This Friday from 6 – 10 p.m., B scene, our quarterly art party, will be a reflection of the time and transatlantic travels of Puerto Rican artist Francisco Oller, the focus of our new exhibition Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World. The event will evoke the ambiance of romantic travel at the end of the nineteenth century, and will transport you to the Caribbean.
Oller was the most prominent Caribbean painter of the 19th century and was deeply influenced by his sojourns to Europe from his home in San Juan. With each trip, Oller returned to Puerto Rico to share developments in early European modernism—including elements of Realism and Impressionism. He applied these to local subjects to revolutionize the school of painting in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean region. The exhibition features masterworks by Oller and those of his friends, mentors, and influences: Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet, and many more. Guided tours of this beautiful exhibition will begin at 6:30, 7 & 7:30pm. Pick up your tour tickets early—they go fast!
Music will be one way we hope to capture the spirit of Oller’s homeland. Michael Crockett, Austin’s foremost authority on international and Latin American music and host of the radio programs Horizontes and Global Grooves (airing Sunday evenings from 7:00-10pm on KUTX 90.9 and 2 – 6pm on KUT3, respectively), will DJ the event. Crockett is well versed in the different cultures of the Caribbean, and we look forward to hearing the rhythms that he has to share.
Salsa music and dance has origins in musical genres such as traditional Puerto Rican bomba. Bomba music is all about the connection between musicians and dancers. To help recreate this connection we will be featuring the 11-piece salsa orchestra, La Moña Loca. Well-known in Austin for their dance-oriented repertoire, this ensemble specializes in the Caribbean styles of salsa, timba, cha-cha, merengue, cumbia, etcetera. And if you need some guidance to master these tricky rhythms, Go Dance will be at B scene once again with lessons and demonstrations at 7pm and 8:50pm.
Consider coming hungry if you would like to experience what makes Tamale Addiction so fabulously addictive! With pork tomatillo, chicken mole, bean and goat cheese, spinach and caramelized onion, and more, there’s something for everyone—including vegetarian and vegan options.
JuJu Juice creates handcrafted and cold pressed juices, smoothies, cleanses, nutmilks, superfood bowls, shots and more; with local, organic fruits and veggies for eating healthy, delicious and clean in Austin, Texas. They will be on hand in the member lounge with free samples of signature smoothies and agua frescas!
Isla Bonita Coffee is a company founded by devout coffee lovers and experts from Puerto Rico. They deliver the highest end coffee available to Austin, Texas. The first 30 people to sign up for a new membership at B scene will receive a complementary bag of Isla Bonita Coffee!
As a special art activity, we’ll be channeling the transatlantic culture. Upstairs on the mezzanine guests are invited to create unique vintage-style travel postcards and envelopes to send an old fashioned note to someone special! For a more contemporary communication experience, be sure to visit Le Photo Booth to strike some crazy poses and print or digitally download your photos. Remember to use the hash tags #blantonmuseum & #bscene!
Blanton members will enjoy an exclusive outdoor member lounge with complementary silhouette portraiture by world-renowned silhouette artist Cindi Harwood Rose, who will demonstrate the fine art of silhouette portraiture—just as it would have been done in the lifetime of Francisco Oller. Officially documented as the world’s fastest silhouette artist, the beauty and accuracy of her work is also unsurpassed.
Not sure what to wear? We’ll be dressed in breezy fabrics and tropical pastels inspired by Oller’s canvases. We can’t wait to see your outfit!
Francisco Oller was passionate about his Puerto Rican heritage and showcased his love of his homeland in his works. At B scene: Bon Voyage – Paris to San Juan, we hope to transport you back in time to experiencing the beauty and culture of Puerto Rico as well. See you Friday!
FREE for members / $12 GA. Tickets are available online or at the door.