Diego Rivera’s El Albañil (The Bricklayer, 1903), painted when the artist was 18, is on view in the Museum’s Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, along with eight other works that span much of the artist’s career. This small focus installation provides a glimpse of the brilliance of one of Mexico’s greatest artists. El Albañil is thought to be the earliest Diego Rivera painting in the United States. It is on permanent loan to the Museum from Pagent and Rugeley Ferguson, Jr.
Tales of the heroics of samurai warriors have enchanted people since the 12th century. This fall, SAMA is pleased to present Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, an exhibition highlighting the striking duality of deadly weaponry created with artistic beauty.
The San Antonio Museum of Art announces the election of John D. Eadie as chairman of the Board of Trustees, effective October 1, 2013. Eadie has served on the Museum’s Board for the last twelve years, most recently as chairman of the finance committee.
Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders Photography Exhibition opens at San Antonio Museum of Art September 7–December 1, 2013
The Bikeriders features fifty photographs from the iconic series on biker culture that acclaimed photographer Danny Lyon produced from 1963-67. With this influential series of photographs, Lyon pioneered a new approach: he photographed his subjects from the inside, rather than simply being an observer. In 1963, he joined the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club and, over the next four years, participated with the members on long-distance rides and at races, field meets and informal gatherings. Lyon became friends with his subjects and demystified a culture that was often stereotyped as a form of “low life.” Lyon’s book of photographs, also titled The Bikeriders, was published one year before the film Easy Rider.
San Antonio Museum of Art Awarded $500,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant (Museum to add American Curator)
The San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) has been awarded a prestigious grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the joint position of curator of American art and chief curator of the collections.