We hope to see you at the museum soon for a visit! We are pleased to now offer a combination of online and in-person events, providing visitors with multiple ways to expand the museum experience through public tours, artist talks and curator-led discussions. Check back here for more about Curated Conversations, Virtual Visits, and other ways to deepen your museum experience digitally.
Join us for live Q&A sessions with Blanton staff and special guests! They’ll answer your burning questions about everything from how the windows in Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin got here to what NOT to say to an artist.
Caminos del Río Grande: Luis Jiménez’s Borderlands
Luis Jiménez (1940-2006), born in El Paso, Texas, and long-time resident of New Mexico, lived most of his life in the American Southwest. In his art, he critically addressed themes like the history of Westward Expansion, immigration, and the contributions that Mexican Americans have made to the region. Distinguished scholars Holly Barnet-Sánchez and John Morán González will explore how the culture and history of the borderlands—not only between United States and Mexico, but also between Texas and New Mexico—helped shape the artistic vision of this prominent American artist.
About our Speakers Holly Barnet-Sanchez, Associate Professor Emerita of Latin American and Chicano/a, Latino/a art history, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
Holly Barnet-Sanchez is an art historian, curator, and Associate Professor (emerita) of Latin American and Chicano/a, Latino/a art history at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, where she was also Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Fine Arts. She participated in creating the exhibition, Chicano Art Resistance, and Affirmation, 1965-1985, for The Wight Art Gallery, UCLA. She served as curator at the Mexican Museum in San Francisco in the early 1990s. Barnet-Sanchez worked on the documentation project for the Mural Resource Center at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) and subsequently co-edited, with Eva Cockcroft, Signs from the Heart; California Chicano Murals. As one of the curators for ¿Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California, she contributed the essay “Where are the Chicana Printmakers? Presence and Absence in the Work of Chicana Artists of the Movimiento.” More recently, she published with Tim Drescher, Give Me Life: Iconography and Identity in East LA Murals, a remarkable volume analyzing and documenting Chicano murals in East Los Angeles.
John Morán González, J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature, The University of Texas at Austin
From the border town of Brownsville, Texas, John Morán González is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude with an A.B. in English literature in 1988. At Stanford University, he earned an M.A. degree in 1991, and a Ph.D. in 1998, both in English and American literature. He has published in journals such as American Literature, American Literary History, Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Journal of Latino/Latin American Studies, Nineteenth-Century Contexts, Symbolism, and Western American Literature. He is the author of two books: Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican-American Literature (2009), and The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels (2010). He is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature (2016), and co-editor (with Laura Lomas) of The Cambridge History of Latina/o American Literature (2018). He co-edited Communication of Migration in Media and Arts (with Vildan Mahmutoglu, 2020); and Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border (with Sonia Hernández, 2021). In addition, González is a founding member of Refusing to Forget (RTF), an award-winning non-profit public history project dedicated to critically memorializing state violence in the South Texas borderlands. A former director of the UT Austin Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), González currently serves on the Board of Directors for Humanities Texas and on the Board of Directors for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project.
Feature Image Caption: Luis Jiménez, Detail of Progress II [Progreso II], 1976 (1999), fiberglass, resin and acrylic paint,125 3/4 x 261 x 136 1/4 in. Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Anonymous gift, 2011
Enjoy this video series featuring Blanton educator Monique Piñón O’Neil leading easy, make-at-home art activities inspired by works in the museum collection. Each activity includes a downloadable supply list and instructions.
Step inside the galleries of the museum….virtually! Our interactive 360-degree video tours let you move through exhibitions online, enhancing your “visit” with high-resolution images, in-depth descriptive text, audio commentary from curators, and even videos. First up, you can explore our exhibition The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s. Stay tuned for more virtual visits soon!
In January 2015, the renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly gifted to the Blanton the design concept for his most monumental work, a 2,715-square-foot stone building with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture, and fourteen black and white marble panels. Titled Austin, honoring the artist’s tradition of naming particular works for the places for which they are destined, the structure is the only building the artist designed, and will be his most lasting legacy. Envisioned by Kelly as a site for joy and contemplation, Austin is a cornerstone of the Blanton’s permanent collection and will enrich the lives of visitors from around the world.
The Blanton’s permanent collection of over 19,000 works is recognized for its European paintings, prints and drawings, and modern and contemporary American and Latin American art. Browse by collection area or search the entire collection.
The Blanton Bake-Off has now taken place 2020 and 2021. Do you have what it BAKES to win?
Check our gallery of entries below to see some previous entries and read this article in PBS Newshour to learn about how the #BlantonBakeOff began!
2021 Winners: Pancake art by Aida (Youth under 18 Category) / Inspired by Fernando Botero, Santa Rosa de Lima según Vásquez [Santa Rosa de Lima after Vasquez]. Layered Cake by Blythe Johnson (Adult Category)/ Inspired by José Pedro Costigliolo’s “Forma negra [Black form].”
2020 Winners: Chocolate Cookie by Cookies del Mundo / Inspired by Simone dei Crocifissi’s “Triptych” (Professional Category). Sugar Cookie by St. Elmo Architecture Studio / Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin.