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August 9th, 2008
Hap Mansfield’s Blog: What is a cube?

What is a cube?

In the 1940’s and 1950’s a “cube” was a show-off, a cut-up, a showboat.

Some would say that it is a set of 24 right angles.

Perhaps Paul Cezanne or Georges Braque would say that cubes are multifaceted objects that can be related to everything you see.

When you are told to “think outside the box” what do you think the box looks like? Is it a cube like an office cubical or more like a shoebox? How many cubes can you see around you right now?

On Family Saturday on Aug. 9 at the Austin Museum of Art, you can explore the many sides of cubes, cubeness and cube-osity as you explore the work of Sol Lewitt and see how other artists use this shape throughout the galleries.

In the community room, you’ll be asked to use an ice cube as a paintbrush. How can this be done? See for yourself at the Austin Museum of Art this Saturday between noon and 4 p.m. Admission is $7 per family. The museum is located at 823 Congress Avenue.

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