The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will host the Blanton Block Party on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Since kicking off in 2017, almost 40,000 visitors have taken part in this annual festival celebrating art, music, and community.
“We’re delighted to host our fourth annual Blanton Block Party in March,” said Blanton director Simone Wicha. “We invite all of Austin to celebrate what makes this city special—our artists, musicians, cultural institutions, and community—at the Block Party. The Blanton’s outdoor spaces will be alive with local musicians and performers and activities for families and kids, but most importantly, the museum is free and open to the public throughout the day and night. We look forward to welcoming the city to the museum, whether it’s for the first time or the fiftieth, to enjoy the incredible art experiences here.”
The Block Party lineup includes Ballet Folklórico de Austin, The Barton Hills Choir, Beat Root Revival, Carrie Rodriguez, Como Las Movies, Dub Equis Featuring BlackLight, Esquina Tango Austin, Henry Invisible, Kalu James, Los Coast, and The Selfless Lovers, and will be hosted by KUTX DJ Paul Carrubba.
Museum admission is free, and audiences are invited to enjoy the museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection. Visitors can experience the Blanton’s constantly changing collection galleries of modern and contemporary art, works from Latin America from the 1500s to present, and European Renaissance and Baroque paintings. Exhibitions that will be on view include The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico and Peru in the 1920s, Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins, and The Artist at Work.
Other performances include poetry readings by Jesús Valles and 2019 Texas Poet Laureate Carrie Fountain, and an art-themed pun-off from past winners of the O. Henry Pun Off World Championship.
More highlights include family art activities, a woodblock printmaking activity in collaboration with PrintAustin, screen-printing via Industry Print Shop, and photobooths courtesy of MyEventIsTheBomb. Food and drink will be available for purchase from local favorites Kreyòl Korner Caribbean Cuisine, The North Door, Pinkberry, Tamale Addiction, and the Blanton Café.
Parking will be available in the Brazos Parking Garage for $5.