“Paper, Pencil & Ink: Prints & Other Works on Paper”
In addition to celebrating Latin American and “Texas-connected” artists, Ruiz-Healy Art maintains a strong focus on prints and works on paper and is one of three Texas-based members of the International Fine Print Dealers Association—a nonproft comprising prestigious art dealers, galleries and publishers. That area of expertise comes to light this week in an intriguing exhibition highlighting local and regional artists (including Vincent Valdez, Ethel Shipton, Nate Cassie and Constance Lowe) alongside modern masters such as Robert Motherwell, Rufino Tamayo and Joan Miró. Free, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201 E Olmos, (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com. On view 11am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday through August 30.
The mighty N’gone Fall, curator for this go-round of Artpace International Artists-in-Residence, is an art critic, consultant, educator and “cultural engineer” based in Dakar, Senegal and Paris, where she graduated from École Spéciale d’Architecture and worked as editorial director of the seminal contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001. In addition to editing the books An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century (2002) and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: A century of African photographers (1999), Fall co-curated the African Photography Biennale in Bamako, Mali, in 2001, and the 2002 Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
Fall has self-described as a “former architect” and as “a curator without a space” who now involves herself with projects in public and urban environments. In 2004, she helped to orchestrate Gaw-Lab, an ongoing project in which young Senegalese video artists collaborated with idealistic software designers to workshop short web-based animations, which “aired” alongside live Q&A video chats with prominent web-based video artists from Japan, Spain and France, all shown on “squatted” video screens in public spaces—exploding the borders between countries, genres and access to technology.
Fall states her worldview in her essay “Providing a Space for Freedom: Woman Artists in Africa”: “Colonialism brought in its wake a host of other isms: primitivism
racism, imperialism, totalitarianism, traumatism. Moving beyond the isms is the challenge that the new generation of female artists is taking up.”
Artists Jungeun Lee (Frisco, TX), Margaret Meehan (Dallas, TX) and Kader Attia (Berlin/Algiers) go a long way in demonstrating the scars of these isms, in an unmissable nexus of nationalist ideology, melancholy and fascination.
Free, 6-9pm Thursday (dialogue with the artists and curator at 7pm), Artpace, 445 N Main,
(210) 212-4900, artpace.org. On view noon-5pm Wednesday-Sunday through September 14.
Click here to read Sarah Fisch's full preview of the exhibition.
Thu 7/10 - Sat 7/13
Josiah Media Festival
Founded in 2007 in tribute to late local artist Josiah Miles Neundorf, the Josiah Media Festival showcases shorts created by filmmakers under 21. Among URBAN-15’s signature offerings, the fest accepts submissions from around the globe, with the 2014 program rounding up entries from Brazil, Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Canada and 12 U.S. states to compete for prizes in narrative, animation, experimental and documentary categories. Saturday’s screening culminates with an awards ceremony and Skype conversations between out-of-town honorees and the audience. $5-$10, 7pm Thursday-Saturday, URBAN-15 Studio, 2500 S Presa, (210) 736-1500, josiahmediafestival.com. —BR
A connoisseur of twisty raps and various recreational smokeables, New Orleans rapper Curren$y seems, in some ways, not too far removed from his peers in the contemporary rap game. Where the man truly excels, however, is in the diversity of skills that he brings to his craft. His raps, dense with internal rhyme and all-around cleverness, tell his stories in a thoroughly engrossing way. The not-quite-dirty-south rapper, who has become something of an indie classic, always brings a show full of the very same gangstafied and thoughtful intensity that he puts in his recorded material. $21-$71, 8pm Friday, Backstage Live, 1305 E Houston, (210) 229-1988, dinproductions.com. —James Courtney
The “melting pot” metaphor exists to encourage a harmonious convergence of cultures into an assimilated stew of greatness. “Flatland” suggests a similar model, but with much more ambiguous undertones. Ten local and international artists will converge this Friday to address the world’s growing “flat” mentality—to juggle ethnicity, heritage and cultural experience. Featured artists, including Carlos Aires (Spain), Ricardo Rendón (Mexico) and Francisco Merel (Panama), will react to the inevitable loss of agency derived from individuality when cultural identities collide. Free, 6-9pm Friday, Museo Guadalupe, 723 S Brazos, (210) 271-3151, guadalupeculturalarts.org. On view noon-5pm Tuesday-Saturday through October 11. —Melanie Robinson
Fri 7/11 - Sun 7/13
"Stories Seldom Told: No Need to Whisper"
For the latest chapter of “Stories Seldom Told,” students attending the arts-based youth development program SAY Sí tackled serious issues including violence against women, religion, sexual identity and suicide. Paying homage to art movements such as Dada and Fluxus, their installation-driven exhibition challenges “preconceived ideas of normalcy” via stop-motion animation, sculpture and mixed-media painting. The artistic study of taboo topics opens Friday with a short documentary screening and a series of performances by the ALAS Youth Theatre Company that continues through Sunday. $5, 7-10pm Friday, 7-9pm Saturday, 3-5pm Sunday, SAY Sí, 1518 S Alamo, (210) 212-8666, saysi.org. —BR
“Nurture & Nature”
Artists Ann Wood, Clare Little, Scotty Hensler, Carol Cunningham and Wes Harvey come together for a multimedia exhibition exploring “sex, animals, dripping cakes, flowers and the everyday object.” Free, 7-10pm Friday, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery, 706 Fredericksburg, (210) 854-3507, clamplightstudios.blogspot.com. On view by appointment through July 30. —BR
Family Flicks: Hugo
SAMA and Slab Cinema’s outdoor Family Flicks series revisits Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning film following a 12-year-old boy who lives within the walls of a Parisian railway station and passes his time mending clocks. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. Free, 8:35pm Saturday, San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W Jones, (210) 978-8100, samuseum.org. —BR
The element of surprise plays a significant role in SA’s visual art scene—and it’s not all by design. While artists routinely release abstract statements that divulge little to no practical information about materials or concepts, gallerists also often avoid spelling out specifics because they simply don’t know what to expect from artists (who are notorious masters of procrastination). Drawn “from the collections of artists, galleries and museums all over the world,” the collaborative effort “Gun Show” sets a loaded tone with its title. Yet enigmatic Epitome Institute curators Margaret L. Honeytruffle and London Idyllwild James can’t predict the contributions of Ryan Alaniz, Jill Bedgood, Nate Cassie, Kerri Coar, Jimmie Hudson, Elaine I-Ling Shen or Robert Tatum, but offer instead a few riddling lines: “Your friend is a straight-shooter. Your child is trigger-happy. Gun play is a game and shotgun is the best seat.” Free, 6-9pm Saturday, Epitome Institute, 222 Roosevelt, (210) 535-0918, epitomeinstitute.com. —BR
Drag Tea Dance
With anticipation building for the third annual San Antonio Burlesque Festival (August 1 and 2 at the Josephine Theater), the Uptown Studio hosts a fierce fundraiser to assist with costs associated with the fest’s performances, workshops and parties. Modeled after an old-school tea dance, the afternoon of “magic, dancing, cool drinks and hot performances” features music by DJ Manny Styles and routines by the likes of Foxxy Blue Orchid, Jack Darling, Maxxy Radd, Toni Vega, Las Panzantes’ Panza Fusion, Keelin Christopher, Jasper St. James, Esequiel Esquier, Black Orchid and Stephan. $5, 2-5pm Sunday, The Uptown Studio, 700 Fredericksburg, (210) 387-1617, sanantonioburlesquefest.com. —BR