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Paula Maya is a Brazilian singer/songwriter based in Austin. She will perform at the B Scene: Bossa Nova at the Blanton.
Paula Maya is a Brazilian singer/songwriter based in Austin. She will perform at the B Scene: Bossa Nova at the Blanton.

Paula Maya is a Brazilian singer/songwriter based in Austin. She will perform at the B Scene: Bossa Nova at the Blanton.

For an atmospheric evening that melds art plus bossa nova, check out the Blanton Museum of Art’s upcoming B Scene soirée on Oct. 23 from 6-10 p.m. The art party series has become a popular way to enjoy the museum’s current exhibits as libations flow and live music fills the beautiful space.

B Scene: Bossa Nova celebrates the exhibit “Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela, 1940-1978,” which opened on Oct. 11 and runs through Jan. 17. It’s the first exhibition to shed light on how “design transformed the domestic landscape of Latin America,” according to the museum. American-Statesman arts reporter Jeanne Claire van Ryzin recently highlighted the exhibit in an Austin 360 article.

Michael van Beuren's "Alacrán (Scorpio)" chaise anchors the entrance to the exhibit "Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela" at the Blanton Museum of Art. Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/American-Statesman

Michael van Beuren’s “Alacrán (Scorpio)” chaise anchors the entrance to the exhibit “Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela” at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/American-Statesman

Here’s an excerpt of her story, detailing part of the exhibit:

Toward the end of the exhibit, a public lounge has been artfully created with tables strewn with books for visitors to peruse, including a few vintage copies of “Habitat,” Bardi’s influential Brazilian art and design magazine.

A slide show of period design photographs projects on a nearby wall, and two record players are available for the curious to spin some vinyl of mid-century Latin American pop and jazz.

While partygoers enjoy the  cool jazz and samba music of Austin-based Brazilian keyboardist and singer/songwriter Paula Maya, they can also explore the galleries between sets and see more than 100 pieces including furniture, ceramics, textiles and metalwork from the exhibit. DJ Michael Crockett will also spin tunes that evening.

For first-time museum visitors, it’s an especially unique way to experience the Blanton. B Scene parties are free for members and $12 for the general public.


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