McNay Art Museum

McNay Art Museum


Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, this Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first museum of modern art when the McNay opened in 1954. Today more than 134,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin,Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The twenty-three acre, beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Robert Indiana, Luis Jimenez Jr, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, and Kiki Smith. The 45,000-square-foot Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, features three major exhibitions annually.

For more than half a century, the McNay has enchanted visitors with its art, architecture, and ambiance. The museum offers rich and varied exhibitions as well as rotating displays in the Main Collection Galleries from the 20,000 works in the collection; more than 45,000 adults, teachers, students, and families take advantage of a variety of education programs and innovative educational resources.

Special Events

Second Thursday: Art | Music | Food | Drinks
Thursday, October 11
6:00–9:00 p.m. | Free

A night of music, art, food and drinks! This family and pet-friendly event that is open to ALL. Tours of the main collection galleries are offered at 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs to lounge on the grounds while listening to Josh Big Cedar Fever. Beer will be available for purchase along with several food truck options. Leave with a new best friend: San Antonio Pets Alive will be on site doing dog adoptions. 

AT&T Lobby: Teresita Fernández
August 30, 2018 to December 31, 2018

Museum Hours | Free with Museum Admission

Best known for her experiential sculptures and public installations, 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellow and Brooklyn-based artist Teresita Fernández presents Fire (United States of the Americas) 2 as the eighth wall installation in the McNay’s AT&T Lobby. Presented in conjunction with Pop América, 1965–1975, Fire invites viewers to contemplate the social history of North America, and offers compelling commentary with striking visual elements that include a large map of the United States.

Picturing Latin America
September 11, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Museum Hours | Free with Museum Admission

Shot in the Guatemalan Highlands, Meta Mayan II is a keenly observed, poetic video essay on the indigenous culture of the Maya, and is one of the first video pieces to use slow motion as a formal element. Director Edin Vélez combines imagery of the Mayan people with voice-over recordings taken from international news outlets describing the country’s political turmoil, to create a metaphor for a culture in transition. Vélez’s video is complemented with artworks that depict South America’s diverse landscapes, cultures, and textures.

Mel Casas: Human
September 20, 2018 to January 6, 2019
Museum Hours | Free with museum Admission

Mel Casas: Human presents six large paintings by the late San Antonio–based artist Mel Casas, co-founder of the Chicano art group Con Safo. Casas is best known for pointed visual statements that question cultural stereotypes and portrayals of Mexican Americans in the media. Selected exhibitions include his participation in the 1975 Whitney Biennial and, in the 1990s, the landmark traveling exhibition Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation 1965–1985. Mel Casas: Human is presented in tandem with Pop América, 1965–1975, in which the artist is also featured; the two exhibitions mark the premiere of the artist’s work at the McNay.

Pop América, 1965–1975
October 4, 2018 to January 13, 2019

Museum Hours | Free with Museum admission

In collaboration with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, the McNay presents Pop América, 1965–1975—the first exhibition with a hemispheric vision of Pop art. Featuring Latino/a and Latin American Pop artists working at the same time as their counterparts in the United States and Europe, the exhibition makes a timely and critical contribution to a more complete understanding of this artistic period.

Pop América features nearly 100 artworks that connect Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the U.S., sparking a fundamental reconsideration and expansion of Pop. Introducing new historical frameworks reshapes debates over Pop’s perceived political neutrality, social inclusiveness, and aesthetic innovations in the U.S. The artists in the exhibition create a vital dialogue that crosses national borders, and include Judith Baca, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Jorge de la Vega, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. United by their use of Pop’s rich visual strategies, these artists have made bold contributions to conceptualism, performance, and new-media art, as well as social protest, justice movements, and debates about freedom.

Years in the making, the exhibition reflects groundbreaking research by guest curator and Duke professor Esther Gabara. As the first exhibition to present a vision of Pop throughout the Americas, Pop América is a long overdue contribution to the scholarship of this artistic period and Latin America’s rich artistic heritage. The significance of this exhibition was recognized in 2017 by Sotheby’s, which awarded the McNay and the Nasher funding from the inaugural Sotheby’s Prize, designed to support projects that explore underrepresented areas of art history.

After its premiere at the McNay, Pop América, 1965–1975 travels to the Nasher Museum of Art, before its third and final presentation at the Block Museum at Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois.    

100 Years of Printmaking in San Antonio: Michael Menchaca
October 18, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Museum Hours | Free with Museum Admission

For the final chapter of the series of exhibitions celebrating San Antonio’s rich printmaking tradition, Michael Menchaca will transform the McNay’s Lawson Print Gallery into an immersive environment of prints, paper installations, and video. A graduate of Texas State University and the Rhode Island School of Design, Menchaca has created a highly individualistic lexicon of signs and symbols that speak to the Mexican American experience, including immigration and the melding of cultures in South Texas.

LOL: The Art of Staged Comedy
November 8, 2018 to February 17, 2019
Museum Hours | Free with Museum Admission

Sick of reality? Need a good laugh? Prescribe yourself a dose of humor and get immersed in the comical designs of Léon Bakst, Giorgio de Chirico, Susan Hilferty, Gregg Barnes, and many more! Explore hilarity on stage and screen, from slapstick and silent films to romantic comedies and sitcoms. Try your hand at stand-up, or at the stock characters of commedia dell’arte. Watch out for banana peels!


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San Antonio, TX 78209

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