1. Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John


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    Vincent Valdez: Excerpts for John is the eighth film in a series of short documentaries produced by Walley Films in association with http://www.Glasstire.com. Filmmakers Mark and Angela Walley began documenting the creation of a large scale painting by artist Vincent Valdez in the fall of 2010. The painting depicts Vincent's childhood best friend John Holt Jr. An Army combat medic, John died in 2009 after serving in Iraq. The couple followed Vincent over the course of two years as he completed the painting and came to terms with the loss of his friend. The short documentary film includes musical tributes to John performed by Vincent on trumpet, recreations of Vincent's last moments with John, and insight into the creation of a powerful portrait of a soldier lost in the fog of war. Learn more about the filmmakers at http://www.WalleyFilms.com. Learn more about the artist at http://www.VincentValdezofficialsite.com

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    • George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher


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      This Summer at the McNay Art Museum. From the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, a comprehensive retrospective of work by George Nelson, one of the most influential American designers of the 20th century. Active in architecture and design, Nelson created several modern classics such as his Coconut Chair (1956), Marshmallow Sofa (1956), Ball Clock (1947), and Bubble Lamps (1952 onwards). The exhibition is on view June 8 to September 11, 2011.

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      • Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune


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        Drawn from the rich collections of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, "Andy Warhol: Fame and Misfortune" looks at Warhol’s lifelong obsession with both fame and disaster. The more than 150 works included in this broad survey juxtapose icons of popular culture, legendary entertainers, art world luminaries, and world leaders, with images of suicides, automobile accidents, skulls, and an electric chair. This exhibition—exclusive to the McNay—will only be seen in San Antonio, and is accompanied by an 80-page catalogue which includes reproductions of all paintings and sculpture in the exhibition plus a small sampling of key Warhol drawings, prints, and photographs, as well as source photographs for iconic early works and portraits of the artist.

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        • Beauty Reigns: A Baroque Sensibility in Recent Painting


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          This exhibition, organized by René Paul Barilleaux, the McNay's Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945, assembles the work of thirteen emerging and mid-career abstract painters whose art is characterized in whole or part by high-key color, obsessive layering of surface imagery, use of overall and repeated patterns, stylized motifs, fragments of representation, and a tension between melancholy and the sublime. To date, little focus has been placed on works which celebrate the exoticism, exuberance, and optimism found in the work of the painters assembled in Beauty Reigns. Beauty Reigns is accompanied by an illustrated book that includes two essays by Lilly Wei and Stephen Westfall contextualizing this approach to abstract painting and tracing its roots in twentieth-century art. Additional biographical and interpretative texts on each of the artists are authored by Barilleaux. The book Beauty Reigns reflects the dynamic nature of the exhibition in its aesthetic, approach, and design; expands the imagery seen in the museum; and offers a larger window into the work of these artists and their particular approaches to painting.

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          • Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine


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            A celebration of the greater African American story and Radcliffe Bailey’s personal discoveries about his family origins, this exhibition takes its title from the artist’s “medicine cabinet” sculptures. These containers allude to Bailey’s ancestors and function as medicine as he reaches for memory to restore himself. Ranging from a miniscule drawing of a traditional African mask to a nearly 24-foot collage, "Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine" focuses on three overlapping themes: "water, blues, and blood".

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            • Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection


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              Estampas de la Raza introduces recent gifts of contemporary Mexican American and Latino prints to the McNay from collectors Harriett and Ricardo Romo. More than 60 prints by 44 artists reveal the richness of a mixed cultural heritage, with depictions of Frida Kahlo, lowriders, tattoos, and the Virgin of Guadalupe. The exhibition focuses on aspects of the Latino experience in the United States: the celebration of a mixed "identity"; the Chicano Movement’s "struggle" to achieve sociopolitical equality; "tradition, memory, and culture" in the everyday lives of Latinos; Latino "icons"; and "other voices" suggesting the diversity of the community. Many images are larger than life, serving up a colorful, visual feast.

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              • Caroline and Robin's Love Story!!!


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                Caroline and Robin had a perfect wedding day in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. The preps took place at my personal favorite hotel in SA, the Emily Morgan, right next to the Alamo, the ceremony was at the amazing First Presbyterian Church, and the reception took place at the McNay Art Museum, which was the perfect setting for a great time. Great music was provided by The Motts and there was even a special appearance from Brandon Rhyder to sing their first song.

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                • Time-lapse of Radcliffe Bailey's Windward Coast


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                  Radcliffe Bailey assembles his installation "Windward Coast" at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas. The exhibition “Radcliffe Bailey: Memory as Medicine” is on view June 6 to September 2.

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                  • Visit "The Orient Expressed" this Holiday Season


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                    This exhibition explores Japonisme, the cultural fascination with all things Japanese, took hold in the late 19th century arousing the imagination of Western artists and consumers alike. See more than 150 Japanese-inspired works of art and decorative objects at the McNay Art Museum this holiday season. Paintings and prints by Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, and James Ensor; as well as decorative arts by Gorham, Sèvres, and Tiffany & Co. showcase Western artists’ appropriation of Japanese aesthetics. The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series Organized by the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson Lenora and Walter F. Brown and the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 are generously funding the exhibition at the McNay. Media sponsorship is provided by the San Antonio Express-News.

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                    • Bobby Cadwallader: Memories of George Nelson


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                      Bobby Cadwallader, former president of Knoll International, talks about his former competitor, colleague and friend, George Nelson. This interview was a part of the "3 Views" lecture series on the George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher exhibition. The lecture was held on July 21, 2011 at The McNay Art Museum.

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