What’s going on in San Antonio this week? Here are a few ideas…

It is deep summer here in South Texas and it is blazing hot out there. My solution? Come on in out of the heat and give your soul a cool, refreshing drink. Here are some of my picks from the August 25th segment of KLRN Arts. So much to do and see around town…these are but a few.

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S.A. Art Community Responds to David Rubin’s Resignation

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David Rubin (R) talks to Alejandro Padilla at the opening party for the On and Off Fredericksburg Road Studio Tour on February 21, 2014. Photo by Page Graham.

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.

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Thomas Sully Exhibit Ushers in a New Era at SAMA

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Frances Anne Kemble as Beatrice, by Thomas Sully. Image courtesy San Antonio Museum of Art.

The San Antonio Museum of Art has enjoyed steady growth over the last few decades, and its latest move may be one of the boldest yet. The decision was made (and funding was found) to hire not only one, but two new curators. William Keyse Rudolph is the new curator of American Art and Chief Curator of Collections, and the very personable Merribell Parsons is the new curator of European Art.

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“Why A Texas Biennial?” — Good Question!

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Engaging panel discussion at The Blue Star Annex on Thursday evening. The subject was TX*13, the Texas Biennial survey of contemporary Texas art that is up at Blue Star Museum until November 9. The panel included Shea Little, Texas Biennial Founder/Director; Virginia Rutledge, Texas Biennial Curator at Large; Julia Barbosa-Landois, participating TX*13 installation artist; David Rubin, San Antonio Museum of Art Contemporary Art Curator; and Steven Evans, Blue Star Consulting Manager.

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Wanda Corn: Distinguished Lecturer WOWS at The McNay

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What a great way to spend a few hours! Wanda Corn, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, held the overflowing Chiego Auditorium rapt at the McNay on August 22nd. She was brought to San Antonio as a Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series Distinguished Lecturer. The subject was one that many may believe they understand fully — Norman Rockwell — that maudlin old fuddy-duddy.

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Brain: Analog is Not Dead

Is photography a form of art? This has been an ongoing subject of vociferous debate ever since the medium was invented. In the case of Bryan de la Garza (or “Brain” as his skatepunk friends like to call him), the answer is an unequivocal “yes”. Brain is a photographer/cinematographer who eschews digital media in favor of film.

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Brain in the Magic Cottage — by Page Graham

Why choose an analog format in a digital world? The answers are complex. Working with film can be a daunting proposition. First and foremost, a roll of film — plus developing — isn’t cheap. And there are only so many exposures per roll. Each shot must be carefully considered, and if the camera is manual focus and exposure, it takes time to get all the settings correct. Every shot must count. But the results can be worth the effort.

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Sunday Afternoon in King William — montage by Bryan de la Garza

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Sneak Preview at The Tobin

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What a wonderful afternoon we had at The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Yes, that’s right, it doesn’t open until September 2014. The ubiquitous Suhail Arastu, board member of Musical Bridges Around The World, arranged a tour of the facility with new President and COO, Michael Fresher. A group of about 30, numbering among us the leadership and management of arts organizations from around San Antonio, signed our legal waivers and were led on a 30 minute tour of our newest state-of-the-art entertainment complex.

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