The McNay Art Museum Debuts Newly Acquired Art in Latest Exhibition

click to enlarge FRANK STELLA
Frank Stella
The latest exhibition at the McNay Art Museum is rather easy on the eyes. In "What You See is What You See," the museum presents a selection of pieces from its extensive collection of Minimalist and Conceptual art.

"What You See is What You See" features work by seminal artists including Jo Baer, Frank Stella, Robert Ryman and Sol Lewitt, as well as Donald Judd, whose influence is indelibly stamped on the Texas town of Marfa. The exhibition merges the McNay's decades-in-the-making collection of Minimalist and Conceptual artwork with Austin art collector John M. Parker, Jr.'s private collection, which Parker donated to the museum in 2017. Many of the pieces on display have never before been on view at the McNay.

"This exhibition spotlights the simple and formal beauty of art in its barest essentials," McNay Curator of Prints and Drawings Lyle Williams said in a statement. "The artworks on view don’t try to tell a story or convince us of anything other than simply what we see, which is the inspiration for the exhibition title."
click to enlarge FRANK STELLA
Frank Stella
In a nod to the intertwined nature of music and modern art, a piano has been placed in the center of the exhibition, and McNay staff members will periodically sit at the instrument to perform John Cage's infamous composition 4'33".

"What You See is What You See" is on view through May 17, 2020.

$10-$20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
Location Details

McNay Art Museum

6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., San Antonio San Antonio

(210) 824-5368

59 articles
Get our top picks for the best events in San Antonio every Thursday morning. Sign up for our Events Newsletter.
Scroll to read more Arts Stories & Interviews articles
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join SA Current Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.