Blanton Museum of Art presents "Terry Allen: MemWars" opening day

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"Terry Allen: MemWars"
Photo courtesy of The Blanton Museum of Art

The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin will host "Terry Allen: MemWars," the ninth Contemporary Project in the series. In this special presentation at the Blanton, Allen’s work from the series MemWars takes a cue from Italian Futurist one-act plays known as sintesi, which rejected stagnation and embraced innovation.

Inspired by these unconventional micro dramas, the series reflects on how memory - in motion, and often at war with itself as the title suggests - fuels storytelling. The three-channel video installation MemWars (2016) features nine autobiographical reflections told by Allen and his wife and frequent collaborator, actress and writer Jo Harvey Allen.

The narratives explore what inspires the songwriting process, with each story culminating in a song. The video installation is complemented by drawings, many of which combine images with texts, spanning prose writing to stage direction, and likewise cross-reference the visual, theatrical, and musical.

The exhibition will remain on display through July 10, 2022.

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Blanton Museum of Art
200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701


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