Art Party

Austin art museum reveals innovative new look to A-list crowd

Austin art museum reveals innovative new look to A-list crowd

Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Greg Fenves Carmel Fenves Stacey Branch Dan Branch
Greg and Carmel Fenves with Stacey and Dan Branch. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Dan Rather Jean Rather
Dan and Jean Rather. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Luci Baines Johnson Simone Wicha Ian Turpin
Luci Baines Johnson, Simone Wicha, and Ian Turpin. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Siboney Diaz-Sanchez Adriana Corral
Siboney Diaz-Sanchez and Adriana Corral. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Patrick Wade Bridget Wade
Patrick and Bridget Wade. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Kelli Blanton Simone Wicha  Gary Wicha Eddy Blanton
Kelli Blanton, Simone Wicha, Gary Wicha, and Eddy Blanton. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Trevor Brown Marice Brown Mark Mai Mary Clay Greg Clay Kate Mai
Trevor Brown and Marice Brown with Mark Mai, Mary and Greg Clay, and Kate Mai. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Regina Rogers Ginger Blanton Judy Tate Cathy Borlenghi
Regina Rogers, Ginger Blanton, Judy Tate, and Cathy Borlenghi. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Gay Gaddis Ruth Ajayi
Gay Gaddis and Ruth Ajayi. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Tony Meier John Koegel Tavares Strachan Donald Moffett
Tony Meier, John Koegel, Tavares Strachan, and Donald Moffett. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Greg Fenves Carmel Fenves Michael Klein Jeanne Klein Alice Walton Jack Shear Simone Wicha
Greg and Carmel Fenves, Michael and Jeanne Klein, Alice Walton, Jack Shear, and Simone Wicha. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Tavares Strachan Thomas Glassford James Drake Jim Hodges Janine Antoni Michael Klein Jeanne Klein Teresa Hubbard Alexander Birchler Jack Shear Adriana Corral  Vincent Valdez Donald Moffett
Tavares Strachan, Thomas Glassford, James Drake, Jim Hodges, Janine Antoni, Michael Klein, Jeanne Klein, Teresa Hubbard, Alexander Birchler, Jack Shear, Adriana Corral, Vincent Valdez, and Donald Moffett. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Blanton Museum of Art Mordern & Contemporary galleries installation 2017
The Modern American gallery. Photo courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art European galleries installation 2017
The European galleries. Photo courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art Latin American galleries installation 2017
The Latin American galleries Photo courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art Paper Vault gallery installation 2017
The new Paper Vault gallery. Photo courtesy of Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Greg Fenves Carmel Fenves Stacey Branch Dan Branch
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Dan Rather Jean Rather
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Luci Baines Johnson Simone Wicha Ian Turpin
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Siboney Diaz-Sanchez Adriana Corral
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Patrick Wade Bridget Wade
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Kelli Blanton Simone Wicha  Gary Wicha Eddy Blanton
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Trevor Brown Marice Brown Mark Mai Mary Clay Greg Clay Kate Mai
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Regina Rogers Ginger Blanton Judy Tate Cathy Borlenghi
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Gay Gaddis Ruth Ajayi
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Tony Meier John Koegel Tavares Strachan Donald Moffett
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Greg Fenves Carmel Fenves Michael Klein Jeanne Klein Alice Walton Jack Shear Simone Wicha
Blanton Museum of Art Gala 2017 Tavares Strachan Thomas Glassford James Drake Jim Hodges Janine Antoni Michael Klein Jeanne Klein Teresa Hubbard Alexander Birchler Jack Shear Adriana Corral  Vincent Valdez Donald Moffett
Blanton Museum of Art Mordern & Contemporary galleries installation 2017
Blanton Museum of Art European galleries installation 2017
Blanton Museum of Art Latin American galleries installation 2017
Blanton Museum of Art Paper Vault gallery installation 2017

What: 2017 Blanton Gala

Where: Blanton Museum of Art

The details: Dazzling Austinites and art enthusiasts met at the Blanton Museum of Art on February 11 for a gala and sneak preview of the museum's gallery renovations. Guests enjoyed cocktails; a seated dinner; and a first look at the redesigned space that highlights the Blanton's permanent collections in new ways and includes three rotating galleries: Paper Vault, Video Room, and Contemporary Project.

"My challenge to the team was for us to reconsider the museum in a way that was more visually arresting, more thought-provoking, and nationally innovative. The reinstallation brings the museum to a new level, one that reflects the quality and vibrancy of our city," says museum director Simone Wicha in a release.

These updates and more are now on view. To celebrate, everyone is invited to the free Blanton Block Party on March 25.

Who: Kelli Blanton, Eddy Blanton, Ginger Blanton, Luci Baines Johnson, Dan Rather, Jean Rather, Alice Walton, Simone Wicha, Gary Wicha, Ian Turpin, Greg Fenves, Carmel Fenves, Judy Tate, Tavares Strachan, Thomas Glassford, James Drake, Jim Hodges, Janine Antoni, Michael Klein, Jeanne Klein, Teresa Hubbard, Alexander Birchler, Jack Shear, Adriana Corral, Vincent Valdez, Donald Moffett, Stacey Branch, Dan Branch, Trevor Brown, Marice Brown, Mary Clay, Greg Clay, Kate Mai, Mark Mai, Siboney Diaz-Sanchez, Regina Rogers, Cathy Borlenghi, Patrick Wade, Bridget Wade, Gay Gaddis, Ruth Ajayi, Tony Meier, John Koegel.