Here at the Blanton, we’re so excited about Halloween that we decided to start the celebration a week early! On Friday, October 24, join us for B scene: Exquisite Corpse. We’ll be celebrating the mind-bending world of the exquisite corpse and the astounding brain of artist James Drake, the focus of our new exhibition, James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash). For two years, Drake, a Texas native, committed to drawing every single day. The resulting 1,242 compositions (depicting anatomy, animals, scientific formulas and other “brain trash”) provide the perfect setting for our quarterly art party!
Based on an old parlor game, “exquisite corpse” invites participants to write a phrase or draw a picture on a sheet of paper, fold the paper to conceal part of it, and pass it on to the next player for his or her contribution. The idea originated with the Surrealists in Paris in 1925 when the first compiled phrase was, “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.”)
At B scene: Exquisite Corpse, Big Medium, the team behind the East Austin Studio Tour, will help you summon your subconscious with an exquisite corpse art making activity. They will also distribute advance copies of the 2014 E.A.S.T. catalogue. And be sure to stop by our media sponsor table where Tribeza will showcase their latest issue.
Dead Music Capital Band, Austin’s favorite zombie marching band, will provide some macabre music mashups that will boggle your brains. And THAT Damn Band will scare up some exquisite corpses on the dance floor with their musical stylings.
The event will transport you back to one of the Surrealist parlour gatherings—picture aubergine velvet drapes and Gothic candelabras—and we invite you to subvert the norm like the Surrealists by dressing in your most creative and uncanny costume. Imbibe the End of the World Blantini, the Blanton’s spookiest specialty cocktail, and, as with all of our B scene events, there will be cash bars featuring beer, wine, and mixed drinks. Food will be available for purchase including BBQ brisket sliders with crispy tobacco onions, a mashed sweet potato bar with your choice of mix-ins, a fall composed salad, and skewered devil’s food cake. Members can trick or treat themselves to caramel corn from Cornucopia and macaroons from Elizabeth Street Café. Not a member? Join today!
Tours of James Drake: Anatomy of Drawing and Space (Brain Trash) will take place at 6:30pm, 7:00pm, and 7:30pm. Please note that the galleries will close at 9:00pm, but the party will live on until 10:00pm!