Nestled between the blocky buildings of the South Texas Medical Center are many works of public art. I was told about a new one just installed, and tracked down the artist who did it to ask about the motivation behind his art and its placement in the Medical Center. Sculptor George Schroeder is known internationally, but locals will recognize his Museum Reach bridge sculptures, the entrance gate to Brackenridge Park, and other works. I asked him about the reasoning behind his metal sculpture nearly finished in the Medical Center.
There's a new photo book out now by David K. Langford about his family’s Hill Country Ranch, and if you look back at the ranch’s history, it’s clear that their ranching philosophy is an extension of the property’s founder, Alfred Giles, a well-known South Texas architect in whose buildings you may have stood.
As Langford explains, when Giles established his ranch outside Comfort, his ranching philosophy has two themes.
“Always plan for drought. Always. And the second thing is if you have to feed, you have too many. Water is everything.”
A new exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art is emblematic of another era -- an era before athletes were the superheroes they are now. That new Andy Warhol exhibit starts with a man named Richard Weisman, who said he was a very close friend of iconic artist.
Weisman is a perceptive man and in the late 70s he figured this out:
“The world of art and the world of sports don’t necessarily mix that well,” he said.
March is Contemporary Art Month so to find out more, I talked to CAM Co-Director Chris Sauter.
“The kickoff party for the Contemporary Art Month is Thursday at the Blue Star (Contemporary Art Museum). And the Contemporary Art Month’s closing party takes place at Chris Park on March 28,” Sauter said.
Chris Park is Southtown’s beautiful little private/public art-themed park. Between the kickoff and the closing party is a month’s worth of events designed to get contemporary art on our collective radar. Sauter explained one of the ways they do it:
Longtime Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin has resigned at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Rubin, who was raised in California and went to Harvard, moved to San Antonio from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.
“We adore David here at the Museum,” said SAMA’s Kelso Director Katie Luber.
As to why he left the museum:
“I think David decided to pursue some other options in his career," Luber said.
Luber didn’t want to go into much detail about the departure, but lauded him highly when talking about Rubin's work at the museum.
The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.
"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.
So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.
"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.