The Blanton Museum of Art has regular art events for the general public. We’ve been photographing art events for them for a number of years. It is always fun to get a peak at the newest exhibits accompanied by great music and food. This summer’s event was Ancestral Modern, featuring Australian Aboriginal art from the Kaplan & Levi collection.
B-Scene: Summer Down Under
It’s summer in Texas so an event called “Summer Down Under” seems appropriate. B-Scene is the public event open to anyone and they are always fun. Guests can stroll through the exhibits on their own. There are themed food items matching the exhibit: in this case Austin company Boomerang Pies brought a selection of Australian inspired items like meat pies. Kammok, another Austin company, also brought out some of their hammocks so folks could enjoy the breeze in the courtyard. Will Taylor and Strings Attached played a variety of Australian inspired music to set the mood. And of course, the docents are always there to give a little background about the exhibits.
Photographing Art Events
One of the great things about this type of art event is the access guests have to the exhibits. Not only can they see the current rotating exhibit, but the permanent exhibits are open as well. These type of events present some interesting challenges. The exhibits are strictly “no flash” even for us officially photographing art events there. There is a good reason: flash and other light sources eventually bleach out the art. We have to work in very low light. We also have to find interesting ways to show people looking at art against walls.
Docents often give guided trips through the exhibits which provides opportunities.
And of course, sometimes we just see interesting arrangements in the people, art and walls.
Art Block Party
B-Scene art events are half art exhibition and half block party. The Blanton’s main atrium is a great place for live music and some dancing.