San Antonio Museum of Art!

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This was my first time visiting San Antonio! Sadly my visit was limited to a single afternoon due to a few personal issues. I had originally planned on visiting a couple of local museums in the afternoon before continuing on to Coleman, but as soon as I walked inside the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) I fell madly in love with art all over again and ended up spending the quickest 4 hours of my life walking though the endless number of art galleries. This museum was Awesome!! I loved it!

The museum exists in what was once the Old Lone Star Brewery dating back to 1895! The building was purchased in the 1970's and converted into what is currently the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA).
'Turning Palm'- James Surl
Seriously that it just cool! How many art museums do you know that were once beer breweries??

The staff was very friendly and helpful with information regarding the galleries and temporary exhibits. They said I could take photos of anything but the current temp exhibit of New Orleans Photographer Dave Halliday. I actually wish that I could have taken a snapshot of his work! They were serene still lifes of vegetables and fruit presented in a way that made them feel intimately human.

I must admit I skimmed the galleries containing Chinese Ceramics and Roman statues, but only because I have seen so much art from those eras in other museums and really wanted to focus my time looking exploring the Latin American art and Oceanic art galleries.

SAMA had devoted two full spacious floors to the Latin American Art Center.
So far it is the largest collection of Latin American art that I have personally seen within one museum. Works of art dating as far back to the Pre Colombian era and scanning through the Spanish Colonialism, the modern art movements of the early 20th century, contemporary artists, Mexican photographers and ,my personal favorite, Latino FOLK ART!!

Latin American Folk art is definitely one of my favorite genres of folk art!! Its so colorful, festive and from the heart! The details, the textures, the stories and purpose behind each objects are all so intriguing and creative! I had the most fun walking around the colorful exhibit!

The other gallery that I found exciting to explore was a small collection of Oceanic Art on the top floor! Oceanic artwork is diverse and sacred. each object seems to have an important purpose.
POrtrait of a Polynesian woman by J. Webber
Its not created just to exist as a decorative piece in a room, it serves an important function for the owner. I know very little about Oceanic cultures and had a lot of fun reading the information provided by the museum.

One of my favorite details about the museum was the emphasis they had placed on the cultural exchange between various connecting cultures. In the past it was always expressed and understood that European and other Western communities had the dominant hand in passing their cultural ideas and beliefs onto others during the years of colonialism and world exploration. But the ideas and cultural changes felt in return from these new connection was often overlooked. It pleases me that more attention is given to how Western cultures have been altered because of their contact with nonwestern cultures.. One example of culture exchange that the museum had posted was how the arrival of European explorers in the Pacific Ocean islands brought many social changes within the communities. Meanwhile the sailors would return home to their families covered in tattoos.

I really had a great time visiting SAMA! Can't wait to pass through San Antonio again for another visit!
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Turning Palm- James Surl
'Turning Palm'- James Surl
POrtrait of a Polynesian woman by …
POrtrait of a Polynesian woman by…
Half Circle - Michael Todd
'Half Circle' - Michael Todd
Another view of Half Circle
Another view of Half Circle
Museum building
Museum building
Entrance
Entrance
Egyptian, Greek and Roman art gall…
Egyptian, Greek and Roman art gal…
Carved Male Figure - Caroline Isla…
Carved Male Figure - Caroline Isl…
Fernwood Figures - Ambrym People, …
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I loved his face...
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Malanggan mask - New Ireland, Mela…
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This was a Skull shelf... People w…
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A seat for an important person.
A seat for an important person.
Woman and Child
Woman and Child
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Basketry figure of a wild pig....…
Part of the Oceania art Gallery
Part of the Oceania art Gallery
Art of the Near East.... Mostly fr…
Art of the Near East.... Mostly f…
Islamic bowl...
Islamic bowl...
Tiles
Tiles
This was my favorite tile
This was my favorite tile
Decorative door from Iran.... I wa…
Decorative door from Iran.... I w…
Irish Silver in Texas
Irish Silver in Texas
Irish Silver
Irish Silver
Freedom Boxes
Freedom Boxes
Holy family
Holy family
I love child portraits!
I love child portraits!
European art gallery
European art gallery
I piece of sculpture outside that …
I piece of sculpture outside that…
Mrs Chase and Child (Im going to…
"Mrs Chase and Child (I'm going t…
Sorrow - John Gutzon Borglum (sa…
'Sorrow' - John Gutzon Borglum (s…
American Art Gallery
American Art Gallery
American Art Gallery
American Art Gallery
Artists Daughters...
Artist's Daughters...
FISH!
FISH!
Cantilever - Marcia Gygli KIng
Cantilever - Marcia Gygli KIng
Modern American art Gallery
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Eden Revisited - Helen Frankenth…
'Eden Revisited' - Helen Frankent…
I loooooove Frankenthaler!!!! This…
I loooooove Frankenthaler!!!! Thi…
George Segal
George Segal
Twins -Diane Arbus (First time see…
Twins -Diane Arbus (First time se…
Hello Mister!!! ;P
Hello Mister!!! ;P
Stew.... seriously there is a bull…
Stew.... seriously there is a bul…
Leda and the Swan
Leda and the Swan
Chinese Woman Bedroom... I want th…
Chinese Woman Bedroom... I want t…
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