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Mark Menjivar, courtesy Artpace San Antonio

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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.

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.

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."

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."

Todd Johnson

Open now at Artpace in the upstairs Hudson Showroom is the new exhibit Localized Histories. Artpace’s Deputy Director Mary Heathcott explains the collection's backstory.

"Most central to the exhibition is a work by Artpace’s founder, Linda Pace. Linda Pace worked with assemblage and found objects in her own artwork," she says.

From huge works taking an entire wall, to smaller ones using dimes, nickels and small balls, they’re all comprised of artist-found elements. Then there’s the piece in the center of the room.

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