On October 30 from 5-8 p.m., the Blanton is pleased to host a special evening of public events including an early screening of “Legacy,” an episode of PBS’s primetime Art21 series, Art in the Twenty-First Century. This Peabody-award winning series showcases some of the most interesting and engaging contemporary art to a broad public audience. In addition to this sneak preview, the evening will include a self-guided visit of the Blanton’s galleries before the screening and a panel discussion on the many roles contemporary art can play in the classroom.
The evening’s episode features three very different approaches to the concept of legacy by artists Tania Bruguera, Abraham Cruzvillegas, and Wolfgang Laib. Cuban-American artist, Tania Bruguera, blends the space of performance and daily life to consider our political inheritance. Abraham Cruzvillegas forges sculptures from found materials from his home near Mexico City as an exploration of transformation and place. Working with natural materials like pollen, beeswax and milk, Wolfgang Laib’s process demonstrates an engagement with ritual and repetition.
“Legacy” is a hot topic at the Blanton right now. In keeping with this theme, the event’s self-guided materials will feature several stops in the exhibition La linea continua. La linea continua highlights Latin American artwork from the recently gifted Judy and Charles Tate Collection. From the enduring impact of works by Joaquin Torres-Garcia to the resonance of scientific discoveries about perception in the mind-bending kinetic art of Jesús Rafael Soto, the story of Latin American art can be found throughout the exhibition. The theme is echoed in the legacy of the Tates’ generosity and its contribution to the many students and teachers who utilize the Blanton’s collections.
Continuing Art21’s aim towards a broad audience for contemporary art, the panel discussion following the screening will consider how to dynamically integrate contemporary art into the classroom as well as engage museum visitors of all ages. Featuring art educator Samantha Melvin, Blanton Curatorial Assistant Amethyst Beaver, and Associate Professor of Art Education at UT, Dr. Christina Bain, the panel will explore how audiences of all ages can engage art from a variety of disciplinary angles.
This free event is made possible with the generous support of Mobius Risk Group.