For the first time, the Blanton is dedicating galleries to its renowned collection of Latin American modern and contemporary art. These galleries trace the vibrant Mexican art scene between the 1920s and 1940s, the rise of geometric abstraction, new approaches to figuration in South America, conceptual practice, as well as politically engaged art in Latin America. Showcased within the Blanton’s new Latin American galleries are significant works from the collection of Judy and Charles Tate, which was recently gifted to the Blanton. This gift features many of the artists who were key to the creation of modernism in Latin America and allows the Blanton to tell in-depth stories of modern and contemporary Latin American art for the first time.
The Blanton will further broaden and strengthen its commitment to collect, study, and exhibit art from Latin America by devoting three new galleries to art from the Ancient and Spanish Americas. This comprehensive presentation of art from the region begins with ancient artifacts and expands into Spanish colonial art. A new area of focus within the collection, the latter connects to a larger cross-campus initiative at UT aimed at bringing greater emphasis to Spanish colonial visual culture, catalyzed by the long-term loan of works from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Collection to the Blanton.