Since the crackdown on street vendors selling vials of "authentic" Picasso blood, it's been harder than ever to get close to famous artists. Go under the influence of genuine masterpieces with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a family membership to the Blanton Museum of Art, located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. 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.
A family membership is an excellent way to stealthily support the arts, ensuring your entire household can sneak undetected into The Blanton and enjoy a year's worth of exclusive access to the permanent collection and exhibitions, such as the current Matisse as Printmaker. Other perks include invitations to members-only tours and previews, discounts for classes and special events such as B scene, a 10% discount at the museum store and the Blanton Café, 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.
The Blanton museum has something for every artophile stored within the 124,000-square-foot Mari and James A. Michener Gallery Building, the 56,000-square-foot Edgar A. Smith Building, and the 145,000-square-foot public plaza and gardens, so assign a different role to each of your multiple personalities as you explore every inch of culture, artistic heritage, and bathroom stall on the premises.
More than 40 Yelpers give The Blanton Museum of Art an average of four stars:
- Huge and bright and airy. I want to breathe the air more deeply when I'm there. Perhaps the modern art makes me hyperventilate---but in a good way. – Angela M.
- Going to the Blanton to experience art has the added advantage of contextualizing the communal experience. – Lisa M.
- I really like the more modern pieces in the permanent collection and in the short time that the museum has been open, I have really liked the temporary exhibits. – Kelty G.
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.
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