September 2017 is shaping up to be the month of “All Things Chuck”, an homage to the late Chuck Ramirez, a Southtown fixture who tragically passed away in a bicycle accident in 2010. Along with the much-ballyhooed exhibits at the McNay Art Museum and Ruiz-Healy Art, Linda Pace Foundation (LPF) is providing a complement to these exhibits with a tight little show at their SPACE Gallery. “INCITE” opens with a reception on Thursday, September 7, 2017, 6-8 p.m.
In addition to works by Ramirez, “INCITE” features artists Hills Snyder, Frances Stark, Diana Thater and Cheyney Thompson, all of which are from the LPF permanent collection. “Secondary Stories,” a room-sized installation designed by Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, remains in place. Works for “INCITE” were selected by Kathryn Kanjo and Kelly O’Connor.
The exhibition draws on a variety of media including photography, video, installation art, painting and collage. According to the press release, “Themes of whimsy and ephemerality connect the selected artworks on exhibit in ‘INCITE.’ At first glance, they give an impression of light-hearted simplicity, as brightly colored depictions of confetti balls, pom-poms and piñatas attract viewers and provoke a feeling of festivity. Yet, when looked at in depth, layers of more complex themes emerge alluding to the temporary nature of these ordinary objects.”
Also on display is a scale model of “Ruby City”, LPF’s new museum facility already under construction just down the block on the banks of San Pedro Creek. Designed by internationally renowned architect David Adjaye, the scheduled opening date is mid-2019, and will be home to the LPF permanent collection. When “Ruby City” is complete, SPACE Gallery will continue to function, primarily as a place to host temporary exhibits and installations.
SPACE Gallery is nestled in the depths of CHRISpark, a bucolic downtown oasis located at 111 Camp Street, across from Camp Street Lofts, Linda Pace’s former residence.
The family-friendly reception is open to the public and will include musical entertainment by Sound Cream Airstream. The concept has gained quite a following for their alfresco dance parties – Sunset Sessions – at The Pearl. DJ dynamic duo Andreas Rizo and Danielle Collier bring their signature style, great music and gleaming Airstream out to play, adding to the festive theme of “INCITE.”
There will also be delights for the taste buds and elixirs to sooth the soul. Sarah Hinojosa, the creator of Honeysuckle Tea Time, will bring her savory pop-up concept Sage to the party, along with cocktails created by Paramour mixologist David Naylor. Some of you will remember that Naylor was the first-place winner at San Antonio’s premiere cocktail showdown for a cause, Rivertini, back in March.
As previously noted, the McNay Art Museum is presenting “Chuck Ramirez: All this and Heaven Too,” which opens to the public on September 14, 2017 and runs through January 14, 2018. This Fotoseptiembre USA event is organized by the McNay’s Head of Curatorial Affairs, René Paul Barilleaux, and is the first significant survey that has been presented of the artist’s work. In the spirit of this city’s cultural heritage and Linda Pace’s commitment to local artists, this exhibit is supported in part by a grant from LPF.
Finally, Ruiz-Healy Art hosts “Chuck in Context,” September 15 – October 14, 2017. This Fotoseptiembre USA exhibit focuses on Ramirez’s text-based series, Words, never before displayed in its entirety. A portion of proceeds from sales will benefit Casa Chuck, a residency program for critics, curators, and writers housed in the artist’s former residence at Sala Diaz.
Aside from the opening night pachanga, perhaps one of the best ways to experience “INCITE” will be by attending events that LPF is hosting in conjunction with this exhibit. The first will be a community art-making workshop with Spare Parts on Saturday, September 30, 2017, 10 a.m. – Noon. Later in the autumn, there will be a concert in CHRISpark featuring Zarabande, underwritten by KRTU-FM 91.7, on Saturday, October 20, 2017. These events are FREE, family-friendly and open to the public
“INCITE” will be on display through January 27, 2018, at SPACE Gallery, 111 Camp Street, San Antonio, TX 78204. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 12-5 p.m. For more details visit www.lindapacefoundation.org.
Page Graham contributed to this article.