That makes museum the perfect afternoon’s chill getaway in the stifling midsummer heat. And even if you’ve lived in Austin for a while, it’s good to re-visit familiar places. (Hint: Museums change it up way more often than you think.)
Just in case you haven’t noticed, it’s a presidential election year. Seems like a good time to head to the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum to brush up on a little history, no? For example, did you remember that it was 52 years ago this month — on July 2, 1964 — President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act?
At the Bullock Texas State History Museum, “Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture” is a multi-media exhibit organized by the American Museum of Natural History that explores the historical, cultural and scientific intersection of humans and food.
This summer Blanton Museum of Art pairs a stunning (and important) exhibit of Spanish master Francisco de Goya, Goya: Mad Reason, with an monumental yet ethereal installation, Book from the Sky, by Chinese artist Xu Bing.
For 50 years, sculptor and seminal University of Texas art professor Charles Umlauf lived on a bluff above Barton Springs Road where he maintained a studio in which he created his figurative modernist sculptures that brought him significant national attention.
Before his death in 1994, Umlauf donated his property to the city. And on the parcel below the bluff, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum opened in 1991.
Yet his bluffside studio and home stayed private. And Umlauf’s studio remained untouched, materials and tools in place as if the artist had simply stepped out.
Now, in a creative undertaking, Umlauf museum curators have re-created the artist’s studio in the museum gallery.
A pair of built-in vignettes of original tools, workbench, drafting table, sculpture stands and artwork pulled directly from Umlauf’s actual studio anchor the display. Interactive areas offer visitors the chance to try out their sculpting skills and create a portrait of Charles Umlauf in clay.
“Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio”
Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Exhibit continues through Oct 16
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road umlaufsculpture.org.