Despite a fairly recent leadership shakeup that involved longtime Studio Manager Riley Robinson becoming Interim Executive Director in the wake of Veronique Le Melle’s departure, it’s looking like business as usual at Artpace, the revered contemporary art space late local artist and philanthropist Linda Pace (1945-2007) opened in 1995.
Widely recognized for its International Artist-in-Residence program (which annually welcomes nine artists — three from Texas, three from elsewhere in the U.S. and three from abroad — to “live and create art in San Antonio for two months”), the institution just received a $100,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for “operational support for artist and curator residencies at Artpace over two years.”
With two exhibitions already on view — local artist Sarah Fox’s street-level installation “She Called Herself Olympia” and “Then and Now,” a retrospective of works both old and new by former resident artists John Hernandez, Ken Little, Constance Lowe, Angel Rodríguez-Diaz and Kathy Vargas — Artpace is set to unveil exhibitions by its three summer residents.
Organized by Jeffreen Hayes, director of the Chicago-based art space Threewalls, the site-specific projects explore “history, place-making and gentrification” through the eyes of Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum (Botswana/Toronto/Johannesburg), Zoë Charlton (Baltimore) and San Antonio’s own Jenelle Esparza. Thursday’s opening reception marks the revival of an Artpace tradition — a public talk between the guest curator and all three residents beginning at 7pm.
Free, opening reception 6-9pm Thu July 19, on view noon-5pm Wed-Sun through Sept. 9, Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. (210) 212-4900, artpace.org.
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