Just as art reflects a personal expression of emotion and intellect, the frames that hold art reflect the fluctuating popularity of gold leaf. Observe two in one with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a family membership to the Blanton Museum of Art, plus two general public tickets to B scene (a $104 total value). You must activate your yearlong membership within three months. A family membership is good for two adults from the same household and children age 17 and under.
With more than 17,000 priceless works of art in its collection, the Blanton Museum of Art stakes its claim as one of the largest amalgamation of artwork in Central Texas. Unlock artistic patronage with a family membership, which gives households a year's worth of exclusive access to The Blanton's collection and exhibitions, such as the current About Face: Portraiture as Subject. Other perks include invitations to members-only tours and previews, discounts for classes and special events, a 10% discount at the museum store and The Blanton Café, and a free subscription to The Blanton members' newsletter, Articulate. If The Blanton spurs an addiction to culture, use your reciprocal membership to participating university art museums nationwide to fan the cadmium red flames of the art fire.
Members can also invoke irreversible jealousy in a duo of uninitiated friends by introducing them to B scene, a bimonthly social event that's discounted to $5 for Blanton members (normally $12 for general public). Each art-centered soiree extols the exhibit of the moment and encourages patrons to socialize with strangers, interact with museum acquisitions, and strike the poses of their favorite sculptures.
Blanton Museum of Art
When Archer M. Huntington donated 4,000 acres of land to The University of Texas at Austin, it was no surprise that the husband to renowned sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington stipulated it be used to support an art museum. Today, Blanton Museum of Art—named Best Museum in the Austin Chronicle's 2013 Best of Austin Readers' Poll—honors Archer's request by providing access to more than 17,000 works and a variety of rotating exhibitions. The museum's collection of prints, paintings, and sculptures comprises more than 4,000 pieces from America and 1,800 from Latin America, and it even includes the Suida-Manning Collection—a group of 230 paintings and 400 drawings by Baroque and Renaissance masters that was much sought after by other museums, according to Frommer's. With these pieces as backdrop, the museum hosts Third Thursday events such as artist talks and Yoga in the Galleries, the latter of which finds instructors twisting sculptures into poses that will be easier on their spines.