CPS Energy trustees provide ambiguous plan for museum-adjacent property
The future of a downtown CPS Energy-owned property is still uncertain, after CPS Energy trustees voted 4-1 Monday to seemingly both pursue a plan to give part of the property away, and also to look into options for selling it if that doesn’t pan out.
CPS Energy trustees to consider whether to give away or sell downtown real estate
Back in 2015, CPS Energy’s trustees at the time agreed to split a nearly 7-acre surplus property at the corner of Camden Street and W. Jones Avenue in half, conveying the southern portion to the San Antonio Museum of Art while selling off the northern portion. Now, staring down the barrel of some tough financial straits, including a near-certain rate increase, the utility's current trustees will need to decide if giving away millions of dollars worth of prime, downtown real estate is still the best idea.
Student-written labels featured at San Antonio Museum of Art
Ever notice museum tags at the San Antonio Museum of Art written by your peers when walking through the galleries? During spring 2020 and 2021, Trinity students enrolled in the art history course “This Is America,” taught by art and art history professor Yinshi Lerman-Tan, undertook the role of museum curators to write museum labels...trinitonian.com
10 free events in San Antonio for parents and kids to do before summer ends
Looking for something to do with the kids as summer draws closer to an end but unsure of where to go or what to do? Here are some free and low-price activities and events to keep the kids entertained before school’s back in session.
San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates 40 years with new exhibits, creative programming
2021 marks 40 years for the San Antonio Museum of Art and like so many businesses and organizations around the country, last year has not been easy. But SAMA was able to weather the storm and now has some exciting exhibits on the horizon.
San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates 40th anniversary with a new pop culture attraction
click image Facebook / San Antonio Museum of ArtAs part of its 40th birthday celebration, the San Antonio Museum of Art is debuting a new pop-up exhibition on Tuesday, February 23.The pop culture pop-up "Movie Metal" showcases life-size statues of beloved movie characters plus iconic vehicles from films and TV shows.Attendees can see Tony Stark's F-1 race car from, the Batmobile and Bat Cycle from the iconic 1966series starring Adam West, a DeLorean fromand more.Also on view are two 13.5-foot-tall statues of the Transformers Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, made from non-toxic and recycled materials, including a variety of car and motorcycle parts such as gears, spark plugs and nails.As part of the show, SAMA is holding an art contest for local students in grades K-12. Students may submit their own unique superhero illustration inspired by an object in SAMA's collection, with the chance to be displayed in the museum's Great Hall. Interested participants must submit their artwork online or via email by Monday, March 1. "Movie Metal" is on view through April 11.sacurrent.com
WATCH: Black history professor discusses relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X
The San Antonio Museum of Art hosted University of Texas at Austin professor, Dr. Peniel Joseph, for a Black History Month discussion in February. Joseph, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts, discussed his recent award-winning book The Sword and Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.During the lecture, Joseph discussed the “nuanced analysis of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and their relationship toward one another while reexamining the Civil Rights Movement and the era they both came to define,” according to the San Antonio Museum of Art. Joseph is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD)To become a member or support the museum, readers can visit their website. AdFind more content like this on our Black history page.
New exhibition 'No Oceans Between Us' opens at San Antonio Museum of Art this week
click to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of ArtTikashi Fukushima, Verde (Green), 1972, oil on canvas. © OAS AMA | Art Museum of the Americas Collection. On Friday, the San Antonio Museum of art will debut the exhibition "No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & the Caribbean," which combines cross-cultural influences in media ranging from paintings to video installations. "Global forces such as colonialism, plantation labor and war shaped the courses of Asian migration to Latin American and the Caribbean," the museum said in a statement. "No Oceans Between Us" will be on view from February 12 through May 9 in SAMA's Cowden Gallery.sacurrent.com
Author Peniel E. Joseph to give an inside look at his groundbreaking book about Malcolm X and MLK Jr.
click to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of ArtNamed one of Time Magazine’s Must-Read Books in 2020, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. intertwines the stories of the two civil rights leaders, while analyzing the relationship between the men and reexamining how they shaped the movement and era they both helped define. The San Antonio Museum of Art will host a virtual lecture with award-winning author Peniel E. Joseph during which he’ll discuss his book in depth. Along with his joint professorship at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the history department of the University of Texas at Austin, Joseph is a frequent commentator on issues of race, civil rights and democracy.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art invites locals to drink and learn in virtual discussion of The Book of Tea
click to enlarge Unsplash / Jocelyn Morales“Spilling the tea” to start off the new year, the San Antonio Museum of Art is hosting the second installment of its virtual book club, this time featuringThe book, written in 1906 by the Japanese scholar Okakura Kakuzō, argues the importance and role of “teaism” in Japanese culture, aesthetics and history.Attendees will also learn about Asian art in a talk by SAMA curator Emily Sano and will view a tea demonstration by local teahouse Snug Tea. Those that really want to get into the spirit of the event can purchase bundles that include the book, matcha, a matcha whisk and tea pouches from the museum’s online gift shop.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art hopes to survive coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – A big part of the fabric of our city is our culture and arts, and some of our most precious museums are at risk because of the financial impacts from the pandemic. The San Antonio Museum of Art, otherwise known as SAMA, is famous world-wide, visited by presidents of foreign countries and even the king and queen of Spain in 2018. The museum is now back open, but the non-profit needs the community’s help in order to keep thriving. The museum is open during the holiday season, except it will be closed on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day. RELATED: San Antonio Museum of Art to offer virtual school tours for students in grades K-12
New exhibition at San Antonio Museum of Art highlights jewelry of Central and East Asia
click to enlarge Seale StudiosPair of Earrings, China (Miao), first half of the 20th century, Silver, each 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm), Promised gift from Elizabeth and Robert LendeLast week, the San Antonio Museum of Art debuted its latest exhibition , "Exquisite Adornment: Turkmen and Miao Jewelry from the Elizabeth and Robert Lende Collection," which showcases a variety of silver jewelry from two distinct Asian cultural identities.On display through January, the collection is presented in honor of the museum's fortieth anniversary in 2021.The jewelry in "Exquisite Adornment" is a promised gift by Elizabeth and Robert Lende, long term supporters of SAMA who have collected silver jewelry from various Middle Eastern, Asian, North African and American cultures for the past forty years.The exhibition features approximately 120 jewelry pieces from the Turkmen people of Central Asia and the Miao people of southwestern China. Pieces include types of jewelry that were present in both cultures, as well as those unique to each, such as the Turkmen's temple pendants and the Miao's neck rings and back hooks.In addition to the central collection of Turkmen and Miao pieces, "Exquisite Adornment" also features a selection of jewelry of the Hill Tribes from the nearby region of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos.SAMA is open for both in-person visits as well as virtual exhibitions and activities. "Exquisite Adornment" is on view through January 3, 2021.sacurrent.com
Celebrate Día de los Muertos with an outdoor screening of The Book of Life at SAMA this month
click to enlarge 20th Century FoxJust in time for Día de los Muertos, the San Antonio Museum of Art is hosting a family-friendly outdoor screening of the 2014 animated featureHeld in collaboration with Slab Cinema , the free screening will take place on the museum's campus on Friday, October 23. In order to keep attendees physically distanced, a limited number of people will be able to attend, determined on a first-come, first-served basis. It's recommended that movie-goers arrive early to save their spots.tells the story of Manolo, who struggles to choose between fulfilling his family's expectations and following his heart. His fate becomes further twisted when, on Día de los Muertos, the rulers of the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten place a weighted bet to see whether Manolo will marry his love interest María, or if his rival Joaquín will win her over.The screening is one of many pandemic-friendly events at the museum this October. Along with in-person touch-free family day events and art crawls, SAMA is hosting virtual workshops lectures and online playdates to bring the museum into locals' homes.Outdoor movie screenings have sprung up across San Antonio throughout the pandemic, many of which have been hosted by Slab Cinema, which has been screening outdoor and drive-in movies for a decade and a halfsacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art to offer virtual school tours for students in grades K-12
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Museum of Art has announced that they will begin offering virtual tours for students beginning Tuesday, Sept. 15. SAMA said each virtual tour will last approximately 45-minutes and is available for one class per tour on a first-come, first-served basis. The museum said the virtual tours are led by museum educators or docents and are designed for interaction. Here is a list of the virtual school tours presently available:The San Antonio Museum of Art contains nearly 30,000 works representing 5,000 years of history. Housed in the historic former Lone Star Brewery on the Museum Reach of San Antonios River Walk, the San Antonio Museum of Art hosts hundreds of events and public programs each year.
San Antonio Museum of Art offering free summer memberships to teachers, professors
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Museum of Art is thanking educators by offering free summer memberships. The offer is now available and will be valid for visits through Sept. 30. It is available for teachers and professors from Pre-K to the university level, according to a news release. Educators can register in-person or online, and they will be asked to show their school ID during their first visit. A membership includes free admission to the museum and special exhibits, discounted tickets on certain events, a 10% discount at the museum store and Tre Trattoria, invitations to exhibit openings and events, and $5 guest tickets.
San Antonio Museum of Art Will Reopen at the End of May
click to enlarge Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of ArtOne of San Antonio's major cultural institutions will reopen to the public starting next week.On Tuesday, the San Antonio Museum of Art announced that it will reopen to members only on May 26 and 27, then to the general public starting May 28. The museum will operate at 25% capacity, per state's guidelines. "As always, SAMA is committed to the safety and health of its staff, members and visitors. "The museum will operate from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. It will be closed Mondays.New safety protocols include daily temperature checks of all staff as well as the requirement that all staff, museum members and visitors wear masks inside the museum, in common indoor spaces and in outdoor spaces when social distancing isn't possible.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art to reopen to the public by end of May
SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Museum of Art has announced when it will reopen to members and the public, with limitations. SAMA announced Tuesday that it will reopen to museum members on May 26 and to the general public on May 28. Greg Abbotts reopening orders, the museum will operate at a 25% capacity limit. Interactive functions or exhibits, including child play areas and interactive games, must remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Hours will be 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Odd Objects: San Antonio Museums Share Fascinating (and Creepy) Finds From Deep in Their Collections
click to enlargeclick to enlarge Courtesy of Institute of Texan Culturesclick to enlarge Courtesy of McNay Art Museumclick to enlarge Courtesy of Briscoe Western Art Museumclick to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Artclick to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of Artclick to enlarge Courtesy of Briscoe Western Art MuseumIn addition to the greatest hits of culture and history, museums house tons of hidden gems that often go unnoticed. The museums cat mummy had a rough 2,000 years, but with restoration, it is now looking more like it did when it was entombed. This ancient coin was previously in the collection of the historian Henry Adams, who was the grandson of President John Quincy Adams, and the great-grandson of President John Adams. "The Adams family coin collection was started by John Adams, added to by John Quincy Adams, and passed down to Henry Adams but we don't know exactly who added this particular coin to the collection. "In the 1970s, when the Massachusetts Historical Society wanted to make microfilm copies of the Adams family papers, they sold the coin collection to raise money for that project.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art Hosting Two Interactive Artist Chats Online
click to enlarge Seale StudiosMargo Sawyer, Reflect, 1997-2020, Detail of mixed media installation, 12 x 360 x 180 inches, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX. The San Antonio Museum of Art remains closed to the public, but the institution is ready to welcome guests virtually.Starting next Tuesday, SAMA will begin hosting interactive, casual conversations with local artists that art-lovers can attend from comfort of their homes. Stringer is no stranger to the SA art scene, and is also aa past Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Resident. She's exhibited in Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary, the McNay Art Museum and the Southwest School of Art, just to name a few. Online registration is available at samuseum.org The second session features Margo Sawyer , professor of Sculpture and Extended Media at the University of Texas at Austin.sacurrent.com
Here’s when San Antonio’s tourism spots are reopening
SAN ANTONIO – Tourism spots around San Antonio are reopening after being forced to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here is a list of tourism destinations in the San Antonio area with their plans for reopening while implementing new health and safety protocols. For more information, click hereNatural Bridge CavernsNatural Bridge Caverns will reopen cavern tours May 8. San Antonio ZooThe San Antonio Zoo is reopening and offering a “once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru zoo experience." The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.
List: Here are the San Antonio tourism spots reopening this weekend
SAN ANTONIO If youre looking to venture out of the house, beginning this weekend, several tourism spots in San Antonio have reopened for business amid the coronavirus pandemic. Whats open:San Antonio ZooThe San Antonio Zoo is reopening and offering a once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru zoo experience." For more information, click hereSan Antonio Botanical GardenThe San Antonio Botanical Gardens is set to reopen its doors Sunday, May 3. Topgolf San AntonioTopgolf San Antonio will reopen its doors at 10 a.m., Monday, June 8. For more information, visit the museums website hereSan Antonio Museum of Art Although you may not be able to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art in-person, you can still enjoy the artworks it has to offer, all on its website.
Organizers Postpone San Antonio Flavor Event Due to Coronavirus Concerns
Moving forward, all pre-paid tickets will be honored at the rescheduled SA Flavor event. Organizers also will provide refunds within 24 hours of the announcement. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art Announces Departure of Chief Curator, Co-Interim Director William Keyse Rudolph
William Keyse Rudolph, chief curator and co-interim director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, will soon be leaving the Alamo City.The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, has tapped Rudolph to become its Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs.Rudolph will remain at SAMA through Contemporary Art Month, leaving the museum effective March 27. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
SAMA Interim Director Rudolph Takes New Position in Kansas City
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) on Thursday announced the departure of William Keyse Rudolph, its co-interim director, chief curator, and curator of American and European art. Rudolph has accepted the position of deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. With his departure, Rudolph is the second key leader at SAMA to leave in less than five months. Sano has previously served as director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Emily Sano, newly appointed co-interim director of the San Antonio Museum of Art, and senior advisor for Asian art.therivardreport.com
Celebrate Valentines Day with Live Music, Basura Bash, and Romeo and Juliet This Weekend
With Presidents Day on Monday, many San Antonians will have a three-day weekend to celebrate Valentines Day. Field Trip San Antonio Botanical GardenThis Valentines Day, Audubon Societys Karen Moulder leads a bird-watching tour through the San Antonio Botanical Garden; meet her at the entrance to the gardens. $0-$12All You Need is Love Valentines PartyDidnt make Valentines Day plans? The Good Kind Southtown, 1127 S. St. Marys St.FreeArt Party: Galentines DayCelebrate Valentines Day the right way with your gals! The Walleys hold Valentines Day dear to their hearts, as they shared their first kiss, got engaged, and were married on Valentines Days over the years.therivardreport.com
New 'Texas Women' Exhibition Opens at the San Antonio Museum of Art This Weekend
The San Antonio Museum of Art opens 2020 with a groundbreaking new exhibition titled Texas Women: A New History of Abstract Art.The first large-scale exhibition of its kind, the show features 85 works by female abstract artists who have lived and worked in Texas from the mid-20th century to the present. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
A Big Idea: Returning St. Marys Law School to Downtown San Antonio
You dont need to be a lawyer to argue the merits of bringing St. Marys University School of Law back to downtown San Antonio. Adding St. Marys law school to the mix will only accelerate growth and development in the states most historic and inviting center city. Law school students first attended classes in the historic Bexar County Courthouse beginning in 1927. St. Marys School of Law opened its doors in 1934 at 112 College St., home now to the Omni La Mansin del Rio. It would be a pity for the law school move to stall because buyer and seller cant be matched.therivardreport.com
River of Lights to Illuminate the Museum Reach During Holiday Event This Saturday
River of Lights, San Antonio's annual spectacle of holiday brilliance, is back for another year of luminous brilliance. The 1.3 mile extension of the River Walk will be alight with holiday cheer, food trucks, a holiday concert stage and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
Grab Some Artsy Fartsy Holiday Gifts at the 3rd Annual Museum Store Sunday in San Antonio
Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, day-of-the-week themed holiday shopping discounts sure have proliferated. Art institutions across the nation have decided to get a piece of the action with Museum Store Sunday, which this weekend will mark its third year.In San Antonio, four museums are offering Museum Store Sunday discounts: the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Briscoe Western Art Museum and Witte Museum. Some exclusions apply at each store.SAMA, the Briscoe and the Witte will celebrate Museum Store Sunday during regular operating hours, but the McNay's museum store will open an hour earlier than usual at 11 a.m. to give prospective shoppers more browsing time. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art Installs 6.5 Ton Taihu Scholars' Rock Gifted by Chinese Sister City, Wuxi
click to enlarge Kelly Merka Nelsonclick to enlarge Kelly Merka Nelsonclick to enlarge Courtesy of San Antonio Museum of ArtWinding Brook in Fifty Views of Jichang Garden, Song MaojinEvent Details Taihu Scholars' Rock Public Dedication @ San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX When: Tue., Nov. 12, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Price: Free Art MapOn Friday, the San Antonio Museum of Art installed a new permanent member of its collection on the museum's grounds. The six-and-a-half-ton Taihu Scholars' Rock, which had been waiting patiently in storage since its arrival in late May, was carefully positioned on a pedestal behind the museum's River Pavilion, where it will be visible from both the museum and the River Walk.China's Taihu Scholars' Rocks draw their name from Lake Taihu, where they are quarried. Some of the best of them are quarried near Wuxi on the shores of Lake Taihu.Installation of the massive stone was an all-day affair. Friday morning was spent moving the piece from storage, and its final positioning commenced in the afternoon. Some of the pieces have never travelled abroad.The exhibition will be on display November 7 through February 13, 2020.A public dedication of the Taihu Rock will be held on Tuesday, November 12, during the museum's free general admission hours.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museum of Art Names William Keyse Rudolph and Lisa Tapp as Co-Interim Directors
click to enlarge Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of ArtIn the wake of the departure of longtime San Antonio Museum of Art director Katie Luber, the museum has announced a pair of interim replacements.SAMA's Chief Curator and Hugh Halff Curator of American andEuropean Art William Keyse Rudolph and CEO/CFO Lisa Tapp will serve as co-interim directors. Since 2013, Rudolph has curated and co-curated exhibitions including "Spain: 500 Years of Painting from the Museums of Madrid," "Nelson Rockefellers Picassos: Tapestries Commissioned for Kykuit" and "Thomas Sully: Painted Performance." Prior to joining SAMA in 2016, Tapp worked with non-profit charter schools, notably overseeing the Southwest Preparatory School as it grew from two campuses to five.Rudolph and Tapp will shepherd the museum's operations while its board of trustees conducts a search to identify the next director.Together, William Rudolph and Lisa Tapp have the skills to lead the Museum during this time of transition, ensuring we remain equally focused on our exhibitions, public programs and scholarly activities, as well as our financial planning and operational needs, SAMA Board Chair Ed Hart said in a statement.William and Lisa have demonstrated leadership throughout their work at the Museum, and we are grateful to them for once again stepping up.sacurrent.com
When Artists Change the World: Victorian Radicals Opens Friday at SAMA
This material is dear to my heart, because I actually did study it very intensely when I was a graduate. Its a wonderful return to a previous scholarly interest.Artists of the Victorian era, which began in the mid-1800s and ended in the early 20th century, wanted to change the world, Rudolph said. What happens with the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood is that their rebellion takes off beyond their wildest dreams, they suddenly become overnight art stars, and they change the British art world over the course of their careers, he said. What happens if you try to change the world and youre successful? he asked, suggesting it might be time for San Antonios makers to make their move. Victorian Radicals opens Oct. 11 and runs through Jan. 5.therivardreport.com
Free meal for first responders! Free jumbo jack! Free museum visits!
SAN ANTONIO - Romano Macaroni Grill is setting the table for first responders with a free meal throughout the month of October. The chain is offering Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti to firefighters, police officers, paramedics and hospital medical staff at no charge. In San Antonio, the Briscoe Western Art Museum, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, The DoSeum and the Witte Museum are all participating locations. For this freebie, it is a jumbo jack from Jack in the Box. Customers will have to go online and join the Jack in the Box offers to unlock a coupon that will get a free jumbo jack, with a purchase of a large drink.
Longtime Director of the San Antonio Museum of Art Tapped to Run Minneapolis Institute of Art
click image Twitter / KatieSAMASan Antonio Museum of Art director Katie Luber will bring her eight year tenure at the city's expansive art museum to an end in the coming weeks. In January 2020, Luber will succeed Kaywin Feldman as the new director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.Katies hard work, dedication, and creative thinking allowed the San Antonio Museum of Art to increase its membership and community reach, while also expanding its collection and scope of exhibitions," incoming SAMA Board Chair Edward Hart said in a statement. "We wish Katie all the best on this exciting new chapter of her career. "After Luber's departure, SAMA's board will appoint an interim director, and will begin an official search for her replacement starting later this fall. "Thanks to our incredible staff, collection, and location, the San Antonio Museum of Art is in as strong a position as it has ever been," says Hart, "We look forward to engaging the next generation of leadership.sacurrent.com
San Antonio Museums to Offer Reciprocal Admission for 3rd Annual Museum Month
click to enlarge Courtesy of the San Antonio Museum of Artclick image Dror Baldinger FAIAOctober isn't just for spooks, y'all it's also a great chance to get a hefty dose of culture. Starting next week, 15 local museums will offer free general admission for two to anyone who's a member of one the participating organizations.Unsurprisingly, heavy-hitters like the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio Museum of Art, Artpace San Antonio and Blue Star Contemporary are on the list, as well as the kid-centric DoSeum and Witte Museum plus outdoor destinations San Antonio Botanical Garden and San Antonio Missions Historical Park.Champing at the bit to visit Ruby City once it opens? The good news is it's also on the list.Got family or friends visiting from out of town in October? If so, they can also take advantage of free Museum Month admission if they're staying at one of Hilton's participating hotels.To make the commute easier, rides on VIVA bus routes 11, 40 and 301 will be fare-free each Saturday in October, and SWell Cycle is offering a $5 discount on day-pass rentals.sacurrent.com
Look back at history of SA Museum of Art, its origins as a brewery
SAN ANTONIO - A living encyclopedia: the San Antonio Museum of Art is a look into past worlds and civilizations. The museum opened in 1981, but a hundred years earlier, the building operated as the Lone Star Brewing Company. The Busch family came to San Antonio to look to open a brewery because of the very pure water that came from the San Antonio River, said Katie Luber, the Kelso director at SAMA. The building was abandoned until the 1970s when San Antonio Museum of Art Board members decided to open a museum at the site. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art opened in the late 1990s, and the museum continues to grow.
50-plus things every San Antonio local or tourist must do or try
SAN ANTONIO - Whether you are from San Antonio or just visiting there is so much to see and do. If you leave without trying or have yet to try, you are truly missing out on a San Antonio staple. If you can't decide when to visit San Antonio just plan on coming in April for Fiesta. During the fall in San Antonio more events start to take place since the weather gets a tad cooler. San Antonio and its surrounding areas are home to some of the oldest dance halls in the state.
Weekend Picks July 26- July 28
For more information about tickets, click here. Painting rocks seems to be the new trend - and Rainbow Gardens-Bandera is having a Rock Painting and Hiding event this Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Bring your friends or family and enjoy the art of painting rocks. For more information about this event, click here. For more information about this event, click here.
Relive the Joy of Saturday Morning Cartoons at the San Antonio Museum of Art This Weekend
click to enlarge San Antonio Museum of Art / FacebookEvent Details Superhero Pajama Party! @ San Antonio Museum of Art 200 W. Jones Ave. San Antonio, TX When: Fri., July 26, 6-9 p.m. Price: $12-$20 Film, Art and Kids MapThe San Antonio Museum of Art has already hosted a slew of lectures and other educational events in conjunction with its "Men of Steel, Women of Wonder" exhibition, but on Friday museum visitors will have yet another way to experience the superhero-themed collection.For its "Superhero Pajama Party," SAMA is asking you to don your favorite superpowered vigilante-themed jammies and come on over to watch cartoons. While a marathon of Max Fleischer's classic Superman toons from the early '40s plays in the museum's auditorium, attendees can lean into the nostalgic Saturday morning vibe with breakfast tacos by Xanthia De La Cocina, cereal-inspired treats from Cereal Killer Sweets and the opportunity to release your inner child at a craft station, where you can make your own versions of Wonder Woman's headgear or Superman's cuffs.Although Fleischer and his brother Dave achieved great success with famous cartoon characters including Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor, their studio was in decline when they took on theproject. Even so, the resulting animated shorts are considered a hallmark achievement of the Golden Age of Animation. While the 17shorts are often referred to as the "Fleischer Superman cartoons," the final eight entries in the series were produced by Famous Studios without the brothers' involvement after the collapse of their business.If your only exposure to superhero cartoons is more recent classics likeand the, then this is your long overdue chance to experience how it all started.sacurrent.com