A Surrealist experimenting with new forms and formats, a former ER nurse turned artist, a mother and founder of the Artist Residency in Motherhood, and a skilled draftsman inspired
A Surrealist experimenting with new forms and formats, a former ER nurse turned artist, a mother and founder of the Artist Residency in Motherhood, and a skilled draftsman inspired by science fiction and comics—these are a few of the artists whose work recently entered the Blanton’s collection. Join Blanton curators Veronica Roberts and Claire Howard for a compelling conversation about cultivating a diverse collection that addresses a broad range of formal issues and social concerns. Roberts and Howard will highlight recent acquisitions from artists Dorothea Tanning, Nate Lewis, Lenka Clayton, and Robert Pruitt.
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About Our Speakers
Veronica Roberts joined the Blanton in 2013 as Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Among the exhibitions she has organized are: Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt, Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser, and Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins. Prior to working at the Blanton, Veronica worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. During quarantine, she has been writing more letters, drinking more wine, and trying to catch unobtrusive glimpses of a Great Horned Owl in her neighborhood.
Claire Howard is Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art. Her exhibitions at the Blanton include Ideas in Sensuous Form: The International Symbolist Movement, Lily Cox-Richard: She-Wolf + Lower Figs., and Joiri Minaya: Labadee. Claire came to the Blanton from the Menil Collection, where she was the 2016-2017 Vivian L. Smith Foundation Fellow. She previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Fabric Workshop and Museum, and interned at Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Wellesley College’s Davis Museum. Claire is a PhD candidate in art history at The University of Texas at Austin, writing her dissertation on the Surrealist movement and its cultural context in the 1950s and 60s. She earned an MA from The University of Texas at Austin and a BA from Wellesley College. She is a native of Philadelphia.
About Curated Conversations
Join us every Tuesday at 5pm CST for live Q&A sessions with the Blanton staff! They’ll answer your burning questions about everything from how the windows in Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin got here to what NOT to say to an artist. Happy hour drink suggestions and recipes provided.
Image Caption: Nate Lewis, Signalling XVI, 2019. Hand-sculpted inkjet print, ink, and graphite, 40 x 26 in. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, promised gift of Brent Hasty and Stephen Mills, 2020. Image courtesy of the artist and Fridman Gallery.
(Tuesday) 5:00 pm