A Visit to the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin

"Holding Hands" Austin, 2019
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“Holding Hands” Austin, 2019

Today Bay and I were at UT for a recruiting event, and after that was over we decided to check out the Blanton Museum of Art. Actually, Bay has been there twice before but this was my first time.

The Blanton Museum of Art is located on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, so if you are in town for an event, vacation, or touring UT, it’s super-convenient to visit. There’s a parking garage right next door, and it’s only $4 (with validation). Admission to the museum for me was $12 (adult), and just $5 for Bay (youth). If you are a UT student, the admission is free, and $5 if you are a student at another college. Oh, and admission is FREE on Thursdays!

I enjoyed the modern art of the permanent collection, but if you are used to the offerings in New York City or other large metropolises, you might be disappointed. Still, the space is top-notch and the temporary exhibition Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language at the Blanton was really good. I really liked the wood print posters and their graphic style.

I took a few photos in the museum, and at the Ellsworth Kelly Austin installation. Enjoy!

"Make Tacos Not War" Austin, 2019
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“Make Tacos Not War” Austin, 2019
"Color Light" Austin, 2019
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“Color Light” Austin, 2019
"B" Austin, 2019
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“B” Austin, 2019
"Delicate Sculptures" Austin, 2019
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“Delicate Sculptures” Austin, 2019
"Skylight" Austin, 2019
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“Skylight” Austin, 2019

BookPeople

"Travel Books" Austin, 2017
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“Travel Books” Austin, 2017

こんばんは。How’s it going?

Today I dropped off my son and his friend downtown (Austin) so they could post some concert photos. And of course I had to stop by my favorite book store, BookPeople! It’s my favorite place to buy greeting cards and I needed to stock up on a few. But before that, I checked out my favorite section, which is Travel Memoirs. I love traveling so looking at all the cool destinations gets me excited! Where to go next?

What I love about BookPeople is that as an independent book store, they have the freedom to make staff recommendations (which are awesome) and also create their own displays. For instance, this incredible display:

"Display" Austin, 2017
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“Display” Austin, 2017

Love it!

And then I had to browse the notebook section. I almost bought a Rhodia notebook, but then found these really nice (and affordable) Japanese notebooks. The staff recommendation said they are perfect for fountain pens, so I picked up these two notebooks:

"Notebook Haul" Austin, 2017
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“Notebook Haul” Austin, 2017

The paper is nice and writing on the pages with a fountain pen is smooth and the ink looks great on it. I kind of regret starting my daily journal in the current notebook now… it’s too big! Will take me years to fill it up. I should use smaller notebooks so that I can try different ones. I guess I just need to bite the bullet and switch over, leaving all those pages in the old book blank. 😭 But life’s too short to worry about those things, right?

I hope you had a nice Sunday!

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