Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

Blue Star Contemporary

Home Bodies
October 5, 2017
–January 7, 2018
Featuring Ivonne Acero, Lenka Clayton, Catherine Colangelo, Karina Etcheverry Roberto, Casey Arguelles Gregory, Las Hermanas Iglesias (a project-based collaboration of Lisa and Janelle Iglesias), Courtney Kessel, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, and Barry Stone.

October 5, 2017–January 7, 2018
Featuring Paula Luttringer and Gissette Padilla through January 7, 2018


Briscoe Western Art Museum

Laura Wilson Photography Exhibition
THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West
Through December 10

Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of seventy-two photographs introduces us to worlds that are framed equally by beauty and violence, reflecting the artist’s challenge to today’s homogenized America.


Institute of Texan Cultures

Brewing Up Texas
Beginning October 21

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.

Texas in the First World War
Through March 11, 2018

One hundred years ago, the United States entered the "War to End All Wars." This idealistic hope of the "Great War" leading to lasting world peace would instead devastate large parts of the globe, and set in motion events taking humanity directly to yet another world war within decades. "Texas in the First World War" Explores the role of the Lone Star State in this pivotal world event. Co-curated by students from the University of Texas at San Antonio, research began with a semester-long course on World War I where students explored the war as a whole, then took a closer look at activities in the state. By the end of the war, 198,000 men and 450 Texan women would serve in the military alongside civilian volunteers both at home and overseas. Through images, stories, and artifacts, Texas in the First World War sheds light on the legacy of a global conflict that still heavily influences world affairs, politics, and alliances to this day.

Little Texan, Big World
Through October 29

This exhibit features artwork by participants in the City of San Antonio’s Parks & Recreation youth centers. Through storytelling, film, photography and more, area youth explore their own identities through examining their cultural, social and familial experiences. The exhibit focuses on how the student artists view themselves at Texans and how they see themselves in relation to the rest of the world. Project components are designed to help students contemplate their place in the community, their place in Texas, and their place in a larger world.

Foreign by Land, Native by Heart


McNay Art Museum

Rashaad Newsome
Through December 31, 2017

Art & Activism: Political Prints by Goya, Orozco, and Shahn
Through January 14, 2018

Behind the Screen: Tim Burton's
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Through December 31, 2017

Stage Frights: Magic, Monsters, Mayhem
Through December 31, 2017

Chuck Ramirez: All This and Heaven Too
September 14, 2017–January 14, 2018

Ramirez’s large-scale photographs of everyday objects offer a humorous yet poignant perspective on our culture of consumption and waste, and the reality of fleeting life and mortality. Ramirez was inspired by opposing themes—life/death and humor/despair—and incorporates hints of his work as a graphic designer at Texas supermarket giant HEB. Ramirez’s art explores personal narrative including his San Antonio upbringing, Mexican-American heritage, and HIV status, making the project relevant to Texas and the broader arena of contemporary art and photography. Ramirez’ photographs were created as several themed series explored over the course of his career. For example, Santos presents images of the bottoms of religious sculptures most often used for private devotion. This dichotomy of celebration and irreverence appears throughout the work. Other series, such as Trash Bag, Quarantine, and Seven Days, make the perishable permanent, whether in objects, moments, or memories. In others, Ramirez replaces an object for a person, where photography of a purse or piñata becomes a portrait. Through his work, the deeply personal becomes clinically sterile, and vice versa, yet all works explore the human experience.


San Antonio Museum of Art

Antinous, the Emperor's Beloved: Investigating a Roman Portrait
Through November 26

Antinous, the Emperor's Beloved focuses on the beautiful youth, beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian, and the unexpected discovery in 2011 of traces of gilding on his marble portrait in the Museum's collection. The exhibition explores our behind-the-scenes research and the story of Antinous. 

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: The Latino List
October 6–December 31

Timothy Greenfield-Sanders: The Latino List presents thirty-one portraits of influential Latinos from the worlds of culture, business, politics, and sports. Taken by renowned photographer and director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, The Latino List is also a documentary, offering a glimpse into the vibrant culture of Hispanic America.


Southwest School of Art

Buster Graybill Exhibition: Leisure Lines
Through November 12
Santikos Building

San Antonio artist Buster Graybill utilizes sculpture, installation, video and photography to traverse and reconnect with often overlooked places found in the rural landscape. Harvesting memories, stories, language, and objects from the rich cultural geography of rural America, Graybill’s work is informed by the subtle shifts and rapid changes that are occurring in the landscape as urban sprawl continues to consume and displace both nature and culture. His projects explore these moments and places of change, addressing themes of adaptation, displacement, and re-contextualization. In his own words, Graybill’s artwork, fluctuates between the conflicting vernaculars of country grammar and art speak; between formal and conceptual; between intuition and intellect; and between performance and production.Graybill’s work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, Mexico, Maine, and throughout Texas and his numerous awards include a Skowheg an Artist Residency and Fellowship, an Artpace International Residency, a grant though the San Antonio Artist Foundation, an Idea Fund Grant through the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Chris Engman Photography Exhibition: Photographs
Through November 12
Santikos Building

In his photographic works, Chris Engman examines the most fundamental of issues related to the human condition: the inexplicable fact of our existence, the ungraspable experience of time, and the illusive and unknowable nature of reality. In so doing, he calls attention to the gulf that exists between how we see and how we think we see; how we think and how we think we think; and the inconstant and constructed nature of memory. Engman’s photographs are documentations of the artist’s sculptures, interventions, and installations but they are also records of actions and elaborate processes. Days are spent, sometimes with a crew but more often in solitude, silently driving, carrying supplies, erecting structures and sets, and studying the slow progress of the sun overhead and its all-powerful, comfort-giving-and–taking effects.
Created in close collaboration with the movements of the sun, precisely ob served, Engman sees his photographic works as acts of reverence and participation in a deep and reassuring natural order much larger than ourselves. Chris Engman’s work can be found in the collections of the Orange County Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, The Henry Art Gallery, Microsoft, the Covington Library, and the Sir Elton John Collection, London. It has also been featured at 68 Projects (Berlin), the Torrance Art Museum, Sonce Alexander Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), the Institute of Contemporary Art (San Jose, CA), the Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego, CA), Flowers Gallery (London), Luis De Jesus (Los Angeles, CA), Project B (Milan), FOAM (Arles, France), and the Hyrenes Festival of International Photography (Hyrenes, France). Chris Engman lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Kristy Deetz Exhibition: Through the Veil
Through November 12
Historic Site

Each painting in Kristy Deetz’s Through the Veil series begins with her rendering a closely observed fabric with wrinkles and folds. The fabric in these paintings acts as a threshold that places the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning. The paintings utilize imagery from pop, outsider, and high culture. This recontextualizing of the familiar aids in a reconsideration that allows the viewer to make new relationships to the imagery. A shape-shifting Rabbit acts as the central figure throughout and is positioned in front of or behind while looking into, out, around, or between images and spaces. Deetz uses dark humor, visual puns, symbols, and metaphors, art historical references and cultural collisions to play with pictorial and formal construction. 

The Witte Museum

2theXtreme: MathAlive!
September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery

See mathematics come to life through six interactive galleries. Experience how math is applied in life, whether in design, application or use, behind the things we love most – video games, sports, design, music, entertainment, space and robotics. Design and play your own video game, edit your own animated movie, compete against others in a mountain bike race and program and control Curiosity, NASA’s next Mars rover – all using mathematics!

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art
September 2 – November 26, 2017
Changing Exhibit Gallery

Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art uses contemporary representational art as a vehicle to pique visitors’ curiosity about the state’s water resources, while creating meaningful opportunities to learn about how Texas rivers directly impact residents’ daily lives, industrial activity, the economy, recreation and wellness, and agriculture.

Your Country Calls: Art to Win World War I
September 23 – January
Russel Hill Rogers Gallery

One-hundred years ago, American artists answered the country’s call by creating a national narrative of compelling artwork.  Millions of patriotic posters were printed to communicate to a mass audience before there was a radio and television in every home. Dramatic images and bold graphics called Americans to serve and contribute to the war effort through the power of the poster.

Maverick - A Texas Word That Became a Legend
September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Dawson Gallery

 Originating with a cattle branding story about San Antonio resident and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence Samuel Maverick, the word Maverick has spread across the world with changing meanings. The exhibition is based on Lewis Fisher’s upcoming book MAVERICK: The American Name That Became a Legend, to be released from Trinity University Press in September 2017. From unbranded cattle to an automobile to a character in television and film learn about the word and the man in the Dawson Gallery at the Witte.

What is Museum Month?

What is Museum Month?

Getting There

Getting There