McNay Art Museum

Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Copperleaf Quintet Set To Make Impression At The McNay

Copperleaf Quintet
Photo by Corene

Two local institutions are teaming up for a unique in-exhibit performance. The McNay Museum of Art and the Copperleaf Quintet have got an interesting plan for the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 30.

“We do! Copperleaf is going to be singing at the McNay, in the Stieren Center, for their "Intimate Impressionism" Exhibit."

That's the Copperleaf's Ruth Moreland.

"We’re very excited to be bringing this music to that space. It’s a concert of French Salon Music.”

French music, French art — it sounds like an immersion in Frenchness.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Cloud Illusions: Intimate Impressionism On KPAC

van Gogh: Flower Beds in Holland
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

It was Joni Mitchell who penned the lyric “it's cloud illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all.” I'm not sure why, but this song, "Both Sides Now," always comes into my mind when I turn my eyes toward the heavens to better see the clouds.

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Arts & Culture
3:28 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Intimate Impressionism In Music

Eugène Louis Boudin: "Beach at Trouville"
Credit Courtesy McNay Art Museum


It was originally a term of derision. When the art critic Louis Leroy published his satiric review of a newly made painting by Claude Monet, a work the artist titled “Impression: Sunrise,” he wrote:

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Arts & Culture
5:11 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

McNay Museum Wants You To Say "Oui" To Wednesdays

Oui Wednesday
McNay Museum of Art

The McNay Museum makes an interesting move—It’s called "Oui Wednesdays"--oui being the French word for yes. Kate Carey is McNay’s Education Director.

“Oui Wednesday is a new program that we initiated this fall. Oui Wednesday is the umbrella program, but then there are several smaller programs that fit within that.”

The over-arching idea is for museum visitors to get a more intimate experience with the current French Impressionist paintings exhibit organized by the National Gallery. To do so they’ve created thematic programs. Carey explained them to me.

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Arts & Culture
11:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

McNay Serving Up A Jazz Lunch This Sunday With International Trio

The McNay Art Museum.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Jazz, art and lunch: it’s a combination that a local museum is hoping you’ll find alluring. It’s the McNay Art Museum and the jazz that’s being performed isn’t just jazz.

“Music with influences of Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Spain, with a merging of Jazz, and bringing the best of both worlds together in one scenario,” said Henry Brun, the leader of the International Trio, who will be playing the McNay event.

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Arts & Culture
1:47 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Hollywood Screenwriter Spreading Insider Knowledge During San Antonio Visit

Carroll Cartwright.
Credit Topper Lilien

South Texas writers take note: A good one is coming to share his secrets. You’ve seen some of Carroll Cartwright's work in "Jumanji," "Pearl Harbor" and "What Maisie Knew," but now you get the chance to meet him.

Cartwright is a screenwriter and he’s in San Antonio for a two-day event put together by Arts San Antonio, Gemini Ink and the McNay Art Museum. First is the event put on by Gemini Ink.

“I was invited by Sheila Black from her writing program to come and teach one writing class,” Cartwright said.

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Arts & Culture
5:12 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Beauty Reigns, "New Baroque" At The McNay Art Museum

Ryan McGinness, The Lazy Logic of Ignava Ratio , 2009
Ryan McGinness Studios, Inc./Art Resource, NY. © 2014 Ryan McGinness/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

A new exhibit at the McNay Art Museum Stieren Center got my attention. I found works large enough to nearly cover the walls, colorful enough to enliven my senses, and detailed enough that I really felt like I’d seen a lot. I also found Chief Curator Rene Barilleaux to describe the exhibit, which is called Beauty Reigns.

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Military & Arts
9:07 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Museums Offer Free Admission For Military Families This Summer

Jesse Treviño's mural at Casa Navarro in downtown San Antonio is featured in this year's Blue Star Museums program for active duty military members and their families.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

It's the fifth year for the Blue Star Museums Program, the National Endowment for the Arts' collaboration with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families. 

Ninety-nine museums in Texas are part of the 2014 program. This year’s program kicked off at the San Antonio Museum of Art last week. 

It's a way for the NEA to honor the nation’s military members by making it easier for them to take their families on a tour of museums across the country this summer.

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Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

At The McNay, Set Design Takes The Spotlight

Design of Tevye’s House, 2009-2010 Fiddler on the Roof National Tour
Steve and Sam Gilliam

I caught up with Steve and Sam Gilliam, a pair of artists whose work works best when you don’t notice it. Their work is being featured at the McNay Museum of Art, but it won’t hang on walls. It won’t be erected prominently in front of a major building and it won’t be sold at a Sotheby’s Auction.

The Gilliams design sets for plays -- their most memorable was "Fiddler on the Roof."

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Arts & Culture
12:07 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Robert Indiana's Love-Hate Experiences In San Antonio

Indiana's iconic Electric Love sculpture.
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.”

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