I stopped by the San Antonio Museum of Art for the free admission on Tuesday evening. I checked out the special exhibits: “Missions of Northern New Spain,” “Culinary Delights: Photographs by David Halliday,” and “Seasons of Beauty: Yoshitoshi’s Thirty-Two Aspects of Life. ” I also enjoyed the contemporary art wing.
The museum seems to be kicking things up a notch with new art acquisitions and a variety of special events. “Roman Holiday” this Friday night will include music, games, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Togas or Roman holiday attire is optional. Cost is $10 members, $20 non-members in advance and $25 at the door. Saturday at 11 a.m. Ballet Conservatory of South Texas will present “Waking from Recklessness” in the Great Hall. Free with museum admission. The museum has also organized several events in connection with the “Missions of Northern New Spain” exhibit. The Orchestra of New Spain will present a concert “The Mexican Legacy: Music from the Mexican Baroque” on Sunday at 2 pm at Mission San Jose church and on Monday at 7 pm in the Great Hall at the museum. Another event that sounded intersted is a meditation workshop offered every Tuesday evening at 6 pm.
I found the textures, colors and shading in the culinary photos interesting. The paintings in the Missions exhibit were too dark and bloody for me. Fortunately the paintings alternated with numerous carved figures, garments, sacred items and a beautiful video showing landscapes in the Mission areas. Finally, the “Seasons of Beauty” exhibit of Japanese woodblock prints was small but very pretty. The woodblock print exhibit is on the second floor of the West Tower. Be sure to walk across the Skywalk on the 4th floor for a nice view of downtown and the new Riverwalk extension.