San Antonio Museum or Art

Upcoming Exhibitions

Raízes Americanos: Recent Acquisitions of pre-Columbian Art

Mid-October 2014 ─ February, 2015

The San Antonio Museum of Art will present Raízes Americanos (American Roots) Mid-October 2014 through February 2015. This exhibition will shed light on the exceptional skill and creative spirit of Ancient America.

The Museum has a small, superb collection of pre-Columbian art representing most of ancient Latin America. This art has strong ties to San Antonio representing the cultural roots of the city and over 65% of its citizenry. As a priority, the Museum collects, researches, and exhibits pre-Columbian art from Mesoamerica, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. However, the collection did not include examples of ancient art of the Greater Antilles and northwest central Mexico. Raízes Americanos changes that.

The exhibition features recent acquisitions (two gifts and one promised gift) of art from the Taíno Culture of the Greater Antilles ( A.D. 700-1500), Chupícuaro Culture of Guanajuanto, Mexico (300 B.C. –A.D. 200), and Tarascan Culture of Michoacan, Mexico (A.D. 1200-1520). The art produced by these enigmatic cultures is partly idiosyncratic, but it is also informed by larger artistic trends of the pre-Columbian world. All of the objects in this exhibition were made and used for rituals associated with human burials or in homage to local deities.

(L-R) Bowl with Ring Base and Face, Bowl with Pedestal Base and Face, Bowl with Tripod Teet
Mexico, Guanajuato region, Chupicuaro culture, Late Formative period
Earthenware with slip
Gift of Ruth & George Judson, 2005.3.2, 2005.3.3, 2005.3.4
Photography by Peggy Tenison