Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions


Borderland Collective: One to Another

Started in 2007 in the small oil town of Big Lake, Texas, by public school teacher Ryan Sprott and artist Jason Reed, the Borderland Collective project has worked in various and fluid ways with a few hundred participants to date, each of whom has been an integral part of our work. Among them include young women navigating between Native American tradition and urban culture in Albuquerque, East Asian and African refugees new to America and searching for a sense of place in San Antonio, young men who ranch in Mexico on the weekends but call Presidio, Texas home, or undergrads at Washington and Lee University touring our Northern Triangle traveling exhibition and mapping out their family migration stories. Borderland Collective is artists Mark Menjivar, Molly Sherman, and Jason Reed. 


Blue Star Contemporary

October 4, 2018–January 6, 2019
 Monarchs: Brown and Native Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, cohosted by Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art and guest curated by Risa Puleo, uses the migratory path of the monarch butterfly as a geographic framework and conceptual metaphor. Color of Confusion features 3 video works by renowned Paris-based artist, Sylvie Blocher and is guest curated by David S. Rubin. These videos address issues of cultural identity and representation through community collaboration. Gesamtkunstwerk reflects artist Jesse Amado’s varied experiences during his BSC Berlin Residency at the Künstlerhaus Bethanian. Adriana Corral’s Unearthed: Desenterrado, is presented as a participant of For Freedoms: 50 State Initiative and Illustrates the complex history between the United States and Mexico. Finally, the BSC MOSAIC Student Artist Program presents Transitions


Briscoe Western Art Museum

Destino San Antonio
September 21, 2018–January 21, 2019

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  includes a replica arcade with vintage 3-D image viewers, video documentaries and interviews, historic city maps and directories, and interactive programming. 


The DoSeum

Dream Today Tomorrow
June 2–January 6, 2019

The DoSeum is celebrates San Antonio’s first 300 years by looking ahead to its future. In partnership with the San Antonio Tricentennial Celebration, Dream Today Tomorrow allows kids to step into a time machine and step out into the future they imagine. Leave the past behind, slide through time, and be transported to a better tomorrow—one that kids create themselves—designing future cities, shaping community values, role-playing future careers, and more.


Institute of Texan Cultures

Brewing Up Texas
October 21, 2017–October 28, 2018

A beverage of ancient origin, beer arrived in Texas nearly two centuries ago via immigrants who had brewed it for generations. Brewing Up Texas offers a statewide view of the role beer has played in shaping Texas.

Viva HemisFair!
April 6–December 31, 2018

Through historical photos, personal anecdotes, HemisFair memorabilia, and archival film footage, Viva HemisFair! reveals what it took to produce the 1968 World's Fair and how it impacted San Antonio and the surrounding area.

Viva ITC!
April 6, 2018–April 6 2019

The Institute of Texan Cultures began with HemisFair’68 and it continues to inspire and educate today. The exhibit details the origins of the institute, from its commissioning in 1965 to its opening in 1968.

Texans One and All
January 1, 2018–January 1, 2019

Texans One and All provides insight into the state’s multicultural heritage. Learn what diverse cultures have contributed to Texas culture while maintaining and honoring their own unique customs and practices.


McNay Art Museum

Picturing Latin America

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

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

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.

100 Years of Printmaking: Michael Menchaca

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.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Four Voices Exhibit Reception with Artist Michael Nye
October 4, 2018, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Michael Nye's Four Voices exhibit at Mission Concepción 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, 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.

Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda Displays
October 19–November 2, 2018

The Mission San José Granary at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park presents ofrenda (offering) 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. Mexican Art Show & Sale, October 19–21.

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. 

San Antonio Museum of Art

Marilyn Lanfear: Material Memory
August 24–November 11, 2018

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.

This selection of the artist’s works spans over three decades, curated by Curatorial Associate Lana Meador. While Lanfear's family narratives are the point of departure, her 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

Drawing is the path of all movement Great and Small.
Drawing is the path made visible.

—John Marin, unpublished notes

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 Work offers 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.


Southwest School of Art

Sylvanus Shaw
August 30 ­– December 9, 2018

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.  

Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly
October 4, 2018 – January 6, 2019
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.

San Antonio Art League & Musuem

Sylvia Benitez & Vikki Fields
November 4–December 19, 2018

Two of the Art League's most respected painters join forces in this stunning exhibition. 
Sylvia Benitez:
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. 
Vikki Fields:
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.


Villa Finale: Museum and Gardens

Villa Finale's collection of approximately 12,500 objects in a restored 1876  home includes beautiful examples of European furniture and fine and decorative arts. Mr. Walter Mathis, who purchased the home in 1967, particularly enjoyed collecting memorabilia surrounding the life and death of Napoleon Bonaparte. Mr. Mathis' interest in Texas art is represented in the collection by such artists as Mary Bonner  and Julian and Robert Onderdonk. In addition, there is a wide range of Texas decorative arts, such as Bell silver, Texas furniture, and Texian campaign ceramics. 


The Witte Museum

Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History
March 3, 2018–January 6, 2019

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at the Witte Museum with a multi-faceted exhibition that explores San Antonio as a hub of the frontier under many flags over three centuries.

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 an augmented reality story of the Battle of the Alamo. 

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