Blanton Museum’s Bi-Annual Art on the Edge After Party Becomes An Annual Affair
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Lisa Hause, McLendon Photography and Waterloo Studios
THE SCENE: The University of Texas’ Blanton Museum of Art in Austin was the setting for an amazing evening that kicked off its latest exhibit, Come As You Are: Art of the 1990s, bringing a new perspective to the cultural and artistic heights of a recent decade. At the Art on the Edge gala, patrons of this event were the first to see the unveiling of the new collection that will remind patrons of great “back in the day” memories, as well as infuse new perspectives of the decade where the Internet was born and Generation X moved into adulthood.
THE VIBE: The eponymous exhibit title, Come As You Are, refers to one of the biggest hits of the band Nirvana – a band that defined the 90s, was the perfect title for they “fly” crowd of 650 attendees – many of whom were born in the 1990s, the rest of whom were children of the 1990s at heart. The fun, youthful energy effortlessly permeated the venue as everyone was “down” for a good time, engaging in activities that appealed to the visual and auditory stimuli. Whether one was having sophisticated conversations interpreting the art in exhibit, or enjoying lively cocktail chatter and taking “dope” photos in the photo booth in the upstairs atrium or “getting jiggy with it” on the dance floor to the tunes of the “slammin” live music of Memphis Train Revue and the fresh spins of DJ Mel, everyone on hand will remember this incredibly “tight” evening for a long time to come.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Kate Perez, raised funds for the Blanton Museum of Art, one of the foremost university art museums in the country as well as the most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas.