Over the weekend, Siddiqi (my friend who will be mentioned in many posts. Sorry/not sorry Siddiqi as you are an entertaining accomplice) and I checked out Blanton’s new permanent collection at their all day/all night block party. I’ve gotta say going to a museum at 9 PM brings a sense of extra wonder and that childish feeling of sneaking into a place that you knows is closed any other day, despite the fact your eyes and brain are shouting that the museum is intentionally open until 11 PM.
Music from El Tule blasted away at 9 PM. There was even a couple salsa dancing to the trumpets and electric guitar!
As you moved away from the live action, Nina Katchadourian’s work could be seen in the first floor gallery. She had some interesting stuff, like family tree of pop culture icons and artworks using only materials within an arm’s reach on an airplane.
The second floor housed the permanent collection. The Renaissance art stayed put, which is an always comforting thought for any fan of the Renaissance such as myself. It was refreshing to see some new items, namely a few statues.
Mountain Man, Frederic Sackrider Remington 1903
Tlapacoya-style Seated Baby Hollow Figure, Olmec Pre-Classical Period (1200-600 BCE)
Our favorite find, though, was a simple black canvas with old international currency stuck onto it. We spent about ten minutes trying to name as many countries we could find. Siddiqi felt so proud to know there were multiple Pakistani coins. I was excited to find the USSR coins (I am not Russian but do claim myself as a beginner level Russophile). We were so into our financial nerdiness that we didn’t realize the piece was actually a constellation map using international currency. Thirty seconds into attempting to decipher the constellations, we just went back into our bubble of naming countries. I got to say, I would not mind spending my money on a museum ticket and UT parking just to see that wall all day long.
All in all, it was a very artistic, fun and great way to get confused about art.