Find It! Scavenger Hunt
We have to say that museums aren’t about things—they’re about stories and people. Having said that, go on a citywide scavenger hunt to find these artful items and learn some of the stories behind them. The objects and places may be different, but you’ll find some universal themes like love, ambition, conflict and curiosity. Use the hashtag #MuseumMonthSA on Instagram with any of these items and places to be eligible to win prizes (including memberships from the participating organizations!)
1. Artpace: Gimme Shelter
This shelter, provided by the Swedish-based non-profit Better Shelter, provides safe, secure, and reliable housing for displaced people across the globe. It’s part of the exhibition Borderland Collective: One to Another, which uses forensic archives, video and sound installations, and United Nations hearings to engender a critically conscious reading of how narratives are constructed.
2. Blue Star Contemporary: Arts Education Learning Lab
BSC provides activities for visitors to engage with their world through the lens of contemporary art in our Art Education Learning Lab. This permanent home for self-led exploration of exhibitions on view, includes response activities, hands-on creation stations for families to engage directly with the material and themes on view, and video interview and biographical information about exhibiting artists. One visitor said, “It’s like having a conversation with others who have seen the work without verbally communicating or having met each other. “ Visit Blue Star Contemporary and join the conversation!
3. Briscoe Western Art Museum: Pancho Villa Saddle
Years before Pancho Villa was assassinated in 1923, this magnificent saddle was created by renowned Mexican artisans in the 1920s. Initials on the stirrups confirm that it was given to PanchoVilla, honoring his real name of Francisco Villa. In remarkable condition, the classic Mexican style mochilla leather is smothered in silver-wrapped threads over leather stumpwork and boldly-domed silver conchos.
4. The DoSeum: Finders, Not Keepers
This white collage wall features items of the past transformed and unified into a single art piece. It was designed by The DoSeum’s Artist-in-Residence Gregorio Mannino as part of the exhibition Dream Tomorrow Today. See what items you can find hidden in the collage!
5. McNay Art Museum: All You Need Is…
Pop artist Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE artworks in print, painting, and sculpture became some of the most recognizable images in twentieth-century American art. The McNay’s LOVE sculpture, acquired in 2015, is a popular favorite at the museum.
6. San Antonio Art League and Museum
Who would expect to fine this piece in a permanent collection devoted toTexas art? It’s a giant Antique Japanese Satsuma Koro covered urn with scary-looking Foo Dog handles, and It’s somewhere at the San Antonio Art League and Museum at 130 King William Street. It was acquired by the Art League in 1982 from someone unknown, and was probably made in the 1930’s, again by someone unknown. How the Foo Dogs got to Texas is a mystery. Can you find it?Hint –it’s in an unusual location, but one that is visited frequently!
7. San Antonio Missions National Park: El Ojo
An enigmatic fresco detail (ca. 1731) on the convento ceiling at Mission Concepción was called Eye of God until restoration in 1988. Before that, the fresco appeared to be just a single eye to the modern viewer. A second eye, sun shape, and facial hair was revealed thanks to preservation work. This piece is believed to have significant Catholic symbolism, with a nod to local native beliefs about the sun. The fresco represents the many groups that found cultural significance in Mission Concepción through the ages.
8. San Antonio Museum of Art: Dressed to Impress
This elaborate Edo-period Japanese samurai suit of parade armor (toke gusoku) dates to the eighteenth century and is made of iron, leather, lacquer, silk, and gilt brass. The intimidating grimace of the face mask is accentuated by a bristling moustache. It is displayed alongside a samurai’s steel sword (katana) from circa 1400.
9. Southwest School of Art: Lay of the Land
Jon Eric Riis’s 1997 textile work Vertical Landscape was originally commissioned for the Wild Wood IBM complex in Atlanta, GA. It was de-installed when IBM left the facility and became part of the Museum of Design Atlanta collection but was never installed because of its grandiose size. It measures 16 x 20 feet and weighs over 500 pounds.
10. University of Texas at San Antonio Institute of Texan Cultures: Wendish Dress
Wedding customs vary widely across the world, but brides of this culture traditionally wear a black wedding dress. Where would you find this curious artifact?
11. Villa Finale Museum & Gardens: Napoleon Triptych 19th century
This carved ivoryfiguredepicts Napoleon and opens up to show his life’s accomplishments.
12. Steves Homestead: “The Night Watchman”
This bronze warrior (nicknamed “The Night Watchman”), was purchased by the Steves family at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876.
13. Witte Museum: Mythic Creatures
For thousands of years, humans around the world have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, music, and works of art. Uncover the origins and significance of legendarycreatures of the air, land, and water and find the legendary griffin bones.Some believe that the dinosaur Protoceratops may be the inspiration for tales of the legendary griffin.
14. Ruby City: This second Dreamer
Through a variety of media, Wangechi Mutuexplores questions of self-image, gender constructs, cultural trauma and environmental destruction. Her renderings of fantastical figures, which transform the female body into something both powerful and primal, challenge widespread depictions of the typical, socially accepted female form. Many times, her figures are suspended in a dreamlike state where they are depicted in a pose of contemplation or during sleep –a metaphor that closely relates to the importance Linda Pace placed on her dreams. This second Dreamer directly references Constantin Brancusi’s iconic bronze Sleeping Muse series of sculptures, which all depict a model of a head, without a body, with markings to show features such as hair, nose, lips and closed eyes. The facial features are softand languid evoking serenity and femininity, but also feature iconography that reclaims the appropriated African masks that influenced a generation of modernist sculptors.