Upcoming Events

February 2018

February 21, 2018 | 4:30 PM

Early Digital Facsimiles

Harry Ransom Center

Increasingly, libraries provide access to their special collections beyond the physical walls of reading rooms in the form of photographic facsimiles hosted online. There are clear benefits to this kind of expanded access, but digitization can never be perfectly neutral: photographs and scans can only ever serve as partial representations of physical objects, and decisions have to be made about what gets digitized in the first place. In her lecture, “Early Digital Facsimiles,” Sarah Werner will discuss the rise of digitization and its impact on the study of early modern books. Werner, who previously served as Digital Media Strategist at the Folger Shakespeare Library, is the author of the forthcoming "Studying Early Printed Books, 1450–1800: A Practical Guide."

February 22, 2018 | 3PM

Perspectives: Lais Myrrha

Blanton Museum Of Art

Join us for this FREE talk with Brazilian artist Lais Myrrha who will discuss her work Infinite Column, currently on view in our Film & Video Gallery. Lais Myrrha (Belo Horizonte, 1974) addresses the failures of Brazil’s mid-century modernist project through a critique of architecture and its primary materials. Her video "Infinite Column" (2011) features cement bags being continuously stacked in a single, increasingly unstable column. Titled after an iconic monument by Constantine Brancusi, Myrrha’s video questions the role of monuments and their role in official state narratives. The hard-edge geometric pattern that emerges from the accumulated sacks of concrete also invites an ironic reading of the utopian aspirations of concrete art in Brazil. This event will take place in our Dell Classroom, located across the plaza from the museum in our Smith Building. Lais Myrrha: "Infinite Column" is organized by the Blanton Museum of Art.  Support is provided by the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation. Museum admission is always free on Thursdays. The Blanton is located at the intersection of Congress Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Paid parking is available in the Blanton/Brazos Garage on Brazos Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Parking is $4; bring your ticket with you to the front desk of the museum.