San Antonio Museum of Art!
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February 13th, 2010 – by: esterrene
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).
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.
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.
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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