If you've seen the five horses caught in mid-gallop on the east wall of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, you may be wondering where they have run off to.
The bad news: The east end of the convention center has been demolished, and Mustangs at Noon, the art piece that created the striking image, is gone. The good news: It's probably coming back. Somewhere, at some point.
“We had them professionally removed very carefully," said Public Art San Antonio Manager Jimmy LeFlor. "They’ve been set aside from all the demolition so they’re protected."
Some San Antonians have been waiting with baited breath to see who will be appearing at the upcoming book festival. I've got the details but first, for those of you who don’t know about the .
“It’s just a chance for some of the nation’s best writers to be in conversation with one another and for people in San Antonio to engage with them for free," said San Antonio Book Festival Literary Director Clay Smith. "This festival is a gift to the city.”
I first heard of Kal when they played at the 2008 International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, where they were greeted with wild enthusiasm. Formed in Belgrade in 2001, Kal is led by Dragan Ristic. The objective of the group is to promote the Romany culture, a subject increasingly taught in schools in Europe.
Robert Indiana was a successful artist in the 1960s, but shot to worldwide fame when he produced the Electric Love sculpture that became forever attached to the era. The McNay exhibition takes you beyond that work to his other creations -- from stage costumes, to sculpture to paintings.
“Working at the McNay I always enjoy going and seeing exhibitions before we open them to the public," said McNay Director of Communications Daniela Oliver. "This time around it really took my breath away.”
A famous children’s book has been adapted to the local stage. I spoke to the Magik Theatre Artistic Director Dave Morgan, and I had to ask him, "So what the heck is a 'Skippyjon Jones?'"
“'Skippyjon Jones' is a cat that thinks its ears are too big for its head, so he wants to be a Chihuahua. And he loves Chihuahuas," Morgan said.
If you don’t know "Skippyjon Jones," it’s probably because like me, you don’t have young children. The books are wildly popular, and Morgan decided it needed to leap from the pages onto the Magik’s stage.
Robert Indiana is one of America’s most successful living artists. I spoke to him recently from his island home off Maine. You probably know Indiana’s iconic Electric LOVE sculpture with the distinctive crooked "O" from the mid 1960s.
"I've done pretty well by being known for Love," reflects the artist.
But beyond the love statue there is so much more. Last week the McNay Art Museum opened Beyond Love last week at the expansive Stieren Center.
The San Antonio Museum of Art recently created a new position: Curator of American art. I went to SAMA last week and spoke with William Keyse Rudolph to find out what that means for San Antonio.
"I am the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American art, and then I also serve as the Mellon chief curator," Rudolph said.
What that means is he will curate the museum’s American Collection, and he’ll oversee the rest of SAMA’s curatorial staff. That could mean big things for the museum, specifically in the area of his specialty, American art.
The Beatles were all over television this last weekend in national TV commemorations of their US arrival. Locally, they were celebrated at the South Texas Popular Culture Center. Hundreds gathered to mark the occasion and listen to bands pay homage to the Fab Four. I went there to speak to a couple of notables involved in the effort. The music I've used in my story (hit "listen" above) was the Blue Note Ringos' version of "Strawberry Fields."
I spoke first to Express News Columnist and Krayolas front man Hector Saldaña.
Last year at Austin’s South By Southwest Festival, a muscular, shy young man with a fairly pronounced sunburn arrived for an interview with me.
Asgeir Trausti had recently arrived from a howling storm in Iceland. He shared a video on his cell which confirmed the conditions-- all dark skies and driving snow. On that same day, Austin was experiencing a fairly typical spring day, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and gorgeous sunshine. It all went to Asgeir’s head--and his face, and his arms,which were glowing pink!