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Speaking of Texas: Modern Art and More at the McNay

Modern Art and More at the McNay 

See related: Speaking of Texas: Marion Koogler McNay

McNay Museum. (Photo by J. Griffis Smith)

To experience Marion Koogler McNay’s artistic passion firsthand, spend some time in the McNay Art Museum, at 6000 North New Braunfels Avenue in San Antonio. While McNay’s 1929 mansion remains the core of the museum, the 2008 addition of the Stieren Center for Exhibitions, a 45,000-square-foot, modernist glass pavilion, nearly doubled the museum’s size. From McNay’s original collection of some 700 works of art, the museum’s holdings have increased to more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other works.

  The McNay showcases a number of collections, including Medieval & Renaissance Art, 19th- and 20th-Century Art, Art after 1945, Southwest Art, Prints and Drawings, and the Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. The latter contains 9,500 objects emphasizing scene and costume design throughout history, the largest collection of its kind in an American museum. Recent acquisitions include two Pablo Picasso nudes: Reclining Woman on the Beach (1932) and Crouching Woman (1958), bringing the museum’s total number of Picasso pieces to more than 90.

Current exhibitions include Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, which chronicles the evolution of 19th-Century French outdoor paintings and their influence on early 20th-Century American art (through Jan. 16), and You’ve Got Mail, a series of brightly colored, geometrically themed greeting cards by Richard Anuskiewicz (through Jan. 2). McNay Art Museum: An Introduction (Scala Publishers, 2010), which offers further insight into the museum’s history and its founder’s life, will be available in the
gift shop in December. Call 210/824-5368, or visit www.mcnayart.org.

                                     —Haley Dawson

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