This month brings a host of artistic wonders to the galleries, museums and gardens of Alamo City. Art lovers and the curious can reflect on ecological issues through the art of Margaret Craig, get comfortable with human microbes at Witte, host international artists in residence at Artpace, see Afrocentric sculptures and rare photographs, savor a range of mouth-watering desserts (albeit on canvas), and appreciate the seasonal light installations of the Botanical Gardens. Whatever artistic creations you fancy, there is a lot to celebrate on the San Antonio art scene this month.
Palo Alto College – Gallery 100
“Margaret Craig: Bleached Reef and other devolutions.”
Now until December 2.
Margaret Craig’s work is a contemplation of how humanity affects the plants and animals around us, and how we may be affected by them, a concept she addresses both from a training in biology and artistic engraving methodologies. His current work refers to pollution of all kinds, including garbage, plastics and air pollutants that threaten the land and oceans. “My work is a meditation on the great extinction and what will come after, how nature will use this abundant resource to evolve new forms of life,” she says. “It’s a little incongruous, creating beautiful creatures out of garbage and giving viewers a way to contemplate ecological issues.”
San Antonio Botanical Gardens
“Landscape of light”.
From November 19 to January 2, 2022.
San Antonio’s newest vacation event, “Lightscape,” debuts in Texas. Guests will be enchanted by the magical light shows set up along a beautifully illuminated 1.6 km path that winds through the Botanical Gardens. These captivating illuminations aim to dazzle the senses and will feature unique Texas installations created by local and international artists.
The Carver Cultural Community Center Gallery
“Artist and collector: Anthony C. Edwards. “
Until December 21.
‘Artist and Collector’ offers the public a rare opportunity to view folk, contemporary, digital and stained glass works by artist Anthony C. Edwards, as well as pieces from his personal collection of Afrocentric art, including three sculptures by Jonas Perkins and rare photographs by EO Goldbeck. Being defined as an artist is still difficult for the self-taught Edwards – more than three decades after he started painting at age 41 – even though his work has been sold in galleries, resides in the permanent collection of the San Antonio Museum of Art and was included in the Harriet and Harmon Kelley Collection of African American Art exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute. Here is your chance to make your own estimate of his work.
McNay Art Museum
“Wayne Thiebaud 100: paintings, prints and drawings”.
Until April 10, 2022.
Imbued with both personal and cultural memories, Wayne Thiebaud’s art is familiar and heartwarming, and evokes a reflection on our own experiences with the people, places and foods we love. Thiebaud is best known for his mouth-watering dessert paintings and has long been associated with the pop art movement. “Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints, and Drawings” celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist through 100 works representing his achievements on all media through a range of subjects.
The Witte museum
“The secret world inside of you.”
Until January 16, 2022.
Our bodies are home to trillions of microbes living in and on us, including bacteria, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. “The Secret World Within You” explores the rapidly evolving science that reveals the complexities of the human microbiome, reshaping our ideas about human health and offering new perspectives on the bacteria, viruses and other microbes that inhabit our bodies. Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the exhibit uses larger-than-life models, interactive exhibits, videos, art installations, and live presentations to take visitors on a journey of the microbiome and their feature special characters like Gram-positive and Gram-negative Bacteria puppets, as well as Major Microbe.
International Artist-in-Residence Program for Fall 2021.
From November 18 to January 9, 2022.
This year’s artist-in-residence exhibition welcomes artists Shana Hoehn, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and Dan Herschlein. Originally from Texas, Hoehn is an artist who works with processes adjacent to sculpture, video, and photography. Her work is a personal and historical investigation into the aesthetic that allegorizes the female form. Ramírez-Figueroa is originally from Guatemala City and uses performance, sound, drawing and sculpture to explore themes of loss, displacement and cultural resistance. New Yorker Herschlein works in sculpture, drawing, and performance, using images of the body and tropes of horror to explore the human desire for comfort and emotional understanding. Both disturbing and surprisingly tender, Herschlein’s work evokes alienation, loneliness and fear as a means of deepening introspection.