What an amazing start for Contemporary Art Month, and we haven’t even gotten through the first week yet! From Gallery Nord, to the Fox Motel, and then down to the 1906 S. Flores complex, it feels like we’ve been everywhere already. But there’s lots more to come. The CAM Kickoff Party will be this Thursday at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and Second Saturday in the SoFlo/Lone Star Arts District is sure to be full of surprises. There’s also two fundraising events to choose from on Saturday night: Artist Foundation and the San Antonio Film Festival.
Check out Tami Kegley’s feature of what we’ve seen so far, and what’s to coming up in The Rivard Report by clicking here.
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Numinous (adj.) describing an experience that makes you fearful yet excited and fascinated, awed yet attracted. The powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and truly inspired.
We had the pleasure of chatting with contemporary artist, Andrés Ferrandis in advance of his show, Numinous, at Ruiz-Healy Art in Olmos Park. Ferrandis, in San Antonio for this opening event, hails from Valencia, Spain, and is currently based out of Miami.
Never having been before, I didn’t know what to expect at the McNay Art Museum Print Fair. When the gentleman said to me, “I can’t choose between the Indiana or the Calder,” I was hooked. Yes, we’re speaking of Robert Indiana and Alexander Calder. As it turns out, this is an event San Antonio should be proud to be hosting. It isn’t merely the only event of its kind in Texas, it’s unique to the Southwest.
Recent staff changes at San Antonio Museum of Art, namely the elimination of the position of Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, Nancy Fullerton, and the sudden resignation of Contemporary Curator David S. Rubin, came as a complete surprise to arts community. Our recent article focused on the outpouring of praise and support for them, but there have been a number of off-the-record remarks expressing discontent about this situation.
However, two well-respected SAMA members, Tom Greenwell and Trey Todd, have decided to go public with their displeasure.
According to a report in the San Antonio Express-News also widely circulated on social media, David Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) submitted his resignation on Tuesday, February 24, 2014. The resignation is effective immediately.
ArtBlogSA reached out to SAMA for comment and this statement was released :
“David has contributed so much to this museum, he goes with our great gratitude,” said Katie Luber, the Kelso Director at the museum. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors and we look forward to seeing what he does next within the field of contemporary art.”
Prior to working at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Rubin was the Curator of Visual Arts at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans from 2000-2006. He has also held positions at the Phoenix Art Museum, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art (now MOCA Cleveland), Freedman Gallery, Albright College, San Francisco Art Institute, Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, and Scripps College. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Harvard University.
Our initial response was shock. For us here at ArtBlogSA, Rubin had very much become the face of SAMA. Always in motion, always creating opportunities for the SAMA Contemporary Group to interact with each other here in San Antonio, across the U.S. and abroad. Collectors, gallerists, artists, academics, aficionados, neophytes, rich and poor, young and old — all mixed and mingled effortlessly. Rubin led the way with his uncanny ability to make often esoteric subject matter accessible and meaningful to those willing to show up for his frequent and popular talks.
When I moved to San Antonio a little over a year ago, the city-wide event that I was most excited about being able to immerse myself in was Contemporary Art Month. So, it is with a genuine sense of excitement that Page and I announce our partnership with CAM as a Media Sponsor. This is the first of many CAM posts you will see in the coming months. We hope to be your go-to source for all things CAM, so get ready.