200 E. MLK, 512/471-5482
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.
Many artists work in multiple mediums, but for Lubbock-raised Terry Allen
, music, performance, writing, and visual artwork are truly all part of the same practice. As a visual artist, he often creates immersive sculptural installations with an aspect of performance, incorporated through projections and video. For this ninth installment in the Blanton’s Contemporary Project
series, Allen reveals a three-channel video installation
and a related group of drawings. Through July 10.
This is the first retrospective of Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz
's work in the United States. The exhibition includes 40 exemplary works from his most evocative series
created between the 1970s and today, wherein the artist has "turned photographic processes inside out to underscore the intrinsic fragility and transient nature of the image," revealing "how the act of opening the aperture to light instantaneously transforms the present into the past and life into memory." Through June 5.
Drawing primarily from the Blanton’s extensive holdings of French prints, this exhibition invites you to look closely at exquisite details, marvel at fantastic forms, and take delight in ornate embellishments that celebrate the creativity of imagination across three centuries. Through Aug. 14.