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Free Third Thursday Art & Activities at the Blanton Museum – Sept 16

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The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is free every Thursday as it provides inspiring and relevant experiences with original works of art. Through the collecting of art, preserving it in optimal condition, and creatively displaying and interpreting these objects, the Blanton serves as an intellectual and social portal connecting the university and the rest of the world through visual art and culture.  In addition, every month, they have a special Third Thursday free event.

On the Third Thursday of September, why not join in the free evening of art and activities? Enjoy an extended happy hour in the Blanton Cafe featuring a glass of wine and a slice of gourmet pizza for $5.

6PM Free Artist Talk: Ry Rocklen*

6:30PM Special Book Signing with Diana Kennedy in the Museum Shop**

6:30PM Free Yoga in the Galleries

7PM Blanton Book Club: Vernon Fisher***

7:30PM School Days: Scholastic Bowl: Encyclopedia Show!

7:30PM Free Tour: People’s Choice

*Artist Talk | Ry Rocklen is an artist in residence at the new Visual Arts Center (VAC) in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin this fall. Recent exhibitions include the 2008 Whitney Biennial and That Was Then, This Was Now, at MOMA PS1. His sculptures incorporate found objects, using them in new works imbued with the meanings and psychic residue of the old. Rocklen’s site-specific installation titled, ZZZ’s will be on view at the VAC September 24 through December 18.

Co-presented with the Visual Arts Center, Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, UT Austin (The University of Texas)

**Part of a special Book Club series organized by artist Vernon Fisher
The Elizabethan World Picture,
E.M.Y. Tillyard |
This book offers an account of Elizabethan ideas of world order and is, in Vernon Fisher’s words, “the best short description of an alternative world view I ever read.”

*** Renowned as the Julia Child of Mexican cooking, Diana Kennedy will sign copies of her new book, Oaxaca al Gusto, in the Museum Shop. The book will be available for purchase for $50.


The art museum of The University of Texas at Austin was born of a generous gift from an unexpected source. In 1927 Archer M. Huntington, a New Yorker and the son of railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington, donated four thousand acres of land in Galveston, Texas, to the university with instructions that it “be dedicated to the support of an art museum.” His interest seems to have stemmed from the fact that his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, was a noted sculptor; indeed two of her works had recently been given to the university. The proceeds from the eventual sale of that land created an endowment for museum operations and provided a portion of the cost for the construction in 1963 of a new building for the art department of the university, including some gallery space that was formally named the University Art Museum.

A number of important collecting areas quickly took shape during the 1960s and 1970s. One well-known acquisition began with the gift in 1968, continuing into the early 1990s, of approximately four hundred twentieth-century American paintings from novelist James Michener and his wife, Mari, for whom the Blanton’s new gallery building is named. The Micheners’ interest in collecting the art of their time and in supporting the work of emerging artists continues to be an important guiding principle for ongoing development of our contemporary collections.

With continuing growth came the vision of an expanded home for the Huntington. In late 1994 a bequest of $5 million by Mari Michener for the construction of a new museum building lent momentum to a building campaign. When Houston Endowment Inc. stepped forward in 1997 with a $12 million building gift in honor of its former chairman, the Huntington became the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art
MLK at Congress (200 East MLK )
Austin, Texas 78701

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