The McNay Museum
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February 20th, 2010 – by: esterrene
I love these kinds of museums. In some ways they are so much more interesting to visit. Not only are you looking at some wonderfully displayed pieces of art, but you are also walking through what was once an active home where in every corner there could be a story. These former homes have details in the architecture and little nooks to discover that the larger museums, like the MET or MOMA, will simply lack.
When we visited the McNay house there was an amazing exhibit of photography. The Title of the show was 'TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art 1845-1945'. The exhibited displayed photographs from its earliest years and followed the progress of how early photographers used this new technology to push the boundaries of art. It was a very impressive exhibit and if it is still hanging I highly recommend that you check it out!!! How often does one get the opportunity to view photographs from the pre civil war era in person!?!
In the rest of the Mansion was displayed the McNay's collection as well as acquisitions made over the years.
Downstairs there were works by well known artists such as Picasso, O'Keefe and Rivera, but you will also find plenty of works from artists you knew nothing about and many of them are local to Texas or the South Western region. Also downstairs is a gorgeous courtyard! Sculpture, water fountain, lovely benches and playfully beautiful tiles incased within the walls and along the steps. I could have spent hours relaxing in this little outdoor nook if there was the time... FYI boys its the perfect setting to sit with a love one and whisper sweet nothings! :P
outside the museum and around the grounds are pieces of large outdoor sculpture and during our visit we could see that the grounds was a local favorite for wedding or quinceanera photos..
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