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One of Alamo City's biggest annual events just got bigger. After an initial announcement earlier this summer, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo just released the second group of world-renowned talent set to take the stage during the 2023 event.

Taking place at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum fairgrounds from February 9-26, 2023, the action-packed rodeo performances will be followed by all-star talent from a mix of genres. Names, dates, and performance times are:

  • Ryan Bingham – Thursday, February 9, 2023 at 7 pm
  • Midland – Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm
  • Tracy Byrd – Monday, February 13, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Nelly – Friday, February 24, 2023 at 7:00 pm
  • Gary Allan – Saturday, February 25, 2023 (Rodeo Finals) at 7:30 pm

Previously announced artists include:

  • Jake Owen - Friday, February 10, 2023, at 7 pm
  • Carly Pearce - Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 12 pm
  • Lee Brice – Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 7 pm
  • Keith Urban (two performances) - Saturday, February 18, 2023, at 12 pm & 7:30 pm
  • Los Tigres Del Norte - Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 7:30 pm
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 7 pm

Attendees should also note that weekend times have changed for 2023 – Saturday and Sunday shows will now be matinee rodeo starting at 12 pm, while evening rodeo will start at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are on sale now at sarodeo.com or at ticketmaster.com.

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB

Lasso up a great getaway to Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World

On the Road

It’s known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World,” and Bandera — in the beautiful Texas Hill Country — lives up to that title.

Once the staging area for the last great cattle drives of the late 1800s, the town also boasts many National Rodeo Champions.

When you’re here, you’ll quickly see how the respect and authenticity of “cowboy culture” permeates every square inch of the town. What you’ll also notice is how Indian, Mexican, Polish, and Western cultures give Bandera a unique ambiance not found anywhere else in Texas.

So grab your hat and boots, channel your inner cowboy, and get set to lasso up a great little getaway in Bandera.

Find your home on the range
With a number of dude ranches in Bandera, each nestled into scenic surrounds, it’s easy to fully immerse yourself in that cowboy culture.

Each of the working ranches is its own unique experience. For example, at Flying L Ranch Resort you can stay in a cedar cabin or historic villa and take wagon rides, feed deer and antelope, get in on a chuckwagon dinner (during the summer only), sidle up to the campfire for s'mores, and maybe even catch some champion trick ropers and storytellers.

Situated on 725 acres, Dixie Dude Ranch goes back five generations to 1901, showing true Texas hospitality every step along the way.

Horseback riding, catch-and-release fishing, hiking, hayrides, campfire sing-alongs, dancing, and lots of Western fun are all on the docket here.

You can also check out the century-old barn and Range War Cemetery or, for a little R&R, the ranch offers massages, too.

Willow Creek Ranch is a family-owned and operated 40-acre horse farm where they rehabilitate and retrain rescue horses, too. You'll stay in the three-bedroom house surrounded by nature, horses, oak trees, a creek, and a pond.

Hit the trail
Even if you don’t stay at a dude ranch, you can still get in on horseback riding that ventures through the rolling green hills, wide-open pastures, and picturesque creeks.

Juniper Hill Stables and Cross-G Ranch both have one-of-a-kind trail rides through these rugged-cool landscapes.

Head to the rodeo
You can see some of the best barrel racers and mutton busters in Texas vie for the top prize at one of the many rodeos in town, including the Bandera ProRodeo Association's Memorial Day PRCA rodeo.

Celebrate Bandera Round-Up, held over Labor day weekend, features a longhorn cattle drive on Saturday morning followed by a market day with entertainment around the courthouse lawn Saturday and Sunday.

Bandera ProRodeo then produces a working cowboy Ranch Rodeo (no bull riding) on Saturday evening and an All Women’s Ranch Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ on Sunday evening.

Schedule in a shootout
A shootout that’s straight out of a classic spaghetti western is what you’ll get at Cowboys on Main, a weekly event with gripping gunfights by historical re-enactors from the Bandera Cattle Company, along with chuck wagons and period costumes. Check the weekly entertainment guide here for the most up-to-date times.

Get your nature fix
Sure, dude ranch’ing it up and horseback riding will put you in touch with nature. But there’s plenty more to explore with Bandera as your home base.

Two of the most breathtaking natural areas in Texas are within easy driving distance. Surround yourself with limestone bluffs and hills covered in blooming wildflowers at the Hill Country State Natural Area, which is home to more than 40 miles of trails.

Meanwhile, Lost Maples State Natural Area — named for the park’s abundance of bigtooth maple trees that provide vibrant fall colors — is 2,100 acres of statement-making scenery, including limestone canyons, grasslands and wooded hills, and clear-water streams.

It’s also known as one of the best birding destinations, with the spotting of species like the black-capped vireo, golden-cheeked warbler, and green kingfisher.

Check out the museums
Browse the Frontier Times Museum’s 40,000-item collection of Western art and memorabilia with historical artifacts, photographs, and art that tell the story of Bandera County’s earliest days.

There’s also a gallery of paintings displayed on a natural rock wall to reflect the rugged landscape of the surrounding Hill Country.

The Bandera Natural History Museum is a true gem, with an extensive wildlife exhibit and a collection of Spanish art from 1521-early 1800s.

And with motorcycles from all over the world, ranging from 1910 to today, the Lone Star Motorcycle Museum is a fascinating look at the bike.

Tune into some live music
In addition to its Old West vibes, Bandera has a thriving music scene with jams just about every day of the week. One of the most popular venues in town is the 11th Street Cowboy Bar, a go-to spot for live country music and good beer.

Grab an ice-cream float
The Bandera General Store is really a must; it has one of the last remaining old-fashioned soda fountains in Texas (there are only 11 of them!). There, you can also shop for cowboy boots, hats, and more.

See more of what Bandera has to offer here.

Flying L Ranch is one of the dude ranches where you can stay in Bandera.

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB
Flying L Ranch is one of the dude ranches where you can stay in Bandera.
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San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo reveals all-star music lineup for 2023 season

Out the Chute

One of San Antonio's favorite annual gatherings just revealed the headliners for its 2023 season — and let's just say the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has lassoed some all-star talent for next year's event.

Held at the AT&T Center/Freeman Coliseum fairgrounds from February 9 through 26, 2023, the upcoming stock show and rodeo managed to wrangle world-class talent beyond the chute.

Announced on Thursday, August 4, these artists promise unforgettable performances after the already action-packed rodeo event on the following dates:

  • Jake Owen — Friday, February 10, 2023, at 7 pm
  • Carly Pearce — Saturday, February 11, 2023, at 12 pm
  • Lee Brice — Tuesday, February 14, 2023, at 7 pm
  • Keith Urban (two performances) — Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 12 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Los Tigres Del Norte — Sunday, February 19, 2023, at 7:30 pm
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd — Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 7 pm

Fans are advised that weekend times have changed for the 2023 seasons, meaning Saturday and Sunday shows will now have matinees at 12 pm, while the evening rodeo will start at 7:30 pm.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown to be one of the largest and most prestigious events in San Antonio. Over 1.3 million visitors enter the grounds each year, and the organization has donated over $243 million to Texas youth programs since it was established in 1949.

Tickets for the 2023 seasons are on sale at sarodeo.com.

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB

Saddle up for a summer of rodeo fun in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital

It's Rodeo Season

Sick of the hustle and bustle of modern city life? Then the “Cowboy Capital of the World” is calling your name.

Put a weekend trip to Bandera, Texas, on your calendar. There’s plenty of authentic Texas fun to be found in this little town, located just an hour northeast of San Antonio.

Saddle up
Rodeo has been the heart of this little Texas town for nearly a century, and Bandera’s biggest rodeo of the year is just a few days away: the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede Pro Rodeo.

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, cowboys and cowgirls will be showing off their finest skills at the Mansfield Park Arena. All seven pro rodeo events — bareback riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, and bull riding — will be shown all three nights.

Gates to the arena open at 6 pm and the Grand Entry starts right at 8 pm, with tickets available at the gate or online.

Ready to two-step? Grab a partner, because 11th Street Cowboy Bar will be providing the dance on Friday and Saturday nights at Mansfield Park.

The weekend will be jam-packed with rodeo fun, so make sure to wander Main Street during the day.

For Memorial Day, horseback riders will parade down Main Street in honor of those lost in service on Saturday at 11 am.

Courthouse Square in downtown Bandera will be packed with vendors all weekend for the Memorial Day Arts and Crafts show. While you’re there, be sure to check out the bronze monument on the courthouse lawn that honors the many past National Rodeo Champions from Bandera.

The Bandera Cattle Company will be performing a special three-show edition of their weekly gunfights on Saturday at 11 am, 12 pm, and 1 pm

If you can’t swing the trip this weekend, Bandera’s rodeo season will be proudly roaring all summer long.

Rodeos at Mansfield Park will continue on Friday nights through August 5, and barrel racing and mini bull riding events will be held monthly on Saturdays through October.

Make it a weekend
Once the staging area for the Great Western Cattle Trail, Bandera’s authentic cowboy roots are still going strong.

For the true cowboy experience, stay at one of Bandera’s iconic dude ranches. Definitely plan for a long drive or bike ride along Highway 16 and take in the Texas Hill Country’s unique and unforgettable vistas.

Cool off by the Medina or Sabinal rivers or boat, fish, or picnic at Medina Lake. And at night, two-step or waltz the night away at a local honky-tonk with live music.

Check out all that Bandera has to offer, and start planning your getaway, here.

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of rodeo season.

Photo courtesy of Bandera CVB
Memorial Day weekend marks the start of rodeo season.
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What to know before the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo gallops into town

The buck stops here

Hey, San Antonio, don your best cowboy hat and spurs, lasso your sidekick, and get ready to have a bucking good time. The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo rides into town Thursday, February 10 for more than two weeks of steer-wrestling, barrel-racing, bull-riding glory and live-music entertainment at the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum.

The rip-roaring event kicks off in less than 10 days and will feature an impressive collection of tournament-style competitive rodeo events, as well as tons of live performances from music legends like Toby Keith, Little Texas, Tanya Tucker, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley, as well as some unexpected musical guests, among them Ludacris and Night Ranger, and a massive fairgrounds festival with carnival attractions and more live music.

If this ain’t your first rodeo, you probably know the ropes. But for those who may be riding out for the first time, here’s some helpful info to know before you go.

Hours of operation
The rodeo is open for cowboy business every day during its stint, but different elements of the multifaceted event offer varying hours of operation:

  • The festival, attractions, and shops will be open Sunday through Thursday 10 am-8 pm, and Friday and Saturday 10 am-9 pm.
  • The carnival will be open Monday through Friday 4-10 pm, Saturday 10 am-midnight, and Sunday 10 am-10 pm.
  • The live-music venues close at 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and at midnight Friday and Saturday.

Rodeo tickets include access to the rodeo events, as well as to the carnival and entertainment performances following the PRCA Rodeo events, which start about two hours after the rodeo. Get your tickets by calling 877-63-RODEO or through ticketmaster.com or sarodeo.com. Children 2 and younger get in free; everyone else needs a ticket. You can learn more about accessing all the entertainment and managing your tickets here.

Prohibited items
While rodeo-goers are allowed to bring in bags, briefcases, and backpacks, those items are all subject to search and seizure, so pack wisely.

The following items are prohibited on the rodeo fairgrounds:

  • Selfie sticks
  • Drones
  • Hover boards
  • Pepper spray/mace
  • Firearms (concealed or open carry)
  • Knives with blades longer than 3 inches
  • Laser pointers
  • Outside food and beverages, coolers, bottles, and cans
  • Any other item deemed unacceptable by management

Additionally, the following items are strictly prohibited in the Freeman Coliseum & AT&T Center:

  • Professional camera/video equipment
  • Detachable lenses
  • Lenses longer than 3 inches
  • Filming with iPads/tablets
  • Go Pro-style cameras
  • Professional flashes
  • Strollers

Safety precautions
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo says it has implemented significant measures to provide a safe environment for youth exhibitors, rodeo athletes, and rodeo fans. The entire event will continue to follow current state health and safety guidelines closely.

Masks are not required, but given the current COVID-19 threat levels and the fact that the rodeo routinely attracts about 1.5 million visitors to the grounds each year, it’s probably a good idea to mask up for safety.

The best way to secure parking and save yourself the time and hassle of tracking down a spot is to purchase a parking ticket. They are available for a variety of prices and types here. Parking tickets include date-specific access to Lot 1 Monday through Friday or access to the Rodeo Express Shuttle on Gembler Road any day of the week. Rodeo staff encourages attendees to add their digital parking ticket to their smartphone’s mobile wallet for a seamless parking experience.

There’s nothing worse than reveling in a super cool event and wanting to buy all the things, then realizing you don’t have the appropriate form of moolah.

Rodeo fans, take note: The AT&T Center is a cashless venue, so though attendees will be able to use cash at the festival and fairgrounds, AT&T Center will not accept cash payments. For those who come unprepared, there are reverse ATMs available outside the building along the concourse.

For more information about the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and to check out maps, visit the event online.

Photo courtesy of San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo's staggeringly big impact on students

Giddy Up

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo has grown into one of the city's largest, most prestigious single events, with approximately 1.5 million visitors entering the fairgrounds each year.

But in addition to all the fun times and tasty treats, the event generates millions of dollars to help local youth and students through scholarships, grants, endowments, auctions, a calf scramble program, and show premiums, all impacting more than 19,000 Texas youth annually.

More than a whopping $232 million has been generated since its inception, with more than 10,000 Texas college students having benefited from a Rodeo scholarship.

In 2020 alone, over 21,275 students were able to help further their educational and agricultural goals. Each year, about 550 new scholars are added to the scholarship program.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo Junior Livestock Show, the largest in the nation, has also seen record participation and strong growth in the Junior Agricultural Mechanics Show, Junior Shoot-Out, and many knowledge-based competitions including agricultural public speaking, judging competitions, and Skillathons.

The Junior Livestock Auction alone had sales totaling more than $6.3 million in 2020, and $4.9 million in 2021.

All of this wouldn't be possible without the more than 6,000 volunteers who give countless hours to the nonprofit organization.

They help with the tens of thousands of exhibitors in livestock and horse shows, and with spaces such as the International Room, which welcomed nearly 2,300 guests from 107 different countries in 2020.

Volunteers also help make the School Tours program possible, where kindergarten through third grade students are guided around the fairgrounds by local 4-H and FFA high school tour guides. More than 15,000 students have participated in School Tours, meaning that thousands of new, young fans are introduced to the Stock Show & Rodeo by their peers.

This year's 73rd annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is scheduled for February 10-27, 2022. See the schedule and buy your tickets here.

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo impacts more than 19,000 Texas youth annually.

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The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo impacts more than 19,000 Texas youth annually.
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Sneak peek inside San Antonio chef Steve McHugh's new Austin restaurant

Officially cured

Bucking the recent (and growing) trend of Austinites moving to San Antonio, chef Steve McHugh just debuted his first concept in Austin. The eagerly-awaited Luminaire opened February 1 at the new Hyatt Centric Congress Avenue Austin, along with a second concept, Las Bis.

Located at 721 Congress Avenue, details of the new hotel and its restaurants were released in fall 2022, sparking excitement from anyone already familiar with McHugh's work at Cured and Landrace. For the initial announcement, CultureMap connected with the six-time James Beard finalist to hear what to expect at the new outpost, while an updated announcement this week revealed that McHugh has enlisted chef Greg Driver as executive chef at the new concepts.

“We’re thrilled to finally lift the curtain and bring in guests to dine with us,” says Chef Steve McHugh in a release. “Chef Driver and I work really well together, and I have no doubt that Luminaire and Las Bis will shine under his leadership.”

Previously the interim executive chef at Austin's Westwood Country Club, Driver will carry out McHugh's vision at the restaurants. Both new concepts and the hotel itself will no doubt be a welcome addition to downtown Austin, padding out the list of pre- and post-theatre dining options for entertainment at the city's historic Paramount and State theatres next door.

Luminaire occupies the entire ground floor of the hotel, including an expansive patio stretching both sides of the corner along Congress Avenue and 8th Street. Much like its San Antonio counterparts, the full-service restaurant will feature the seasonal, local Texas fare and charcuterie well-known (and well-loved) by McHugh devotees. Along with specially curated meat boards (hello, 24-month jamon), the menu will also showcase a heavy Spanish influence, featuring a variety of delicious breakfast empanadas, chicken a la plancha, the Angus beef Luminaire burger, and more.

The all-day restaurant will be an ideal pre-curtain-time destination, while the upstairs Las Bis will take over for post-show nightcaps. Located on the eighth floor of the hotel, the terrace bar and lounge shares space with the hotel’s lobby and will feature craft cocktails, natural and biodynamic wines. Snacks will include an assortment of playfully plated conservas, both domestic and imported, which McHugh shared the story behind in our previous coverage.

“Our team put many thoughtful hours into the menu creation for Luminaire and Las Bis, blending familiar flavors with plenty of discovery,” says McHugh in this week's latest release. “And for those without much experience in cured meats and conservas, we made sure to include plenty of must-try items to introduce folks the right way.”

In addition to the two new concepts, McHugh’s team and executive chef Driver will provide room service for guests, as well as catering for the hotel’s four meeting and event spaces. Starting February 1, Luminaire will be open Monday through Sunday from 6 am to 11 pm, while Las Bis will open Sunday through Thursday, 4 pm to midnight, and noon to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Photo by Mary Whitten

A sneak peak at Luminaire.

Historic San Antonio venue chugs ahead with new owners and all-day music festival


Music will soon be back in the air at one of San Antonio's most historic venues. Ambassador Theatre Group, the company behind the Majestic and Empire Theatres, has taken over The Espee in St. Paul's Square and is celebrating with an all-day music festival.

The move is the latest chapter for the Spanish Mission Revival complex, built in 1902 by the Southern Pacific Railroad. In 2019, a development group redubbed the site The Espee as a nod to the former train route's abbreviation, "The SP." 2021 saw the depot transformed into the swanky 1902 Nightclub.

Ambassador has gussied up the venue with enhanced sound and lighting, renovated artist accommodations, a tour production office, satellite bar areas, landscaping, and refreshed restrooms. The improvements gel with St. Paul Square's vision of bringing more entertainment and nightlife to the district without compromising its history or architecture.

Guests can check out the revamped space during All Aboard on March 4, a daylong party featuring The Head and The Heart, Danielle Ponder, Grupo Fantasma, UPSAHL, Golden Dawn Arkestra, Mike and The Moonpies, and DJ sets from Bartees Strange. Doors open at 2:30 pm, with performances starting at 3 pm.

Tickets are on sale now and partially benefit local nonprofit San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE), which champions investments that improve the quality of life for individuals, families, neighborhoods, and businesses in the area.

The show is only the first experience the revived venue is set to deliver. "Vicious" hitmaker Sabrina Carpenter is set to bring her Emails I Can't Send Tour to the Espee on March 25. The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum will hold its Fiesta Family Blues festival on April 28. More programming will be announced throughout the year.

"The Espee is the perfect addition to San Antonio's growing entertainment landscape – from venues and musical performances to community gatherings and everything in between," said Emily Smith, Ambassador general manager, via a release. "This unique, beautiful, and historic space will bring even more creative experiences to San Antonio for the entire community to enjoy."

6 San Antonio exhibits to warm your heart and soul this February

State of the Arts

All you need is art this month in Alamo City with fresh and fearless exhibits: Some will tickle your fancy; others, your psyche. Explore JooYoung Choi’s imaginary world at The Contemporary, or immerse yourself in the history of the Mexican-American War of 1848 with representations from various artists at the Centro Cultural Aztlan. Guy Blair brings San Antonio’s unhoused population into careful focus with painted portraits at the Semmes Gallery, while the San Antonio Museum of Art transports viewers into “Roman Landscapes” providing birds-eye perspectives and fantastical views. There's something for everyone this February.

Centro Cultural Aztlan

“Segundo de Febrero: Chicana/Chicano Reunion” — Now through February 24
February 2 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. The landmark treaty ended the Mexican-American War, redistributed the border, and created a new bicultural population. In this exhibition, a group of celebrated artists will explore the impact of broken treaties, new borders, and their effects on Latino, Chicano, and indigenous history and culture.

The Contemporary at Blue Star

“JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith” — February 3 through May 7
Through painting, video, sculpture, animation, music ,and installation art, multidisciplinary world-builder JooYoung Choi documents the interconnecting narratives of a highly structured, expansive, fictional land she calls the "Cosmic Womb." Her work explores issues of identity, belonging, trauma, and resilience through the sci-fi/fantasy genre. This exhibition introduces the Cosmic Womb multiverse and highlights some of its key characters and narratives. In creating a world that explores loss, healing, and growth based upon a connective web of belief and faith in oneself, Choi expresses human resiliency and the strength that can be found through the power of storytelling.

Centro de Artes

“Soy de Tejas: A Statewide Survey of Latinx Art” — February 9 through July 2
Soy de Tejas presents the works of 40 native Texan and Texas-based contemporary artists who reflect the diverse and beautiful complexity of Latinx identities. The more than 100 artworks forge new connections and explore intersections from a nexus of artists who ambitiously blaze a trail of contemporary artmaking, presenting fresh Latinx perspectives and experiences while amplifying the voices of a segment of Texas' most inspiring established and emerging artists. “The exhibit explores themes ranging from race, class, and gender to migration, mythmaking, displacement, and indigeneity," says curator Rigoberto Luna on the gallery's website. "In contrast, many works center on celebrating joyful customs, culture, and traditions that unite and sustain our communities in the face of a multitude of challenges."

Semmes Gallery - University of the Incarnate Word

“Homeless in San Antonio” — February 17 through March 17
Guy Blair is largely self-taught as an artist in the medium of pastels and watercolor. He always wanted “to do” art but was devoted to his ministry as a priest. For the past 40 years as a Catholic priest, he has ministered to both the deaf and homeless communities. In the past eight years, he has seriously paid attention to his desire to paint. This exhibit is a blending of his service to the homeless as well as his interest in art. “As we walk by homeless people on the streets of San Antonio, most people tend to look through them or judge them as perhaps deserving of the situation they are in,” Blair said in an artist statement. “This attitude allows people to build an emotional barrier, giving them permission not to connect with the homeless as destitute people whose suffering and tears are as real as our own.”

The Carver Cultural Community Center

“Alain Gakwaya"— February 23 through April 14
Alain Gakwaya hails from Rwanda and is a self-described, “activist, artist, and adventurer.” His love for art began in the 3rd grade, when his teacher requested that he draw for his entire class. Specializing in portraiture, Gakwaya paints to tell his story and the stories of his homeland. Though he's now based in San Antonio, he draws inspiration from everyday life in Africa and specifically his home country of Rwanda.

San Antonio Museum of Art

Courtesy of the Carver Cultural Community Center

Alain-Gakwaya's work is coming to the Carver Cultural Community Center this month.

“Roman Landscapes: Visions of Nature and Myth from Rome and Pompeii” — February 24 through May 21
The exhibition features 65 wall paintings, sculptures, mosaics, and cameo glass and silver vessels created in Roman Italy between 100 BC and AD 250. “Roman Landscapes” introduces visitors to the cultural and archaeological contexts of Roman landscapes, beginning with mural paintings and relief sculptures that depict coastal villas and rustic shrines. These works display the imaginary aspects of Roman images of the natural world, connecting the genre’s appearance to the political and social upheaval of the late Republic and early Empire. Fantastical views of Egypt and Greece reflect ancient fascination with these celebrated lands incorporated into the Roman Empire. Mythological paintings then reveal landscape scenes as settings for hazardous encounters between humans and the gods.