The Blanton Museum announced this week that its monumental Ellsworth Kelly exhibit, a free-standing building titled “Austin”, will close after black streaks of mold were discovered outside. The resulting conservation work means the artwork – the building itself – will be closed for almost two months, starting September 7, with a tentative reopening scheduled for November 2. The museum says dates are subject to change.
According to the Blanton, this type of mold growth is typical of limestone buildings on campus. Katie Bruton, Blanton’s public relations and media manager, says the mold was found in the spring of 2020, but the museum waited until construction on the new Blanton grounds was complete to address the conservation issue.