EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

Upcoming Exhibitions

Eugène Atget trained his lens on the city and people of Paris for nearly four decades. The resulting photographic archive presents an enigmatic portrait of an evolving metropolis at the dawn of the twentieth century. This exhibition pairs over thirty photographs, printed from Atget's glass plate negatives, with etchings, engravings, and lithographs by ...

Wangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything

September 15 - November 25, 2018

Wangechi Mutu’s animated video The End of eating Everything features the singer Santigold as a post-apocalyptic being hovering in a darkened sky. Her bulbous, tumor-like body, covered in human limbs and machine parts, throbs and emits plumes of smoke as she greedily devours a flock of birds. Mutu’s monstrous creation suggests the destructive—and ...

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

October 14, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design showcases the work of over 120 artists and designers and illustrates how African design accompanies and fuels economic, social, and political change in the continent. Through sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more, the exhibition presents Africa as a hub of experimentation ...

Liliana Porter

December 8, 2018 - March 3, 2019

In the video Drum Solo [Solo de Tambor] (2000; 19 min) Liliana Porter brings to life a cast of recurrent toy-like characters that have appeared in her artworks over the years. Through straight-forward animation and accompanied by a music score by Sylvia Meyer, vintage figurines perform in humorous, absurd, and sometimes moving vignettes. Porter’s installation Labor forzada [Forced ...

The Symbolist movement spanned European nations and creative genres in the final decades of the nineteenth century. First writers, then visual artists, sought to “clothe the idea in sensuous form,” as Jean Moréas wrote in his 1886 Symbolist manifesto. More a sensibility than a single artistic style, Symbolism evoked feeling, meaning, and intangible ...

Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time

January 26 - July 14, 2019

The Blanton Museum of Art presents a solo exhibition of new work by Kambui Olujimi, a Brooklyn native whose multi-disciplinary practice calls attention to the assumptions that underlie our understanding of the world at large. In Kambui Olujimi: Zulu Time, the artist explores, among other concerns, the interlocking systems of power and invisible hierarchies ...

Words/Matter explores how modern and contemporary artists from the most part in the Blanton collection of Latin American art have addressed in creative ways the links between art and language. Since the 1920s, avant-gardes have brought together writers and artists, sparking dynamic exchanges across disciplines, which have resulted in rich explorations of visual ...

Artistic training in the Renaissance involved drawing, or copying, from nature, from antique sculptures and from the work of other acclaimed artists.  While Raphael and Michelangelo were painting for the Popes in Rome, skilled printmakers such as Marcantonio Raimondi and Giorgio Ghisi were widely disseminating the painters’ famous compositions through the relatively new ...

Mapping Memory: Space and History in 16th-century Mexico features a selection of maps from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas at Austin. Local artists crafted these unique materials by commission of the King of Spain to deepen his understanding of his territories in the so-called New World. ...

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day

July 14 - September 29, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day highlights new developments in the artist’s genre-bridging practice. The exhibition features over fifty works made between 2014 and 2018 including intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings on canvas and rawhide, ceramics, garments, and a new video debuting in this exhibition. The film follows Macy, a ...

Charles White

September 7 - November 30, 2019

The University of Texas at Austin is honored to be the home of twenty-three works by Charles White, one of the 20th century’s most accomplished and innovative draftsmen and influential art educators. This exhibition celebrates the artist’s remarkable career and legacy, made possible by the generous gift of artworks from Drs. Susan G. ...

Golden brocades and voluptuous fabrics are a characteristic visual feature of Spanish American art.  Painted Cloth: Fashion and Ritual in Colonial Latin America addresses the social roles of textiles and their visual representations in different media produced in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela during the 1600s and 1700s. Beyond emphasizing how aesthetic traditions of European and Indigenous origin ...

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders

October 27, 2019 - January 12, 2020

From griffins and giants to demons and dragons, monsters have enthralled people throughout time. In medieval art and literature, these fanciful creatures give form to fears, curiosities, and fantasies of the unfamiliar and the unknown. Medieval Monsters, organized by the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, will present a lively array of monsters that appear in more than ...

Ed Ruscha

January 11 - July 12, 2020

More info coming soon. Organized by Veronica Roberts, Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum of Art

Founded and directed by José Carlos Mariátegui, the Peruvian magazine Amauta was one of the most influential cultural and political periodicals of the early 20th century. The exhibition follows Amauta’s development as a platform to explore the diversity of the avant-garde artistic production in Peru, Argentina, and Mexico and the debates that shaped ...

In the early 20th century, artists began exploring abstract, nonrepresentational forms for the first time and significantly changed the language of painting.  Several decades later, abstraction continued to evolve robustly, as its practitioners experimented with new materials and techniques. Dripping, pouring, staining and even slinging paint became common, as did the use of ...

Realm of the Dharma: The Arts of Buddhism

October 11, 2020 - January 3, 2021

This exhibition, drawn from the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presents an international survey of Buddhist art.  It begins with objects associated with Buddhism’s origins in India and follows its spread through Southeast Asia, the Himalayas, and East Asia.  Comprised of some 150 rare and beautiful works of art ...

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