Collection Connection: Niobe

One of my favorite objects in the collection is a small yet compelling painting by Alexey von Jawlensky entitled Mystical Heads: Niobe.

Collection Connection: Helen Torr

A perfect example of an abstract American modernist landscape, this painting was created by one of the most under-appreciated of artists. I admired the rock formations extending above a low plain with a wisp of gray suggesting the arc of the sky.

Spotlight: Creativity in Quarantine

Each year, Spotlight celebrates the amazing achievements of student artists inspired by a work in the Museum’s collection. When schools closed this spring, the culmination of the 2020 Spotlight on Sue Fuller’s String Composition #W-253 seemed uncertain.

Get to Know Board President Don Frost

It is an honor and privilege to extend the values of the McNay’s predecessors within my family, as well as all previous board members. I treasured the time spent serving on the board with my father, and when I walk on the McNay campus I am proud to know my grandfather and great-grand Uncle also served the McNay.

Collection Connection: Joan Mitchell

A lot of people say abstract art (and Abstract Expressionism in particular) looks so easy, but I think it’s much harder than representational art. How do you come up with a composition, and how do you decide when a work is completed?

Collection Connection: Ian Dawson​

On my very first day working at the McNay, I was assigned a research project on the artist Ian Dawson. Several months later, the artwork Henri and Henrietta joined the McNay’s permanent collection as a gift.

Designer Todd Oldham & Fashion Nirvana

Oldham’s kitsch-embracing styles sent hearts swooning from Los Angeles to New York City during his fashion house’s heyday. Todd Oldham Studios produced colorful, vibrant, innovative collections from 1989 to 1998.

Collection Connection: Edward Hopper

Although Edward Hopper is perhaps best-known for his realist paintings depicting urban isolation, he painted scenes of the New England countryside throughout his life.