Oil stick, gesso, and graphite on wood artwork by Glenn Ligon, "Untitled (I am Somebody)", it reads "I am somebody" repeatedly

The month of February provides an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans.  As an art museum that supports educational experiences with art, we wanted to highlight the work of some African American artists currently featured in our galleries.

Our Museum Educator Sabrina Phillips addresses diversity and race issues as part of our Doing Social Justice program,  developed in collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League and Facing History, and recently discussed at a Views and Brews event hosted by Austin radio station KUT.  Many of the artworks by African American artists currently on view at the Blanton are used to encourage conversation between students and address issues that range from Stereotyping Economic Disparities to Segregation in Education. “Art ignites the empathetic imagination,” says Sabrina, “I’m thankful for the diverse talent represented in our collection, which enables us as educators to engage in meaningful dialogue.”

On your next visit to the Blanton, take some time to experience these works currently on view, and the integral artists that are contributing to these important conversations.

Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark
Madam C. J. Walker, 2008
309.88 cm x 220.98 cm (122 in. x 87 in.)
Purchase through the generosity of Marilyn D. Johnson; Beverly Dale; Buckingham Foundation, Inc.; Jeanne and Michael Klein; Fredericka and David Middleton; H-E-B; Joseph and Tam Hawkins; Carmel and Gregory Fenves; The National Council of Negro Women (Austin Section); Lone Star (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; National Society of Black Engineers-Austin Professionals; Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce; National Black MBA Association Austin Chapter; and other donors.

Jamal Cyrus

Jamal Cyrus
Eroding Witness 7a*d, 2014
Laser-cut papyrus, 4 sheets
Purchase through the generosity of Jeanne and Michael Klein

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Trenton Doyle Hancock
Painter and Loid Struggle for Soul Control, 2001
Mixed media on canvas
261.6 cm x 302.3 cm (103 in. x 119 in.)
Partial and pledged gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2001

Glenn Ligon

Glenn Ligon
Untitled (I am Somebody), 1990 (detail)
Oil stick, gesso, and graphite on wood
Anonymous Loan

Deborah Roberts

Deborah Roberts
Skewered, 2017
collage, acrylic, and graphite
43 x 32 in.
Promised gift of Jeanne and Michael Klein, 2017

Tavares Strachan

Tavares Strachan
You Belong Here (Yellow), 2012
Blocked-out neon and glass
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin
Gift of Anthony Meier in honor of Jeanne & Michael Klein, 2014.


4 Responses

  1. […] can see Roberts’ work locally at the Blanton Museum on the UT […]

  2. Emma says:

    Why are there SO FEW

    • Lizabel Stella says:

      Hi Emma, these are just a selection of artworks that we wanted to highlight for this blog. We encourage you to view our upcoming exhibitions and our collection (online) for more artists. We also have a resource with a variety of highlighted artists that you might be interested to look at too. bit.ly/raceandsocialjusticeinart

  3. […] 1976 children’s book, now flanking the outside of the Jones Center. Her work is also on display locally at the Blanton Museum on the UT […]

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