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4:27 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Hot Nights And Cool, Rooftop Jazz At Artpace

Rooftop Jazz.
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.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Spring Artpace Residents Take Up Women In War Theme

Margaret Meehan and her art.
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.

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Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Vincent Valdez Artpace Exhibit Bears "Strangest Fruit"

Vincent Valdez, The Strangest Fruit, 2013
Credit Mark Menjivar

San Antonio artist Vincent Valdez has created an exhibition that, let’s face it, is a little disturbing. But then, maybe art, from time to time, should be.

It’s called "Strangest Fruit" and it’s at Artpace. It owes its concept from the Abel Meeropol poem "Strange Fruit," which was penned about seeing lynched black people hanging from trees in the South. Valdez said there's something perhaps even more unsettling than the subject for that poem.

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Arts & Culture
1:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

San Antonio's Biggest Little Park Is Also A Pace Family Memorial

Tumble hill.
Chris Cooper Photography

There’s a park in San Antonio that owes its existence to one of the city’s art icons. Being just less than an acre, it’s easy to miss, but I recommend you don’t. To find it go down South Flores to Camp Street, and on the west side of the road, there it is.

"CHRISpark is a privately-funded park that’s open to the public," said Jon Ahrens, the landscape architect who designed CHRISpark.

“Chris was the son of Linda Pace,” he added.

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

New Gallery Will Feature Linda Pace's Private Collection

Linda Pace Foundation

A new contemporary art gallery will be opening next month, but it’s unlike most others in San Antonio.

“It will open on April 18 to the public," said Linda Pace Foundation Executive Director Maura Reilly, who detailed the new venue.

“It is a 2,000 sq. ft. space that previously functioned as the Linda Pace Foundation offices, and prior to that it functioned as Linda Pace’s studio," Reilly said.

Pace died in 2007, and had been an active artist herself. She was also an avid art collector, and the new gallery will over time feature her collection.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Artpace Spring Residency Closes With a Party

Liz Glynn, III, installation view
courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery and Redling Fine Art

Artpace’s spring Artist In Residence Program is winding down, and they do so with a party send-0ff for Liz Glynn, who's from Los Angeles.

“I’ve been here about six weeks and I’ve got a week and a half left to produce an exhibition for Artpace,” Glynn said.

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Arts & Culture
1:57 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Crickets Come Alive With Modern Art Orchestra At Artpace

Mungo Thomson, Crickets for Solo and Ensemble, 2014
Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

(Author's note: I suggest you listen to this story -- hit "listen" above)

Artpace has opened a new exhibit and I was able to go down and walk through it. It's happening primarily in the Hudson showroom, and it's really an exercise in auditory imagination. As you walk in you think you're hearing crickets, but as you round the corner to see the video, you realize you're hearing something else entirely.

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The Source - January 29, 2014
11:54 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Source: What Does VIA's Win Mean? | A Legacy Of Women In San Antonio Art

A VIA bus makes a stop in downtown San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In the first segment:

A near derailment for the city’s forthcoming streetcar program when Texas attorney general’s office reversed its initial finding saying the city transit corporation couldn’t sell bonds to fund its new transit centers.

Attorney General Gregg Abbott’s argument was that people in San Antonio voted twice against light rail and this is light rail. The city sued and won last week.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Artpace Invites International Artists To San Antonio For Residence Program

Spring 2011 Artpace resident artist E.V. Day
Kimberly Aubuchon

The Artpace International Artist-In-Residence Program happens under the radar three times each year at Artpace’s downtown museum. Artpace Deputy Director Mary Heathcott explains how it works.

"What the residency program is is that the artists move into Artpace -- they actually live here on site," Heathcott said. "Each year we invite nine artists, three come at a time, spring, summer and fall. Each artist creates a new artworks, which then goes on exhibit at Artpace for two months."

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Story Behind That New Downtown Painting

Mark Menjivar

You may have seen it pop up recently downtown, and wondered what it's all about. A painting, nearly 100 feet wide, and almost 30 feet tall, on West Commerce street by Main Plaza, in an environment where it really stands out.  It's  quite unlike the environs, quite new, quite large, and quite red.

Maura Reilly, Director of the Linda Pace Foundation, describes it as "...an abstract design. So it’s an interesting addition to the Historic Main Plaza."

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