Sunday, June 01, 2008

McNay Art Museum Stieren Center

As proud members of the McNay Art Museum down here in beautiful San Antonio, Texas, my wife and I can harldy wait until this Friday night's grand Opening of the new Stieren Center!

With the opening of the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, the McNay Art Museum can claim the best of two worlds, retaining the cozy intimacy of founder Marion Koogler McNay's 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival mansion while gaining a sleek new wing specially designed for large-scale modern and contemporary art.

The Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, pictured above, or simply the McNay as the locals refer to her, is the state's first private art museum, and now can be mentioned in the same breath with the Menil Collection in Houston and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the center has about 45,000 square feet of floor space, including the 7,500-square-foot Tobin Exhibition Galleries for large shows. A state-of-the-art lecture hall, high-tech learning centers, a new gift shop, a works-on-paper gallery and an outdoor sculpture garden are the icing on the cake.

The public opening will be preceded by a black-tie gala Thursday night for donors who gave at least $5,000 to the McNay capital campaign, and a private members opening on Friday night.

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