My wife and I had a date night last night, and we decided to attend "B Scene", which is a soiree held each month at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas campus. They have a DJ playing tunes from various eras, finger foods, beverages, along with some brief tours of the art itself.
My wife Pam has been there a number of times, while this was only my second visit. Quite frankly, Pam is probably qualified to conduct the tour herself, as she is pretty knowledgeable when it comes to art. I enjoyed the tour, but I learned just as much from wandering around with her alone.
Before we entered, I asked my wife how many people we would see that I know, "Maybe three?". She said it would be "just one or two" in her opinion. It seems that we inevitably run into someone I know when we are out somewhere, and last night was no different. We saw a past client that I hadn't seen in many years. Pam remarked that he looked a lot like Peter Sellers, which was something I hadn't considered before, but it was pretty accurate after I thought about it.
Pam was anxious to show me her favorite painting there, which is "Elysium" by Hans Hofmann. I was going to include a picture of it here, but I cannot find it anywhere online. The picture to the left is another one by Hofmann, called "Pompeii". The docent who toured us clearly also liked this painting, since she spent several minutes talking about it, and about Hofmann's influence on other artists.
The music was an eclectic mix of current dance songs and old familiar tunes. I heard "We Will Rock You" while we were looking at Renaissance art upstairs, which is an unusual juxtaposition. Later, I heard the Doors while we were checking out the "WorkSpace" area, which is currently dedicated to art inspired by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. One of the more interesting pieces was made entirely of broken glass from New Orleans, shaped like hurricanes and lit from underneath. It was really interesting that the artist took something so plain and made it beautiful, but I suppose that is often the essence of art.
After the party, we went to one of our favorite restaurants in north Austin, Golden Wok. It's an upscale Chinese and Dim Sum place which never fails to impress us. We enjoyed the cashew chicken and kung pao chicken last night. I would highly recommend this establishment if you live here or if you are planning a visit. The service and food are top-notch, and you won't break the bank.
I am already looking forward to the next "B Scene"!