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Blanton Museum to Participate in Slow Art Day on April 17

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will participate in “Slow Art Day,” a global art event happening on Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A project of the nonprofit Reading Odyssey, Inc., “Slow Art Day” provides participants a chance to slow down and spend some quality time contemplating art – a rare opportunity in our super charged, fast paced world. Those interested in participating should come to The Blanton at 11 a.m. and will be given a list of ten artworks to examine for up to ten minutes each. (Participants will choose which works from the list they wish to view.) Lunch and a formal discussion of the art will follow afterwards at The Blanton Café. By devoting time to a small number of works, participants will leave feeling energized by the experience, with a renewed appreciation for art. Over 45 cities are signed up for Slow Art Day 2010, from Sao Paulo to Birmingham. View a full list here:

*Participants will be required to pay the museum’s regular admission fees and will pay for their own lunch.

The following works from The Blanton’s collection will be considered: (Except where noted, all works are from The Blanton’s permanent collection galleries located on the second floor.)

  • Eve Sussman, The Kiss, 2006 (From the Desire exhibition)
  • Glenn Ligon, Lest We Forget, 1998 (From the Desire exhibition)
  • Manuel Álvarez Bravo, The Crouched Ones, 1934 (From the Alvarez Bravo exhibition)
  • Kerry James Marshall, Black Painting, 2003-2006
  • Stanton Macdonald-Wright, Synchromy in Purple Minor, 1918
  • George Sugerman, Two in One, 1966
  • Vernon Fisher, Evidence of Houdini’s Return, 1994
  • Sinibaldo Scorza, Orpheus Charming Beasts, c. 1615
  • Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, The Storyteller, mid 1770s
  • Marcantonio Raimondi, Galatea

The Blanton Museum of Art

Encompassing over 17,000 works of art, The Blanton’s permanent collection spans the history of Western civilization, from antiquity to the present, with strong holdings of European art from the 14th through the 18th centuries, 19th- and 20th-century American art, modern and contemporary Latin American art, and the finest collection of prints and drawings in the South and Southwest.

With the 2006 opening of the Blanton’s 180,000-square-foot facility, the museum’s mission expanded from primarily serving the university community to also serving the entire Austin and Central Texas region as its major art museum. All of the Blanton’s exhibitions and programs are now developed with the overarching goal of connecting to both university and community audiences through a common ground of intellectual and emotional curiosity about art.

Located at the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Congress Avenue, the museum is across the street from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and is adjacent to downtown Austin. The museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 10-5, Saturday 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursday is free admission day and the museum is open until 9 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders and children under 12, $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for college students with ID, and $5 for youth (13-25). For information call (512) 471-7324 or visit

About the Reading Odyssey Group

The Reading Odyssey, a non-profit, wants to make it easy for adults to play with culture – read great books, discuss important ideas, view art slowly. They run phone-based reading groups, lecture series, Facebook campaigns and live events like Slow Art Day around the world. More info at:

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