Nine days left for free admission to Umlauf Sculpture Garden

Thanks to its fundraising efforts during the citywide Amplify Austin campaign, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum is offering free admission — but just through Aug. 31.

Next to Zilker Park, the museum’s six-acre grounds and exhibit pavilion have dozens of sculptures made by Charles Umlauf, the late modernist artist and University of Texas art professor

For a special exhibit, Umlauf museum curators have re-created the artist’s studio in the museum gallery:, “Studio in the Museum: An Interactive Recreation of Charles Umlauf’s Studio”

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, 605 Robert E. Lee Road
umlaufsculpture.org

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Lotus, 1960, bronze Among the most popular sculptures in the Garden, Lotus (the Egyptian goddess of fertility) was modeled after a hippopotamus in the San Antonio Zoo.
“Lotus,” 1960, bronze
Among the most popular sculptures in the Umlauf Garden, Lotus (the Egyptian goddess of fertility) was modeled after a hippopotamus in the San Antonio Zoo.

Seeking the coolth? Museums always offer a chill local getaway

Like we said, museums typically keep it a constant low-humidity 72 degrees inside to protect delicate art and historical objects.

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.)

Our interactive map and guide to Austin many museums is here: http://www.austin360.com/interactive/art-culture-museums

And here’s few top picks to get you started:

  • 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?
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1964 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.
From the exhibit "Our Global Kitchen" at the Bulllock Museum.
From the exhibit “Our Global Kitchen” at the Bulllock Museum.
  • 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.
Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky"
Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky”

 

 

Umlauf Museum recreates sculptor’s studio

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.

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A path leads to the Umlauf studio with its high, north-facing windows. Alberto Martínez AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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.

We were allowed into Umlauf’s studio for a story in 2013, a year after the sculptor’s widow died and the museum took formal possession of the Umlauf home and studio.

 A work table in the Umlauf in the Umlauf studio. Alberto Martínez AMERICAN-STATESMAN
A work table in Umlauf’s studio. Alberto Martínez AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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. 

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And check out our guide and map of Austin’s museums.