- Bryan Rindfuss
- Ruby City architect Sir David Adjaye has likened the building to “a little temple for art.”
In anticipation of the public opening on Sunday, October 13 (noon-6pm at 150 Camp St.), we reached out to members of the local art community to collect their thoughts on Ruby City and what its arrival means to San Antonio.
What are your thoughts on Ruby City and what it might bring to San Antonio’s cultural landscape? Is there anything in particular you’re looking forward to seeing there when it opens or in the years to come?
Ruby City illustrates the power of dreams to become reality. Not only is Ruby City a dream made manifest for a permanent home for a once-private collection, it is a dream for San Antonio as a global destination for art. Ruby City will only serve to further support the rich cultural landscape at home in San Antonio. And as an active partner and nearby neighbor, Blue Star Contemporary looks forward to collaborating, sharing, supporting and celebrating our mutual commitment to contemporary artists. We’re always delighted to have more art. — Blue Star Contemporary Executive Director Mary Heathcott
“Linda has been very generous to San Antonio by sharing her dream. She has given not one but now two distinct and notable arts organizations so we may all support and share this vision for what art can do for our city.” — Artpace Director Riley Robinson
- Bryan Rindfuss
- Ruby City’s “Waking Dream” features works by (from back left) Teresita Fernández, Marina Abramovic, Do Ho Suh and Christian Marclay.
A city that invests in the arts invests in the health of its community. In 1950
- Bryan Rindfuss
- A felt installation from San Antonio artist Jesse Amado’s 30 Day RX Series hangs in one of Ruby City’s stairwells.
It is nice to see Linda’s dream come to life. I hope that this dream is as beneficial for San Antonio as her already realized dream of ArtPace has been. I look forward to seeing artists from the collection both from here and afar shown together with the same care to create exhibitions of great beauty and meaning. — Chris Sauter, artist, Interim Chair of Painting/Drawing and Director of Foundations at Southwest School of Art
Without a doubt, Ruby City elevates San Antonio’s architectural legacy. With its unexpected location in the city, I wish for it to become the cultural heart of a new district. I am thankful to the Linda Pace Foundation for bringing this ambitious vision to life. — Vicki Yuan, AIA, Associate at Lake Flato Architects
Designed by Sir David Adjaye, Ruby City is one of the most important architectural treasures in Texas. Linda’s collection that will be housed in Ruby City includes former Artpace residents, some who have become MacArthur Fellows as well as several that have been represented in the Venice Biennale. Exhibitions and events at Ruby City should attract curators, collectors and artists from around the world. It is my hope that San Antonio artists will interact with this international art crowd and consequently be invited for other art opportunities worldwide. I am looking forward to these important art happenings in San Antonio! — Bill FitzGibbons, artist
I feel lucky to have seen many of the pieces over the years, and I am happy that now Linda Pace’s unique collection will be accessible to everyone. Pace’s collection reflects some of the most influential approaches in contemporary art, many Artpace resident artists, and it should be known by San Antonio’s art community. — Chad Dawkins, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Southwest School of Art
- Bryan Rindfuss
- New York-based San Antonio native Alejandro Diaz’s sculpture Muebles (Hatstand) is lifelike enough to warrant a double take.
A favorite quote of mine by 2006 Nobel Prize recipient Orhan Pamuk is, “Real museums are places where time is transformed into space.” I was that person who drove by the original warehouse over and over again after hearing it would be the site where Ruby City now lives. I imagined the magic that would transform it from the ground up — sharing both Linda’s collection and Ruby City’s team and board’s vision of turning the space itself into a work of art for all of us in San Antonio and beyond. — Contemporary Art Month Executive Director Roberta “Nina” Hassele
No doubt Linda was a visionary far ahead of her time. Her relationship with the artists in her collection, including the architect Adjaye, is further proof of that. Now that this collection will be available for everyone to enjoy along with the addition of a world class building, there’s a lot to be excited about. — Presa House Gallery Co-Director Rigoberto Luna
Not only is Ruby City the fulfillment of Linda Pace’s dream to house her collection, but also an important point of entry for San Antonio to experience the arts — it is a striking addition to the thriving arts and culture community in our city. — Freight Gallery Assistant Director Liz Paris
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