Special Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions


Blue Star Contemporary

featuring the work of Joey FauersoSea Islands featuring the work of Margaret Craig

Sterling Allen & Larry Graeber

Healthy Machines
featuring the work of Tsuyoshi Anza

Briscoe Western Art Museum

Art and the Animal-Society of Animal Artists
September, 20 2019–December 03, 2020

The Night of Artists Exhibition and Sale showcases 280 works by nearly 80 of the county’s top Western Artists.

2020 Night of Artists
March 27, 2019–May 03, 2020

The Night of Artists Exhibition and Sale showcases 280 works by nearly 80 of the county’s top Western Artists.

Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969-1980
May 21-September 6, 2020

The Night of Artists Exhibition and Sale showcases 280 works by nearly 80 of the county’s top Western Artists.


Institute of Texan Cultures

Mabuhay Filipino Texans
May 18, 2019–February 02, 2020

Filipinos have been a part of Texan culture since the 1820s. This exhibit showcases the various influences on Filipino culture and the unique mark they bring to the Texan identity. It features music, dance, culinary tradition, military service and other aspects of Filipino life in Texas. Along with Mabuhay, the institute is showing Singgalot: Ties that Bind, a Smithsonian traveling exhibit. It uses rare photographs and illustrations from the National Archives, the Library of Congress and personal collections to provide a glimpse into the experience of Filipinos as colonial subjects and nationals, and further examines their struggles to acquire full citizenship as immigrants in the United States

Metal Mayhem
June 29, 2019–January 05, 2020

Metal Mayhem captures the visual history of San Antonio’s rise to fame as the Heavy Metal Capitol of the World. This exhibit showcases photos, art, and memorabilia documenting San Antonio’s thriving ‘80s heavy metal music scene and highlights the iconic 1984 battle between two infamous bands, S.A. Slayer vs. L.A. Slayer at Villa Fontana. Metal Mayhem salutes the iconic DJ Joe “The Godfather” Anthony, DJ Lou Roney, as well as promoter Jack Orbin with Stone City Attractions, various record shops, and a myriad of local metal bands that started it all.

Aliento A Tequila
September 14, 2019–January 05, 2020

The Aliento A Tequila photographic exhibit visually explores and celebrates the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, Mexico’s mestizo national drink. The series includes the original distilleries that literally founded the industry, as well as a series of artisanal tequileras committed to the ancestral ways of tequila-making, from harvest to bottle.

The exhibit was curated by Roy L. Flukinger, M.A., Emeritus Senior Curator, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin.The series fulfills an educational and fine art component based on photographs taken with medium format film as well as digital captures

McNay Art Museum

Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage
October 15, 2019 to December 29, 2019

Picasso to Hockney: Modern Art on Stage features more than 120 objects from the renowned Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts, an unparalleled treasure-trove of scenic and costume designs amassed by Robert L.B. Tobin, the late San Antonio visionary who recognized and championed theatre arts as fine art.

Painting for Performance
September 12, 2019 to December 8, 2019

Painting for Performance presents an array of designs by five visual artists who ventured into the world of performance.

La Revolución Mexicana
August 29, 2019 to November 24, 2019

View print depictions of prominent figures from the Mexican Revolution.

What You See is What You See
October 17, 2019 to January 12, 2020

Many of the works in this exhibition will be on view for the first time in history.

Ruby City

Waking Dream
October 13, 2019 to 2022

Waking Dream comprises more than 50 paintings, sculptures, installations, works on paper and videos by some of the most influential artists working today. Waking Dream, which will remain on view through 2022, includes significant works by Do Ho Suh, Leonardo Drew, Teresita Fernández, Wangechi Mutu and Cornelia Parker, as well as works by a number of San Antonio-based artists, including Ana Fernández, Cruz Ortiz, Chuck Ramirez and Ethel Shipton.Mirroring the interests and character of Pace herself, Waking Dream underscores several themes reflected in the Linda Pace Foundation Collection, including the creative self, notions of home, vulnerability and resilience. Waking Dream is curated by Kathryn Kanjo, Linda Pace Foundation Trustee and the David C. Copley Director and CEO of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD)

Isaac Julien: Playtime
October 13, 2019 to August, 2020

Isaac Julien: Playtime (2014), is an immersive video installation addressing representations of global capital. On view within Ruby City, in a space dedicated to the acclaimed British artist's work, the show remains on view until August 2020. Julien is known for his unique poetic and visual language; themes in his work commonly address topics such as race, queer and transcultural identities and migration. During her lifetime, Pace was a dedicated supporter of Julien’s practice, acquiring more than 50 works for her permanent collection. Today, the Linda Pace Foundation maintains the largest holdings of the artist’s work worldwide.

Jewels in the Concrete
October 13, 2019 to April, 2020

Jewels in the Concrete, a presentation in Ruby City’s auxiliary gallery, Studio, will be on view through April 2020. The title is derived from a dream Linda Pace recounts in her biography, Dreaming Red: Creating Artpace–and, here, references the content and imagery of several of the included works. The exhibition centers on Isaac Julien’s video installation Stones Against Diamonds (2015)—a work inspired by a letter written by the Brazilian curator and designer Lina Bo Bardi. Published in the anthologyStones Against Diamonds, Bo Bardi reflected on her preference for the organic beauty of natural stones to the allure of polished diamonds. The gallery will also highlight three large-scale sculptures, including Linda Pace’sMirror Mirror (2006), a reflective dome which literally mirrors the viewer and Dario Robleto’s Men Are The New Women (2002), which comprises a female ribcage bone that has been ground to dust, recast and carved as a male ribcage bone. These works are complemented by photographs by Andrea Bowers and Marilyn Minter, both of which explore questions of identity and appropriation.

San Antonio Art League & Musuem

Jane Dunnewold: San Antonio Art League & Museum Artist of the Year 2019
September 8–October 27, 2019

Jane Dunnewold is an internationally-know fiber artist. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

San Antonio Botanical Garden

David Rogers’ Big Bugs

August 31–December 8, 2019

They’re big, really big. David Rogers’ Big Bugs stand as tall as 25 feet and have wingspans up to 17 feet wide, and they will be on display from Saturday, Aug. 31, through Sunday, Dec. 8., at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The exhibition educates the public about the importance of preservation and conservation on the planet by introducing them to the world of insects, the role they play in the plant world, and their interconnectedness to our lives. The David Rogers’ Big Bugs exhibit at the Botanical Garden features three Ants, Praying Mantis, Dragonfly, Damselfly, XL Lady Bug, Spider and Web, Assassin Bug, and Daddy Long Legs. For more information, visit sabot.org.


San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

Dia de los Muertos: Ofrenda Displays
October 21 - November 2, 2019

From October 21 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. Free.

Artist in Residence Exhibition
October 2019

For over 100 years, the majestic views and awe-inspiring heritage of National Park Service sites have influenced artists of all mediums and backgrounds. Join our Artist-in-Residence for an exhibition of artwork inspired by the missions. Free.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Magic of Clay and Fire: Japanese Contemporary Ceramics
April 13, 2018 ­– April 19, 2020

This ongoing focus installation of contemporary Japanese ceramics is now in its second rotation, featuring sixteen new works that showcase unique shapes, techniques, and glazes. They include many traditional forms, such as utensils for the Tea Ceremony—water jars, tea bowls, sake cups, and flower vases—as well as innovative clay sculptures. "Two pieces of undulating celadon 'ribbons' by Satoshi Kino and Satoko Fujikasa's organic plantlike flourishes of white porcelain are marvels to behold," said Emily Sano, PhD, Senior Advisor for Asian Art.

Victorian Radicals: From Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
October 11, 2019 ­– January 05, 2020

The last half of the nineteenth century was a dynamic period for British art. Three generations of young artists and designers revolutionized the visual arts in Britain and beyond by challenging the new industrial world. Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement explores the ideas that preoccupied artists at the time—the relationship between art and nature, questions of class and gender, the value of handmade versus machine-made, and the search for beauty in an industrial age.

Drawn from the outstanding collection of the City of Birmingham, United Kingdom, the exhibition brings together an array of art to illuminate this period including paintings, sculpture, silver, glass, and jewelry. It features such pioneering artists as Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, William Morris, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Many of the works have never been seen outside the UK.

Southwest School of Art

Mario Ybarra Jr.: "...like a cow visiting a butcher shop…”
Opening reception: Friday, October 11, 5:30-7:30
October 11, 2019 ­– December 1, 2019

An installation resembling a hybrid-butcher shop / musical stage set, with hams and cuts of meat made of wood. This piece was originally shown at ARCO Madrid 2013 and this will be its first presentation in the US.

Mario Ybarra, Jr., is a visual and performance artist, educator, and activist who combines street culture with fine art in order to produce what he calls “contemporary art that is filtered through a Mexican American experience in Los Angeles.” He has received critical acclaim for site-specific urban interventions that often bring to light little-known aspects of a particular location’s cultural history.

Five x Five
Opening reception: Friday, October 11, 5:30-7:30.
October 11, 2019 -December 1, 2019

A group show of 5 artists representing Southern California, South Texas, and Chicago, working in various modes with shared concerns of social justice. These artists will team up with 5 writers to expand the context of their work, find commonalities, and amplify the results of individual practices. This exhibition is curated by Mario Ybarra, Jr.Artists: Ruth Buentello (San Antonio), Rosalie Lopez (Long Beach), Teresita De La Torre (Santa Ana), Yvette Mayorga (Chicago), Angelica Muro (Salinas).Writer/curator/historians: Karla Diaz (LosAngeles), Jenifer Vanegas (Los Angeles), Julie Rodrigues Widholm (Chicago), Raquel De Anda (New York), Claudia Zapata (San Antonio)

The Witte Museum

Mythic Creatures
September 28, 2019–January 12, 2020

Did dragons and unicorns exist? Mythic Creatures traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most enduring mythological creatures from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and beyond. In a beautiful blend of fantasy and reality, Mythic Creatures explores the science and fact behind some of the world’s most notorious imaginary creatures. Explore models and replicas of preserved specimens from the American Museum of Natural History and other museums collections, as well as cast fossils of prehistoric animals to investigate how they could have, through misidentification, speculation, fear or imagination, inspired the development of some legendary creatures.

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