Blanton Museum of Art

Blanton Museum of Art

(512) 471-7324

Martin Luther King at Congress

Austin, TX 78701


Xu Bing: Book from the Sky

Blanton Museum of Art

June 19 - January 22, 2017

An exhibition of the installation Book from the Sky by Chinese artist Xu Bing. "The installation will transform 1,500 square feet of the museum’s galleries into an immersive temple-like space filled with printed text. Displayed in the form of books, hanging scrolls, and wall panels, the enveloping words invite reading and appear to promise meaning, yet these texts cannot be read—not even by Xu himself—as they are composed of some 4,000 pseudo-Chinese characters invented by the artist. Each character appears plausible, when in fact it carries no meaning, rendering all readers illiterate."

Fixing Shadows: Contemporary Peruvian Photography

Blanton Museum of Art

April 23 - July 3, 2016

An exhibition of Peruvian photography from 1968 to 2015. Fixing Shadows explores the influence of photographers including Fernando La Rosa, Mariella Agois, Carlos Domínguez, Milagros de la Torre, Pablo Hare, and others. 

Goya: Mad Reason

Blanton Museum of Art

June 19 - September 18, 2016

An exhibition of prints by Francisco Goya. The show features works from his many series, including Los desastres de la Guerra (The Disasters of War), La tauromaquia, (The Art of Bullfighting), and Los disparates (The Follies or Absurdities) from the collection of Yale University Art Gallery.


Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s

An exhibition surveying art made in the US between 1989 and 2001. The show is organized around three principal themes: “the so-called “identity politics” debates;...

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Fair Trade Trunk Show

“Handmade goods will be offered, including jewelry, clothing and seasonal decorations, created by women whose lives are empowered by the Fair Trade Federation. Vendors include...

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Ellsworth Kelly Panel Discussion

A panel discussion with Gavin Delahunty (Dallas Museum of Art), Tricia Y. Paik (Indianapolis Musuem Of Art), Carter Foster (Whitney Museum of American Art), and Richard...

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Third Thursday

A day featuring yoga (12PM), a talk on Natalie Frank’s depictions of The Brothers Grimm (6:30PM), a Spanish language tour of the museum (6:30PM), and a slow...

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SoundSpace: Deep Listening

A sound program that celebrates composer Pauline Oliveros’ concept of Deep Listening. Performers include Saxophonist Joe McPhee, Heloise Gold, and others.

Donald Moffett

An exhibition of works by Donald Moffett that are within the Blanton’s collection. Featuring eight works – including a suite of eighteen drawings, the Blanton hold...

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Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm

An exhibition of more than 30 gouache and pastel drawings by artist Natalie Frank, a New York-based Austin native. Frank has created feminist reimaginings of...

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SoundSpace: Musical Outsiders

A music event featuring works from outside the mainstream, including Molly Emerman performing player piano works by Conlon Nancarrow; a screening of the documentary “Conlon...

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Okay Mountain: Roadside Attractions

This installation by Austin artist collective Okay Mountain playfully mocks the brochure stands found in hotel lobbies and tourist centers with 100 different irreverent and...

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SoundSpace: Free Music and Community

Simultaneous performances throughout the Blanton’s galleries by musicians known for their creativity and spontaneity: the Bel Cuore Saxophone Quartet; Adam Rudolph and his Go: Organic Orchestra;...

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Marjorie Schwarzer

Marjorie Schwarzer, museum historian, presents her research on contemporary museum practices in the United Arab Emirates.

Perspectives: Doris Salcedo

An opportunity to see a special installation of sculpture by Colombian artist Doris Salcedo. The artist will discuss how her work responds to the politics...

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SoundSpace: Sound Construction

Live concert staged in the Blanton galleries by Austin composer Travis Weller alongside Dan Lippel, Steven Snowden, Ellen Bartel and “engineer/artist Sam Cusumano who extracts data from...

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La línea continua

The Blanton unveils 70 works from the Judy and Charles Tate Collection of Latin American art, which was given to the university earlier this year.

In the Company of Cats and Dogs

An exhibition of over 160 works that examine our relationship with felines and canines through the ages. Look for Dürer, Fragonard, William Blake, Goya, Gauguin,...

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Midday Music Series

This collaboration between the Butler School of Music and the Blanton Museum of Art explores the connections between musical and artistic forms. Faculty and student...

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Sol LeWitt: documentary film

Chris Teerink’s documentary about how a simple idea can lead to visual and intellectual beauty.   

SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960

 In conjunction with the exhibition Converging Lines, SoundSpace features experimental works by composers based in lower Manhattan in the 1960s, such as Steve Reich, La...

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