Thursday, August 9, 2012

The McNay Art Museum

Last week, Sam, Diane, and I went to visit the McNay Art Museum.  It was truly a treat.  To begin with, the museum is open until 9pm on Thursday evenings.  In addition, admission is FREE from 4-9 on Thursdays, thanks to HEB.

Now, to the good stuff--the art!

Who knew that San Antonio hosted so many works of art, especially by some of the biggest names in art history?  The McNay has several galleries including Medieval and Renaissance (my personal favorite), Southwest Art, Art after 1945, and tons of 19th and 20th century art (this is where the big names come in).

Below are just a few of the pieces that stuck out to me (mainly because I had heard of the artist, or I thought they looked neat... Can you tell my art knowledge is running on empty?)

Modigliani, Girl With Blue Eyes

Picasso, Crouching Woman

Picasso, Guitar and Wine Glass

Hartley, Portrait Arrangement

Monet, Nympheas (Water Lillies)

van Gogh, Two Women Crossing the Fields

I encourage you to make it a point to visit, and soon.  If you can't make it on a Thursday night, the admission is still cheap, so just go.  We decided that we wanted to take advantage of what San Antonio has to offer us, so the McNay was one of our first stops.  

In addition to the permanent exhibits, there are visit exhibits.  While there, we saw Radcliffe Bailey's exhibition, Memory as Medicine.  It was pretty cool.  It was an adventure through Bailey's life.  You can see the influences of culture and music and while empathizing with life's emotions.  One of his common mediums was used piano keys... which didn't look like piano keys at all (because we don't see they entire key when sitting at a piano).  Many of his works were humongous.  It is hard for me to imagine the time he spent just installing them in the exhibit.  This exhibit closes soon! (September 9) 

-John Bonner

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