Curated Conversations

2020tue05may5:00 pmCurated ConversationsThe Mane Event: Horses in Art, a Curator Q&A

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Thundering hooves, snorts and whinnies, leaps and bounds! Horses fire the human imagination, support our endeavors, mirror and influence our emotions.  Blanton curators have mined the collections for a variety of images that express our historical and ongoing fascination with our equine companions. Join us for a brief presentation and live “Ask Me Anything”-style Q&A with curators Rosario Granados and Florencia Bazzano, Blanton Fellow of European Painting and Sculpture Chrissy Zappella, and Director of Education and Academic Affairs Ray Williams. View this event on Facebook HERE.

And because it’s typically racing season this time of year, we’re encouraging our speakers AND attendees to don their finest and frilliest Derby-style hats. Plus, we’ve provided recipes for traditional mint juleps — both regular and alcohol-free!

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About our Speakers

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.

Headshot of Florencia Bazzano, Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Blanton Museum of Art
Florencia Bazzano, Assistant Curator for Latin American Art, joined the Blanton Museum of Art in 2015. Her recent projects include co-curating Arte Sin Fronteras: Prints from the Self Help Graphics Studio (2019) and Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language (2018). She also assisted in reinstalling the Latin American permanent collection as part of You Belong Here: Reimagining the Blanton (2017). Before joining the Blanton, Bazzano worked for the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford University, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. She also taught art history for many years and has an extensive list of publications, including the book Liliana Porter: The Art of Simulation (Routledge, 2008). Bazzano is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Latin American Art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

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.

Ray Williams is the Blanton’s Director of Education and Academic Affairs.  He got his first pony at the age of eight, after four years of sustained campaigning. Growing up in the mountains of North Carolina offered opportunities for incredible trail riding. As a teenager Ray trained and competed with a grey Anglo-Arab horse in combined training events; they were also occasional guests of the Tryon Hounds.  After a thirty year hiatus during which he earned graduate degrees in art history (UNC Chapel Hill) and education (Harvard), Ray resumed riding here in Texas. He is currently training Third Level dressage movements with his 18.2 hand warmblood gelding, Fidelio.


Image Credit: Unknown Artist, Triunfo de la Inmaculada [Triumph of the Immaculate Conception] (detail), Cuzco, Peru, late 17th century, Oil on canvas, Collection of Carl & Marilynn Thoma on loan to the Blanton Museum of Art


May 5, 2020 5:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

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