Please join the Artist Foundation at our 2nd annual Moveable Art Party (MAP). This special night of art exhibitions and performances by AF Award Recipients at Blue Star Arts Complex venues helps the AF continue its mission of awarding artistic excellence and innovation. Your generous donation is a direct investment in fueling San Antonio artists' original work and our city's creative economy.
These five artists have been invited to address an individual sense and explore possibilities of the multi-sensory system and their cross-modal effects:Artemesia Snow - Taste, Eric Sanden - Hearing, Todd Michael Fichter - Smell, Mary Eisendrath - Touch, Meg Langhorne - Sight.
Join us as the potentially wild world of synesthesia engulfs the tiny encyclopedic space of the Epitome Institute.
The Waste Machine is a performance installation devised by the Aesthetic of Waste for the basement of the Wong Grocery gallery spaces. Upon descending into the space, the attendees will see a jukebox machine partially submerged in the dirt with which they will control the fate of the four hour performance. Unpredictable and unforgiving, the Waste Machine intends to finally destroy the Aesthetic of Waste.
Inspire Fine Art Center will embark on an artistic journey to a far away land as part of its Free Family Art Day. As part of the “Passport to Inspiration” Family Art Day series, each month participants will pick a stamp, stamp their “passport,” enjoy creating art projects and have a snack. When the child has four stamps in their passport, he/she will receive a free T-shirt and when a child has seven stamps, he/she will receive 50% off the registration fee for an art class.
Patiently and painstakingly, Mark & Sue Peavy are restoring to its mid-century provenance, a 1957 Milton Ryan hideaway ("Town"). Come visit the progress of this labor of love, a hidden, rescued gem of San Antonio architecture at 3rd Space Art Gallery.
Check out the "Country" cabin that shares the property along with their vineyard, orchards, and gardens; and celebrate the Peavys' poetic and artistic dream of self-sufficiency--restoring, reviving, and reusing a piece of Bexar County history.
Bill Scheidt creates many of his paintings from his personal experiences as a hunter, farrier and the ranch life of his earlier years. His portrayals of wildlife in their natural surroundings are the product of his many ventures throughout the Western United States. Light and color are critical in his work. Bill Scheidt is also a Signature Member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation.
3rd Space: 6 millimeters is the latest venue to open in the Lone Star Art District. We offer an alternative video venue for the San Antonio art community. Our programing is scheduled for every second Saturday of the month at sundown until 10pm and additionally we present a Movie Night event. To be considered for a spot on the programing schedule contact Kim Bishop or Luis Valderas.
With First Friday and Second Saturday cosmically aligned for Contemporary Art Month, the weekend ahead presents a wealth of opportunities for the art crowd. Pending our collective recovery from the CAM kick-off Party and Blue Star’s trio of openings (see page 25), there’s a slew of happenings to keep on the radar for Saturday. A little pricey but benefiting a worthy cause, the Artist Foundation of San Antonio’s second annual Moveable Art Party wraps visual art, film, theater, music, poetry and aerial performance into a roving celebration with cocktails and a silent auction ($125, 6-11:45 p.m., begins and ends at Blue Star Theatre, 108 Blue Star). The South Flores Arts District rises to the occasion with receptions for the Aesthetic of Waste’s performance-based installation Waste Machine, involving a dirty jukebox in the basement of the Wong Grocery Building (7-11 p.m., 1502 S Flores); an eight-person show at Gallista (6-9 p.m., 1913 S Flores); a collection of surreal, ethereal, rasquache and retrospective “Short Stories” presented by the Spare Parts Mini Art Museum at Lady Base Gallery (7-10 p.m., 1913 S Flores); Clamp Light’s resident artists displaying “projections, lace, ceramics and naughty men” at FL!GHT (7-10 p.m., 1906 S Flores); and Gravelmouth’s selfie-inspired “Shoot Yourself,” featuring camera-ready backdrops created by Louie Chavez, Nik Soupé, Sixto-Juan Zavala and Shek Vega (7:30-11 p.m., 1906 S Flores). Just a hop, skip and a jump away at Epitome Institute, Dr. Chassis Gertrude Gaytan (aka Ann-Michèle Morales) curates “5 for 5: Revisiting the Senses,” an intriguing look at the “potentially wild world of synesthesia” (6-9 p.m., 222 Roosevelt). For details, visit contemporaryartmonth.com.
The Aesthetic of Waste is proud to present Waste Machine, a new performance event that will occur in the basement of the historic Wong Grocery Company Building (built in 1901). The members of the Aesthetic of Waste will perform endlessly for four hours during which the public may come or go as they please. The event will test the endurance of the members of the Aesthetic as well as give the public several glimpses into the artistic merits of Waste. Throughout the night the audience will operate the Machine and choose which scenes they wish to see; the performers will act accordingly no matter the condition they are in. Brief cameos from Susan Sontag and several Hollywood starlets. Over 40 short pieces have been devised by the Aesthetic for attendees to select for performance. Some titles include: The Alcohol Olympics, Waiting for Space Texas, Suddenly Brawling, This is What Happens in Alamo Heights, and The Right Amount of Salsa.
Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum presents "Gloves and Glasses" with Claire Watson. An intimate evening gathering giving one of our exhibiting artists direct contact with their audience and art lovers the chance to peek inside the artist's mind. Watson's exhibition presents viewers with collections of altered objects, including gloves and pipes that have been transformed into peculiar sculptures. Join us for discussion, drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Space is limited so please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-227-6960. City: San Antonio
Art Party is a collaboration of SAMA and KRTU Jazz 91.7.
Three Walls is excited to present a pop-up space at The Warehouse for CAMx 2014. Curated by former Casa Chuck resident Barbara Perea, Mexico City sound artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide will construct an installation that essentially turns the cavernous space into an interactive musical instrument. The warehouse will be converted into a metaphorical expanded body with the electric guitar acting as its beating heart.This project is funded by a grant from the Idea Fund (funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) and CAM.
Like a train that passes in the night. One night only.
The Warehouse Pop-Up Opening will be curated by Barbara Perea of Mexico City and Michele Monseau, founder of Three Walls Gallery. Curated by Barabra Perea, this exhibition will consist of transforming Stacey Hill’s warehouse space in Southtown into a pop-up space for Monseau’s gallery Three Walls. Mexico City artist Manuel Rocha Iturbide will install an interactive, site-specific sound installation at Three Walls which will essentially turn the space into a musical instrument that can be played by the audience.
Fresh compositions from FL!GHT's dynamic duet.
Part two of Clamp Light's Gallery swap. FL!GHT's founding director Justin Parr and Senior Creative Co-conspirator Saavedra host a one night event that threatens to be full of surprises as they present collaborative work inspired by a fragment of classic Willie Nelson buddy tune.
We continue our celebration of the artists who live on and off Fredericksburg Road with FRED SINGS: A tribute to SA women in Jazz.This pooliside concert on Fred Road features some of San Antonio's hottest women jazz musicians: Carol Cisneros, Judi Deleon, Katchis Cartwright, Leonor Ramiez, Nina Rodriguez and Polly Harrison.
Ethnomusicologist and singer/flutist/keyboardist Katchie Cartwright, PhD, is the recipient of Fulbright awards for music residencies in Greece and Lebanon. She has performed and conducted workshops in South Asia, West Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Europe. An associate professor of music at Northwest Vista College, she hosts the weekly “Planet Jazz” on Trinity University’s KRTU Jazz 91.7.
An accomplished guitarist, jazz vocalist, composer, educator, writer and visual artist, Carol Cisneros holds an MA in Music from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University). She has performed at the Monterrey Pop Festival and has ung her way across Texas, most recently at Jazz SA’Live and the 2013 Texas Jazz Festival in Corpus Christi.
Judi Deleon, Jazz/R&B vocalist, is one of the most versitile female artists in Texas. She is a member of the Latin Jazz ensemble, Henry Brun/Latin Playerz. She also leads The Latin Connection, a high-power cover band that performs at some of San Antonio’s top events and high-profile weddings.
Guitar ace and mainstay of the San Antonio jazz scene since 1971, Polly Harrison is a master of the seven string guitar. She is part of the jazz group Small World and plays regularly at jazz festivals and venues in South Texas. Her work In photography featuring local jazz personalities has been featured in many art exhibits in the area.
Leonor Ramirez studied classical piano at Julliard School of Music and with renowned pianists Steven Degroote and Olegna Fuschi. She received a degree in piano performance from UTSA. Also an accomplished vocalist inspired by Vicki Carr and other greats, Leonor embraces two languages and interprets boleros and tangos with great passion. She currently performs at Rosario’s.
Grammy Award winner Nina Rodriguez is a percussionist who is a national facilitator and clinician for workshops entitled “Drumming With Nina, Unlock the Rhythm.” Nina is a specialist in Latin styles and is a regular on the jazz scene in San Antonio.
They are accompanied by jazz pianist Aaron Prado, bassist George Prado and drummer Chuck Glave. This performance, featuring musicians from the ‘hood organized by Beverly Prado, is part of Women’s History Month SA.
Every year, CAM chooses a curator from outside of San Antonio to give a fresh perspective on the San Antonio art scene. Leslie Moody Castro will serve as this year’s curator of the 2014 CAM Perennial Exhibition.
The gallery space of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center will evolve as artists Christie Blizard and Mark Menjivar collaborate with each other, the surrounding community and gallery visitors. Works will be added, taken out of the space, and the process documented on a hand drawn map of the community which will serve as a focal point of the exhibition.
While this project may seem unconventional, the crux of it is to offer the surrounding community and audience the opportunity to play an active role throughout the duration of the exhibition. It is a work in progress and we invite everyone to participate. This project is as reliant upon its audience as it is on the artists participating.
In addition to its 20th anniversary, Southtown’s own SAY Sí has a lot to celebrate. Launched in 1994 under the King William Neighborhood Association’s umbrella, the nonprofit has evolved from a modest operation serving 12 students to a full-time “creative youth development organization” with an enrollment of 200, community outreach benefiting upwards of 3,000 and a new game design program in the works. Not surprisingly, SAY Sí’s signature fundraiser Small Scale Works for a Larger Cause has followed this growth curve, expanding from an auction with 26 participants to a full-blown affair gathering works by 200-plus local, regional and national artists. While the main event doesn’t take place until March 21, avid collectors can jump the gun with the “buy it now” option at Thursday’s private preview and awards ceremony or First Friday’s free reception. Promising “a spectrum of one-of-a-kind art pieces ranging from abstract sculptures to hyper-realistic portraits and photography,” this year’s Small Scale features contributions from Diana Kersey, Hannah Dreiss, Kent Rush, Vikki Fields, Susan Budge, Steven Daluz and Nemo, to name but a few.
Collector Richard Weisman will speak about his role in getting world-famous athletes to pose for portraits by Andy Warhol.
Following the lecture Weisman will autograph copies of his book Picasso to Pop: The Richard Weisman Collection.
Artpace will welcome family members of all ages for an exciting day of free, hands-on engagement with contemporary art. Using the artwork of Spring 2014 International Artists-in-Residence Rosa Barba (Berlin, Germany), Liz Glynn (Los Angeles, California), and Jessica Mallios (Austin, Texas), and artist Mungo Thomson as springboards for creativity and discovery, Artpace will present educator-led art activities, tours, and workshops to spark creativity and connect families with contemporary art. Like Artpace's programs year-round, Family Day is free and open to the public.
For CAM 2014 Sala DIaz has invited Toby Kamps of The Menil Collection, Houston, to be Guest Curator. The exhibition Happy Homemakers: The Pleasures and Perils of Domestic Life uses painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance to re-domesticate the galleries of Sala Diaz. Six Houston artists, Melanie Crader, Francesca Fuchs, Rachel Hecker, Mick Johnson, Jim Nolan, and Jenny Schlief, along with the Chicago-based collaborative of Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger, explore themes and forms from indoor living in works as fraught, funky, and funny as home life itself.
Barrio Pop Store is an artistic incorporation of works which was influenced by the characters, colors and street phenomena of border town culture as seen through three artists living and working on the Texas-Mexico border.
Lecture will be held in the Auditorium. Andy Warhol’s Athlete Series raises a number of questions about art, athleticism, and celebrity and establishes complex relationships between these seemingly disparate concepts. At the same time, Warhol’s silkscreens of Muhammad Ali, Dorothy Hamill and others, function as portraits and work to represent these athletes as individuals in conjunction with the broader social categories through which they are seen (male, female, black, white, etc.). This talk considers the place of The Athlete Series within Warhol’s oeuvre. Reception to follow. This lecture is generously supported by the Mary Kargl Lecture Fund.
Presenter: Isabelle Wallace, University of Georgia.
Several times throughout the year, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum presents Black Box Lunch. These short and intimate lunchtime chats give featured artists direct contact with their audience and art-lovers the chance to peek inside the artist's mind. Past Black Box Lunch artists include Chris Sauter, Philip John Evett, Justin Parr and Ed Saavedra, Ivano Vitali and Joan Hall, Gary Sweeney and Julia Barbosa Landois. Space is limited so please RSVP to elizabeth@bluestarart or 210-227-6960. City: San Antonio
Casas Ink will be a featured artist at RAW: San Antonio presents MOSAIC. RAW is an international community for artists, owned by artists. Casas Ink will be selling graphic t-shirts and prints. The event will feature other local artists and showcase their work, from film, fashion, music, visual art, hair and makeup and performance art.
Ruiz-Healy Art, in collaboration with Galerie Eigen + Art, Leipzig / Berlin, is pleased to present Straight from Berlin: Paintings and Works on Paper by Uwe Kowski and Jörg Herold. The exhibition will open on February 27 with an artist reception and book signing 6-8 pm. Uwe Kowski and Jörg Herold are acclaimed as members of the New Leipzig School, a group of artists identified with Neo Rauch who were born in then-East Germany and trained at the traditionally-inclined Hochschule für Graphik und Buchkunst Leipzig (Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts). Recognized and championed by gallerist Gerd Harry Lipke of Galerie Eigen + Art, Kowski and Herold have achieved international recognition for their use of highly-tuned skills to express questions of value and direction in a time of indecision, loss and anomie. This collaborative exhibition at Ruiz-Healy Art offers American viewers a rare opportunity to see their newest work: Straight from Berlin.
This venue is one of many studios participating in the East Austin Studio Tour. Visit eastaustinstudiotour.com for a complete list.
Bringing classical music to the (almost) masses with (sometimes) costumes and inventive pairings such as “Bach in a Style of Jazz” and this spring’s “Russian Dance.”
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International Women’s Day (IWD) started in the early 1900s at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen at the suggestion of Clara Zetkin. She proposed that women from every country should campaign for their rights annually to help end discrimination. More than 100 women from 17 countries attended the event and agreed with Zetkin. This year marks San Antonio’s 24th annual IWD March, where supporters will celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of all women while continuing to fight against social injustices. This year’s theme is “Nos tienen miedo porque no tenemos miedo (They fear us because we have no fear).” The march concludes with a rally featuring guest speakers, artisans and children’s activities. The march starts at the corner of S St. Mary’s and E Cesar Chavez (former Univision Building) and ends at HemisFair Park.
Do It Together Fest (DIT) is a one-day festival put together by labels from across the region. Showcasing more than 30 emerging bands from New Orleans, Denton, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, DIT is designed to give show-goers the best of what’s next in rock music. Along with the swell visiting bands (All People, Woozy and Caddywhompus, to name a few) the bill features a slew of promising local acts including Búho, Vetter Kids, Bright Like the Sun, Ghost Police and Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & the Bad Breath. Organizer and Texas is Funny Records founder Scott Andreu told the Current, “DIT is our way of reaching out to the other ‘players’ in our region to start the dialog needed to encourage growth in audience and for people outside the region to take our area of the woods more seriously. We feel you can get much more done doing things together.” Here’s to a day of great music and the spirit of collaboration.
Where were you when Willy Wonka first scared the piss out of you and ruined your life? When mankind’s best and purest creation, candy, became a golden ticket to a nightmare world of pure imagination and melted chocolate—the means by which a purple-suited deviant transported a little-person-slave-powered riverboatload of preteens through the video from The Ring and into the seventh circle of steampunk kiddie hell. Children, as punishment for being children, are lured into Rube Goldberg deathtraps and subjected to David Cronenberg body horrors while their “guardians” look on in impotent terror. And our hero’s reward for surviving? Keep your mouth shut, Charlie, and someday all of this will be yours. Welcome to the world, kids. SAMA and Slab Cinema team up to screen the 1971 classic as part of the outdoor Family Flicks series. Pack a picnic.
DMX didn’t end up fighting George Zimmerman, but he’s coming to Backstage Live Saturday, March 8. Everyone’s favorite barking and growling emcee has seen better days. He’s only released two albums in the past 10 years and he has yet to match the fierce passion and skillful descriptiveness of his best work in the late 1990s. Nonetheless, dude’s still got the same skills that made him such a big deal in the first place. So come on out and show some love for what was and what still could be—I’m sure he’ll play “Party Up (Up in Here)” for you.
Over the course of three LPs, the Brooklyn-based indie-pop outfit Miniature Tigers has experimented with myriad sub-genres, effectively defying reviews peppered with descriptors like “catchy, disco-on-the-cheap,” “bedroom-psych-pop” and “tropical, Caucasian doo wop.” Regardless of stylistic shifts, the band—formed in MySpace-era Arizona by falsetto-inclined vocalist Charlie Brand and keyboardist/drummer Rick Schaier—maintains a playful sense of humor that reached new heights with 2012’s Mia Pharoah, a danceable romp driven by tracks (namely “Sex on the Regular” and “Female Doctor”) Rolling Stone summed up as “horndog electro-disco fantasies.” En route to play a string of shows at SXSW, the notoriously amusing quartet plays 502 in support of the forthcoming Cruel Runnings, which features songs about swimming pools and “lovers meeting at discotheques.”
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