SAN ANTONIO (FEB. 12, 2018) — The San Antonio Tricentennial celebration continues this week with more featured events commemorating San Antonio’s storied history. This week’s events feature the opening of the San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico opening at the San Antonio Museum of Art and the first community service day through the Tricentennial Commission’s Serve 300 SA program.
Residents and visitors can explore the official events calendar and sort events by day, time, council district or county precinct at www.sanantonio300.org. The official Tricentennial magazine also features a complete listing of events through the end of the year and is available for free at H-E-B stores and Jim’s Restaurants throughout the city.
Featured Tricentennial Events Week of February 12-17, 2018
FEBRUARY 12 & 13: JAZZ ON THE RIVER
Get your jazz fix with everything from brass bands, trios, and full on jazz bands as they float on beautiful River Walk with the sounds of jazz filling the air. Book a table at your favorite River Walk patio to enjoy. Free admission
OPENING FEBRUARY 15: THE ART OF BEING
The San Antonio Botanical Garden continues its Art in the Garden programming with a new sculpture exhibit featuring the work of Rodrigo Garagarza based in Mexico. Garagarza’s passion for sculpture and architecture merge with his mastery of geometry in the series, La Matatena (Jacks). Inspired by jacks from the traditional children’s game, these vibrant, whimsical, and larger-than-life sculptures are on view throughout the Garden until August 2018. The exhibit opening is Thursday, February 15, 5:30pm-7:00pm and is free and open to the public.
OPENING MAY 17: 1718 ART FROM VICEREGAL MEXICO
Art work from Viceregal Mexico: tells the story of the city’s first century through more than one hundred landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings, sculptures, and devotional and decorative objects, many of them never before exhibited in the United States. The exhibition is organized in three sections: People and Places, The Cycle of Life, and The Church. San Antonio 1718 includes portraits of political and economic power, Spanish viceroys and military leaders who helped shape the destiny of the city.
FEBRUARY 17: FIRST SERVE 300 INFRASTRUCTURE DAY
The San Antonio Tricentennial’s Serve 300 SA initiative will kick off on February 17, 2018 with city-wide infrastructure improvement events. The Tricentennial is looking for volunteers to join the celebration by lending a helping hand to the community. Interested participants can register online at http://sanantonio.galaxydigital.com by Wednesday to sign up for these events:
INFRASTRUCTURE DAY SERVICE EVENTS:
- Basura Bash at University of Incarnate Word Headwaters
- Graffitti Wipeout along Mission Road
- The Mission Continues Alamodome Cleanup in partnership with the Final Four
- St. Mary’s University Continuing the Heritage Day of Service
SOMETHING TO SAY: THE MCNAY PRESENTS 100 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
Organized by the Museum’s Head of Curatorial Affairs, René Paul Barilleaux, in consultation with curatorial adviser Lowery Stokes Sims, Something to Say is the first exhibition of modern, postwar, and contemporary African American art to be presented at the McNay in an exhibition of this scale. Featuring over 50 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs by a wide range of 20th- and 21st- century artists, Something to Say draws its contents primarily from three San Antonio collections: the McNay, the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and the Nicholas/Foster collection.
VARIOUS EVENTS THROUGH MAY: COMMON CURRENTS
Six downtown artist-centric organizations: Artpace San Antonio, Blue Star Contemporary, Carver Community Cultural Center, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Mexican Cultural Institute, and the Southwest School of Art, will partner to present an exhibition that will illuminate the 300 years of their hometown’s history. Common Currents is a diverse, encyclopedic showcase of San Antonio’s history as told and rewritten by more than 300 visual and performing artists, invited to participate by their peers, and presented over 6 venues. Hours: Opening night for each venue is 6 PM – 8 PM. All other days are regular business hours. Exhibits are now open at Artpace San Antonio (1718 – 1767) and Blue Star Contemporary (1768 – 1817).
Hours: Opening night for each venue is 6 PM – 8 PM. All other days are regular business hours.
Artpace San Antonio: January 18 – March 4
445 N. Main Ave., 78205
Exhibit: 1718 – 1767
Blue Star Contemporary: February 1 – May 7
116 Blue Star, 78204
Exhibit: 1768 – 1817
Southwest School of Art: February 15 – April 22
300 Augusta St., 78205
Exhibit: 1818 – 1867
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: March 1 – April 29
1300 Guadalupe St., 78207
Exhibit: 1868 – 1917
Carver Community Cultural Center: March 15 – April 26
226 N. Hackberry, 78202
Exhibit: 1918 – 1967
Mexican Cultural Institute: March 29 – May 7
600 Hemisphere Plaza Way, 78205
Exhibit: 1968 – 2017