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A pioneer in the field of forensic astronomy, Don Olson, Professor of Physics, Texas State University, traces the footsteps of artists Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch to determine the exact time and location of their well-known masterpieces.
Spotlight invites students to make creative responses to a selected work of art in the McNay’s collection. Preview the 2014–15 Spotlight selection Haymakers Resting by Camille Pissarro and consider classroom connections. Brainstorm with other educators and develop the concept for your collaborative project. Student responses are featured at the Spotlight Celebration in May. Teachers receive three hours of continuing professional education credit. Space is limited and registration is required. Registration deadline is October 17.
Visual and mixed media artist S. Ingram is joined by encaustic artist Susan Metcalfe for a one-day exhibit of paintings, sculptures and so on. 1826 E. Pyron Ave. (just south of Southtown on the S.A. River Mission Reach).
To make sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy Intimate Impressionism, the McNay is hosting a special family day on Sunday, October 26. Bonjour Les Artistes will let visitors travel to Paris without leaving San Antonio, celebrating impressionist artists while featuring activities throughout the museum. Visitors can paint en plein-air, make scientific discoveries, and enjoy French music and culture. With activities designed for the tiniest budding art fan and seasoned aficionados, Bonjour Les Artistes! is a celebration to be shared with family and friends.
Travel to Paris without leaving San Antonio at this free family day celebrating impressionist artists. Paint en plein air, make scientific discoveries, and enjoy French music, stories and culture. Earn a new stamp in your passport as you tour Intimate Impressionism. The McNay's gift to the community, this Free Family Day is the only opportunity to enjoy the exhibition at no cost during its stay in San Antonio.
The life of Vincent van Gogh has inspired filmmakers from Akira Kurosawa to Vincente Minnelli. Steven G. Kellman, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses the artists as imagined through several film adaptations.
Meet at the Front Desk Merribell Parsons, Curator of European Art, will discuss the Museum's Irish silver collection, considered by scholars to be the largest and finest collection of Irish silver in the world.
Now the resident theatre company at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, AtticRep continues to provoke dialogue by engaging visual artists as production designers. Jody Blake, Curator, Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, discusses theatre art collaboration with company directors Roberto Prestigiacomo and Rick Frederick and artists Chris Sauter, Hills Snyder and Jeremiah Teutsch. Reception precedes the conversation at 6:00 pm.
The 7th annual Luminaria will take place on River North, a beautifully restored and revitalized area between the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts and the Southwest School of Art, which festival organizers hope will attract and encourage residents and tourists to visit this newly thriving and expanding stretch of the Riverwalk. Luminaria is San Antonio’s annual celebration of the city’s artists, musicians, performers and cultural organizations. Initiated by Mayor Phil Hardberger in 2008 and overseen by San Antonio’s creative leaders, the event provides visitors and residents with a unique opportunity to revel in the city’s wealth of traditional and innovative cultural expression presented on stages, galleries, and in locations throughout downtown San Antonio.
From performing stand-up comedy at the age of 16, landing his dream job on Saturday Night Live, launching his career with Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire, appearing in over 200 episodes of network television and over 25 feature films alongside a plethora of Academy Award-winning actors, Jay Mohr has become a multi-media star. Mohr is an author and hosts the nationally syndicated daily Jay Mohr Sports. His podcasts each average 100K downloads. Throughout his journey, Jay still loves performing stand-up comedy—it's in his blood, his bones and his DNA. Comedy Central agrees, having named Mohr one of the 100 greatest stand-up comics of all time.
Enjoy signature cocktails and divine catering while perusing Gregory Martin's lovely art, displayed amidst the beautiful setting of the Historic Jackson Ranch.
Enjoy a short gallery talk on fitness and the visual arts in the museums collection, followed by kettlebell exercises and a run down the river led by professional coaches from Run Wild Sports. Art Fit: Art + Exercise is endorsed by the Mayors Fitness Council and Lets Move! Museums and Gardens. Runners of all levels are welcome.
Cash bar cocktails and music inspired by Welcome Home, Yogini Art Party is a collaboration of the San Antonio Art Museum and KRTU Jazz 91.7.
Mix with college friends and take in art, live music, free food, and other activities.
San Antonio Clay Arts Festival is artful holiday shopping featuring one-of-a-kind pieces from over thirty Texas potters. Art activities for children, music, food trucks, gallery tours and potters demonstrations.
French artist Xavier de Richemont has created high-tech sets for theater and opera and collaborated with the avant-garde visionary Robert Wilson but is arguably best known for his dazzling video installations, which have graced the facades of historic locales across Europe, Canada and Mexico. On view periodically for the next decade, Richemont’s 23-minute spectacle “San Antonio|The Saga” employs San Fernando Cathedral as a canvas to “narrate the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio” via a 7,000-square-foot projection choreographed to music in surround sound.
With a nod to exquisite corpse, “You Are Here” highlights a collaboration between Tim Kerr and Brian Phillips. Kerr studied painting and photography at UT–Austin and played a key role in Texas’ early punk scene as a founding member of Big Boys and other bands. Louisiana native Phillips illustrates his mantra “One man’s junk pile is another man’s art supplies” with puzzle-like constructions built from reclaimed wood. A tribute to inspiring icons, the duo’s joint project involved Kerr painting portraits of Rosa Parks, Evel Knievel and many more on surfaces pieced together by Phillips.
“No, she’s a full-on Monet. From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” As Clueless taught us in all of its art history wisdom, Monet is renowned for his staccato brush strokes and dream-like compositions. Comprising 70 beloved paintings from the National Gallery of Art, including works by Monet, Renoir, Manet, Gauguin and van Gogh, “Intimate Impressionism,” lands in SA on a five-city world tour. The McNay hosts the exhibition of impressionist and post-impressionist works through January.
Bill FitzGibbons curates works by Richard Hunt, who has completed more public sculptures than any other artist in the country, including many throughout his hometown of Chicago.
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University's Alkek Library in San Marcos recently opened Coming to Light, a photographic exhibition showcasing additions to their dynamically growing holdings. On view are works from 42 internationally acclaimed and emerging photographers, recently acquired and shown by the Wittliff for the first time. The images range from portraiture and the Southwest’s natural and invented landscapes to themes related to Mexico’s history, beauty, and cultural impact upon the United States.
McCoy, a recognized artist from Georgia, whose career was inspired by photography workshops at the Southwest School of Art from 1984-1985, returns to exhibit his latest portfolio. “These images of water transformed as it flows from the mountains to the sea were inspired by the premise that there is a correspondence between the inner, spiritual life and the structures in nature.” McCoy will teach a workshop in Fall 2014.
With skills that have brought Texans warmth and comfort for generations, 4-H Club students have used quilting to make a difference through charities such as Project Linus and Quilts of Valor. This fall, Texas 4-H students will have an opportunity to shine, as six student-made quilts are exhibited in “Texas 4-H Quilts and Student Masterpieces” at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The San Antonio Botancial Garden welcomes 27 sculptures (ranging in size from 6 inches to nearly 8 feet) created with 500,00 LEGO bricks by New York artist Sean Kenney.
Photographs brought by Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell, Two Women Look West: Photographs of King Ranch, will be on display at the Witte Museum this fall starting in September. The exhibit is included with museum admission.
Labeled as the most extensive exhibition of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings to come to San Antonio, the Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art will be on view at the McNay. It is comprised of 70 paintings with works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh. This collection has never toured before and once renovation is complete, it will return to its home in Washington, making this opportunity really “once and a lifetime” for the people of San Antonio.
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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Igudesman & Joo market themselves as a cross between West Side Story and The Simpsons, but to my ears, classical music’s Weird Al Yankovic more directly hits the mark. What if Mozart had arranged “I Will Survive?” Or if you turned “La Cucaracha” into a sonata? Sure it takes a bit of classical training to be in on the joke, but Igudesman & Joo’s brilliance lies in the execution, particularly the duo’s incredible musicianship and fine comic timing. Lord knows classical music deserves to have a little fun poked at it and arguably nobody does it with more humor and dedication to the music than these guys.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Altering Space,” the Southwest School of Art’s Photography Department Chair Victor Pagona discusses an evolution in creating and defining the landscape in contemporary art.
Kathy Armstrong curates a promising batch of photographers at the Russell Hill Rogers Gallery at the Southwest School of Art: Matthew Albanese (New York), Kim Keever (New York), Kila & Rusharc (UK), Seokmin Ko (South Korea), Scott Martin (San Antonio), John Pfahl (Buffalo) and Barry Underwood (Cleveland). Their common task was to construct, alter or recreate imaginary or re-invented landscapes, “whether through dioramas, hand-process or technology, and each photograph has a handmade component with visible evidence of that production.” Given the culture-wide preoccupation with meta-landscape, and the possibilities of digital technology, it’ll be difficult for this show not to be fascinating.
"The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Monkeys" is presented by Dr. Laurie Santos, as part of the Mind Science Foundation’s 2014 Distinguished Speakers Series. Over the past few years, Santos has examined the roots of human irrationality by studying the way our primate relatives make decisions. Her experiments in "monkeynomics" have shown that monkeys make some of the same silly financial choices as humans do. But her work has also revealed ways in which human choices are uniquely irrational - with monkeys sometimes making smarter choices than we do.
These Brooklyn indie rockers are known to throw the sonic kitchen sink at their compositions and live outings. With hues of jazz, blues, rock and classical music, Landlady (helmed by Adam Schatz) is a surprising glow-fi pop-rock outfit poised to do big things with their malleable and vigorous sound. Schatz is no stranger to the music world, though Landlady has only released two albums to date; he has played in the experimental art-rock band Man Man, co-produced NYC Winter Jazzfest and rocked his saxophone for Vampire Weekend. Come dig these guys as they tour their sophomore album Upright Behavior.
Maybe it’s that opening on-the-nose Jonathan Livingston ambience or maybe it’s frontman Mike Score’s wail, but AFOS’ lead single “I Ran (So Far Away)” has a bet-the-farm Cinescope grandeur only attempted a couple of other times on their self-titled debut LP and with significantly less success. In hindsight, “I Ran” sounds like the Flock knew they wouldn’t be on our radar for long, but they sure left us a single—and, of course, a silly-ass haircut—for the ages. Score has long since shaved his head, but here’s hoping he’s still giving the people half of what they want.
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