Thu 6/11 - Sun 6/14
"Recycled, Repurposed, Reborn: Collage and Assemblage"
Kelly O’Connor, Magnetic Fields, 2009.
Although collage has existed in varying forms since the emergence of paper, the first “intentional” collages are most often attributed to Cubist contemporaries Pablo Picasso and George Braques. After coining the term from the French verb coller (to glue or stick), the duo went on to challenge conventions while championing a high-low fusion sprinkled with everything from postage stamps and newspaper clippings to rope and gingerbread. Developing since Marion Koogler McNay’s founding bequest of 1950 — which notably included Picasso’s 1912 collage Guitar and Wine Glass — the McNay’s love for collage (and its three-dimensional sister assemblage) takes center stage this summer via “Recycled, Repurposed, Reborn.” Representing a collaboration between McNay curators William J. Chiego, René Paul Barilleaux, Jody Blake and Lyle Williams, the exhibition draws from all corners of the museum’s collection and showcases a broad range of artists, including Austin’s Lance Letscher, Atlanta-based Radcliffe Bailey and San Antonio’s own Kelly O’Connor. $5-$10, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org. Through August 17. — Bryan Rindfuss
Lance Letscher, Funny Hat, 2009.
2nd Annual San Antonio River Authority Environmental Film Fest
In celebration of National Rivers Month, the San Antonio River Authority (SARA) teams up with the South Yuba River Citizens League’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival to screen a selection of national and international short films about nature, adventure, wildlife, environmental justice and conservation. Free, but limited to the first 200 attendees to arrive, the five-hour program highlights a number of shorts from 2014 — including Spaceship Earth Passenger Briefing (6:10pm), The Wilderness Act 50th Anniversary (8:42pm) and Monarchs & Milkweed (8:50pm) — as well as SARA General Manager Suzanne Scott’s TEDxSan Antonio 2014 talk “Confessions of the San Antonio River” and “The Mission Reach: Restoring the San Antonio River” (7:10-8:25pm). In addition to the films, the second annual event features information tables from a variety of environmental groups, including Alamo Area Master Naturalists, Sierra Club Alamo Group, Bat Conservation International and Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. For details and the full schedule, visit sara-tx.org. Free (seating is limited to the first 200 attendees), 5-10pm Thu, Santikos Bijou, 4522 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 734-4552, sara-tx.org.— BR
Abelardo López, Alfalfar, 2015.
Nineteenth-century naturalist John Muir once said, “The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.” Ruiz-Healy Art presents two vastly different universes both deeply immersed in that wilderness in “Infinite Horizons,” featuring recent works by Abelardo López and Leigh Anne Lester. López’s landscape paintings recall the topography of his homeland in Oaxaca and seek to immerse the onlooker in a tranquil daydream, while San Antonio-based Lester’s scientific examinations use graphite and film to offer viewers an intimate peek into the unseen struggles of genetically modified plants. Free, 6-8pm Thu, Ruiz-Healy Art, 201-A E. Olmos Dr., (210) 804-2219, ruizhealyart.com.— Murphi Cook
Billed as a “big gay party for/from all our friends,” socially conscious folk-rapper Chris Conde and dancer/Uptown Studio owner Stephan Gaeth’s Queers & Beers toasts the festive season of LGBT Pride with an eclectic evening uniting local artists, musicians and artisans. Benefiting the nonprofit resource and support hub Pride Center San Antonio, the all-ages event features performances from Conde along with Pink Leche, Alyson Alonzo, Zombie Bazaar Belly Dance and the fashion collective Rainbowstarchild, plus unique wares for purchase from Las Ofrendas, Very That and Lovely Minivans. $5, 8pm-midnight, The Uptown Studio, 700 Fredericksburg Rd., (210) 387-1617, theuptownstudio.com.— BR
1st Anniversary of San Antonio | The Saga
Dazzling tourists and locals alike since its unveiling last summer, French artist Xavier de Richemont’s 23-minute video installation San Antonio | The Saga employs San Fernando Cathedral as a canvas to “narrate the historical discovery, settlement and development of San Antonio.” On view through 2024, the 7,000-square-foot projection celebrates its first anniversary with the publication of a commemorative book. Besides screenings of the video and a signing with de Richemont, the event features live music by accordion hero Flaco Jiménez, singer-songwriter Tish Hinojosa and Mariachi Corazón de San Antonio. Free, 6-9pm, Main Plaza, 115 N. Main Ave., (210) 225-9800, mainplaza.org.— BR
Presented by local house/electro boosters The SOUL Family, E:MERGE is a recurring SA event that shines a bright strobe light on some of the best up-and-coming local, regional and national practitioners of club music. For this incarnation, E:MERGE is showcasing ATX native and forward-thinking electronic music, nu-disco/house shape-shifter Josh “Le Doom” Vela, performing under his latest moniker MSCLS. Supporting Vela in this special Saytown performance are SOUL Family residents Abe Novy, KeeQue, Lando and Josh Granado. All in all, here’s a swell opportunity for a crash course on the latest nuances of house music. Free, 7pm-2am, Southtown 101, 101 Pereida St., (210) 263-9880.
"Infrathin 29.401248 x -98.485324"
When asked to define his concept of the “infrathin,” Marcel Duchamp described the nearly imperceptible state as “the warmth of a seat (which has just been left).” Years later Kenneth Goldsmith updated the concept, calling it the “data haze” that surrounds us. With those two thinkers in mind, Carolyn Sortor developed “Infrathin 29.401248 x -98.485324.” Once dubbed “the hardest working woman in the Dallas art scene,” Sortor traded her longtime law career for a BFA. Since then, her artistic pursuits have included large-scale projections, performance broadcasts and an “artificial MFA course.” Free, 6-9pm, Epitome Institute, 222 Roosevelt Ave., (210) 535-0918, epitomeinstitute.com.— MC
Jorge Villareal, Untitled.
While Jorge Villareal’s background in architecture and digital art has surely helped shape his sharp aesthetic, it’s safe to say his world travels — particularly in Cuba — have played an even larger role. Admittedly inspired by “the rawness, the grit, the discomfort of reality,” the San Antonio-based artist has developed bodies of work exploring voodoo, street life and tobacco culture but might be best remembered on a local level for “All My Friends Are Sketchy” — a digitally manipulated portrait series he promoted in 2014 by wheat-pasting a pop art-inspired image of Gregg Popovich on the exterior of Agora Art Space. As a means to investigate “the world of objects and people that surround him,” Villareal has since started building a series of still-life photographs he’ll unveil at Dorcol in conjunction with Second Saturday in the South Flores/Lone Star Arts District. Free, 7-11pm Sat, Dorcol Distilling Co., 1902 S. Flores St., (210) 229-0607, dorcolspirits.com.— BR
Caliente Gallery Grand Opening
One of three local outfits we profiled in the 2014 feature “Glass Menagerie,” Caliente Hot Glass Studio opens a new chapter this weekend with the addition of a gallery dedicated to showcasing local artists. Coinciding with demos from owner Ralph Laborde and glassblower Glen Andrews, the gallery’s grand opening promises buyable works from the likes of Archetype Glass & Structural Design, Kathleen McBride, Andy Hull and others. Free, 11am-3pm, Caliente Hot Glass Studio, 1411 N. Hackberry St., (210) 313-3254, calientehotglass.com. — BR