Second Saturdays: December 2023

2023sat09dec3:00 pmsat8:00 pmSecond Saturdays: December 2023Keep winter weird and come join us this December!

Event Details

WHEN/WHERE: 3–8 p.m. on the Moody Patio, Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78712

$20: Ages 18 & up
$10: Ages 6-17
FREE: Ages 5 & under
FREE: Blanton Members Not yet a member? Join today!
(Please note, regular museum discounts such as UT ID Holder, Military, K-12 Teacher, Student, and Senior do not apply for special events.)

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS (all events subject to change)
The galleries open late till 8 p.m.

ART: In The Museum Galleries (Michener Gallery Building)
Butler, Paper Vault, Contemporary Project, Film & Video galleries: Don’t miss our special exhibitions Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and If the Sky Were Orange: Art in the Time of Climate Change. Don’t forget to stop by gallery feature Unbreakable: Feminist Visions from the Gilberto Cárdenas and Dolores Garcia Collection & explore the new installation Weird Winter (this installation extends to our Smith Building).

FAMILY ACTIVITY (Michener Gallery Building)
3pm-6pm Holiday Card Making – Get creative and make your own holiday cards! Come to our art-making station next to the Gallery Building entrance and make a card to send or give to a loved one. Open to visitors of all ages.

A large painting of several Black people dancing inside a building. In the background are banners, one reading "Welcome to the Sugar Shack"

In The American Art Galleries (Michener Gallery Building)
4pm – Curator’s Choice: Claire Howard.
 Associate Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Claire Howard will discuss the work Sugar Shack by Ernie Barnes, on loan from Bill and Lara Perkins.

A bald man blowing into a brass instrument

In The Capitol Room (Smith Building)
6pm – Art with an Expert:
 Take a deep dive into art, art histories, and more with these hour-long talks presented by distinguished art professionals. Hear Steve Parker — renowned Austin artist, musician, and longtime Blanton collaborator — discuss his whimsical Weird Winter and wider artistic practice with Hannah Klemm, Blanton Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art.

MUSIC: Moody Patio (Michener Gallery Building)
3pm & 6pm (two sets) – DJ Clemente Castillo
5pm – Superfónicos

A group of 8 musicians, each holding different intstruments

A man wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, smiling with his arms crossed
DJ Clemente Castillo.

BITES & BEVS: Pack a picnic or enjoy a complimentary cookie station and hot chocolate bar, courtesy of H-E-B in our Smith Building. Eleven 30 Wines will also have beverages available for purchase.

MUSEUM STORE: Blanton Members get extra discounts December 9-17. Check off your gifting list & take 20% off every purchase. Not yet a member? Join anytime in December and use code GIFT23 to get 15% off any level!

You can listen to music by many of the featured artists on our Second Saturdays Spotify playlist!

Go to our Before You Visit page for more details and information when planning your visit. Visit our FAQs section to help plan your Second Saturday at the Blanton. A limited number of lockers are available to use in our Check-In Building (first come, first served). If you have specific accommodation needs, please email us at accessibility@blantonmuseum.org Please note, the Blanton café is closed until further notice.

Remember to share your experience on social using #BlantonNewGrounds & #MoodyPatio and tag us @blantonmuseum!

PARKING / TRANSPORT: Parking is available in the Brazos Garage. Normal rates can be paid directly at the garage. (Blanton Members get a $4 discounted rate at Check-In, valid all day). Ride-shares can drop off in the new Museum Drop-Off on the east side of the museum. Bicycle racks are available on the south side of Jester Center and on the west side of the museum’s Smith Administration Building. Public transit is encouraged; Cap Metro bus routes 1, 3, 7, 10, 18, 19, 20, 801, and 803 have stops within walking distance. 

Support for Second Saturdays at the Blanton is generously provided by H-E-B. Media Sponsor: The Austin Chronicle.


December 9, 2023 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm(GMT-05:00)

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