Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum with a multi-faceted exhibition that will portray San Antonio as the hub of the frontier under many flags over three centuries.
Visitors will experience how early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the layout, economic and cultural development of the city through modern times. Seven immersive galleries include interactive experiences, gallery theater, historic artifacts, documents and a photo-real augmented reality story of the Battle of the Alamo.
Starting this summer, The DoSeum is celebrating San Antonio’s first 300 years by looking ahead to its future! In partnership with the San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration, The DoSeum is dedicating its summer exhibit to the future and the kids who shape it…YOU!
Step into a time machine and step out into the future you imagine! In The DoSeum’s summer exhibit, Dream Tomorrow Today, kids and families are invited to leave the past behind as they slide through time and transported to a better tomorrow—one that they create themselves. As they travel through the exhibit, kids will be invited to SEE, BE, and DO the future—designing future cities, shaping community values, role playing future careers, and more.
Mother-of-pearl buttons, lead, and embroidery hoops are some of the wide-ranging materials Marilyn Lanfear uses to tell her stories. Motivated by personal family history and the urge to preserve memories, Lanfear’s body of work is a testament to her rich Texas heritage and her industrious spirit. Whether by assembling a collection of carved wooden shelves or soldering a blouse made of lead, Lanfear demonstrates a dedication to the process of art making, techniques, and materials. She elevates the everyday to speak to a common, shared experience both through the presence of objects and through what, or whom, is missing.
Lanfear was born in Waco, Texas, in 1930 and raised in Corpus Christi. After completing her MFA at UTSA in 1978, she moved to New York and then Seattle, before returning home to San Antonio.
This fall, the Museum will present a selection of the artist’s works spanning over three decades, curated by Curatorial Associate Lana Meador. While her family’s narratives are the point of departure, Lanfear’s symbolic use of imagery and materials calls forth universal themes—such as identity, the importance of place, and memory—which resonate with all of us.
Sylvanus Shaw is a Brooklyn-based artist that works in series of paintings and drawings. Inspired by classical forms of image making, he combines elements of everyday experience with rich and often complex historical referents creating layered and divergent pictures. Part of his prolific output includes hundreds of drawn and painted trading cards.
Shaw began making cards at the age of nine, inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, and Bikkuriman Devil vs. Angel seals. Small drawings have factored heavily in the artist's practice ever since. He uses cards to experiment; to do things that would be impractical, superficial, or confusing at a larger scale; to wear other hats, other masks, other artists; to document artistic endeavors in miniature, multiplicable ways.
Destino: San Antonio presents, for the first time, selections from the Briscoe Museum’s collection of over 600 stereographs of San Antonio, dating from the 1860s to 1930. This experiential exhibition will include a replica arcade with vintage 3-D image viewers, video documentaries and interviews, historic city maps and directories, and interactive programming.
Free with museum admission
Public Opening: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Special Opening Times: Southwest School of Art 5-7 pm, Blue Star Contemporary 7-9 pm
Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art are pleased to co-host the exhibition, Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, on view October 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 35 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated. The exhibition considers how objects, still and moving images, sound and performances made by artists living in the path of the butterfly reveal their identities through form, process and materiality rather than through content.
This exhibition is curated by Risa Puleo and organized by Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska, where it was first presented December 7, 2017-February 24, 2018. The accompanying catalogue is supported, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Sandra Fossum, and Watie White.
National Parks connect our past to the present. Sometimes they illuminate natural landscapes while other times they amplify and honor historical events. Michael Nye's Four Voices exhibit at Mission Concepción, part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, highlights the living nature of history at the missions. The exhibit is sponsored by Western National Parks Association and Mission Heritage Partners. Nye highlights four people-- a Stone Mason, a Parish Administrator, an Historian, and a Coahuiltecan-- who have strong personal connections with Mission Concepcion. Through photography and audio recorded interviews, Michael Nye captures the connections between the missions and our community. Join us for light refreshments and a chance to meet the artist and the subjects of his portraits.
Reception will take place at Mission Concepción: 807 Mission Rd, San Antonio, TX 78210
A night of music, art, food, and drinks! Experience art and enjoy FREE general admission to the Museum during this family and pet-friendly event that is open to ALL. Enjoy live music by Como Las Movies, food trucks, Community Beer Co. for purchase, art activities, free gallery tours, and more! Adopt a dog from San Antonio Pets Alive or bring your own leashed dog to the outside portion of the event. Thank you to our media sponsor: San Antonio Current, and our free general admission sponsor: H-E-B!
Enjoy live music, gallery tours (inspired by the Museum's collection) at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. (space is limited), specialty cocktails by Blue Box (cash bar) and art making!
Art Party is a collaboration between the San Antonio Museum of Art and KRTU Jazz 91.7.
In the event of inclement weather, Art Party is held indoors.
Join us on second Fridays for our monthly Sunset Yoga on the Artpace rooftop. Come stretch, breathe, and re-align as we flow into Friday night amongst the city lights. The hour-long session will be taught by a registered yoga instructor from 5 Points Local. Yoga mats, light snacks, and water will be provided. Namaste, and see you there.
All levels are welcome
Members: $ 7 Single Class
No Members: $ 10 Single Class
Tickets will be available at the door.
Find your park in a whole new way! Join the National Park Service for Yoga at Mission Concepción, led by Mobile Om. This yoga class is for all skill levels and ages, sponsored by Western National Parks Association. Bring your own yoga mat!
807 Mission Rd, San Antonio, TX 78210
Ages 21+ only
Price: $50 per person
An educational journey through the history of spiritualism and communion with the afterlife, beginning in 1848 and ending in 1926, and capped with a live séance. One night will be spent “exploring the spiritual world” at Villa Finale, and one night will be spent at a mystery location to be announced at a later date!
Join National Park Service Archeologist Susan Snow for this evening lecture about material culture, ethnic identity, and global trade at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Learn about the history of the missions through material remains. 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214
Join us as we explore the beauty and influence of pottery throughout history, from mission era pottery to modern Mata Ortiz pottery artists! The show, sponsored by Western National Parks Association, features Mata Ortiz pottery by Jorge Quintana and Oaxacan woodwork by Jacobo Ángeles. Mata Ortiz artist Jorge Quintana will be present at the event to show his artwork. National Park Service Visitor Center at Mission San Jose, 6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214.
From October 19 through November 2 in the Mission San José Granary at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, view ofrenda displays made by descendants of the missions. These ofrendas are erected for Dia de los Muertos, or All Soul's Day, and pay homage to departed loved ones. Mission San José is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.
6701 San José Drive, San Antonio, Texas, 78214
For the American Modernist John Marin (1870–1953), best known for his luminous watercolors of rural Maine and urban New York, drawing was central. Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Workwill offer the viewer an inside look at the process behind his abstract watercolors and etchings.
Selected primarily from the outstanding collection of 290 drawings and watercolors donated to the Arkansas Arts Center by Norma Marin, the artist’s daughter-in-law, in 2013, the exhibition features rarely exhibited studio working drawings alongside finished pieces. Becoming John Marin spans nearly every aspect of the artist’s long career as he transformed from an avid young draftsman to the famed modernist who showed each year in Alfred Stieglitz’s succession of Manhattan galleries.
The works vary from dynamic depictions of Manhattan structures and Maine landscapes to lesser-known pieces based on figures: portraits, bustling urban crowds, and circus animals and performers in motion.
Organized by the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock the exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of the center’s complete, newly conserved John Marin Collection.
Designed for children 3-12
Children 3-12: $5.00
Adults (13+): $10.00
This event harkens back to celebrations of the late 19th century when neighborhoods would get together to observe Halloween with costumes, games and delicious treats! Kids ages 3 – 12 can decorate their own trick-or-treat bag, play Halloween-themed games, enter a screaming contest, march in a costume parade, participate in a “fun dash” trick-or-treat, enjoy snacks and more! Parents can also impress their little ones by entering the “Purple People Eater Pie Eating Contest” (limited to 6 contestants on a first-come, first to participate basis). Prizes awarded for scariest, funniest, most creative, parent and overall costumes.
Two of the Art League's most respected painters join forces in this stunning exhibition.
My painting is the embodiment of the emotion this visual experience brings to me. I cannot capture Nature and I do not try to. One might say, however, that it has captured me.
My choice is to work from life, whether painting figurative portraiture, still life or en plein air landscapes. I find color, composition and the psychology of life infinitely variable and challenging.
Egyptian, Roman Period, 1st-2nd century A.D.
Painted plaster on linen (cartonnage) with gold leaf Museum
Purchase: Stark-Willson Collection, 86.138.97
Send good wishes to the spirits of the afterlife this Halloween/Day of the Dead. Decorate an altar with tissue-paper marigolds, enjoy tasty pan de muerto (bread of the dead), and view The Book of Life (2014) at 2 pm. Film description: Torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, Manolo embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds, where he must face his greatest fears.
USA. 2014. English. 95 min. PG.
Sponsored by Mission Heritage Partners and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
Join us Saturday, October 7 and October 28 as we celebrate the fall season with a fun atmosphere perfect for the kiddos. Costumes encouraged. Special thanks to H-E-B, guests will enjoy $2 off admission to BOOtanica. All activities are free with paid admission to the Botanical Garden. Free with Admission.
Celebrating the life of young, beautiful and enormously gifted Texas native Selena Quintanilla Perez, this film traces her musical journey. Gifted with magnetic charm, incredible will and global talent, Selena was poised to be the next pop-music sensation when her life was tragically cut short at 23.
Outdoor films in collaboration with Slab Cinema. Films begin at sundown. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. During inclement weather, films are cancelled. Pets are not permitted on the Museum campus, however service animals are permitted in the Museum.
Join us for our fourth annual Halloween for a night of dancing in the McNay courtyard. Enjoy boo-zy drinks, light bites, and an authentic Dia de los Muertos ofrenda. Be sure to dress up for the costume contest!
$35 per person and go on sale Monday, October 2. Be aware that this event does sell out!
Stay tuned for announcements on music, costume contest prizes, food, drinks, and more!
Get Reel gets updated. This fall, filmmaker George Ozuna curates a selection of four films related to the artist Chuck Ramirez. Ozuna introduces each selection, discusses connections to Ramirez, and afterward offers Q & A. Wine and refreshments are available 30 minutes before each screening.
A mournful and beautiful ghost story set in the years following the Spanish Civil War, The Devil’s Backbone is considered Guillermo Del Toro’s most personal film. Young Carlos arrives at an ominous orphanage and soon wonders which are most horrifying, the living or the dead.
2001. Spanish with English subtitles. 106 min. Color. R. Warner Sogefilms A.I.E.
Some films may not be appropriate for all audiences. All Get Reel films shown in the Chiego Lecture Hall, unless otherwise noted. Free with Museum admission. General admission to the Museum is free on Thursday nights.
Enjoy an insider’s look at the exhibition Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too with organizing curator René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs. A wine reception and Get Reel follow. General admission is free at this time thanks to H-E-B.
Taste-test food and drink related to art on view.
No RSVP or registration required. This event is free with museum admission or with membership.
Exercise creativity in a series of hands-on activities—no art experience necessary. This week's Art-making for Adults is Special Effects Makeup Demo with Mathew Mungle.
No RSVP or registration required. This event is free with museum admission or with membership.
Get to know the galleries during a quick 5-10 minute gallery talk on art and yoga, then center your mind and body during an all level vinyasa flow in the shady Sculpture Garden with certified instructors from MBS Fitness. Meet in the Great Hall. Bring a mat and water bottle.
All levels are welcome!
Free for members
Celebrate Museum Month with music and the VIA VIVA Culture bus! Music goes mobile for this flash-mob style performance where bus passengers encounter street singers and musicians aboard the Via VIVA culture bus. Known for activating non-traditional performance spaces, Nathan Felix's choir From Those Who Follow the Echoes engages in a progressive performance for riders on the number 11A culture bus. Catch a ride at Blue Star Contemporary, the McNay, or San Antonio Museum of Art during the 2-hour window.
Fare is free but space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Beer arrived in Texas some 170 year ago along with immigrants who had brewed it for many generations. Opening October 14, 2017, Brewing Up Texas, guest-curated by longtime journalist and beer writer Travis E. Poling, offers a statewide view of the role beer has played in shaping Texas. Covering Texas brewing history from the 1840s to today, the exhibit offers interactive content highlighting the state’s rich tapestry of modern craft breweries, and includes hands-on programming, demonstrations, and events linking content to brewery destinations outside the confines of ITC's walls. Surrounded by Texas beer memorabilia, visitors will not only learn the history of big Texas breweries, but also explore the art of microbreweries and the process of brewing at home. Keep an eye out for collateral events to treat your pallet as well as your brain.
Regarded as one of the premier special-effects makeup artists in Hollywood, Academy Award and Emmy winner Matthew Mungle discusses his role in over 200 film and television projects, including the film transformations of Bram Stoker’s Dracula for which he earned his first Oscar, Edward Scissorhands, Albert Nobbs, and countless victims on CSI. General admission is free at this time thanks to H-E-B.
Playdates cultivate, nurture and inspire creativity while developing an appreciation of art and world cultures. Toddlers experience stories, gallery activities, hands-on art, movement and music. Space is limited, first-come, first-served.
Price: Playdates is for ages 2 to 4. Free with Museum admission. Children 12 and under always receive free admission.
In honor of National Archeology Month, the Witte Museum is inviting you to come explore Texas Deep Time with some good friends and a trowel! Come see what lies beneath the sediment and uncover a wealth knowledge at our 3rd Annual Can You Dig It? Super Saturday! Super Saturday is included with museum general admission.
Enjoy live music by the Austin-based zydeco band Dr. Zog, gallery tours inspired by the Museum's Collection at 5:30, 6:15, and 7:15 p.m. (space is limited), specialty cocktails by Blue Box Bar (cash bar) and art making! Art Party is a collaboration between the San Antonio Museum of Art and KRTU Jazz 91.7. In the event of inclement weather, Art Party is held indoors. Free with Museum Admission.