San Antonio, TX: The McNay Art Museum

My, my.  Time to stroll down Memory Lane.

I spent January in the US, and managed, during my relentless pursuit of Tex-Mex and Whataburger, to visit the McNay Art Museum, a place that will always be special to me.

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“Expecto Patronum,” I shouted, as a silvery Spanish Colonial-Revival mansion sprang from my wand.  “After all this time?”  “Always.”

The McNay opened in 1954, with the home, collection, and an endowment of Marion Koogler McNay, as established in her will.  It was the first modern art museum in Texas, although the holdings expanded outside of that frame.

When I was a regular visitor, as a teenager, it was already a super cool place.  There was an auditorium and workshop space, the grounds were beautiful, and the museum was free.  I went often, and I got pretty familiar with the collection.

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She isn’t where she used to be, but I still found her.

 

In 2008, the museum underwent a heckin big expansion, adding 45,000 square feet of space plus a sculpture garden.  It isn’t free anymore, but it does have a cool gift shop and also lots of exhibitions.  I do feel a bit wistful for the smaller oasis the McNay was for me back in the day, but it has grown and it is thriving and one must be satisfied with that.

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Plus now it has this guy, who could hardly be less than an object of delight.

There were some dramatic sights back in January!

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Kehinde Wiley and Roy Litchenstein.

And the Mathews Collection of Art Glass is both seriously interesting and awesomely exhibited.

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BAT GLASS

I took a metric ton of photos, but I won’t subject you to them all.  Mainly, I was just very happy to visit some old friends.

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My girl here is obviously not modern; she’s 15th century German. But you could still say baby Jesus here is a whole #mood.

And meet some new ones.

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Is that a Munch moon or are you just happy to see me
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Julie Hefferman’s Self-Portrait as a Tangled Nest (2006), which is…a lot
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Mear One’s Revolution (2012), just saying what we’re all thinking.

The McNay also has a big-time theatre arts collection, some of which formed part of this exceptionally fun show:

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They did it for the lolz

Just a couple more pictures of the courtyard and grounds, I promise:

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Should you wish to explore the collection and temporary exhibits more, the museum has a robust online presence.  But do go visit if you’re ever in the area; you’ll be so glad you did.  The McNay is treasure of San Antonio.

The McNay Art Museum is closed Monday and Tuesday, and general admission is relatively steep, at least to me (as I’m used to the inexpensive entry fees of Argentina), but they have a pretty extensive free and discount list.  See the website for all the where, when, and how much nitty gritty.

 

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