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Matching music with visual art can be a challenge. In some instances the two are intertwined by intention, by design, such that the work is already done. But in the case of providing a sound track to some of the contemporary art displayed at The McNay, specifically the visiting show titled Miro: The Experience of Seeing, and the concurrent exhibition in The McNay's Lawson Print Gallery, titled Picasso, Braque and the Cubist Legacy, one is confronted with the question of whether visual art can sing and, conversely, whether music can paint a picture.

Slideshow: Modernists at The McNay - Part Three

Nov 20, 2015
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía. © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2015.

The over 50 works which make up the current exhibition Miro: The Experience of Seeing represent the final two decades of work by Joan Miro. Of those 50-plus works, it's about a 50/50 split between flat, wall-mounted pieces and three-dimensional sculptures. Of those sculptures most, if not all, feature at least one or two found objects. These found objects range from parts of old rakes, tree stumps, animal horns, and even a wooden cooking spoon. But don't expect to see all the disparate objects at first glance.

Modernists At The McNay, Part One

Nov 6, 2015
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. © Sucessio Miro / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2015

Modernists at The McNay takes a long view of two exhibitions currently showing at The McNay. First is the important visiting exhibition, Miro: The Experience of Seeing. Second is the parallel exhibition, Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist Legacy: Prints and Drawings from the Collection.

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. © Sucessio Miro / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris 2015

The visual art style of Cubism was born between the years 1907 and 1914, breathing first life mostly in Paris, and largely through the efforts of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. As the world began to notice this new way of “seeing,” reaction ranged from dismay to celebration. As other artists began to adapt their work to the new style, both music and theater became infected. Picasso found an ally and a friend in Igor Stravinsky, while Erik Satie pressed the boundaries of music to better reflect the changes in the art world.

The Tobin Collection: The Americans

May 1, 2015
Gift of Robert L. B. Tobin. TL1999.247.6

Eclectic might be one way to describe Robert Tobin's taste in art. There seems to be no prejudice in his collection of theatre art and no stifling specialization. This is not to say that the collection is without holes in it. As Linda Hardberger, the first curator of The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, points out, there is little, if anything, from Africa. Latin America is also under-represented.

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