Eat and greet
Our new International Artists-in-Residence will be moving into their artist flats and settling into their studio spaces at Artpace soon. Help us extend a great big ol’ Texas welcome to Dor Guez (Tel Aviv, Israel), David Benjamin Sherry (Los Angeles, California), and Sarah Sudhoff (San Antonio, Texas) this Thursday at our Community Potluck Dinner. And because it’s finally fall, we’re responding to the cool weather (hey, 84 degrees practically begs for a sweater here in SA) with warm, spicy fare. We’ll provide the best chili in the city (including a vegetarian option), if you’ll help by complementing the menu. Bring YOUR favorite breads, sides, or dessert to share on this casual evening of food, friends, and the future, as we talk to the new residents about their upcoming projects at Artpace. Artist presentations begin at 7pm.
We like to give our residents the royal treatment, which is why their Texas-style comfort food will be provided by none other than the chili queens from The Institute of Chili (we really encourage you to Google “chili queens” for some fascinating local culinary lore), although HRH (and owner) (and painter) Ana Fernandez sends her regrets. She will be taking a break from The Institute of Chili to attend her exhibition opening at The Institute of Texan Cultures. Curated by Arturo Infante Almeida (curator for the University of Texas at San Antonio art collection), the solo show is part of The Texas Contemporary Artists Series, which showcases the talents of some of the Lone Star state’s premier artists. “The work of Ana Fernandez explores the epic histories buried in every neighborhood,” says Almeida. “Her most recent work unearths the stories found in the joyous bits and mundane pieces of life in San Antonio.” The exhibition also marks a departure for Fernandez, who is known for her large-scale oil paintings, but will present several small-scale pieces—including a portrait of The Institute of Chili truck.
So what are we saying here: There are two very cool events occurring at approximately the same time on the same evening in San Antonio. We encourage you to attend… both. It’s a win-win, really. Art and chili.
Image credit: Ana Fernandez, The Chili Queens, 2012. Work in progress. Photo courtesy of the artist