The Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK, Austin, 78701, 512/471-7324
Located on the University of Texas campus, the Blanton is a museum worthy of the state. At 180,000 square feet, it's the largest university art museum in the country and home to the biggest public-owned art collection in Central Texas, with 18,000 works that range from the European Renaissance (with paintings by Paolo Veronese and Rubens) to the Modernist era and beyond (with significant collections of 20th century North American art and contemporary Latin American art) to an encyclopedic collection of prints and drawings that spans centuries. In addition to the works from the collection on permanent display, the Blanton offers changing exhibitions, both major touring shows and ambitious homegrown efforts curated by museum staff, and lively public programs that include a literal art party once a month.
Now here's one of the world's most comprehensive collections of South Asian paintings outside of India, right there in the gorgeous venue on MLK. See for yourself these "dynamic images originally associated with important literary and religious texts, organized according to thematic narratives." Through Oct. 1. $9 (free, Thursdays).
This is an interactive lecture/demonstration of the sarod and tabla instruments from the acclaimed U.K.-based musicians, right there among the treasures of the Blanton. Fri., Sept. 22, noon. Included with museum admission.
The Blanton's artist-in-residence Kharod performs stories and bharatanatyam classical dances related to the paintings in the current "Epic Tales From Ancient India: Paintings From the San Diego Museum of Art" exhibition. Sat., Sept. 30, 1-4pm. Included with museum admission.
The popular series returns with performances inspired by Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and her legacy of American jazz and Indian devotional music, featuring Gourisankar Karmakar and Indradeep Ghosh, the Andre Hayward Quintet, Ravish Momin, Adrian Ruiz, the St. James Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, Tara Bhattacharya Reed, and more. Sun., Sept. 24, 2pm. Included with museum admission.
This vibrant ensemble features new works by Casey Martin, Andy Akiho, and Andrew Sigler. Tue., Sept. 26, noon. $10.
In their three-channel film installation, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler present a decaying movie set just outside Marfa, left behind after the 1956 filming of Giant. Through Oct. 1.
- 2016: Readers Best Museum
- 2015: Readers Best Museum (Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2014: Readers Best Museum (Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2014: Critics Best Multimedia Meme ("In the Company of Cats and Dogs" Exhibit at the Blanton)
- 2013: Readers Best Art Gallery (Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2013: Readers Best Museum
- 2012: Readers Best Museum (Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2011: Readers Best Museum
- 2010: Readers Best Museum
- 2009: Readers Best Museum (Blanton)
- 2008: Readers Best Art Gallery (The Blanton)
- 2007: Readers Best Museum
- 2007: Readers Best Place to See New Art
- 2006: Readers Best Museum (Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2006: Readers Best Place to See New Art (Blanton Museum of Art)
- 2002: Critics Best Illusion
- 2001: Critics Best 20th-Century Latin American Collection
- 2000: Critics Cheapest Highbrow Date
- 1999: Critics Best Thing On Paper