If you’re looking to pack some art into your visitor’s time in Austin, be sure to explore “Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires” at the Blanton Museum of Art at the corner of Congress and MLK. According to an informational excerpt, the exhibit, which runs through May 22, is designed to “provoke visual delight and generate pleasurable aesthetic encounters.” The works explore the concepts of beauty and joy and embody an unexpected and light-hearted response to the preceding period of military suppression in Argentina.
Being partial to minimal, modern art with interesting color combinations, I absolutely loved “Recovering Beauty.” Every single work creatively combined odd materials and thought-provoking color blends in an original and inspired way. I especially liked the curving plywood frames with color-infused plaid interiors (like subtle pinks, greens, and oranges). This is my favorite style of art, but I still found “Recovering Beauty” to be the most creative art exhibit I had seen in a long time.
While there, you can also visit the Blanton’s permanent collection on the second floor. I never get tired of browsing their contemporary works by Jo Baer, Alejandro Puente, Ray Parker, etc.
Admission is free for UT faculty, students, and staff, $5 for other college students with a valid ID, $5 for youth, $7 for seniors, and $9 for adults. There is also a café and gift shop right across from the museum. I personally love to grab a smoothie and one of the café’s delicious toasted sandwiches after visiting the most recent exhibit. On Thursdays, admission is free and both the museum and café are open until 9 p.m.
Upcoming exhibits include “Line” from March 19 through June 26, an exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, and “About Face: Portraiture As Subject” from April 30 through September 4. According to the website, the exhibition features “35 portraits in diverse mediums and across a range of time periods to examine how personality and aspects of character are portrayed in art.”
For a more detailed guide to all current and upcoming exhibitions, as well as visitor information, visit http://blantonmuseum.org/ .