News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

The McNay Museum's board announced plans to demolish the vacant Charles Moore building on the museum's grounds, despite its historical significance and a slew of offers from various institutions - including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Southwest School of Art and Craft - to revitalize the structure. The Moore building is the former home of the San Antonio Art Institute.

So far, the most outspoken critic of this quirky decision is ArtPace founder Linda Pace, whose letter to the Express-News highlighting the irony of a museum voting to destroy a historical structure has gone publicly and editorially unanswered. Kevin Keim, director of the Charles Moore Foundation, has also blasted the plan, calling it, "incredibly shortsighted."

Meanwhile, on the Pace home front, the ArtPace foundation kicks off its first film program tonight at 6:30 p.m. with a screening of Sophie Calle and Gregory Shephard's 1992 feature Double — Blind. ArtPace Program Coordinator Jennifer Jankauskas established the curatorial criteria for this inaugural series as works that explore themes of memory, trauma, and the psychological make-up of the fragile artistic mind...

Juan Miguel Ramos is by all accounts a very busy boy. On top of his drumming duties for Sexto Sol, his recent marriage, ArtPace residency, and full-time teaching position, he will join 10 other emerging Texas talents, including fellow San Antonio artists Augusto DiStefano, Chris Sauter, and Joey Fauerso in Come Forward: Emerging Art in Texas, curated by Lane Relya and Suzanne Weaver. The show opens on Sunday, February 23.

As a complement to Trialogues - San Antonio, El Paso, and Denton at Blue Star, (curated by The Art Guys, Kate Bonansinga, and Diana Block), Perla Magazine is co-sponsoring a literary symposium February 20, inviting writers from each participating city to discuss their work. The event is the first Blue Star exhibition to include a literary component.

On the non-institutional front, San Antonio-based artists Meg Langhorne and Guy Hundere are currently in Madrid, representing Sala Diaz in ARCO 03. The prestigious exhibit, curated by Hills Snyder, includes a video piece by Hundere and Langhorne's Never, the indoor pond stocked with wax flowers featured in her one-woman show at Finesilver Gallery last year.

Whew. Well, it's official. There is definitely enough going on in our seemingly sleepy city to merit a weekly column dedicated to visual art news and happenings. For consideration, please send your arts-related press releases to Anjali Gupta at [email protected]. Please do not stop sending press releases to the art and calendar editors. That would be bad. •

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