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5.12.2020 Observer: Women Leaders Take Over at Texas Art Institutions
1.9.2020 Wallpaper* win Design Award
1.6.2020 Azure Magazine, The Ruby City Museum, by David Adjaye, is a Texas Gem
12.17.2019 San Antonio Express-News
12.17.2019 Dezeen's top 10 museums and galleries of 2019
10.29.2019 Vanity Fair
10.28.2019 A Vision In Red: Ruby City Opens In San Antonio, Forbes
10.28.2019 San Antonio Current, Curator Kathryn Kanjo Sheds Light on the Inaugural Exhibition at San Antonio's Ruby City Photo
10.28.2019 Rivard Report, A Vision in Red: SA Collector’s Ruby City Dream Unveils This Weekend
9.27.2019 Texas Monthly "San Antonio’s Ruby City Is a Literal Dream Come True"
9.24.2019 San Antonio Magazine "A Dream Realized"
9.24.2019 San Antonio Express-News, Online
9.24.2019 The Architect's Newspaper
9.24.2019 10 U.S. Art Exhibitions Worth Traveling for This Fall
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8.26.2019 TIME 100 Greatest Places in 2019
8.26.2019 Architectural Digest, "Red Hot"
7.16.2019 Conde Nast Traveler, "7 New Museums Worth Planning Trips Around"
7.15.2019 Texas Architect, "Dreaming Red"
7.13.2019 Glasstire, "A City's New Temple: The Realization of Linda Pace's Ruby City in San Antonio"
6.24.2019 Ruby City Announces the Co-commission and Acquisition of Work by Isaac Julien
6.20.2019 Nancy Rubins Moves to Ruby City Sculpture Garden
6.6.2019 Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement
5.15.2019 Knoll Hosts Ruby City and Linda Pace Foundation at New York Showroom
5.10.2019 Welcome to ‘Ruby City,’ a New Art Center Designed by David Adjaye, Based on a Collector’s Dream
5.1.2019 Architectural Record (Print)
4.26.2019 Timelapse Video (Architectural Record)
4.13.2019 Glasstire — Cruz Ortiz
“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
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4.12.2019 Architectural Record
A red concrete arts centre in Texas designed by David Adjaye https://t.co/xiPNBufwuj pic.twitter.com/pGzhppGTqc— Wallpaper* (@wallpapermag) April 8, 2019
4.2.2019 RUBY CITY FIRST LOOK
Image by Dror Baldinger
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.
2. The Collection includes more than 900 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works
Home to the growing Linda Pace Foundation permanent collection, Ruby City is dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Start browsing and find your favorite artists now!
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.
4. Ruby City will be free and open to the public year round
That’s it. Ruby City is free and open to the public year round.
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.
Want to know more? We’re proud to share some recent press: San Antonio Current took a look at “Looking for Langston,” our exhibition currently on view at Studio; Galerie Magazine included Ruby City in the “11 Amazing Art Spaces Opening in 2019;” and WSJ Magazine published a gorgeous piece featuring Ruby City in the March issue. Whether you’ve already seen some pictures, or hearing about Ruby City for the first time, we hope you’ll find something meaningful.
3.6.2019 Joyce J. Scott Acquisition Announcement
JOYCE J. SCOTT—
Joyce J. Scott, Breathe, 2014. Hand-blown Murano glass, beads and thread. © Joyce J. Scott. Linda Pace Foundation Collection, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas.
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 figures.
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.
3.1.2019 WSJ Print
2.22.2019 WSJ Magazine Twitter
1.7.2019 Looking For Langston Exhibition Announcement
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11.16.2018 If 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.
11.1.2018 Quote by Annette Messager
9.14.2018 RUBY 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.