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McNay Art Museum Launches New Digital Guide on Bloomberg Connects App

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The McNay furthers its 70-year legacy of transformational art experiences as first San Antonio institution on the Bloomberg Connects app, coinciding with the opening of the “de la Torre Brothers: Upward Mobility” exhibition

(San Antonio, TX) February 29, 2024 — The McNay Art Museum unveiled today its digital guide, a 70th anniversary initiative that furthers the Museum’s legacy of delivering transformational art experiences for all. The McNay’s digital guide is available on the Bloomberg Connects app, made possible through the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Joining over 350 important cultural organizations from around the world, the McNay serves as the first San Antonio institution on the Bloomberg Connects app.

The digital guide highlights the McNay’s permanent collection, gallery spaces and 25 acres, exhibitions and programs. The content is available in multiple languages and through multimedia features, including photo, audio and video. The digital guide also includes insights from the McNay’s director and CEO, artists, curators, educators, and staff.

“As we build upon the McNay’s 70 years of transformational art experiences, we remain committed to innovation in our digital capabilities to make art accessible to all, a value we share with Bloomberg Philanthropies,” said Matthew McLendon, director and CEO. “Our partnership with Bloomberg enables us to advance our mission of engaging diverse communities in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts.”

The launch of the digital guide coincides with the opening of the “de la Torre Brothers: Upward Mobility” exhibition, showcasing exclusive multimedia perspectives from the artists. Einar and Jamex de la Torre guide visitors through the exhibition’s four galleries with illuminating commentary on the key themes, including bi-cultural identities, historical legacies across our borders, life and the afterlife, nature and technology, and cultural symbols. A glossary of cultural references and techniques support the guided tour.

“We are excited to expand our digital presence and provide a new cultural space to catalyze conversation and create opportunities,” said Yolanda Urrabazo, head of communications and marketing. “We are proud to be included in the Bloomberg Connects app, bringing immersive experiences of our exhibitions and collection to visitors onsite and beyond the gallery walls to people around the world.”

The Bloomberg Connects app platform is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ longstanding commitment to supporting digital innovation in the arts. Bloomberg Connects makes it easy to access and engage with arts and culture from mobile devices when visiting in person, or anytime from anywhere. With dynamic content exclusive to each partner organization, the app provides a range of features including video, audio, and text; expert commentary; and way-finding maps. Follow Bloomberg Connects on InstagramFacebook, and X for updates on new guide launches, exhibit highlights, and more. The Bloomberg Connects app, available for download from Google Play or the App Store.

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About McNay Art Museum  
The McNay Art Museum engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Built in the 1920s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’ first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, 200,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds include sculptures by Willie Cole, Robert Indiana, Luis A. Jiménez Jr., Alejandro Martín, George Rickey, Joel Shapiro, Kiki Smith, Tom Wesselmann and others. 

Media Contact:
Yolanda Urrabazo
Head of Communications and Marketing
yolanda.urrabazo@mcnayart.org

The McNay is open Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m.