Looking for a culture fix? Head to San Antonio this fall to see never-before displayed Maya artwork, an exhibit highlighting Frida Kahlo’s house and more.
Here are the highlights…
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART
Thirty-four objects and artworks discovered by University of Texas at San Antonio researchers at two ancient burial sites in Belize will be displayed publically for the first time. The items highlighted in the exhibit Nature, Power, and Maya Royals date to between 450 and 800 A.D., when Maya kings and queens reigned over large populations and lived in elaborately designed cities. The discovery is extraordinary, because looters had previously trenched the building where one of the royal burials was located, missing it by just a few inches. (Through Feb.27).
Four San Antonio cultural institutions are participating in the 2021 Texas Biennial. The exhibit features 51 artists, ranging from emerging to well-established and internationally celebrated. The works include sculpture, ﬁlm and experimental video, photo-based media, installation, sound, painting, printmaking, music and performance, social practice, and public art. Participating organizations are Artpace (through Dec. 26);
McNay Art Museum (Sept. 1-Jan. 9); Studio at Ruby City (through Jan. 30), and San Antonio Museum of Art (through Dec. 5).
FRIDA AT SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL CENTER
The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues to showcase its newest exhibition, Frida Kahlo Oasis, with a rendition of the artist’s iconic blue home, Casa Azul, and the lush green sanctuary that influenced her timeless art. The exhibition uncovers Kahlo’s deep connection with Mexican native vegetation and the natural world. (Through Nov. 2).
LIGHTSCAPE AT SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL CENTER
Lightscape premiered to sold out crowds in the UK, and then Chicago. Starting this fall it will shine along a 1-mile illuminated path at San Antonio’s Botanical Garden. The display will include installations unique to Texas, created by local and international artists. (Nov. 19- Jan. 2.)
SAN ANTONIO MUSEUM OF ART – 40 YEARS, 40 STORIES
The San Antonio Museum of Art marks its 40th anniversary this year with an exhibit titled 40 Years, 40 Stories: Treasures and New Discoveries in SAMA’s Collection. From 1981 to now, the museums collections have grown to include nearly 30,000 works of art from around the world, reflecting a broad range of human experience. The pieces represent cultures on six continents. The oldest work in the collection, a female figure made in northern Mesopotamia, was made more than 6,000 years ago. (Oct. 16 – Jan. 2.)
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