200 E. MLK, 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.
This new solo exhibition of two-dimensional and sculptural works by Brooklyn native Kambui Olujimi
, now on view in the Blanton's Contemporary Project gallery, will revitalize your awareness of what's coordinated and universal. Through July 14.
Drawn primarily from the Blanton’s extensive collection of Latin American art, this exhibition offers an innovative perspective on how artists of the region have explored the links between visual art and written language since the early decades of the twentieth century, with examples ranging from Alejandro Xul Solar and Joaquín Torres-García’s creation of alphabets and metaphysical signs, to the visual experiments of Brazilian concrete poets in the 1960s, and the political codification of language by conceptualists since the 1970s. Feb. 17-May 26.
This latest iteration of SoundSpace is inspired by the new "Words/Matter" exhibition and features performances using contact microphones to amplify the sound of drawing, hand-made hoses with audio clips describing childhood memories, and a dance piece exploring the onomatopoeia through the physical embodiment of vocalized text With performances by the Octopus Project
, and Yuliya Lanina
. Sun., Feb. 17, 2-4pm. $5-12.