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San Antonio Museum of Art
200 West Jones Avenue
San Antonio, Texas
Phone: 210-978-8100 --
Statement of Purpose:
It is the mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art to educate by
collecting, presenting and preserving the significant artistic
achievements of the world's cultures from ancient times to the present,
and through aesthetic and educational experiences
develop a deeper understanding of human cultures, values, and
traditions for visitors of all ages.
Highlights & Collections:
Since opening in 1981, the San Antonio Museum of Art has become home
to the region's finest display of Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian
art, Latin American and folk art, and American paintings. Housed in the
historic Lone Star Brewery, built in 1884,
the 104,000-square-foot facility is San Antonio's finest museum
And, it continues to grow.
The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, a new
30,000-square-foot wing dedicated to the study and appreciation of
Latin American art, will open its doors in 1998.
The San Antonio Museum of Art offers one-of-a-kind exhibits,
poetry readings, concerts, storytelling, dance performances, lectures,
family days, art workshops and more await visitors who hunger for art,
thirst for knowledge and crave creative
LATIN AMERICAN FOLK ART
The beginnings of the Museum's Folk Art collection date to the
1930s, but it was not until fifty years later that the Museum firmly
established itself in this area. In 1985, two major collections of folk
art, belonging to the late Governor Nelson A.
Rockefeller and Robert K. Winn, were donated, creating one of the
world's most important repositories of this type of material. The
collection now numbers more than 10,000 objects representing a broad
range of functions, types, and materials dating from
the 18th century to the present, with an emphasis on examples from the
late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Museum's pre-Columbian collection comprises a wide assortment of
materials from Mesoamerica, Central America, and the Andean region.
Mesoamerica has the strongest representation with a broad range of
outstanding examples in stone and ceramic. The
pre-classic cultures are represented by pieces from the Olmec region as
well as the West Coast cultures of Jalisco, Colima, and Nayarit.
Classic period objects are from Teotihuacan and Oaxaca sites and the
Veracruz and Maya regions. Stone objects from
the Aztec, Mixtec, and Toltec periods make up the largest portion of
our post-classic collection. Our Andean holdings include fine ceramics
and textiles from throughout South America. Most of our collection is
from the first millennium A.D., but it
also contains a few objects from such late periods as the Inca.
SPANISH COLONIAL ART
The Museum's Spanish colonial collection, primarily religious art,
encompasses over 100 paintings and objects from Mexico, Peru,
Guatemala, El Salvador, and the Philippines. Although most of the
Museum's works from this period are anonymous, painted in
a popular style, the collection contains important pieces by academic
painters such as Juan Correa. The Museum has a small, but important,
group of 17th and 18th century "estofado" images of Santa Teresa de
Avila from Guatemala. The minor arts of this
period are represented by an impressive collection of liturgical silver
and secular textiles.
EIGHTEENTH and NINETEENTH CENTURY ART
The Museum's Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century collection reflects
many of the artistic, historical, political, and religious events of
the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in the United States. These
paintings show the artistic development of
painting in America during this period. They consist of portraits,
landscapes, still-life subjects, religious images, and historical
scenes. Virtually all artworks produced during this time were portraits
providing a visual record of individuals
commissioned for specific occasions or to commemorate other special
events. The collection features works by John Singleton Copley,
Benjamin West, Jasper Cropsey, and Gilbert Stuart.
CONTEMPORARY and MODERN ART
A significant portion of the Museum's 20th century collection is
devoted to the post-World War II American painting and sculpture,
beginning with the works of leading abstract painters, first and second
generations of the New York School. It features such exemplary
paintings as Hans Hoffman's "Liberation" and other large-scale works by
Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, and Frank Stella. of particular
importance is the Museum's commitment to the collection of contemporary
Texas art. Focusing on
painting and sculpture produced by Texans from the late 60s to the
present, the collection shows the diversity of expression being
produced by local artists. The importance of this collection is based
on the Museum's responsibility and commitment to
exhibit, document, and collect outstanding works by Texas artists.
The Museum's permanent Asian galleries, together with the
Far-Eastern Department at the Museum of Art, comprise the first such
department in a Texas museum and one of the most actively growing
departments in the southern United States. Featured in the collection
is a large group of Chinese ceramics dating from 2000 B.C. through the
18th century, as well as Chinese paintings, sculptures, and decorative
arts. The galleries have been recently expanded, through a gift from
Walter F. and Lenora Brown, doubling the existing space. The new
galleries feature Chinese ceramics, bronzes, archaic jades, porcelain
and other works of art from the Ming and Qing dynasties, Japanese art,
Korean art, and east Asian art and sculpture.
The Egyptian and Classical holdings of the Museum span 5000 years
and represent most major periods of the Mediterranean world from
prehistory to the Byzantine, with special emphasis given to Egyptian,
Greek, and Roman art. The core of the current collection came to the
Museum through the generosity of Mr. Gilbert M. Denman Jr., whose gift
of Greek and Roman statuary and Greek and Roman painted pottery
single-handedly established the Museum's Department of Antiquities in
1986. The Museum has continued to expand its holdings in this
department and now presents the finest and most comprehensive array of
antiquities in the southern United States. The Museum also has a strong
ancient glass collection, displayed in one of America's few galleries
devoted exclusively to ancient glass, chronicling glassmaking's history
and inception in the Near East.
Exhibits & Special Events:
- Mondays and Wednesdays - Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.;
- Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.;
- Sunday 12 noon - 5 p.m.
- Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Admission & Directions:
- Free for Museum members.
- $4 for adults,
- $2 for senior citizens (55+) and students with I.D.,
- $1.75 for children ages 4-11.
- FREE for ages 3 and under.
- FREE to the public every Tuesday from 3 - 9 p.m. through the
generosity of the G.A.C. Halff Foundation. This does not apply to
exhibitions with special admission charges.
North from the Alamo on Broadway. Make Left at Jones. Museum on
Right, parking on Left.
Douglas Hyland, Museum Director
George DiGiacomo, Public Relations Manager.
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