March 20, 2018

20 Reasons to See “Something to Say” & “30 Americans” at the McNay

Two stunning new exhibitions at the McNay Art Museum bring together the work of African-American artists from the 1920s to the present. Gathered primarily from the groundbreaking collection of San Antonio residents Harriet and Harmon Kelley, “Something to Say” features more than 50 works by iconic 20th-century artists as well as younger emerging talents. Fittingly, “Something to Say” is presented alongside “30 Americans: Rubell Family Collection,” a traveling exhibition from Miami that has been making its way across the country since 2009. The work in “30 Americans” includes provocative, politically charged work from the past three decades, including Glenn Ligon’s neon sign America and Nick Cave’s sculptural Soundsuit.

$15-$20, 10am-4pm Wed, 10am-9pm Thu, 10am-4pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun, 10am-4pm Tue through May 6, McNay Art Museum, 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., (210) 824-5368, mcnayart.org.
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Glenn Ligon, America, 2008. Neon sign and paint.
Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Glenn Ligon, America, 2008. Neon sign and paint.
Kehinde Wiley, Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivares, 2005. Oil on canvas.
Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Kehinde Wiley, Equestrian Portrait of the Count-Duke Olivares, 2005. Oil on canvas.
Nina Chanel Abney, Khalique & Jeff, 2007. Acrylic on canvas.
Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Nina Chanel Abney, Khalique & Jeff, 2007. Acrylic on canvas.
Bob Thompson, Untitled, 1960-61. Oil on canvas.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts. © Estate of Bob Thompson; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.
Bob Thompson, Untitled, 1960-61. Oil on canvas.
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2008. Fabrics, sequins, fiberglass, and metal.
Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2008. Fabrics, sequins, fiberglass, and metal.
Charles Alston, Girl in a Red Dress, 1934. Oil on canvas.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Charles Alston, Girl in a Red Dress, 1934. Oil on canvas.
Charles Louis Sallee, Jr., Girl with Pink Geranium, 1936. Oil on canvas.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts. © Charles Louis Sallee, Jr.
Charles Louis Sallee, Jr., Girl with Pink Geranium, 1936. Oil on canvas.
Eldzier Cortor, The Night Letter, 1943. Oil on canvas.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts. © 2017 Eldzier Cortor / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Eldzier Cortor, The Night Letter, 1943. Oil on canvas.
Henry Taylor, The Long Jump by Carl Lewis, 2010. Acrylic on canvas.
Rubell Family Collection, Miami.
Henry Taylor, The Long Jump by Carl Lewis, 2010. Acrylic on canvas.
Isaac Julien, Baltimore Series (Angela in Blue No. 1), 2003. Digital print.
Collection of Guillermo Nicolas and Jim Foster. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York.
Isaac Julien, Baltimore Series (Angela in Blue No. 1), 2003. Digital print.