Saturday, December 7, 2013

San Antonio Museum of Art

Three months ago, Frankie and I took a trip to San Antonio to visit the San Antonio Museum of Art.  I don't think that waiting three months to post about our trip is too bad...who am I kidding?  That is just awful!

I said to myself, "Self, it really has been too long, just let it go. You don't have to blog about it."  

But then I argued with myself saying, "Self, you promised to talk about this museum in your last post.  Don't go back on your word."

So my first self said, "Fine, let's do this."

And now that you have taken this strange journey through my head, I will share with you our journey to the San Antonio Museum of Art.

San Antonio Museum of Art


We were both a little embarrassed to admit that we didn't know this museum existed until we were looking for a museum to go to. I am glad we did find it. You know when you see art before even going in, it is going to be good.  We saw this in the parking lot.

Word Art in parking lot San Antonio Museum of Art


The museum has a very large collection of art from Latin America and other Spanish speaking parts of the world.  Let me show you some of my favorites.

El Tango by Robert Henri -San Antonio Museum of Art

This painting had to be close to life size.  I love the tango outfit she is wearing.  We were really hoping to get to go Buenos Aires, the home of tango being Argentina, this summer but after watching a show about the counterfeit problem they have we decided against it.

Back of Venus by Fernando Botero -San Antonio Museum of Art


This is Fernando Botero's interpretation of Venus de Milo.  Botero really does like the plump look.  It is quite a bit different from the Venus we saw in the Louvre in Paris.

Milo de Venus


Moving on....

Dance Capes from Peru -San Antonio Museum of Art

These are dance capes from Peru.  What fascinated me the most about these was the fact that they were hand stitched!  Just look at the detail!


Detail of Dance Capes from Peru -San Antonio Museum of Art


This next one...oh this next one.

Cherub late 17th century from Central Spain -San Antonio Museum of Art

All I could think of when I saw him and all I can think of every time I still see him is...

TOUCHDOWN!

....and that just cracks me up.

This bear and bull were created by two different people.  I thought it was interesting how alike there were in material and in general appearance. 


Bear and Bull -San Antonio Museum of Art


Bull by Eliseo Alvarado -San Antonio Museum of Art


Bear by Felipe Archuleta -San Antonio Museum of Art

Finished with the first floor it was time to walk up the stairs to the second.  Turning the corner to the staircase we were greeted by this guy.  I don't know who it was by or the title but I fell in love with it!  


White Horse in Stairwell -San Antonio Museum of Art

I loved it so  much I made it my own art project!


Sunspot on White Horse in Stairwell -San Antonio Museum of Art

There were many art pieces and artifacts from Columbia on this floor but there was one that really caught my attention.

Face of Crawling Infant 500 BC from Veracruz Mexico -San Antonio Museum of Art

I am sorry, but that is the scariest looking baby I have ever seen!  Although, his little acorn hat is adorable! 

Ready for the next level we turned the corner to the staircase and, BOOM, there were not one but TWO horses!  I am liking these stairwell horses!


Two Horses in Stairwell -San Antonio Museum of Art


Close up of Horse Head in Stairwell -San Antonio Museum of Art


Hang with me now, we are almost through all the Latin American and Spanish arts.

We walked into a room and immediately our eyes fell on a large work of art on the floor. It is called Enamoramiento by Jose Luis Rivera-Barrera and is made of mesquite wood (these trees are found all over Texas).  Enamoramiento means infatuation in English and it is very fitting I would say.

Enamoramiento by Jose Luis Rivera-Barrera made out of Mesquite Wood -San Antonio Museum of Art


Close up of Enamoramiento by Jose Luis Rivera-Barrera made out of Mesquite Wood -San Antonio Museum of Art

There was an entire section dedicated to the Virgin Mary in art.  One of the most amazing pieces was a crocheted bedspread representing Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe or Our Lady of Guadalupe also known as Virgin of Guadalupe.  It was amazing and the details spectacular!

Crocheted Virgin of Guadalupe Bedspread -San Antonio Museum of Art

I also liked this statue of the Virgin Mary. The closer I looked at it the more I liked it and more details I could see.

Our Lady of Guadalupe from Spain -San Antonio Museum of Art


Close View of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Spain -San Antonio Museum of Art


Detail of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Spain -San Antonio Museum of Art

After many rooms and floors of art from the Latin American countries and other Spanish speaking countries, we moved on to more modern art.

David Lyon by Kehinde Wiley -San Antonio Museum of Art

Before reading what this one was all about, I was drawn to it.  Then I read what it was about.  It was a mash up of two different things.  If you would like to know even more you can click on the picture below to be taken to a larger view so you can read the description.  If you just want to see the two inspirations the artist used then I think you can tell without clicking.


Description of David Lyon by Kehinde Wiley -San Antonio Museum of Art


These two small statues were created by Luis Jimenez.  Compared to the three other statues I have seen by Luis Jimenez this one is tiny!  These are sitting on a pedestal and were maybe a foot tall, if even that.

Fiesta Dancers by Luis Jimenez -San Antonio Museum of Art

The first one I ever saw by Jimenez was called Southwest Pieta and I found it at conference center in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Soutwest Pieta - Luis Jimenez

The next two I saw at the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Tx.  This one is called Progress II.

Progress II by Luis Jimenez Blanton Museum of Art Austin TX

The last one is called Border Crossing.  So as you can see the one at the San Antonio Museum of Art was tiny tiny tiny compared to the others I have seen.


Border Crossing by Luis Jimenez Blanton Museum of Art Austin TX

I never go to a specific museum looking for work by Luis Jimenez and now that I have seen four works by him just by stumbling on them, I am drawn to them even more.   Unfortunately he passed away in 2006 while working on a piece called Blue Mustang  for the Denver International Airport.  It fell on him and severed an artery in his leg. 

Here are a few others in the modern art section that caught my eye.

How Do You Spell America #6 by Willie Cole -San Antonio Museum of Art


Double Scramble by Frank Stella -San Antonio Museum of Art

I have to say that this one was so creepy that it turned out to be my favorite!  


Gold Horns by Susan Budge -San Antonio Museum of Art

Let's move in closer shall we?


Closer view of Gold Horns by Susan Budge -San Antonio Museum of Art


Now even closer!

Closeup of Gold Horns by Susan Budge -San Antonio Museum of Art


You can't tell me that isn't creepy!

After the modern art section we headed into art from many other countries.

There we saw art and artifacts from the Pacific Island,

Figural Dance Staff New Hebrides Melanesia -San Antonio Museum of Art


Iran,

Iranian Tiles -San Antonio Museum of Art

China,

Tomb Guardian from China Liao dynasty -San Antonio Museum of Art


(and you really need to see his face up close!)

Face of Tomb Guardian from China Liao dynasty -San Antonio Museum of Art


Japan,

Aizen Myo-o from Japan -San Antonio Museum of Art


Myanmar (Burma),
Face of Shakyamuni Buddha from Myanmar (Burma) -San Antonio Museum of Art


Tibet,

Vajrapani from Tibet -San Antonio Museum of Art


and India.

Yogini from Northern India -San Antonio Museum of Art


Did I mention how big this museum is?  After all of that we still had more to go.  The next room we went into had Roman and Greek statues.  Through our travels we have seen lots and lots of this type of art.  Those Romans and Greek were busy little people!

There was one that caught my eye though, it is a statue of Cupid and Psyche.  There had been some restoration done to the statue and you can see poor little Cupid once had a broken arm.

Statue of Cupid and Psyche Roman  -San Antonio Museum of Art

For whatever reason, I found his wings to be so adorable.  I highly doubt the person who created this wanted people years later to say that, but it is how I felt.  I loved those little wings!  Just look at them!


Back of Statue of Cupid and Psyche  -San Antonio Museum of Art

We had one more room left before seeing everything and it was the Egyptian room.  The Egyptians were even more busy than the Greeks and Romans because we have seen so many artifacts and art pieces from them in so many places!

Here are just a few highlights from the San Antonio Museum of Art.


Mummy Case of Nes-Khonsu-Pa-Khered Egyptian 1069-644 BC  -San Antonio Museum of Art


Face of Coffin of Na-Menkh-Amen Egyptian 747-656 BC -San Antonio Museum of Art


Face of Sekhmet Egyptian -San Antonio Museum of Art


Granite Lion

It is amazing to me how one museum can pack so much into it!  Before leaving we took a look through the gift shop and that is where I found a tiny evil eye charm.   Isn't my tiny evil eye adorable??


Evil Eye Charm from Gift Shop -San Antonio Museum of Art

Walking out we saw this road sign full of the stickers the museum gives to each ticket holder.


Pole with entrance stickers San Antonio Museum of Art


It reminded us of the pole we saw outside of the Rodin Museum in Paris.

Pole filled with stickers Paris

Here is a close up of the pole in Paris.


Rodin Musee Stickers on Pole Paris

And here is a close up of the pole in San Antonio.  That red sticker was mine!


Mine is the red sticker San Antonio Museum of Art

If you are ever in the mood to go to an art museum in San Antonio, I do suggest this one.  We had a great three and a half hour tour through it.

Eventually, hopefully sooner than I have done in the past, I will post about the restaurant that we went to after the museum.  It is called Panchos and Gringos Deli, Restaurant, and Grill.  I mean, come on, with a name like that, you HAVE to hear about it!

Until then!

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