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2020tue12may5:00 pmCurated ConversationsWhat Makes a Mother: Variations on the Maternal in Art

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This time of year, thoughts turn to the moms in our lives, but…what really defines a mother? Giving birth? Or can it be the act of nurturing, caretaking, and loving – of simply being maternal?

Join us for an exploration of motherly relationships and roles as depicted in a range of works from the Blanton. Featuring a live “Ask Me Anything”-style Q&A with curators Holly Borham and Rosario Granados, and Blanton Fellow of European Painting and Sculpture Chrissy Zappella.

While you’re enjoying this artful exploration of motherhood, go ahead and treat yourself to a well-deserved drink– perhaps one of the mimosas (alcoholic and non-) we’ve provided recipes for here.

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About our Speakers

Head shot of Holly Borham, Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum of Art

Holly Borham is Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Blanton Museum of Art, where she oversees the Julia Matthews Wilkinson Center for Prints and Drawings. At the Blanton, Holly curated Copies, Fakes, and Reproductions: Printmaking in the Renaissance, and coordinated the traveling exhibition, Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders. Her upcoming exhibition After Michelangelo, Past Picasso: Leo Steinberg’s Library of Prints, will open at the Blanton in March 2021. Holly earned her Ph.D in art history from Princeton University, where she also interned at the Princeton University Art Museum. Holly is also the mother of three teenagers.

Rosario I.  Granados is the Marilynn Thoma Associate Curator, Art of the Spanish Americas at the Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin. Her exhibition Painted Cloth: Ritual and Fashion in Colonial Latin America will open in the Fall of 2021 at the Blanton, where she also curated Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century Mexico. Before becoming a full-time curator, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Latin American Art, Women’s History, and Religious Material Culture at Skidmore College and the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Chicago. She holds a Ph. D. in art history from Harvard University. Rosario is also the proud mother of an 11-year-old and 7-year-old.

Chrissy Zappella is the inaugural Blanton Fellow of European Painting and Sculpture as well as a doctoral Candidate at the University of Chicago. Chrissy holds Master’s degrees in Art History from the University of Chicago as well as CUNY Hunter College and a Master’s in Teaching from Pace University.  Before joining the Blanton, Chrissy held curatorial fellowships and internships at The Art Institute of Chicago, The Frick Collection, and the National Gallery of Art. Chrissy specializes Italian Renaissance and Baroque Painting, especially in Florence.


Image Captions: [L-R] (1/3) Marcantonio Raimondi, ’Charity,’ (detail) from The Virtues, after Raphael, circa 1517, engraving, 8 5/16 in. x 4 3/16 in., Blanton Museum of Art, Leo Steinberg Collection. 2/3 Unknown Author, ’Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple,’ (detail) Cusco, Peru, 18th century, Oil on canvas, 37 13/16 x 51 1/2 in, Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thom, on loan to the Blanton Museum of Art (3/3) Charles White, ’I’ve Been ’Buked and I’ve Been Scorned,’ (detail)1956, Compressed and vine charcoal with carbon pencil and charcoal wash splatter over traces of graphite pencil, 44 5/8 x 35 3/8 in. Gift of Susan G. and Edmund W. Gordon to the units of Black Studies and the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, 2014.



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