San Antonio Museum of Art
Museum Month Bonus
Members of partner organizations can also take $5 off a membership when purchased in person at the museum (not valid with any other offers).
A visit to the Museum takes you around the world and through art history. We have five-thousand years of art in a complex of buildings that once housed the Lone Star Brewery, and we’re renowned for our collections of Latin American, Asian, and Ancient Mediterranean art. On the Museum Reach of the River Walk, the Museum is a thirty-minute walk from downtown hotels and a ten-minute walk from the Pearl retail and restaurant complex.
Art Party: Saints and Sinners
Friday, October 12
6:00–8:00 p.m. | Free with Museum Admission
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 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.
Marilyn Lanfear: Material Memory
August 24–November 11, 2018
Museum Hours | Free with Museum Admission
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 who, 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 selection of the artist’s works spanning over three decades is curated by Curatorial Associate Lana Meador. While Lanfear's family 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.
Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work
October 26, 2018–January 20, 2019
Museum Hours | Free with museum Admission
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.
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78215