San Antonio Museum of Art

The Source - June 16, 2014
12:45 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

The Source: Matisse Makes Rare Trip To San Antonio

A Matisse "Odalisque."
Image courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Art © 2014 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

One of the masters of the 19th and 20th centuries, Henri Matisse, will be all over San Antonio this week.  

He is on full display at the San Antonio Museum of Art in an exhibit called "Matisse: Life in Color" that started Saturday. Lasting until September 7, the exhibit draws from the extensive and unique works of the Cone collection at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Arts & Culture
12:10 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Henri Matisse: Life In Color Opens At SAMA

Ballet Dancer Seated on a Stool
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens an exhibition on one of the art world’s giants: Henri Matisse. Matisse shook things up when he was first becoming known. In fact, he and his contemporaries were given a derisive name.

"They were called 'fauvists' by art critics of the time, which in French means ‘wild beasts,” like a javelina, basically," said SAMA’s William Keyes Rudolph.

The art world was much more narrow back then, much less open to new ideas.    

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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
5:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Andy Warhol's Athlete Series Comes to SAMA

Muhammad Ali, 1978.
Collection of Richard Weisman

A new exhibition at the San Antonio Museum of Art is emblematic of another era -- an era before athletes were the superheroes they are now. That new Andy Warhol exhibit starts with a man named Richard Weisman, who said he was a very close friend of iconic artist.

Weisman is a perceptive man and in the late 70s he figured this out:

“The world of art and the world of sports don’t necessarily mix that well,” he said.

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KPAC Blog
10:51 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Intimate Copperleaf Quintet Performances In The SAMA Golden Gallery

Ruth Moreland
Benissimo Music

A local singing ensemble has an artful and interesting way of doing what they do. They're the The Copperleaf Quintet and they perform vocal chamber music in stunning settings.

"We gave two gallery concerts at the San Antonio Museum of Art," said Copperleaf Quintet’s Executive Director Ruth Moreland.

This Tuesday night, March 4, they’ll be singing in a small gallery named in honor of the priest who established Mission San Jose. Moreland detailed he music they’ll be singing:

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Arts & Culture
2:35 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

San Antonio Museum Of Art Curator Resigns

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

Longtime Contemporary Art Curator David Rubin has resigned at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Rubin, who was raised in California and went to Harvard, moved to San Antonio from New Orleans in the wake of Katrina.

“We adore David here at the Museum,” said SAMA’s Kelso Director Katie Luber.

As to why he left the museum: 

“I think David decided to pursue some other options in his career," Luber said.

Luber didn’t want to go into much detail about the departure, but lauded him highly when talking about  Rubin's work at the museum.

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Arts & Culture
4:54 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Changes At SAMA Provide Growth Opportunity For American Collection

The San Antonio Museum of Art.
Courtesy photo

The San Antonio Museum of Art recently created a new position: Curator of American art. I went to SAMA last week and spoke with William Keyse Rudolph to find out what that means for San Antonio.

"I am the Marie and Hugh Halff curator of American art, and then I also serve as the Mellon chief curator," Rudolph said.

What that means is he will curate the museum’s American Collection, and he’ll oversee the rest of SAMA’s curatorial staff. That could mean big things for the museum, specifically in the area of his specialty, American art.

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Arts & Culture
12:38 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

SAMA's New Exhibit: Thomas Sully's 19th Century Selfies, Andrew Jackson And More

Major Thomas Biddle
courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a new exhibition on Saturday and I was lucky enough to get a preview. Workmen were still hanging and lighting the paintings as I sat down with the new Curator of American Art William Keyse Rudolph.

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KPAC Blog
9:14 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Chamber Orchestra Of San Antonio Celebrates Britten's 100th Anniversary

San Antonio Chamber Orchestra
Brad Milne

The Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio was formed in 2008, and though the group's history is a short one, their November 7 event at the San Antonio Museum of Art has a 100-year time time frame. The event celebrates composer Benjamin Britten.

"People all over the world are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth," said Paul Montalvo, the artistic director of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio.

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Arts & Culture
10:01 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Get An Up Close Look At Samurai, At SAMA's "Lethal Beauty"

Tōsei gusoku armor .
Forrest Cavale and ZacForrest Cavale and Zach Niles of ThirdElementStudios.com

The San Antonio Museum of Art opens a window to Japan that few in South Texas have looked through.
The exhibition is called "Lethal Beauty," and as curator Andreas Marks notes, the pieces within are both.

"'Lethal Beauty' is showcasing the danger behind samurai weapons and armor, but at the same time the beauty that is also inherent in these objects,” he says.

It's all exhibited at SAMA’s Cowden Gallery, which is filled with arms and armor.

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