It's the most wonderful time of the yearwhen you have to figure out ways to entertain and amuse visiting family and friends.
Before you resort to back-to-back screenings of your most recent vacation videos, make a date to stimulate your curiosity and intellect with a visit to an exhibit or two on campus at The University of Texas at Austin. Read on for hours and exhibit information.
2012 Holiday Hours:
The Blanton Museum of Art will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Otherwise, the museum and Museum Shop will be open normal operating hours: Tuesday Friday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 5 p.m. Thursday is free admission day and the museum is open until 9 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month. Admission is free to members, all current UT ID-holders and children under age 12; $9 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for college students with ID; and $5 for youth (ages 13-25). For information call 512-471-7324 or visit blantonmuseum.org/visit.
A presentation that puts the preservation of Old Master paintings and drawings from the 16th through 18th centuries under a metaphorical microscope, underscoring how the convergence of art and science can lead to new knowledge about artworks and their makers.
In a presentation exclusive to the Blanton, see eight rare and never-before publicly exhibited Tibetan Buddhist artworks from the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.
Works by contemporary artist Paul Pfeiffer are presented in conversation with James Naismith's "Original Rules of Basket Ball" the 1891 document that outlined the 13 original rules of the game. This unique pairing considers basketball from a historical perspective, while exploring the phenomena and spectacle that surround it.
A selection of prints on virtue and vice by William Hogarth, noted English satirist, from the artist's important 18th-century series inspired by the complexities of life in London.
Holiday Family Days: What's Old is New Again
Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29, 11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Explore the science of art conservation and how the materials used to make art can be tricky to preserve. Enjoy family tours, games, and hands-on activities that allow you to see art in a new way.
Sand Mandala Project
Wednesday, Jan. 9 Sunday, Jan. 13
Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery construct a sand mandala in the Blanton's atrium, using millions of grains of sand. Construction and related events will take place during museum hours. Visit BlantonMuseum.org for details.
2012 Holiday Hours:
The Ransom Center Galleries are closed Mondays, as well as Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Otherwise, the galleries are open Tuesday Friday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., with extended Thursday hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays the galleries are open noon 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Free, docent-led tours are offered every Tuesday at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. For a schedule of upcoming tours or for information on scheduling a group tour, please visit http://www.hrc.utexas.edu/events/tours.html.
I Have Seen the Future: Norman Bel Geddes Designs America (on view through Jan. 6)
Norman Bel Geddes (18931958) was an innovative stage and industrial designer, futurist and urban planner who, more than any designer of his era, created and promoted a dynamic vision of the future streamlined, technocratic and optimistic. Bel Geddes popularized this vision through drawings, models and photographs of spectacular vehicles, buildings and products featured in his books Horizons and Magic Motorways. His most notable effort was his Futurama display for the General Motors "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 19391940 New York World's Fair, which adopted the motto "I Have Seen the Future." Futurama's giant model of a 1960 future American city gave Depression-era Americans genuine hope for a better future within their lifetimes.
The exhibition explores the career of this complex and influential man through approximately 60 projects from the Ransom Center's Bel Geddes collection. The exhibition brings together never-before-exhibited drawings, models, photographs and films.
2012 Holiday Hours:
The Library will be closed Dec. 25. Otherwise it is open daily, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 22, in honor of Lady Bird Johnson's 100th birthday, the LBJ Presidential Library will unveil innovative, state-of-the art exhibits giving visitors a contemporary experience relating to one of the most significant presidents and eras in U.S. history.
In keeping with President and Mrs. Johnson's commitment to transparency and objectivity, the new exhibits will showcase materials from the archives and museum collections that have never before been seen. Following a massive yearlong renovation, new exhibits have been installed on the three public floors of the Library and include features such as:
- A downloadable app and handheld guide which give visitors the choice of several different tours, including a tour in Spanish
- Unprecedented access to private telephone conversations of the President
- An interactive Vietnam War exhibit where visitors experience elements of the President's decision-making process
- The ability to join the conversation through social media as visitors tour exhibits
- An interactive look at how legislation passed under LBJ affects visitors today
- New theaters and films on President Johnson, civil rights, LBJ's legacy and the First Family
2012 Holiday Hours:
The Texas Memorial Museum will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Otherwise, the museum is open Monday Thursday, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 4:45 p.m.
Exhibits focus on dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, gems and minerals and a working Paleontology Lab where visitors can interact with scientists as they prepare fossil finds. Spotlighted in the exhibits are spectacular specimens found in Texas, including the largest flying creature ever found the Texas Pterosaur and the 30-foot Mosasaur that swam the shallow sea that once covered most of the state.
Landmarks is the public art program of The University of Texas at Austin. Its collection includes 28 pieces on long-term loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as permanent commissions by renowned contemporary artists, such as Ben Rubin, Sol LeWitt and James Turrell.
Access additional information, self-guided audio tours and an interactive map on the Landmarks website. You can also learn about Landmarks using the free UT iPhone app under the Landmarks icon. To see some of the highlights in one convenient location, visit Bass Concert Hall, the home of 10 notable sculptures on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.