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Blanton Museum of Art

Here’s one thing that never ceases to amuse me:

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Burnt orange street signs with little longhorn logos,
because how else would you know that you’ve hit the UT campus?

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The Blanton Museum of Art is a part of UT; their weekday hours are somewhat limited (10am-5pm) and I don’t usually choose to venture downtown on the weekends if I can help it, but on the third Thursday of the month they stay open until 9pm. Also, every Thursday is free admission, and I plan to take greater advantage of that fact because the art museum is awesome.

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It’s even more fun with friends who are willing to be giggly/wildly irreverent with you. I mean, not that my friends would ever do that. Just…hypothetically.

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“Wow, that is one tubby horse.”
“Right? He kinda looks like a cow.”
“Wait, is that a dinosaur behind him?!”
*snort*
“It’s an ostrich.”
“Same thing.”

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Through September, Blanton’s special exhibition is In the Company of Cats and Dogs: “a multifaceted look at our relationship with felines and canines through the ages.”

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In the shadows of the foliage
The black cat’s eyes
Golden, ferocious

- Kawabata Bosha [artist: Shoda Koho]

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This is a beautiful piece, no?

The accompanying text is even better:

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That wanton girl.

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Outside the special exhibition hall was a set of TV screens playing various loops of cat videos, and we stood as a part of an ever-growing crowd just staring and “awww”-ing and laughing at cat videos. I repeat: we went to an art museum and had a collective experience with YouTube videos.

Art is awesome.

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The museum itself is not especially large, but it does have an impressively diverse collection representing many different periods and styles. This was the part where I realized that our reconnaissance mission to get a feel for the place was not nearly sufficient enough to appreciate everything within it. I could (and would like to) spend hours and hours more here.

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If I were asked to pick a favorite part of the museum, sculptures would come in at a close second.

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But first place would go to modern art.

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I don’t think I can fully express the upswing of emotions that modern art gives me. I could spent hours up close studying the light in a Rembrandt or appreciating the minute hatch marks in a DΓΌrer – classical painting, even the Impressionist pieces, are very fascinating to me on a technical level: I want to know how they came into being.

But modern art hits me right in the gut: it transcends the cognitive and goes right to the visceral. I want to stand back, see it as a whole, and let the emotion of it wash right over me. I bounced around this room like a kid in a candy store, I guess is what I’m saying. I wanted to see it ALL and I wanted to see it ALL AT ONCE. (Did I mention that I want to go back? Because I think I could spend a whole day just in this room.)

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NO BUT SERIOUSLY I LOVE THIS

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SO. MUCH.

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Though I won’t say that I always…get it.

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I still love every little bit of it.

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My life is about to get very, very busy with traveling and special events and general early-autumn-into-winter busyness…but if I can get a few hours away again then I would really like to come back here.

And just sit for a few hours.

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Because art is awesome.

[blantonmuseum.org]