10 Art Exhibitions Happening in San Antonio Right Now


"Los de Abajo: Garbage As an Artistic Source"

When: Mon.-Fri., 12-5 p.m., Continues through July 29
Price: Free
Where: Galería Guadalupe, 723 S. Brazos St., (210) 271-3151

Trash is culture. When archaeologists excavate important sites, the trash of bygone civilizations, right alongside their ceremonial implements, teach us who these people were, what they valued and how they lived. In a riff on this concept, as well as themes of marginalization, redemption and transformation, “Los de Abajo” (literally “those from below”), a new exhibition curated by Andrei Renteria, finds artists John Atkins, Jason Martinez Gonzalez and Juan de Dios Mora using trash to create sublime and thought provoking works of art.


"Tussie Mussie"

Tues.-Sat., 12-5 p.m., Continues through July 2
Price: Free
Where: AnArte Gallery, 7959 Broadway, (210) 826-5674

Far beyond roses symbolizing love, flowers are imbued with significance spelled out through “floriography,” a language expressed through many a bouquet in the Victorian era. This coded form of communication is a recurring theme in the work of Amada Claire Miller, an Austin transplant, Southwest School of Art BFA candidate and founder of the artist-run gallery Hello Studio. Incorporating printmaking, found objects (including a flower dictionary published in 1835), photography and collage, the latest chapter of Miller’s study of “feminine qualities through the evolving use of the language of flowers” comes to light this week at AnArte. Named after a variety of small bouquet (often wrapped in a doily and tied with satin) exchanged during the 19th century, her “Tussie Mussie” aims to “translate the subversive use of floriography by exploring the changing role of female artists throughout history.”


"Faces of Artpace" 

 Wed.-Sat., 12-5 p.m., continues through Aug. 28
Price: Free
Where: Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210), 212-4900

After hosting Artpace Teen Council’s internet-inspired “Archive of Now,” Artpace turns its Main Avenue windows over to photographer Ramin Samandari, who emigrated from Iran to the U.S. in 1978 and now teaches at the Southwest School of Art. A preview of things to come, “Faces of Artpace” comprises 56 portraits selected from Samandari’s “Faces of San Antonio Art” project opening at the Department of for Culture and Creative Development’s Culture Commons on July 7. Curated in celebration of Artpace’s 21st “birthday,” the Window Works exhibition depicts former residents and exhibiting artists (Katie Pell, Anne Walace and David Zamora Casas, to name a few) along with interns, staffers and collaborators.


“Profiling Made Visible" 

Fri.-Sat., 1-4 p.m., continues through July 9
Price: Free
Where: Bihl Haus Arts, 2803 Fredericksburg, (210) 383-9723

After a swell exhibition showcasing years of book design by Wings Press guru Bryce Milligan, Bihl Haus Arts invites you to celebrate the opening of “Profiling Made Visible: The Art of Mark Anthony Martinez and Michael Martinez.” As brothers who grew up on San Anto’s Southside, both Mark Anthony and Michael faced struggles when they arrived in Oregon for art school, suddenly become minorities. This video, photography, installation and performance work in this exhibit highlights that struggle, as well as the discrimination Michael has met with as a result of identifying as queer.


"Modern Mexican Masterpieces in Wood"

 Tues., Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Wed., Thur., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., continues through June 26. 
Price: $5-$10
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100

The new year brings new opportunities for cultural awareness/perspective via great art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Opening on Friday and running through June 26 is a small but rich exhibit of brilliant works on wood by Nicaraguan- born Mexico City transplant Roberto de la Selva (1895-1957). The painter’s work is hallmarked by his depiction of the joy and melancholy of rural, indigenous Mexican life and by his use of wood as canvas, which serves to dampen his vibrant color palette and lend an uncanny sense of organic life to his paintings.



Wed.-Sat., 12-6 p.m., continues through July 21
Price: Free
Where: Cinnabar Art Gallery, 1420 S. Alamo, #147, (210) 557-6073

An evolution of Cinnabar’s “Professors’ Picks” exhibition series, “Muse” explores the connections between artists who have inspired one another. Anchoring three separate chains of inspiration, professors Christie Blizard (UTSA), Justin Boyd (Southwest School of Art) and Benjamin McVey (Northwest Vista College/UTSA) each elected one muse and one student to join the exhibition, with professor Craig Dongoski and former student Hiromi Stringer as Blizard’s picks, acclaimed ceramicist Steve Reynolds and student Ethan Gonzalez as Boyd’s and minimalist sculptor Fred Sandback and former student Halina Haider as McVey’s.


"Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008" 

When: Sun., 12-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thur., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tues., Wed., Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., continues through Sept. 11.
Price: $5-$20
Where: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368

Fitting for the locale that introduced the nation to roller coasters, Coney Island has seen its fair share of ups and downs. Possibly named by the Dutch in honor of the resident rabbits (or “coneys”) that once hopped its shores, the Brooklyn attraction evolved in tandem with the advent of three key amusement parks — Steeplechase Park, Luna Park and Dreamland — that lured guests with bathhouses, ballrooms, sideshow acts and spectacles ranging from elephant rides to a “Human Roulette Wheel.” Marked by devastating fires, ambitious reinventions and hefty doses of crime and prostitution, the beachfront destination earned a reputation as both “America’s Playground” and “Sodom by the Sea.” Home to the weathered wooden roller coaster the Coney Island Cyclone (opened in 1927), Charles Hermann’s iconic Wonder Wheel (opened in 1920) and the Coney Island History Project Exhibition Center (opened in 2004), the legendary landmark comes to light locally via “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008,” a touring show making the McNay its sole Southwestern stop. Organized by Connecticut’s Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and on view through September 11, the exhibition explores Coney Island not just as a place but as “an idea” that courses through more than 140 objects — from circus posters and sideshow banners to carousel animals and photographs by the likes of Diane Arbus and Walker Evans.


“Shepard Fairey at the McNay” 

When: Tues., Wed., Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thur., 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., 12-5 p.m. Continues through Sept. 11
Price: $15-$20 
Where: McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368

Best known for the famous “Hope” poster he designed for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and his iconic image of pro wrestler André the Giant emblazoned with the word “OBEY,” Shepard Fairey is one of the country’s most famous and influential street artists. Many of Fairey’s prints were produced in collaboration with the late Richard Duardo at Modern Multiples in Los Angeles, a print shop favored by San Antonio collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo. Typically rendered in a limited color palette of black, white, tan and red, Fairey’s bold works come to light at the McNay in a never-before-exhibited selection of eight large-scale prints the Romos gifted to the museum.


"Up and Out" 

Wed.-Sun., 12-5 p.m. Continues through Aug. 28
Price: Free 
Where: Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave., (210) 212-4900 

Although raised in a family of “fierce atheists,” Boston-based sculptor and printmaker Liz Shepherd developed a fascination with “the human search for meaning through faith.” Inspired by the motifs associated with Jacob’s Ladder, her project “Up and Out” presents ladders and staircases not so much as potential routes to Heaven but precarious points of departure and steps into the unknown. Encompassing multicolored ladders cast in resin, stairs made from reclaimed doors and prints on bedsheets, Shepherd’s “Up and Out” takes shape in a site-specific installation in Artpace’s Hudson (Show)Room through August 28.


"Highest Heaven" 

When: Wed., Thur., Sat., Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tues., Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 4 
Price: $15-$20
Where: San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., (210) 978-8100

In colonial South America, as in other colonized regions around the world, art was a powerful means of propaganda, a devious device employing pathos and the subtle (sometimes not so subtle) appropriation of indigenous culture to win over the hearts and minds of occupied populations. In the San Antonio Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber,” on view through September 4, viewers can experience more than 100 18th-century colonial paintings, sculpture, furniture, ivories and silverworks.

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