It seems the glory days of snail mail are over, but tell that to Blanton Museum curator Veronica Roberts, and she’ll likely disagree. With the opening of the Blanton’s latest exhibit, “Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt,” Roberts and her staff have ushered in a refreshing attitude of appreciation for the power of the pen, both among themselves and among the museum’s visitors. Since the exhibit’s launch on February 23, the Blanton has gone through more than 1,000 postcards, which are offered freely to guests, who may send them off as they wish.

The exhibit, which focuses on the long, intimate correspondence between artists Hesse and LeWitt, brings an intimacy to the museum that is both unique and intriguing.

“The personal aspect of the show—the celebration of a remarkable, supportive friendship—made the exhibition that much more appealing,” Roberts said. “Conceptual art and abstract art can be challenging for people, but there’s a warmth to this show and a sense of play in both artists’ work that I think people are enjoying.”

Roberts writes more extensively about the postcards—39 of which are reproduced in the resource room of the exhibit—on the museum’s blog. Her personal commitment, inspired by the artists: sending a postcard a day to her 92-year-old grandmother.

It’s rare that such dedication to a love of pen and paper still exists, but for Roberts it’s a no-brainer: “There are very few nice things you can do for a person for 34 cents!”

Can’t argue with that. Get inspired while you still can—this don't-miss show closes on May 18. For more information visit blantonmuseum.org.

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