Mark Menjivar

Artpace is a downtown gallery for modern art, but it's also a place that generates art. Three times a year Artpace draws artists to the city in its Artists in Residence program. They live at Artpace, creating projects in the facility's studios. Recently, the spring crop of resident artists  revealed their creations.  

"I am Fatma Bucak and I’m a Kurdish Artist from Turkey."

She was raised along the border with Syria, which made the very concept  of borders fascinating, and fluid to her.

Christian Marclay

Artpace opens a new exhibition with curious roots here in San Antonio. I got a preview  and spoke to the artist about his film. That film was first inspired by a disturbing picture.

“I saw a photograph in Time Magazine about the best photos of the year, and one was the back of a pickup truck. It showed the rusted license plate that said Texas. Nothing really specific about the murder.”

 I asked “So this was THE pickup?”

 “It was THE pickup, yeah.”

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend I've been on the prowl, and have some ideas. First off, why be restrained to just staying in San Antonio when you can go interstellar? San Antonio Symphony’s President David Gross explains.

“The Symphony is presenting music from John Williams. Star Wars, Superman, ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler’s List—all these great sound tracks.”

I asked "The dress code is going to be a bit lax this weekend?" Gross chuckled.

Courtesy Artpace

South Texas summers can be hard to handle, but what Artpace is doing Friday night should make it a little easier. It’s a music series that pits hot summer nights against cool, live jazz.

“Nothing could be better on a summer night," said Arpace’s Francesca Rattray. And what she’s talking about is The Hardbop Project, music inspired by Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, playing live on the third floor rooftop of Artpace.

Noah Simblist

Three times a year Artpace invites an artist from Texas, another from the rest of the United States, and another from somewhere in the world to live at Artpace for two months and create.

With the spring residency program nearly through, I caught up with one of their artists, Margaret Meehan, to see what she’s creating. First I asked her what the residency program is like, from an artist's standpoint.

“It’s like a really lovely boot camp!” she laughed.

What Meehan is creating has a theme: Women in War.