2023wed19apr12:00 pmCurated Conversation: Carmen Herrera’s Quiet RevolutionA free online event, part of our Curated Conversation series.12:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
Via Zoom | Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 12pm CTFree to attend; registration required. Click to
Via Zoom | Wednesday, April 19, 2023 | 12pm CT
Free to attend; registration required.
Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera created a landmark mural for the Blanton’s façade, her first and only mural painting for a major institution, when she was 104 years old. Join us for a conversation about her 85 years of artistic experimentation by those who knew her best: artist Tony Bechara, her life-long friend, and Dana Miller, the curator of her groundbreaking Whitney Museum of Art retrospective.
Moderated by Blanton Curator Vanessa Davidson, this conversation will explore Herrera’s quiet revolution: the experimental artistic practice she developed without due recognition until she was in her 80s. It will touch upon Herrera the artist, the visionary, the pioneer, and the radical woman.
Learn more about Carmen Herrera’s mural on the project page for our Blanton New Grounds Initiative.
Funding for this program is provided by the Barbara Duncan Centennial Endowed Lectureship.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS
Tony Bechara was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He received a BA from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He did post graduate studies at New York University’s School of International Relations, the Sorbonne in Paris, and the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
As a painter and printmaker, he has participated in many group exhibitions, including the Whitney Biennial, MOCA, Los Angeles, Bard College, PS 1 MoMa and at other museums. He has had many one-person shows at galleries in New York City, Washington, DC, San Juan, Miami, Lima, and Munich. His work has been the subject of major solo exhibits at the Alternative Museum NYC, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and at El Museo del Barrio in NYC. His paintings and prints are in many collections in the US, Europe, and Latin America. He has been recipient
of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.
He has been an active Board member for several organizations. He is currently chairman emeritus of El Museo del Barrio, where he served as Chair for 12 years. He has been a trustee of Studio in a School for more than 20 years and has served on the BAM Board for 20 years. (Brooklyn Academy of Music). He was a member of the NYC Latino Art Commission during the whole Bloomberg administration.
Photo: Maku Lopez
Dana Miller is an art historian and independent curator based in Seattle. Previously she was the DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, where she worked for two decades. Among her many projects there were major exhibitions and catalogues devoted to Jay DeFeo, Buckminster Fuller, and Carmen Herrera. Miller curated numerous collection installations at the Whitney, including co-curating America is Hard to See, which inaugurated the Whitney’s downtown building in 2015. She also edited the accompanying 432-page publication, Handbook of the Collection. She has written and lectured on artists ranging from Ruth Asawa and Felix Gonzalez-Torres to Isamu Noguchi and Claes Oldenburg. Miller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University and received her master’s from Columbia University, where she studied for her Ph.D. in Art
Photo: Scott Rudd
Feature Image Credit: Detail of Carmen Herrera mural commissioned by the Blanton and made possible with generous funding provided by the Kahng Foundation, near the entrance of the Mari and James A. Michener Gallery Building.
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
2023sat29apr6:00 pmsat10:00 pmBlanton Museum of Art 2023 GalaSave-the-Date for this exclusive opportunity to celebrate 60 years of the Blanton!6:00 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
Get ready to celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary and the Blanton’s new grounds!6pm-10pm | Saturday, April 29, 2023 At the inaugural major event
Get ready to celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary and the Blanton’s new grounds!
6pm-10pm | Saturday, April 29, 2023
At the inaugural major event held on our reimagined campus, you’ll be among the first to experience the museum’s transformation, from bold architectural elements and new art installations to lush native landscaping. Designed by acclaimed international design firm Snøhetta, the project also features several site-specific commissions, including a mural by Cuban-American artist Carmen Herrera, and the Butler Sound Gallery. The new grounds offer a vibrant setting to honor the museum’s 60-year history and envision its bright future.
The Blanton Gala raises critical funds to support the museum’s nationally recognized programs—from thought-provoking exhibitions to inspiring educational initiatives—that serve more than 200,000 visitors annually. By participating in this memorable evening, you help us present art that connects, challenges, and inspires our community in Austin and beyond.
Find details on table levels, benefits, and a reply form in our Blanton 2023 Gala Invitation and Reply Form PDF.
For more information or to reserve a table, please contact Sarah Burleson: email@example.com
(Saturday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
2023wed03may6:30 pmBlanton New Grounds: Member Garden PartyAn exclusive first look at our new grounds!6:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
SAVE THE DATE! 6:30pm CT, Wednesday, May 3, 2023 New Grounds. New Art. New Vibe.New reasons to be glad you’re a
SAVE THE DATE!
6:30pm CT, Wednesday, May 3, 2023
New Grounds. New Art. New Vibe.
New reasons to be glad you’re a Blanton Member.
Be among the first to explore our beautiful new grounds at the Member Garden Party on Wednesday, May 3 from 6:30-8:30pm. Stroll winding pathways lined with native plants. Challenge friends to classic lawn games. Wander through the oak-shaded Butler Sound Gallery, captivated by sounds of Hill Country wildlife. And take in the view from the Moody Patio while you enjoy live music, tours of the new immersive art installations, and light bites and drinks.
Not yet a member and don’t want to miss out? Join today!
(Wednesday) 6:30 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
2023sat13may2:00 pmBlanton New Grounds: Grand Opening CelebrationSave the date for this unmissable event!2:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time
2pm CT, Saturday, May 13, 2023New grounds. New art. New vibe! RSVP TO ATTEND
2pm CT, Saturday, May 13, 2023
New grounds. New art. New vibe!
You’re invited to experience the newly reimagined grounds for yourself at our grand opening celebration.
Enjoy live music, picnics, and remarks by special guests on the new Moody Patio, an art experience designed by the Haas Brothers, plus explore the new art, architecture, and gardens throughout the grounds. The event will also kick off our new operating hours, which include staying open till 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
Free with RSVP. Entry to the museum’s galleries and special exhibitions requires an admission ticket. Members get free year-round admission. Not yet a member? Join today!
Support for the Grand Opening Celebration is provided by H-E-B and Texas Children’s.
(Saturday) 2:00 pm(GMT-05:00) View in my time