-era scenes from daily life.
Workspace: Jim Drain -
July 3 - October 1, 2009
The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin is pleased to present I Will Show You The Woe-Joy Man, a multi-media installation by Miami-based artist Jim Drain. The latest in the museum's WorkSpace series, Drain's installation will feature a new series of video vignettes (some of which are currently being filmed in Austin with the help of local artists) showing mysterious performances amidst found objects, recycled equipment and building supplies. The videos will be arranged and screened in a dense sculptural environment that Drain has created in the gallery. Subjects ranging from sci-fi fantasy, ancient myths, philosophy, music, ruminations on architecture and survival, and the forests outside Berlin all inform what is sure to be a memorable new commission.
Francisco Matto: The Modern and the Mythic -
June 21 - September 27, 2009
The first comprehensive exhibition in the United States of this Latin American pioneering artist, the show examines the rise of modernist abstraction in Latin America — underscoring both the similarities and differences between Europe and South America — and chronicles Matto's early work made as a student of Joaquín Torres'Garcia through his late work of the 1990s. First presented in 2007 at the 6th Mercosul Biennial in Brazil, the Blanton will organize a new version of the show, which will highlight over five decades of Matto's paintings, sculptures (known as totems) and works on paper, and will present the principal themes that appear in artist's life's work.
WorkSpace: Lisi Raskin: Armada -
March 6 - June 21, 2009
Brooklyn-based artist Lisi Raskin presents Armada, a series of new sculptures based on the forms she found at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), a storage facility for military airplanes and aerospace crafts located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson, Arizona.
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture At Midcentury -
February 22 - May 17, 2009
Birth of the Cool: California Art, Design, and Culture At Midcentury takes a look at the broad cultural zeitgeist of “cool” that influenced the visual, graphic, and decorative arts, furniture, architecture, music, and film produced in California in the 1950s and early 1960s. The exhibition, organized by the Orange County Museum of Art, includes a jazz lounge; a media bar with film, animation, and television programming; a period art gallery of hard-edge abstract paintings; selections of art, architectural, and documentary photography; and an interactive timeline that highlights examples of California, national, and international culture and history in the 1950s. Birth of the Cool examines the dynamic community of artists who overlapped and interacted in Southern California at midcentury—Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charles and Ray Eames, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, Helen Lundeberg, and others who played a germinal role in the development of this iconic style of high modernism.

2008


Marcelo Pombo: Ornaments in the Landscape, and the Museum as a Hotel Room -
October 4 - February 22, 2009
Marcelo Pombo is one of the key figures to emerge from the 1990s art scene in Argentina, and was part of the movement know as Arte Light, which was formed by a group of artists associated with the Centro Cultural Rojas. His paintings make use of industrial paint and sparkling polishes to depict fantasy worlds that combine graphic design, comic culture, geometric abstraction, and surrealist influences. For this installation, he presents six new large–scale paintings, all commissioned by the Blanton.
The New York Graphic Workshop: 1964 – 1970 -
September 28 - January 18, 2009
On view September 28, 2008 to January 18, 2009, the exhibition of over 70 works examines the Conceptualist movement of the 1960s and '70s through the printmaking practices of the New York Graphic Workshop (NYGW). The show also serves as a Latin American counterpart to Reimagining Space, an exhibition focusing on the Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York.
Reimagining Space: The Park Place Gallery Group in 1960s New York -
September 28 - January 18, 2009
A groundbreaking exhibition of work by artists associated with the Park Place Gallery, a prominent artists' cooperative space in 1960s New York. With their specific aesthetics, the group was often at odds with the predominant style of many artists of the era, and as a result, their work has largely been ignored in chronicles of 1960s art. The exhibition features approximately 40 works and examines the impact of this little known but influential cadre of artists.
Exquisite Visions of Japan -
June 29 - August 24, 2008
A special exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints from the James A. Michener Collection of the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The exhibition provides viewers a rare opportunity to examine the history of the medium from its inception in the 17th century through the 20th century, highlighting the techniques, processes and subjects that characterize these remarkable works. It includes fifty prints from master Japanese printmakers including Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige.
WorkSpace: Fabian Bercic -
June 6 - September 21, 2008
Argentine artist Fabián Bercic will provide a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Zen Garden in his site-specific installation for WorkSpace.
Atelier 2008 -
April 19 - June 8, 2008
The art faculty exhibition returns with a revised format to a new home at the Blanton. This year, James Elaine, esteemed curator of the Hammer Projects series at the Hammer Museum of Art at UCLA, has selected an intriguing cross-section of works from amongst the faculty's broad range of artistic production.
The Language of Prints -
April 19 - September 17, 2008
Conceived as an introduction to this distinctive medium, the exhibition includes more than 100 rare works from the museum's collection, with examples from Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Francisco Goya, Roy Lichtenstein, Henri Matisse, Carol Bove, and many others.
Workspace: In Katrina’s Wake -
February 16 - May 25, 2008
Many of the artists in WorkSpace: In Katrina's Wake have initiated projects whose scale and shape extend well beyond the physical confines of an exhibition viewing space. These artists, including Paul Chan, Jan Gilbert, Jana Napoli, Rondell Crier, Carol Bebelle, Douglas Redd, and the collaborative Transforma Projects, have used the Internet as both documentation of their efforts and as a live forum for their continuation.
The Virgin, Saints, and Angels South American Paintings 1600-1825 from the Thoma Collection -
January 29 - March 16, 2008
The exhibition features 55 miraculous paintings from South America during the days of Spanish Colonialism in the Viceroyalty of Peru, which encompassed present-day Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, parts of Chile and Argentina, and Panama.

2007


Jorge Macchi: The Anatomy of Melancholy -
December 15 - March 16, 2008
Macchi, who created Argentina's pavilion at the 2005 Venice Bienale, produces work that is characterized by drawing poetic potential from everyday situations and materials. His artwork explores the intersection of presence and absence in structures such as music, maps, and language.
Workspace: Paul Ramirez Jonas -
November 3 - February 3, 2008
The New York–based, Honduran/American, artist Paul Ramirez Jonas investigates failed utopia and the brief moments in history when believed success alters the interpretation of the concept of progress. For this WorkSpace at the Blanton, Ramirez Jonas will draw on the words of famous Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges using the following sentence as a point of departure: "El acto de leer es más creativo que el de escribir," (The act of reading is more creative than that of writing). The installation will bridge a conceptual study of the taxonomic relation between the written language and what holds it (be it books, tablets, or pedestals), along with the performative qualities of texts that address notions of history as a fiction and reality. For Ramirez Jonas, the public takes on a pivotal roll in the construction of meaning of the ideas he presents through his work. For example, one of the components of the installation is a lectern with a microphone and speaker where an engraved clay tablet rests with the oath, "Do you solemnly swear that you will consider all the evidence in this case, follow the instructions given to you, deliberate fairly and impartially and reach a fair verdict? So help you God." Here the audience is invited to activate the project by reading out loud the presented text and thus setting in motion Borges' words, as the act of reading a single text will indeed invite different interpretations that can awaken our imagination and create new meaning.
Mike’s World: Michael Smith & Joshua White (and other collaborators) -
September 11 - December 30, 2007
The first major retrospective of internationally renowned performance/video/installation artist Michael Smith and his New York-based collaborator, director/artist Joshua White. This extraordinary exhibition features some 30 years of videos, installation environments, and other performance-related materials detailing the adventures of “Mike,” a sweet but hapless Everyman character created by Smith, and his hilariously awkward and ineffectual search for a piece of the American Dream.
Transactions -
September 11 - November 18, 2007
Transactions focuses on artists who have adopted a radical approach to artistic production and distribution. In addition to showing at galleries and museums, these artists also operate within the public sphere, creating work for sites associated not with art, but with everyday life. Here viewers will see art originally made for newspapers and magazines, sculptures that are being sold over the Internet, hand-sewn articles of clothing that were surreptitiously dropped into retail stores, and zero-value currency created in unlimited editions and given away for free, among other provocative projects.
Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation, Germ -
September 8 - November 25, 2007
Albrecht Dürer: Prints from the Foundation of Lower Saxony and the Konrad Liebmann Foundation, Germany is a comprehensive survey of more than one hundred woodcuts and engravings by the German artist, providing extraordinary insight into his genius. Included in the exhibition are twenty impressions from the Blanton's notable holdings of European prints and drawings, as well as other local collections.
WorkSpace: Josefina Guilisasti -
July 7 - October 21, 2007
Josefina Guilisasti is one of the leading contemporary artists working in Chile. Her work typically consists of multi-part painting installations that reflect on the history of art and issues surrounding representation in realist painting. For this WorkSpace, Guilisasti presents a major installation of eight canvases called Marfa/Puerto Viejo. This series was provoked by a trip the artist took to Marfa, Texas, in 2005. Looking at Donald Judd's large-scale geometrical works in the landscape, she was struck by how similar they were formally to the precarious summer homes erected by low-income families who live in the northern Chilean desert. Marfa/Puerto Viejo presents four pairs of images rendered in a delicate realist manner on large canvases. Each pair shows an almost identical scene taken from photographs, but it is virtually impossible to tell which corresponds to Judd's heavily–subsidized west Texan desert dream or to the tenuous illegal summer camps of Chile. The formal equivalence shown by the images, aided by the physical similarities between west Texas and northern Chile raises important questions about the context of artmaking, and the relationship between art and landscape.
Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery -
June 1 - August 12, 2007
Continuing its Summer of Masterworks, the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to present Master Drawings from the Yale University Art Gallery, on view through August 12, 2007. These important examples from Yale's distinguished drawings collection provide a compelling survey of European draftsmanship from the late fifteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. The exhibition includes masterworks by such artists as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, François Boucher, Degas, Guercino, and Jean-Antoine Watteau, as well as a number of works never before seen by the public.
A Century of Grace: 19th-Century Masterworks from the Dahesh Museum of Art, New York -
May 18 - August 5, 2007
Celebrating the first anniversary of its new building with a summer of masterworks, the Blanton will host its first major exhibition of nineteenth–century European masterpieces. Drawn from a renowned collection known for its classically inspired art, the exhibition features works that explore the human figure in all its beauty, strength, and grace. The show provides an exceptional chance to view well known artwork from some of the superstars of the salon scene—beloved masters such as Bouguereau, Gérôme, Rosa Bonheur, and Alma-Tadema. Organized by New York's Dahesh Museum in collaboration with the Blanton, this lush exhibition features some 50 paintings, drawings, and sculptures.
Anselm Kiefer in Context: German Works on Paper from the 1960s and 1970s -
April 20 - August 26, 2007
In 2006 the Blanton received an important gift: Anselm Kiefer's stunning Sternenfall [Falling Stars] from 1998. This monumental painting by one of the most highly regarded artists working today allows the Blanton to begin the process of creating a truly global collection of contemporary art. Kiefer currently lives in France and exhibits his work all over the world. However, he was deeply influenced by having grown up and studied in Germany in the late 1960s and 1970s. In an effort to provide insight into his origins and re-create something of the dynamic, fractured environment in which he was working at the time, Anselm Kiefer in Context assembles a group of prints by artists who were also active in Germany during this period. Associated with movements as diverse as Pop, Conceptualism, Fluxus, and Expressionism, these individuals form the cultural and historical context in which Kiefer came to maturity as an artist.
Bauhaus Portfolios -
April 20 - August 26, 2007
Lithographs from two portfolios from the series New European Graphics published in 1921 and 1922 in Germany. Artists included in the portfolios are Wassily Kandinsky, George Grosz, Ernst Kirchner, Umberto Boccioni, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Oskar Kokoschka, and Max Beckman among others.

2006


Privilege of the King: 18th-Century Printmaking at the French Court -
December 22, 2006 - April 8, 2007
The phrase “Avec privilege du roy” refers to the permission granted by the French government to a publisher to produce an edition. In this exhibition, it refers equally to the privileges of luxury, leisure, and elaborate rituals afforded to the king and his court in the eighteenth century that came to typify rococo excess and frivolity.
Jusepe de Ribera, 1591-1652 -
December 22 - April 8, 2007
Sensitive to human expression and capable of rendering it convincingly, Ribera, known as a painter, is notable for extending seventeenth-century realism to printmaking. While he only created 18 prints in his life, this exhibition of his etchings and those of his followers, Filippo Liagno, Salvator Rosa, and Luca Giordano sheds light on this little-known aspect of his artistic production and the impact it had on later artists.
European Prints of Ornament, 1500-1700 -
December 22, 2006 - April 8, 2007
Presenting some 45 works from throughout Europe, this exhibition reveals a variety of inventive approaches to established ornamental motifs including geometric design, vegetal foliage, and grotesques, as well as fantastic objects and creatures.
Virtuoso Lithography -
December 22 - April 8, 2007
Unlike earlier techniques of printmaking, lithography allows any artist to make and reproduce practically any size, shape, and character of mark. This versatility and faithfulness to the touch of the artist have often encouraged lithographs in which technique and graphic display tend to overshadow other meanings. Such works form a sub–tradition of what could be called “virtuoso lithography.” This exhibition brings together some two dozen spectacular examples from Delacroix and Whistler to Picasso and Jasper Johns.
WorkSpace: Cristián Silva: Black Sun—Green Flamingo -
October 13 - December 31, 2006
Trained in the field of printmaking in the late 1980s and part of the first generation of artists from Chile's post-dictatorship era, Cristián Silva has become a renowned artist on the Latin American contemporary art scene. Inspired by a wide range of subjects that are on one level deeply personal as well as part of the general culture, Silva creates wall paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and drawings that build together an allegorical environment richly embedded with sociopolitical quotes. Golf balls, plastic bottles, peach pits, chocolate bars, an oversized machete, discarded tartan clothes, potatoes or an old window blind, become part of Silva's symbolic alphabet, one that ambiguously negotiates with the never ending issues of post-colonial identity and class struggle in Latin America.
Luca Cambiaso, 1527-1585 -
September 19 - January 14, 2007
The first major U.S. exhibition of paintings by one of the principal figures of late-16th-century painting, Luca Cambiaso, is the first major international traveling exhibition hosted by the Blanton since the museum's opening in April. The Blanton is the exclusive U.S. venue for Luca Cambiaso, 1527–1585, providing a rare opportunity for the public to see first–hand over 120 works by a fascinating artist whose work has largely remained in his native Genoa. The range of works featured spans his entire development, showing the influence of Raphael and Michelangelo in his early years, the highly sophisticated and stylized Mannerism of his mature work, and the hints of early Baroque style that penetrate his later period.
Rembrandt’s Etchings -
August 4 - December 10, 2006
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (July 15, 1606–October 4, 1669) is considered one of the greatest painters of all time. He has also been called “the greatest master of etching,” and it is his experimentation and technical superiority with this medium that has given him this name. Although the number continues to be refined by art historians, the artist produced some 400 paintings, 300 etchings, and 2,000 drawings. The exhibition features 23 etchings by Rembrandt and 22 by his contemporaries or later artists whom he inspired.
WorkSpace: Carol Bove: “setting” for A. Pomodoro -
July 21 - October 1, 2006
New York-based artist Carol Bove (pronounced Boh-VAY) creates elegant sculptural installations that explore the cultural, spiritual, social, and political preoccupations of the 1960s and 1970s. For her exhibition at the Blanton, Bove has merged her interests in history and sculpture by making two miniature “sculpture gardens.” In the larger of the two installations, a sculpture (c. 1963) by the Italian artist Arnaldo Pomodoro serves as the anchor for a history of 20th-century art narrated by an array of disparate objects: pieces of driftwood and steel, peacock feathers, railroad ties, and concrete cubes. These objects represent forms that are associated with the Surrealists and Constructivists of the early to mid-20th century but that influenced artistic movements of the 1960s and 1970s as well. The smaller installation likewise serves as a “museum within a museum,” but it also recreates a specific celestial event. On March 2, 2006, at 9 PM, the canopy of bronze rods suspended over the “sculpture garden” aligned perfectly with the stars congregating over the ceiling of the Berlin gallery in which the work was then being exhibited. The installation is, literally, a horoscope: a view (“scope”) onto an hour (“hora”). The term also applies to Bove's work as a whole, which similarly provides a view onto time—in the case of the pieces displayed at the Blanton, a glimpse onto a slightly uncanny history of the 20th century.
WorkSpace: Daniel Joglar -
April 30 - July 9, 2006
Daniel Joglar is one of the leading young artists working in Argentina today. He creates magical and evocative formal compositions out of everyday objects—post-it notes, rulers, and reams of paper. A typical work by Joglar consists of various objects spread across a tabletop; what at first glance appears to be a haphazard arrangement slowly reveals a complex and intentional web of formal connections. Joglar will create a site-specific work for the Blanton. This will be the artist's first major presentation outside Latin America.
Paul Chan: Present Tense -
April 30 - August 13, 2006
This exhibition presents new works by Paul Chan, one of the country's most provocative new media artists. Urgent, thoughtful, and compassionate, his works—which have been cited for their visual intensity and graphic flair—pose deeply philosophical questions in order to provoke awareness and debate.

2005


2004


The Blanton Builds: Your New Museum -
August 20 - December 23, 2004
Showcasing the new Blanton museum complex and plaza currently under construction on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. and Congress Avenue, this exhibition features architectural plans, computer renderings, and a pictorial timeline of the building project. The new Blanton Museum will for the first time in the museum's history unite its collections, and exhibitions under one roof. Come by to get a preview of the next big thing for Austin and the University of Texas to open in early spring 2006.
Roz – A Video -
August 20 - December 23, 2004
The Blanton joins Cinematexas in presenting Roz (2004) a work by prominent video artist Burt Barr. Compelling and emotionally fraught, Roz depicts a beautiful young woman (the performer Roz LeBlanc) standing in the shower, water pouring over her head and shoulders. The woman opens her mouth and begins to sing. Instead of her own voice, however, we hear the deep, resonant voice of veteran soul singer Otis Clay. Over the course of the next several minutes, the woman lip-synchs the lyrics to Clay's recording of the tragic ballad “The Banks of the Ohio,” which tells the tale of a man who murdered the woman he loved.
Twister: Moving Through Color, 1965-1977 -
August 20 - December 23, 2004
Be swept up in a world where paintings seem to spin, shimmer and twist. This exhibition will captivate viewers with vibrant, colorful paintings from the Blanton's Latin American collections. Created in the 1960s and 1970s, when many claimed that painting was “dead,” the artists represented in Twister embraced the medium with conviction, confident that painting was just as relevant as video, sculpture, and performance.
500 Years of Prints and Drawings -
August 20 - December 23, 2004
This final installment of 500 Years of Prints and Drawings includes 16th-century reproductions of ancient sculpture; interpretations of Titian, one of the great Renaissance painters masterpieces; the debut of the Blanton's full of collection of the early modern lithographs of Theodore Gericault; and contemporary artist William Kentridge's compelling, sculptural “drawing” in paper, and represents the unique breadth and quality of the Blanton's collection.
Fishing in International Waters -
January 30 - July 18, 2004
The past year has seen a remarkable growth in the Blanton's Latin American collection, aided by the generous donations of Fran Magee and Gallery 106, Cecilia Buzio de Torres, Robert Michael, and numerous others. Fishing in International Waters reaffirms the Blanton's commitment to expanding the Latin American collection by acquiring key historical works, commissioning new ones, and supporting emerging Latin American artists. The exhibition presents 30 recent commissions, purchases, and gifts in a range of media, including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and video. Artists include Jose A. Toirac (Cuba), Cesar Paternosto (Argentina), Julio Alpuy (Uruguay), Victor Grippo (Argentina), Yoshua Okon (Mexico), Jorge Macchi (Argentina), and Raul Quintinilla (Nicaragua), among others. The exhibition also features the photographic documentation of Brazilian artist Katie van Scherpenberg's ephemeral, outdoor installations commissioned by the Blanton in November 2003 and Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuna's reconstruction of Precarious, displayed at the Blanton in 1987 in the seminal exhibition Latin American Artists in New York since 1970.
Five Hundred Years of Prints and Drawings -
January 30 - July 18, 2004
With more than 15,000 works, the Blanton's collection of prints and drawings is the largest and most historically balanced of its kind in the southern and southwestern United States and one of the most significant in the country. The museum's ongoing series 500 Years of Prints and Drawings reveals the distinctive depth and quality of the Blanton's collection through groups of small exhibitions that examine critical moments and situations in the history of works on paper. Representing the 16th through 20th centuries, the exhibitions are divided by broad historical period, each exploring a different technique, subject, individual master, or other theme.
Masterpieces of European Painting -
January 1 - December 31, 2004
This selection of more than 40 paintings from the 15th through 18h centuries includes works by Jacopo da Empoli, Sebastiano del Piombo, Luca Cambiaso, Veronese, Guercino, Claude Lorrain, Peter Paul Rubens, Sebastiano Ricci, and many others. It features works from the Suida–Manning Collection, which, acquired by the Blanton in 1998, is widely recognized as one of the greatest privately assembled collections of Renaissance and Baroque art in the world.

2003


Visualizing Identity -
August 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004
This experimental exhibition presents four contemporary works of art that explore notions of personal, racial, and cultural identity.
Difficult Daughters -
August 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004
This final installment of the Projections series of contemporary film and video works, selected by the Blanton's assistant curator of American and Contemporary art, Kelly Baum, showcases videos and films by emerging and established women artists. The works provocatively challenge gender stereotypes, assert female empowerment, and reveal how women from a variety of backgrounds approach feminism.
Transgressive Women -
August 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004
Painted egg cartons, a drawing on a leaf, a written action statement, video documentation of nude “happenings” and a perforated canvas hung away from the wall play off more conventional works as the Blanton's curator of American and Contemporary art, Annete DiMeo Carlozzi, guides visitors through the artistic production of four maverick women artists active in the 1950s–1980s: Yayoi Kusama, Lee Lozano, Ana Mendieta, and Joan Semmel.
Lo feo de este mundo: Images of the Grotesque -
August 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004
The Blanton's new curator of Latin American art, Gabriel Perez-Barreiro, emerges this fall with his first major exhibition for the Blanton. Lo feo de este mundo investigates works by artists who reject ideas of beauty in favor of the ugly, deformed, and imperfect. The exhibition features more than 40 works by Latin American artists such as Jose Luis Cuevas, Antonio Berni, and Liliana Porter, who reveal a concern with the darker side of life and an implicit rejection of the progressive theories of modernity.
Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection: Part 2 -
August 27, 2003 - January 4, 2004
Still only beginning to reveal the wealth and personality of the recently acquired Leo Steinberg Collection, the Blanton's curator of prints, drawings, and European paintings, Jonathan Bober, presents a second selection of 100 works, illustrating the history of prints and printmaking from the 16th through the 20th centuries. These range from rarities of Italian Mannerist engraving and the German “Little Masters,” to masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse.
Painting Explosion: 1958-1963, Part II -
April 19 - July 27, 2003
Among American painters, the period 1958–1963 was a one of intense experimentation and increased activity that resulted in a profusion of new modes of representation. This exhibition is the second installment in an exploration of the burst of artistic activity that took place in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Blanton's collection of paintings from 1958–1963 is particularly rich, and Painting Explosion, Part II allows the public to become acquainted with an even broader cross–section of the museum's permanent collection. While many works from Part I will remain on view, others will be replaced by additional paintings from the Blanton's permanent collection, offering a fresh perspective on this historic period.
Painting Explosion: 1958-1963, Part I -
January 24 - April 13, 2003
The late 1950s and early 1960s was a period of great transition in American art. Among American painters, especially those based in New York City, this time was one of intense experimentation and increased activity that resulted in a profusion of new modes of representation. Thanks to the foresight of Mari and James A. Michener and other donors, the Blanton's collection of 20th-century American paintings represents the period 1958–1963 in extraordinary depth and breadth. Painting Explosion features more than 40 works from the Blanton's collection that survey the wide spectrum of artistic styles and concerns prevalent during this historic era. The exhibition includes major works by Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Larry Rivers, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler, and Adolph Gottlieb—signature paintings with which the Blanton's collection is often identified—as well as lesser known but important works by Robert Motherwell, Al Held, Robert Indiana, Yayoi Kusama, Ludwig Sander, Leon Golub, Norman Lewis and others.
Projections -
January 24 - July 27, 2003
Visit the Blanton's screening room in the back of the downstairs gallery for a changing exhibition of projected videos and films by contemporary artists. Each installment brings together works by diverse artists exploring common themes in distinctly different ways.
Prints from the Leo Steinberg Collection, Part 1 -
January 24 - July 27, 2003
In July 2002 the Blanton Museum of Art acquired the print collection of noted art historian and critic Leo Steinberg, adding 3,200 prints to the Blanton's holdings and includes masterpieces by Marcantonio Raimondi, Albrecht Dürer, Parmigianino, Cornelis Cort, Hendrick Goltzius, Claude Lorrain, Rembrandt, and Francesco Piranesi, as well as William Blake, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, George Grosz, Jasper Johns, and many other artists both known and unknown to contemporary scholars. This exhibition marks the first time these works have been on view to the public. It is the first in a two-part series of exhibitions revealing the many strengths of this exceptional collection, believed by many to have been one of the last great collections of prints in private hands.
Masterpieces of European Painting -
January 1 - December 31, 2003
This selection of more than 40 paintings from the 15th through 18h centuries includes works by Jacopo da Empoli, Sebastiano del Piombo, Luca Cambiaso, Veronese, Guercino, Claude Lorrain, Peter Paul Rubens, Sebastiano Ricci, and many others. It features works from the Suida–Manning Collection, which, acquired by the Blanton in 1998, is widely recognized as one of the greatest privately assembled collections of Renaissance and Baroque art in the world.

2002


Routes toward Modernism: American Painting 1870-1950 -
September 13 - December 29, 2002
Throughout the period 1870–1950, American painters were struggling to synthesize the lessons of European masters while still creating images that were meaningful for their own place and time. Over decades of trial and error, an American-flavored modernist vision developed, and this exhibition, drawn from works in the Blanton's permanent collection, traces developments in American painting during this dramatic period of stylistic innovations and artistic breakthroughs. The exhibition begins with realist paintings by turn-of-the-century artists such as Thomas Eakins, Thomas Moran, John Twachtman, William Merritt Chase, and Robert Henri, whose figure studies, portraits and landscapes incorporate a wide range of responses to the American character.
500 Years of Prints and Drawings -
September 13 - December 29, 2002
The Blanton continues its series of exhibitions revealing the many strengths of its collection of works on paper. Representing the 16th through 20th centuries, five focused presentations each explore a different, theme, technique, or artist from one century in the history of art.
Surface and Subtext: Latin American Geometric Abstraction -
September 13 - December 29, 2002
In the 1960s a group of Argentine artists, inspired by advances in technology and the Constructivist tradition in Latin America and in Europe, began experimenting with the depiction of perceived space and spatial relationships in non-representational paintings. Known as Arte Generativo artists, they manipulated the most basic artistic elements—color, line, and form—to create abstract, three-dimensional painted spaces on two-dimensional surfaces, challenging the traditional uses of perspective in representational painting. Surface and Subtext brings together paintings from the 1960s through the early 1980s by Ary Brizzi, Miguel Angel Vidal, and Eduardo Mac Entyre, along with works by Omar Rayo and Manuel Espinosa, who were not associated with Arte Generativo, although they similarly defied the limitations of the flat surface in their paintings. With works drawn entirely from the Blanton's permanent collection, this exhibition suggests the ideological, artistic, and social significance of geometric abstraction in Latin America during these decades.
Cartoon Noir: Four Contemporary Investigations -
September 13 - December 29, 2002
Cartoon Noir presents a small selection of the Blanton's most recent acquisitions of contemporary art. The exhibition features brand–new mixed media works by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Arturo Herrera, and Jeremy Blake and a recent work by Ellen Gallagher, each of which obliquely cites the darker side of cartooning and animation traditions through imagery or story line.
500 Years of Prints and Drawings -
January 25 - July 28, 2002
Five intimate exhibitions that highlight the range and depth of the Blanton's collection of prints and drawings. Each of the five exhibitions can be enjoyed on its own as a thematic exploration of works from one specific century. Together, the exhibitions trace the history of art from the 15th through the 20th centuries, revealing the evolving techniques, uses, and developments of works on paper in Europe and the United States.
time/frame -
January 25 - July 28, 2002
time/frame continues the Blanton's exploration of temporality in 20th–century art. The exhibition features works drawn primarily from the Museum's significant contemporary Latin American collections, presenting important paintings, sculpture, installations, and other works side-by-side for the first time. Visitors have the opportunity to consider juxtapositions of large-scale paintings by Vernon Fisher and Liliana Porter; photo-based, mixed media works by Gonzalo Diaz, Glenn Ligon, and Eugenio Dittborn; architecturally scaled, painted constructions by Anselm Kiefer, Fabian Marcaccio, and Luis Frangella; multi-media installations by Shahzia Sikander and Bill Lundberg; and sculpture by Anne Chu, Richard Deacon, and Terry Adkins, among other thought-provoking works. Time and point of view are explored in time/frame through literal and metaphorical representations of duration, speed, simultaneity, transformation, continuity and discontinuity, and construction of cultural identity. The exhibition showcases a number of newly acquired works, as well as a select few on loan from Texas private collections, by artists as varied as Vito Acconci, Annette Lawrence, Manglano-Ovalle, David Reed, Leon Ferrari, John Valadez, Diana Thater, Ana Mendieta, and Tatsuo Miyajima.

2001


Past Present Future: Notions of Time in Twentieth-Century Art -
August 29 - December 30, 2001
Past Present Future: Notions of Time in Twentieth-Century Art features works from the Blanton's renowned collections of twentieth-century American and Latin American art, exhibited together for the first time. Focusing on art created between 1915 and the early 1980s, the exhibition explores the multiple ways that artists have questioned, interpreted, and reflected temporality in their art. The exhibition's design and content provide an innovative framework for considering a range of artistic developments in Latin America and the United States.
500 Years of Prints and Drawings -
August 29 - December 30, 2001
Last fall, the Blanton initiated a series entitled 500 Years of Prints and Drawings, which features groups of exhibitions that highlight the Blanton's encyclopedic collection of works on paper. With works of art representing the 15th through the 20th centuries, the series draws exclusively from the Museum's own collection to present focused inquiries into artists, techniques, processes, or artistic trends particular to a period of time in the history of Western art.