Cityscape: San Antonio’s McNay Museum

27 05 2009

Travelling is one of the things I love most in life.  The joys of traveling include opportunities to meet new people, experience new food, and find new places.  Without a doubt, I did my homework before traveling to San Antonio and knew a visit to the McNay Museum was a must.  As the former home of educator Marion Koogler McNay, the museum opened its doors in 1954.  As an avid collector, Mrs. McNay left her collection of over 700 works of art, along with the house, 23 surrounding acres, and an endowment to establish the first modern museum of art in Texas. 

While additions were made for exhibitions, the permanent collections are available in the core of the original Spanish style home.  Beautiful hard wood floors, exposed beam ceilings, and exquisite tile work abound.  The trip is worth the effort if only for the home, but the permanent collection is equally, if not more magnificent.  Passing from room to room and from collection to collection, I was continually amazed at the number of pieces from renowned artists.  While Mrs. McNay’s collection of Southwest art from New Mexico is impressive, also are the pieces from O’Keeffe, Gauguin, Matisse, Hopper, Picasso, Pollack, Renoir, Van Gogh, Chagall, Rodin, and many others. 

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Continuing the vision of Mrs. McNay the museum recently hosted American Concepts and Global Visions/Selections from the AT&T Collection: Contemporary Paintings and Sculpture, which originally sparked my interest in the museum.  Some of my favorite pieces included a chronological history of American photography and featured many of Ansel Adams images from Yosemite.  Robert Longo’s, “Gretchen,” was beautiful, as well. 

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Thinking about the McNay provokes thoughts about my home town love, The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens.  Whether you stay home or travel let your imagination take you on a holiday.

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