TWO from the following list of exhibitions:
Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love
October 15, 2020 | January 24, 2021
Robert Indiana: A Legacy of Love honors the life and art of the late Pop icon and his resounding legacy. A self-proclaimed “painter of signs,” Robert Indiana shaped a highly original body of work that explores American identity; his own personal history; and the power of abstraction, symbolism, and language. Surveying Indiana’s art in conversation with works by his contemporaries and successors, this exhibition examines the innovative foreground of text and symbol within visual art during the postwar era.
Robert Indiana, Sheet from Four Seasons of Hope, 2012. Screenprint. Gift of Michael, Leif, and Simona McKenzie, American Image Art. © Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society(ARS), New York
Los Tres Grandes: Obras de Rivera, Siquieros y Orozco
September 17, 2020 | January 3, 2021
The McNay has one of the finest collections of Mexican modernism to be found anywhere. The collection goes back to the late 1920s when founder Marion Koogler McNay purchased Diego Rivera’s Delfina Flores. In 2000, the McNay acquired the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s duplicates of prints by these masters creating one of the richest collections of Mexican prints from the 1920s to the 1950s. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see nearly all of the McNay’s prints by “los tres grandes.”
Diego Rivera, Sleep, 1932. Lithograph. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Museum purchase with funds from the Cullen Foundation, the Friends of the McNay, Charles Butt, Margaret Pace Wilson, and Jane and Arthur Stieren. © Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, México, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Hollywood's Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Scene
September 10, 2020 | April 4, 2021
Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel engages iconic movie backdrops in conversation with modern theatre designs and with 15th and 16th-century Renaissance artworks. Including rare movie backdrops in this exhibition, the McNay expands Robert L.B. Tobin’s heartfelt imperative that future generations of designers discover and learn about theatre arts practices.
Selena Forever/Siempre Selena
January 15 | January 10, 2021
The McNay pays tribute to 90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez—with five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer.
John Dyer, Selena (detail),1992. Archival ink on paper. Collection of the artist.
Hockney to Warhol: Contemporary Drawings from the Collection
August 27, 2020 | January 3, 2021
The McNay has long been known for its collection of drawings and watercolors by American modernists, especially those artists who were represented by the great New York art dealer and promoter Alfred Stieglitz. A highlight of this exhibition is a group of fantastic drawings bequeathed to the Museum by Robert Halff, a San Antonio native who became a highly successful advertising executive and prescient art collector in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles. The exhibition includes approximately 30 works, including drawings by Leonardo Drew, David Hockney, Beth van Hoesen, Yvonne Jacquette, Donald Judd, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.
David Hockney, Looking at Pictures on a Screen, 1977. Colored pencil on paper. Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Bequest of Robert H. Halff. © David Hockney
Folk Pop: Victoria Suescum's Tienditas
August 19, 2020 | January 10, 2021
San Antonio artist Victoria Suescum has long been fascinated with the paintings on the exterior walls of mom and pop shops in San Antonio, Mexico, and her native Panama. These hand-painted signs advertise the goods and services offered and represent a unique visual approach that combines Pop art, hybrid languages, and advertising traditions. Suescum’s acrylics on paper, created between 2012 and 2020, beautifully capture the colors, textures, scale, and forms of the wall paintings that inspired them. In addition to celebrating family-owned small businesses in minority communities, her work also documents these quickly vanishing works of folk art.
Artist Looking at Art: Ruben Luna
January 9 | June 7, 2020
A San Antonio native, Ruben Luna draws inspiration from the creative challenge of working with resources at hand. Luna assembles readily available objects into symbolic portraits that pay tribute to people in his life. Luna’s artwork is featured this summer in the Museum’s Artists Looking at Art (ALA) series, created to salute the vitality of San Antonio’s contemporary art community.
Ruben Luna, Portrait of my tio (uncle), 2020. Found objects with neon. Courtesy of the artist.
Lead funding of the McNay’s educational programs is most generously provided by Kronkosky Charitable Foundation.
Major funding is provided by Semmes Foundation, Inc., Mays Family Foundation, and William Randolph Hearst Fund. Additional support is provided by Jack H. and William M. Light Charitable Trust, Valero Benefit for Children, and the William L. Cowden Charitable Foundation.