Remembering Linda Pace
On the occasion of Linda Pace’s birthday (which is today, April 17), San Antonio Museum of Art Curator David S. Rubin will interview friends of the late artist, collector, philanthropist, and founder of Artpace this evening at the museum. Panelists include Linda’s biographer Jan Jarboe Russell, collector Guillermo Nicolás, and artist and Artpace Studio Director Riley Robinson.
The lecture begins at 6:30pm tonight and is open to the public. “Remembering Linda Pace” is organized in conjunction with San Antonio Collects: Contemporary at SAMA, an exhibition that recognizes the role that San Antonio collectors have played in the city’s evolution toward becoming recognized as a premier art destination.
“Part of this exhibition pays tribute to the late Linda Pace, who was a trailblazer—one of the first, really, in San Antonio—to collect the most advanced art of her time,” explains Rubin. “Today, her collection is administered by the Linda Pace Foundation, and they have graciously loaned several works to this exhibition.”
“Linda believed—and it’s written into our mission—that contemporary art is a dynamic force within society,” says Steven Evans, Executive Director and Curator of the Linda Pace Foundation. “And she believed that it was a way in which we can learn about ourselves, other people, society, politics, all of life.”
Image credit: Juan Miguel Ramos, Linda, 2005. This is a publisher’s proof of the print in the permanent collection of the Linda Pace Foundation originally commissioned by the Artpace staff and given to Linda as a birthday present in 2003. Ramos’s portrait of Linda presents a cartoon-like image of her on the roof of her home at Camp Street. By characterizing her in this setting, he makes an important connection between home and identity, defining Linda through a place she loved. Linda is on view at Artpace.