The Austin Art Scene – Weird and Wonderful
Austin did run a campaign entitled “Keep Austin Weird” in 2000. It’s aim was to preserve the unique artistic culture and to promote local business. If you look around, you’ll see a brilliant community of artists who are not afraid to express themselves. If you’re planning a trip, it’d be remiss of you not to visit a local gallery to support the local artists. They do a great job in their endeavors to keep the art scene alive.
The Austin Art Scene – What’s On This Summer In Austin?
Austin has been attracting more than just tourists. Consequently this has had a direct effect on the ever-changing landscape. The city has been expanding rapidly, due to an influx of talented, young people. They are flocking to Austin to attend the city’s famous University of Texas.
There’s always plenty to do. However, if you’re looking to explore more than the bar scene, here’s a little inspiration. Some things you should see and do to experience the cool and quirky side of this city.
1. Visit The Blanton Museum Of Art – 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX
The Blanton Museum of Art has over 18,000 works in its permanent collection. With exhibits that include works from European, American, Latin American and Aboriginal artists. This year, Blanton’s offerings include photography from 19th century Paris. As well as an exhibit on Latin American Conceptualism entitled, “From The Page To The Street.” This museum serves as a vital cultural resource for the community and is a must-see for any art lover.
2. Bullock Texas State History Museum – 1800 Congress Avenue, Austin TX
From April till January next year, The Bullock Texas State History Museum has a special exhibit about native Comanche history as captured by the Comanche artist Eric Tippeconnic. Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconic, is an interactive exhibit that explores the symbolism and meaning behind the paintings, and artifacts of the Comanche people. The display is designed to be a hands-on experience for all ages with activities such as a symbol scavenger hunt as well as touchable canvases and artist tools. This exhibition runs daily; however, it’s best to confirm the hours on the day that you decide to visit.
3. Austin Celebrates Vaudeville – Henry Ransom Center
Vaudeville was a significant part of the entertainment and art scene in Austin, In fact it dates back to the late 1800s. A typical vaudevillian style experience included short skits of comedy, magic and even animal tricks. Some famous American ‘Vaudevillians’ include Mae West and Harry Houdini, the illusionist. This eclectic exhibit is on until July 15th at the Henry Ransom Center located at the University of Texas. Come and see some of the artifacts, photographs, and even hear the voice of Houdini at this captivating exhibit.
Above all, the best way to explore Austin’s commitment to preserving its quirky and weird culture is through its art scene. Although Austin is known for its vibrant music and party atmosphere down 6th Street. And a trip would not be complete without taking some time out to support the local artists and creators who strive to keep the arts alive.