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.
Bexar County Commissioners today presented the Hidalgo Award to San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño, honoring him for a lifetime of service to the community.
Treviño’s work can be seen all over San Antonio, from his Virgen de Guadalupe mosaic at Guadalupe Plaza to the recently-completed mural at the historic home of José Antonio Navarro depicting scenes of early life on the West Side.
Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said Treviño’s work is inextricably linked to San Antonio.
It’s a once-a-year arts celebration that’s spread out over several neighborhoods along Fredericksburg Road. The On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour celebrates the artists of an area of town fast becoming known for the art it generates.
“And that takes place this weekend on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m." said Bihl Haus Arts Executive Director Kellen McIntyre. "And we also have wonderful evening events. On Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. there’s the amazing, not-to-be-missed On and Off Fred autograph party."
The upcoming Youth Orchestras of San Antonio concert on Monday night promises something big and unusual.
"We have collaborated with SAY Sí, this wonderful, after school, year-round arts program for high school students, to create new art inspired by [Modest Petrovich] Mussorgsky’s 'Pictures at an Exhibition,' " said YOSA Music Director Troy Peters.
SAY Sí does with arts largely what YOSA does with music, gives young people a creative outlet. Peters explained exactly what they're doing with SAY Si.
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."
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.”
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.