McNay Art Museum

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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Arts & Culture
12:09 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

McNay Exhibit Goes Beyond 'Electric LOVE' With Robert Indiana

The Electric LOVE, 1966/2000
Morgan Art Foundation, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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.

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KPAC Blog
4:04 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Opera Expert Visits SA For McNay Lecture & "Romantic, Mysterious" Rusalka

Marc A. Scorca
Dario Acosta

Thursday night, January 30, the McNay Art Museum’s Chiego Lecture Hall hosts a world-renown expert on opera, something about which many of us know little.

The McNay Art Museum event is called Why Opera Matters and the lecture will be delivered by Marc Scorca, the president and CEO of Opera America.

"An art form that is incorrectly perceived as to be a 19th century European art form when in fact, it is not only a 21st century American art form, but one that speaks to our deepest humanity, and I think makes us better people," Scorca said.

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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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The Source - December 5, 2013
2:28 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Source: Childhood Poverty Rises | Clothes Make Characters Come To Life At The McNay

Kids Count 2013 Databook / Center for Public Policy Priorities

In the first segment:

In 11 years the number of children living in poverty has risen, outpacing the number of children born, or moving into the state, says a new report from the Texas-based Center for Public Policy Priorities, a left-leaning research and advocacy group.

What is the state doing to abate this tide of poverty?  How does the situation look on the ground here in Bexar County?

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Fri November 8, 2013

New McNay Exhibit Questions Personal Style And Accepted Taste

After Boucher 1, oil on canvas.
photo: Megan Roche

A new exhibit at the McNay by Illinois artist Rosayln Schwartz takes conventions from master paintings and re-interprets them, challenging the "arbiter of taste," those who decide what is and isn't "high quality."

"What I do in a sense is to try to pervert that experience by changing colors to these lurid, almost neon-like colors that I use to create these old master reenactments." Schwartz said. "And what I find so interesting is that people are drawn to the work, they’re seduced by the work because of this mastery."

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