The Blantom Museum of Art has set a date for a groundbreaking ceremony for Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” pavilion on Oct. 31.
Sited on the Blanton grounds, the 2,700-square-foot stone building — the only stand-alone structure ever designed by the renowned post-war artist — will be a part of the Blanton’s permanent collection. The 91-year-old Kelly gifted his design concept for the project to the museum, which announced its acquisition earlier this year.
The Blanton has received formal approval from the university’s Board of Regents, clearing the way for construction to begin this fall.
Completion is expected in late 2016 or early 2017.
The $15 million chapel-like building will be constructed of pale stone with two arch-roofed rectangular volumes together forming a plus sign-shaped structure. Three of the short wings of the building will have colored glass windows at the end, each in a differing geometric pattern that will wash the interior with vibrant light. A fourth windowless wing will hold a totemic abstract wood sculpture. And 14 black-and-white marble panels with stark minimalist patterns will line the interior walls.
In conjunction with the groundbreaking, the Blanton has organized a symposium at 1 p.m. Oct.31 internationally recognized Kelly scholars including Richard Schiff, art history professor at UT; Tricia Y. Paik, curator of contemporary art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Carter Foster, curator at yhe Whitney Museum of American Art; and Gavin Delahunty, curator the Dallas Museum of Art.