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Partying with Art

March 5, 2008

The Blanton Museum is running an exhibit called The Virgin Saints and Angels. Located on the University of Texas campus in Austin, the Blanton is the 4th largest museum in Texas.

In addition to its holdings and special exhibits, the Blanton is creatively pushing Art into the social scene. The B scene is the Blanton’s monthly party that combines live music, h’orderves, art, drinks, and socializing. Dress to impress.

Does this integration of partying and art viewing diminish the value of art? Is it appropriate to allow the art to recede into the background, functioning as merely wallpaper for a good party? Or is this a clever way to boost interest in art, to cultivate art appreciation? Is pARTying the new art appreciation?

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