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2019 Blanton Gala

The 2019 Blanton Gala highlighted the museum’s distinguished role as the art museum for the city of Austin and as an institution with a global reach. This black-tie dinner took place in an elegantly decorated tent on the museum’s plaza, in perfect view of Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin and the Texas State Capitol. Nearly 300 friends attended the event, which raised almost $800,000 to support the museum.

Gala guests were the first to see Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton, a groundbreaking exhibition that highlights the Blanton’s historic commitment to Latin American art, one of the many strengths that set our museum apart. The event also celebrated the opening of The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s at Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, an exhibition co-organized by the Blanton and the Museo de Arte de Lima. Guests also learned of the Blanton’s acquisition of a world-class collection of art from the Spanish and Portuguese Americas.

One of the most exciting moments was the surprise announcement of a historic $20 million gift from The Moody Foundation to help reimagine and transform the museum’s grounds. The Blanton master plan is currently in development by renowned architecture firm Snøhetta. It will create an iconic destination, facilitate the museum’s vision for innovative outdoor programming, and form a dynamic connection between the university, the city of Austin, and the Texas State Capitol Complex.

Please click below to view the event program.

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