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Rites of Passage: Forever Remembering Tía Chuck

Rites of Passage: Forever Remembering Tía Chuck

A lot has changed in San Antonio in the seven years since Chuck Ramirez died. There are working artists, young ones and transplants from elsewhere, who never knew him. To his extended group of close friends, acquaintances, a still-tight micro-community of Southtown artists (for whom the rise of Artpace and Sala Diaz, the expansion of

Local Exhibitions Celebrate Diversity, Emphasize Humanity

In the wake of Kathy Griffin’s recent photo scandal, involving the fake severed head of President Donald Trump, artists around the country continue to speak out against the anti-immigrant and non-inclusive policies of the president’s administration. While most can agree that Griffin’s staged photo of a beheading crosses the line of decency, it no doubt

Artpace Exhibit Reveals “Diversity” of San Antonio Art Community

As part of its year-long 21st birthday celebration, this summer’s Artpace Window Works Exhibition offers a photographic glimpse by Ramin Samandari of former exhibiting artists, collaborators, and staffers. Titled “Faces of Artpace,” the exhibition comprises 56 portraits from Samandari’s larger project San Antonio Faces of Art, which has been two years in the making, and opens at

The Art and Activism of San Antonio Native Donald Moffett

As a little-understood plague decimated the gay community, San Antonio-born artist Donald Moffett had a life-changing experience when he heard about Larry Kramer’s call to action in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York, the founding moment for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, best known as ACT UP.

Celebrate Artpace’s 21st Birthday — All Year Long

You know that friend that celebrates their entire “birthday week”? Well, say hello to Artpace, which recently wrapped up a yearlong 20th anniversary celebration that included last year’s excellent  “Hare and Hound Press + Artpace: The Art of Collaboration” exhibition, the Texas premiere of Christian Marclay’s video projection Guitar Drag and the publication of Felix Gonzalez–Torres: Billboards, a book documenting a 2010 exhibition

The Witty World of Franco Mondini-Ruiz

A Quick Biographical Rundown Franco Mondini-Ruiz was born in 1961. He grew up in conservative, white Boerne, Texas. His father is a rakish and artistic immigrant from Italy who grew up during the Mussolini regime. His mother is Mexican-American and the daughter of a severe Spaniard, and she occasionally posed for Franco’s father’s paintings. Franco

Artpace celebrates the launch of new Felix Gonzalez-Torres book

  Since his death in 1996 at age 38 from AIDS-related complications, Felix Gonzalez-Torres has emerged as one of the most recognized artists of the late-20th century. In 1995, along with French artist Annette Messager and San Antonio’s own Jesse Amado, Gonzalez-Torrres inaugurated Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence program. In 2010, as part of its 15th anniversary, Artpace presented an exhibition throughout four

Artpace premieres response to ’98 hate crime

“In other countries, the reference to James Byrd is kind of lost, but the violence is very much there and present.” As an Artpace International Artist-in-Residence in 1999, Christian Marclay produced a 14-minute film titled Guitar Drag depicting an amplified electric guitar being dragged along a Texas road by a pickup truck. As part of