The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents School Days, a new series of public programs to be held in conjunction with the museum’s current workspace installation by artist Anna Craycroft. Running through October 16th, School Days offers several educationally themed events – a topic that the artist explores in her installation.
Featured programs include an English Class with a reading by the Encyclopedia Show Austin, School Band with an ambient musical performance by Nick Hennie and the Church of the Friendly Ghost, an open-mic session to share old school essays, poetry workshop with S.E. Smith and Home Economics with the Knotty Knitters. The series concludes with a self-portrait drawing workshop hosted by Anna Craycroft. Additionally, every Thursday, curator Risa Puleo will hold “office hours” in the gallery to chat about the exhibition.
Calendar of Programs
Office Hours with Risa Puleo, Thursdays in August, 2-4 p.m.
Special office hours with Risa Puleo, The Blanton’s assistant curator of contemporary art and the curator of Workspace: Anna Craycroft. Talk to an art expert!
Book Report, Sunday, August 8, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Join in a discussion of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon with members of the Young Austin Women’s Literary Society and clinical faculty member Ann Brown from the UT Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Home Ec, Thursday, August 19, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grab your knitting needles and crochet hooks and share your love of fiber arts with Austin’s local knitting/crocheting meet-up group, The Knotty Knitters. Beginners are welcome.
School Band, Saturday, August 21, 2 p.m.
Acclaimed percussionist and composer Nick Hennies, in association with Church of the Friendly Ghost, will share with visitors an array of cowbells, drums, snares and triangles in a workshop that will explore instrument resonances, acoustic space, and aural immersion, culminating in a group performance on the vibraphone.
English Lit: Poetry Workshop with S.E. Smith, Sunday September 12, 2 p.m.
Graduate of the Michener Institute and widely published poet S.E. Smith takes the mystery out of contemporary poetry. Beginning with Frank O’Hara’s poem, “Why I am not a painter” SE leads a tour of the gallery to some of O’Hara’s favorite artists. The event concludes with a poetry workshop
Scholastic Bowl: The Encyclopedia Show Austin!, Thursday, September 16th, at 7:30 p.m.
The cast of The Encyclopedia Show produces creative performances centered on themes taken from actual encyclopedias. For their program at The Blanton, they will host a School Days themed reading series with poetry, song, fiction, and perhaps a game of Heads Up 7-Up.
School Days Open Mic: What I Knew, Sunday, October 3 at 2 p.m.
Dig up your best (or worst) essays and book reports! Local artist Katelyn Wood hosts “What I Knew,” an open mic session in which visitors can share their writings from grammar school to grad school. Bring your notebook, number two pencils, and all you thought you knew.
Further details of these events and more can be found on the Blanton’s calendar at blantonmuseum.org/calendar_events.
About WorkSpace: Anna Craycroft
Anna Craycroft: Subject of Learning/Object of Study is the current installation in the museum’s WorkSpace series of contemporary art. Conceived by Brooklyn-based artist Anna Craycroft, the installation transforms the Blanton’s WorkSpace gallery and adjoining e-lounge into educational spaces complete with colorful sliding chalkboards, modular furniture, pedagogical computer displays, a library of educational books, and other elements designed by the artist to create a “classroom” setting. Craycroft’s work explores “how various definitions of the ‘individual’ prescribe the structure of our institutions, and conversely, how the mechanics of an institution inscribe the persons within.” The exhibition at the Blanton highlights how the museum, itself, can be a tool for teaching.
The Blanton Museum of Art
The museum is located at the intersection of Martin Luther King and Congress Avenue and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10-5, Saturday from 11-5, and Sunday from 1-5. Thursdays are free admission days and every third Thursday the museum is open until 9pm. Admission if 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 (13-21). For information call (512) 471-7324 or visit www.blantonmuseum.org.