“These works are not just about the image you see but really are about the time spent with the artist and sitter. The conversation with Jesse was the art and for me when I see this painting I’m not only thinking about every brush stroke and the decisions that allowed to exist on the canvas but also the experience of looking directly at Jesse and hearing him talk. It was badass.” —Cruz Ortiz for Glasstire
We’re excited to introduce Ruby City, our new building inspired by the late Linda Pace‘s dream and designed by Adjaye Associates that will open to the public in October 2019. Below are 5 cool facts about the new building. We can’t wait for you to see it in person!
1. It all started with a dream Ruby City is the vision and mandate of our founder and dedicated art collector Linda Pace (1945-2007), who sketched the initial inspiration for the ruby structure after waking from a dream. A sparkling crimson building appeared to Linda in her sleep and then using colored pencil, she sketched the fanciful image and shared it with world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye OBE. The rest is history.
3. The design is inspired by the Spanish Missions The 14,472 square-foot building is inspired, in part, by the Spanish Missions found throughout the Southwest, constructed by the Spanish Empire during the 16th to 19th centuries. The exterior skin consists of a precast concrete fabricated in Mexico City, which has been imbued with a rich red giving the building its ruby glow. For the first ten feet up, the concrete has a polished finish inviting passersby to touch the surface; the concrete panels above the ten foot line are rough, sharp, and encrusted with varying shades of red glass.
5. But wait, there’s more! The new building is part of a growing campus, which also includes Chris Park, a one-acre public green space named in memoriam to Pace’s son, as well as Studio, an auxiliary exhibition space which presents curated shows and programming throughout the year.
Ruby City is pleased to announce the acquisition of renowned contemporary artist, Joyce J. Scott’s 2014 sculpture, Breathe. Depicting a red Buddha giving birth, Breathe speaks to the incredible bond between a mother and child while showcasing the artist’s remarkable technical skill. A former McArthur Genius Fellow, Scott has worked since the 1970s in a variety of media, including quilting, performance, jewelry and sculpture, continually testing the limits of craft-based materials, and combining classical notions of beauty with a larger social commentary.
Breathe features Murano-blown glass and beadwork in the form of a seated female
figure. A beaded snake coils around the woman’s neck and head like a crown and
glass frit darkens the face of the otherwise translucent object. The red woman
sits with crossed legs in reference to the seated Buddha, a key figure in
Scott’s practice. The faces of both mother and child are constructed with vague
detail communicating themes of sanctity and distance, like those of ancient fertility
Scott was among the first Artpace residents (December 1996-Janaury 1997) along with several others including Paula Santiago and Alejandro Diaz whose work is included in the Linda Pace Foundation permanent collection. Throughout her career, Scott has created work that addresses issues surrounding race, social justice, gender, class and violence. Often citing historical figures and events, Scott uses these examples within her work to help viewers better understand our contemporary society. Premised within a familial lineage of storytelling, Scott embeds narrative into her work, communicating stories in part through her material palette. Pristinely crafted, Scott’s objects imbue complex and occasionally-problematic themes with light materials, such as glass, creating a compelling dialogue between darkness and light.
Breath joins the formidable range of feminist and female-focused works of art
in the Linda Pace Foundation permanent collection. When presented, Breathe will complement works by artists
including Wangechi Mutu, Xu Bing and Sarah Charlesworth, whose practices
explore and reflect upon similar themes of spirituality, gender and the body.
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11.16.2018If you missed the Hair Project
IF YOU MISSED THE HAIR PROJECT
Themes of femininity, diversity and the body are central to the artworks on view in our current exhibition titled, Reclaimed. Hair is a reoccurring theme that reveals diverse qualities, both culturally and generationally. This common thread is seen in the exhibition’s works by Lorraine O’Grady, Annette Messager, Kiki Smith, Judy Dater and Tracey Rose.
Inspired by hair as subject matter, we partnered with Gemini Ink and Twirl hair salon to develop a program titled, “Hair Passports.” The program brought together friends and faces from different facets of the San Antonio community whose hair portraits were taken by photographer Josh Huskin. A live poetry reading was recited by Jenny Browne and music was performed by harpist, Rachel Ferris.
We recognized 53 participants from the local community in the form of taking their “hair portrait.” The photographs were taken in a uniform presentation that highlighted the unique qualities of the subjects hair, underlining the diversity within our community.
The recited readings by Contemporary poet, Jenny Browne, were inspired by the exhibition. Her poems and essays have appeared in various publications including American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pleiades and The New York Times. Currently she is an Associate Professor of English at Trinity University and is the 2016-2018 City of San Antonio Poet Laureate and the 2017 State of Texas Poet Laureate.
To see more Hair Passports follow the project’s Instagram page.
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9.14.2018RUBY CITY ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF KIM JONES SCULPTURE
Ruby City is pleased to announce the acquisition of Kim Jones’ sculpture, Untitled, (1974-2013) a handcrafted wooden dollhouse painted with acrylic and graphite. In this combination of drawing and sculpture, there is a physical, expressive and uncanny representation of Jones’ childhood memory.