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Back in 2005, environmentalist, author and 350.org founder Bill McKibben cited the considerable political effect art has had on the AIDS crisis and asked, “Where are the books, poems, plays [and] goddamn operas [about climate change]?” Four years later, McKibben admitted that ever since he’d published his “pleading little essay” that “deep and moving images and sounds and words have been flooding out into the world.” In keeping with this still-developing trend, Bihl Haus Arts has rallied more than 50 local artists, writers, performers and environmental experts to contribute to the exhibition “HOT!” and its related programming. Curated by artist/designer Raul Castellanos and poet/activist Mobi Warren, the multi-disciplinary group show comprises works by 25 visual artists and 14 poets. On view through September 13, “HOT!” opens Friday with a reception featuring poolside performances by I Ching Gatos, Blind Alley and Ila Minori and takes shape in August with a poetry reading, an artistic recycling workshop with Castellanos, a water ceremony led by an Apache medicine woman, a panel discussion and a screening of the film Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek.
Don’t miss Cocktail: The Event, happening Friday, July 25 from 8 p.m. - midnight, happening at and benefiting the McNay Art Museum. Join all your friends, 15 local restaurants and 13 local bars for an unforgettable night of food, live music, art and cocktails. Toast to fifteen of the city’s most celebrated bartenders as they create the most delicious 70s-style cocktails, using Ketel One, Bulleit, George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey, Tanqueray and Blue Nectar Tequila. Dance like no one’s watching to Disco-era music and feast your eyes on the McNay’s special exhibit, Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Paintings. A portion of the proceeds of Cocktail: The Event will benefit the McNay Art Museum.
Enjoy free food and music at Joseph's Grand Opening event for their new location at 2611 Wagon Wheel! Come out for refreshments and an art show on Saturday July 26, from 5-8 p.m.
With a musical resume that includes bands like Big Boys, Bad Mutha Goose, Monkey-wrench. Poison 13, and The Lord High Fixers, Tim Kerr has played an important role in shaping the US indie music scene. Multimedia artist, Brian Phillips, is a self-taught and self disciplined artist with 20 plus years under his belt. Together this duo has created a series of works that explore musicians and artists who have influenced and inspired the two throughout the years.
Join REM Gallery for a mid reception dedicated to Hiromi Tsuji Stringer's current exhibition at the gallery.
San Anto Cultural Arts and Art to the Third Power have yet again teamed up to exhibit large-scale steamroller prints at 3rd Space Art Gallery. Earlier this year, the two teams collaborated to create large scale prints using a steamroller press during Chupachanga. More than 25 prints were created through the course of the event and are now available for purchase. All proceeds from the exhibit will go to San Anto Cultural Arts programs, which includes the Community Mural Program. All ages are welcome free of charge.
Maxwell began redefining classic soul music for a new generation with the release of his critically-acclaimed debut album, Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite, in 1996. Maxwell’s 2009 album, the “unapologetically deep” (LA Times) BLACKsummers'night ignited the charts and debuted at No. 1, winning him two Grammys and another platinum award. The "Summer Soulstice” Tour is Maxwell’s his first major tour since 2010.
Northway's most recent work concentrates on the effect humans have had on the earth's natural resourcres, primarily in their use, and waste, of water. His sculptures are playful in their combinarion of color and form, yet they stand as thoughtful critiques on our treatment of the environment.
Gemini Ink explores how Matisse used writing and poetry as a way to inspire him during his “second life”. Featuring Rick Stemm, Jenny Browne, Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson, Erik Bosse, and Mari Xingas. Directed by Tj Gonzales and music by Azul Barrientos.
The McNay Art Museun will host a special media preview of Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art on September 2, 2014. Guests will enjoy lunch at the museum as well as a tour of the exhibition hosted by Mary Morton, Curator and Head of the Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Following the luncheon, interview opportunities will be available. The collection features a selection of intimately scaled impressionists and post-impressionist still lifes, portraits, and landscapes that are among the most beloved paintings at the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition tour began in Rome, is currently in Seattle, and will visit San Antonio, making the McNay the only opportunity to see the collection in the southern United States. The collection has never toured before and will return back to Washington once renovations are finished. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see this amazing collection.
San Antonio's Body Painting Competition! There will be $600 in cash prizes. Sign up for artists and models will be held Wednesday, July 30th, 3pm-9pm. Sign ups are open to the public. Sign up will take place at Northwest Vista College (3535 N Ellison).
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.
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.
Recently named Best Gallery in Louisiana by American Art Awards, New Orleans-based Octavia Gallery showcases modern masters alongside emerging and established artists from around the world, with an emphasis on Cuba. Set to open this month, the gallery’s Houston outpost will focus on forging relationships with Texas artists while providing members of Octavia’s international roster a platform in the Lone Star State. Offering a taste of the gallery’s unique curatorial slant, the pop-up exhibition “Summer Solstice” features paintings and sculptures by nine artists including SA’s own Waddy Armstrong, Jerry Cabrera and Rodolfo Choperena. Curated by Alice Carrington Foultz, the group show explores the balance between light and shade via works capturing forest canopies, golf courses, swimming pools and hot summer afternoons.
Throughout the past three decades, Anita Valencia’s installations and paintings have invited viewers to engage with material culture, environmental justice, nature and the spirit within. Presented by Joan Grona, Valencia’s new exhibit “Cirrostratus” comprises “stained-glass-inspired bottle cap pieces, butterfly works that flutter from aluminum cans and candy-wrapper collages reminiscent of an enchanted garden.”
Is it Nurture or is it Nature? Investigating sex, animals, dripping cakes, flowers, and the everyday object, artist curator Carol Cunningham brings together five artist's each whom injecting whimsy and flamboyance into the art world. Join us on Friday July 11th at Second Friday on Beacon Hill to welcome 4 new exhibiting artist to Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery - Ann Wood (Galveston, TX), Clare Little (Santa Barbara, CA), Scotty Hensler (Lubbock, TX), Carol Cunningham (San Antonio, TX), and Clamp Light Resident artist Wes Harvey (San Antonio, TX). Along with questioning societal interactions and the self, Nurture & Nature examines the human condition by reconfiguring scenarios that occur on a day to day basis. In juxtaposing stereotypes and domesticity with the cute and gross, Nurture & Nature creates a gallery size curiosity similar to that of a Renaissance Cabinet of Curiosity encouraging scientific investigation.
Born in New York in 1890, Paul Strand started taking photography seriously circa 1907, when he was studying under social reformer and documentary photographer Lewis Hine at the Ethical Culture School and frequenting soon-to-be mentor Alfred Stieglitz’s Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession (later known as 291). With encouragement from Stieglitz (who published Strand’s earliest work in his seminal quarterly Camera Work), Strand sharpened up his soft-edged aesthetic and developed a naturalistic style that loaned itself to stark cityscapes, candid street portraits (clandestinely executed with a rigged camera) and still lifes touted as “the first photographic abstractions to be made intentionally.” In 1932, Strand set out to document Mexico’s changing landscape—a project proposed by composer Carlos Chávez, who was then director of the fine arts department of the Secretaría de Educación Pública. While there, Strand worked with Chávez on the documentary-turned narrative film Redes (concerning the plight of fishermen) and created more than 175 large-format negatives and 60 platinum prints depicting small towns, fieldworkers, churches and religious icons. Recently acquired by the McNay as a gift from local collector Susan Toomey Frost, “The Mexican Portfolio” highlights this ’30s-era time capsule through a set of 20 photogravures first published in the 1940 book Photographs of Mexico.
This exhibition, organized by René Paul Barilleaux, the McNay's Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945, assembles the work of thirteen emerging and mid-career abstract painters whose art is characterized in whole or part by high-key color, obsessive layering of surface imagery, use of overall and repeated patterns, stylized motifs, fragments of representation, and a tension between melancholy and the sublime. To date, little focus has been placed on works which celebrate the exoticism, exuberance, and optimism found in the work of the painters assembled in Beauty Reigns. Beauty Reigns is accompanied by an illustrated book that includes two essays by Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall contextualizing this approach to abstract painting and tracing its roots in twentieth-century art. Additional biographical and interpretative texts on each of the artists are authored by Barilleaux. The book Beauty Reigns reflects the dynamic nature of the exhibition in its aesthetic, approach, and design; expands the imagery seen in the museum; and offers a larger window into the work of these artists and their particular approaches to painting. Artists included in the exhibition are: Jose Alvarez, Kamrooz Aram, Charles Burwell, Annette Davidek, Fausto Fernandez, Nancy Lorenz, Ryan McGinness, Beatriz Milhazes, Jiha Moon, Paul Henry Ramirez, Rex Ray, Rosalyn Schwartz, Susan Chrysler White. This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.
The McNay encourages visitors to “draw their own comparisons and conclusions” about Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse and their influence on one another by juxtaposing works across all media (including paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints and theater designs) sourced from the museum’s diverse holdings.
Spanning six decades of his life’s work, “Matisse: Life in Color, Masterworks from the Baltimore Museum of Art" showcases the comprehensive, expressive, revealing and evolving indulgence of 20th century master Henri Matisse and the richness of his exterior world. The show, assembled from the renowned Cone Collection, features the artist’s definitive pieces such as The Yellow Dress (above), Large Reclining Nude, Purple Robe and Anemones and includes 80 paintings, works on paper and sculptures. A companion exhibit, “The Art Books of Henri Matisse,” opens the following week.
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.
A former stable the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace repurposed as her studio, 111 Camp Street housed the Linda Pace Foundation offices until recently and is now open as SPACE, the Foundation’s first public facility. Tucked in the northeast corner of CHRISpark, SPACE will showcase works from the Foundation’s stellar permanent collection along with related contemporary art exhibitions and programming. Curated by LPF’s former Executive Director Maura Reilly and organized by Collection and Exhibitions Officer Kelly O’Connor, SPACE’s inaugural show “Pace Gems” reflects Pace’s “overarching collection criteria,” which focused on artists linked to Artpace, the “laboratory of dreams” she founded in 1995. While it highlights a number of New Yorkers (including Jim Hodges, Glenn Ligon, Marilyn Minter and Wangechi Mutu), “Pace Gems” also represents SA natives like Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Dario Robleto and even Pace herself.
The Witte’s “Fairytale Fiesta” invites viewers into a world of fantasy filled with gowns inspired by fairytales, myths and magic. This year’s featured pin dress is 1941’s Queen of the Court of Legends—a gold lame creation depicting the underwater kingdom of Atlantis with coral, starfish and seahorses rendered in velvet and rhinestones. Other dresses on display include the Duchess of Romantic Destiny, the Duchess of Youthful Enthusiasm and the Duchess of Insatiable Curiosity, from the 1983 Court of Never Neverland representing the Princess and the Pea, the tale of Peter and the Wolf and Alice in Wonderland.
This landmark exhibition showcasing 79 local artists is described as "the first step in A&M-San Antonio’s commitment to share the story of the Latino experience in America and South Texas."
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.
The All School Exhibition 2014 showcases recent works by juried students, studio artists, and adjunct faculty. participating in SSA workshops, classes, and programming from Spring 2013 to Summer 2014.
Hiromi Tsuji Stringer was born in Kyoto, Japan. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Tottori University in Japan, Following her graduation, she worked as an assistant for sculptor/ceramics artist in Shiga, Japan for ten years. In the United States, she received her Fine Arts degree from UTSA in 2013. Her works, ceramics, sculptures, and drawings have been selected for several juried and invitational shows. Her newest exhibition showcases her belief in the miscommunication of language. She calls this the "possibility of language." Especially in English, there are so many different interpretations of words. Although language is one of the strongest tools of communication, it is also an abstraction. Her series of works aims to examine the level of abstraction in the language and usage of words from an etiquette guide. There will be an opening reception on July 5th.
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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Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges his facial features in the manner of good-looking people well versed in taking pictures of themselves—lips lightly pursed, eyebrows up, posing without posing.
“Running on the beach will be the death of me,” the caption says. It’s enough to garner 7,000 comments and 332,000 little hearts of approval from Mahone’s massive teen following, an audience seemingly dependent on an IV drip of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Known as the Mahomies, Austin’s crew numbers well into the millions.
Rising originally on Youtube, Mahone now holds some serious influence over the young wallets and fluttering stomachs of his adolescent audience. But as “Baby” did to Bieber, Mahone needs one smash single to boost him into the next level of superstardom. At 18-years-old, Mahone’s got the career infrastructure in place to jump to the .01 percent of Big Pop. More importantly, it appears he’s got the workhorse ethic to follow through at a vital crossroads period for teen idols, when the decisions of legal adulthood can send them into dens of vice and crumbling anxiety. At 18, on the road for his second headlining tour, Mahone’s already light-years away from his first bout of videos, singing from his bedroom in the doldrums of San Antonio.
Also known as “Mudflap,” “country comedian” Steve McGrew is a former cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle and now co-hosts a Denver morning radio show with partner in crime Kelly Ford.
Self-categorized as a “comedian, actor, TV host, matchmaker, wingman, enthusiastic karaoke singer and awkward roller skater,” Helen Hong has parlayed her irreverent standup act into an eclectic résumé that includes roles in the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis (as Janet Fung) and the animated feature Epic (as the voice of Thistle Lady).
SAMA’s revival of the 2004 Global Lens series continues with Indian director Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s tragic drama Shadow Kill. Set in 1941, the film concerns a hangman whose guilt over carrying out politically motivated executions leads to excessive boozing and praying to the goddess Kali.
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