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 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.
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.
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.