With this winter predicted to be colder than normal, we're finding ourselves desperately seeking indoor activities. Considering San Antonio's abundance of art museums (not to mention UTSA's lauded art department), it's no surprise that there are some incredible exhibitions coming to town. From Blue Star to the Witte, this winter we're reveling in the magnificent artwork coming to our fair city.
Blue Star Contemporary — "Homebodies"
The incredible "Homebodies" explores what it means to be part of a family. Whether a mother, father, daughter, son, or sibling, these 11 original pieces attempt to understand how our experience of family shapes our life, the roles we take on, and our definition of home. Now through January 21, 2018.
The Witte Museum — "Gathering at the Waters: 12,000 Years of People"
Of course we all love the River Walk, but the San Antonio River is more than a tourist destination — it's been an integral part of life in the region for thousands of years. This new exhibition is part of the Witte's larger show, "Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History," which opens March 3 as part of the city's tricentennial celebration. Examine artifacts and learn how the San Antonio River became a literal life force for this part of the country. January 13 through July 1, 2018.
Centro de Artes — "Voz"
One of our favorite spaces to see art, Centro de Artes has a new exhibition, "Voz," that showcases some of the best work from UTSA's incredible archive. Curated by Brownsville-born photographer Arturo Infante Almeida, the pieces examine regional culture while also highlighting the work of Latino artists. As with all shows at this city-run space, "Voz" is free and open to the public. February 8 through June 20, 2018.
The McNay — "Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art"
This exhibition marks the first survey of modern and contemporary African American art to appear at The McNay. "Something to Say..." features 50 pieces of work ranging from sculpture to photography by artists such as Charles Alston, Elizabeth Catlett, Lois Mailou Jones, Horace Pippin, and Charles White. The show, which is composed of pieces from Harriet and Harmon Kelley's private collection, not only explores the work of the artists, but the power of African American collectors in reshaping modern culture. February 8 through May 6, 2018.
The San Antonio Museum of Art — "San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico"
In celebration of the city's tricentennial celebration, this collection examines the first hundred years of San Antonio's history with more than 100 pieces of work from Spanish and Mexican artists. Explore the city's founding through paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects, many of which have never been seen in the U.S. before. February 17–May 13, 2018.