Museums and galleries of San Antonio celebrate Contemporary Art Month by showcasing works from Texas artists.
Contemporary Art Month (CAM) will begin with a group exhibition of San Antonio artists whose work will collectively create a new audio-visual experience in the octagonal room immediately to the left of the main entrance of the McNay.
The McNay is a wonderfully revived Spanish-Colonial mansion not far from downtown.
This exhibition, curated by Jacqueline Edwards, opens Thursday March 1. It will contain work by four artists, focusing on identity and culture, especially from the perspective of young artists of color.
Work from Austin based artist Deborah Roberts, Calvin Presley and notable UTSA alumni Rafael Gutierrez and Xavier Gilmore will appear in the exhibit.
The works they present will include video installations, collages and immersive soundscapes.
The McNay will also host Raul Gonzalez later during CAM from the 16th to the 18th. Gonzalez will be turning a pre-designated space in the Leper auditorium into a dance floor meant to directly engage the audience and elicit participation. It will occur during a family day the McNay will be hosting, so make sure to dress appropriately and have a good time.
March 1 will mark the opening of a number of contemporary exhibits across the city, including galleries like Cinnabar at the Blue Star complex, which will host an opening for work by Sarah Fox, a UTSA graduate whose works will consist of vibrant representations of hybridized creatures representing the female identity and empowerment through agency in sexuality. Her solo exhibition opens at 6:30 p.m.
That Thursday will also be the opening of, I only like Spiderwebs and Dice, an exhibition of new work by Ross Hutchinson. A Houston-based artist whose pieces explore ‘banality and repetition’ through new arrangements.
The opening begins at 7 p.m. in Corporate Gallery and ends at 10 p.m. It will be open to the public on both Saturday and Sunday.
A group show on the second Saturday of the month, curated by Arturo Almeida and presented by Freight gallery, will include the work of several alumni and UTSA professors including Humberto Saenz, Juan Mora, Martin C. Rodriguez, Rhys Munro and Ana Hernandez Burwell.
Each participant will be presenting two new works at the opening reception, occurring between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on March 10.
Another group show on March 23, Megan Solis, a San Antonio resident and UTSA alumna, will be collaborating with 12 other performers to create a “happening” in Homebase.
It will take place in the upstairs galleries of the Blue Star complex. It will be happening between 6-8 p.m.
For those readers that don’t feel like leaving the couch, a feature on Whataburger’s website will showcase the work of Raul Gonzalez starting on March 1. So check it out. It includes images of his Whataburger inspired screen-prints and a 500 word essay about his work.
If you’re not sure what to do this month, go to one of these events, interact with your colleagues and show your support for the local community and artists who contribute to the unique culture of San Antonio.