It’s always 72 degrees in the Blanton Museum of Art, like any world-class museum that follows proper art conservation protocols.

The Blanton Museum of Art launches its summer exhibits this weekend, pairing a large exhibit of Spanish master painter Francisco de Goya with an monumental yet ethereal installation by Chinese artist Xu Bing.

Goya’s “Bobalicón (Simpleton’s Folly),” from “Los disparates (The Follies).”

And there’s a slew of happenings too.

First up is Third Thursday, the free open-until-9 p.m. monthly event. At 5:30 p.m. Austin favorite composer Graham Reynolds will premiere of “Improvisations on Goya,” a composition in response to the print series on view at the Blanton in the new exhibit “Goya: Mad Reason.”

Then Sunday  at 2 p.m. it’s Soundspace, the museum’s super popular gallery-wide concert series.

For this iteration, Sounspace honors musicians that have recently passed includingPierre Boulez, David Bowie, Tony Conrad, Ethan Frederick Greene and Prince.

Money Chicha, formerly Prince’s backing band, will play new songs and tributes to Prince as well as a cover of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World.”

Line Upon Line Percussion will perform music by the late composer Ethan Frederick Greene, who tragically passed last year at age 32. Greene had only recently left Austin before his passing.

Read our interview with Soundspace curator Steve Parker.

And check out our guide to Austin’s arts, culture and history museums.


Xu Bing’s “Book from the Sky”