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San Antonio, TX (March 7, 2022) – Now open at McNay Art Museum, The Great Stage of Texas celebrates 13 contemporary designers from the Lone Star State through a dynamic presentation of set, costume, lighting, and projection designs created for theatre productions around the world. The new exhibition is on view in the Tobin Exhibition and Brown Galleries through August 14, 2022.
“The Great Stage of Texas spotlights homegrown artists in contemporary theatre design who are living and working in San Antonio, throughout the state of Texas, and beyond,” said R. Scott Blackshire, PhD, Curator, The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. “The vibrant collection of objects in the exhibition celebrates the innovative impact each of these artists continues to have in their field.”
Contemporary Artist Highlights
Additionally, artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts by Texan artists Jean and Bill Eckart, Robert Wilson, and John Rothgeb, are presented in conversation with artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection by Carlos Merida, Mary Lee Bendolph, Keith Haring, and Marion Koogler McNay.
The Great Stage of Texas was conceived by R. Scott Blackshire, PhD, Curator, The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts; and organized with Kim Neptune, The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund Assistant Curator, The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. This exhibition and the Tobin Distinguished Lecture are programs of The Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.
Admission to The Great Stage of Texas is free every Thursday from 4 to 9 p.m., courtesy of H-E-B; and the first Sunday of each month, courtesy of the Dickson-Allen Foundation. Free admission for active military members is provided courtesy of USAA Foundation, Inc.; and to recipients of SNAP, WIC, and MAP through Museums for All, a cooperative which encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums. Admission during non-free hours is $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors (65+); $10 for teens; and free for children 12 and under and McNay Members.
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’s 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 more.
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.