UNSETTLED EYE: EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH & OPENING RECEPTION
SATURDAY
06.01.2024
2PM-5PM
RUBY CITY
Jonathan Monk, In Edition (to tears), 2006 Passport photograph and earrings; edition 47 of 50
3 ⅜ ´ 1 ¾ in. (overall), Linda Pace Foundation Collection, Ruby City, San Antonio, Texas © Jonathan Monk

Unsettled Eye Exhibition Walkthrough and Opening Reception
Saturday, June 1, 2024, 2 PM (walkthrough), 3-5 PM (reception)

Join Ruby City Director, Elyse A. Gonzales for an exhibition walkthrough of Unsettled Eye followed by an opening reception in the Ruby City Sculpture Garden. The exhibition is comprised of photo-based works from several artists in the Linda Pace Foundation Collection, many of which are new acquisitions and have never been on view. The show will be installed in the newly transformed Gallery 3 which has, since the building’s inception, functioned as a black box theater.

UNHEARD-OF PREMIERES NEW WORKS BY VICKI NGUYEN AND NNUX
Tuesday
06.04.2024
8-10PM
RUBY CITY SCULPTURE GARDEN

Unheard-of Premieres New Work by Vicki Nguyen and NNUX
Tuesday, June 4, 2024, 8-10PM
Ruby City Sculpture Garden

Brooklyn-based quartet, Unheard-ofknown for their inventive performances combining contemporary chamber music with technology, will perform in Ruby City’s Sculpture Garden kicking off the ensemble’s festival of performances throughout San Antonio. 

For their performance at Ruby City, the ensemble is presenting works by NNUX (composer Ana E. López Reyes and visual artist Martha Maya), as well as a premier by composer Vicki Nguyen. Helix by López Reyes and Maya explores generational and collective trauma, and its impact on Latinx communities. Nguyen’s composition, Ginger-Flavored Bubblegum, addresses violence against Asian Americans, specifically the murders of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Christina Yi. 

Space is limited. RSVP here.

About Unheard-of

Ford Fourqurean (clarinet), Matheus Souza (violin), Iva Casian-Lakoš (cello), and Daniel Anastasio (piano) are Unheard-of, a Brooklyn-based clarinet, violin, cello, and piano quartet dedicated to connecting new music to communities in New York and across the United States through the development and performance of adventurous programs using technology and interactive multimedia. Unheard-of is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community and implements this mission through concerts and educational workshops throughout New York as well as on tour. Unheard-of originally began as a commissioning project by Ford and Daniel in 2014 to expand the chamber music repertoire for clarinet and piano. The group formed as a quartet in 2018 and has since grown into a nation-wide community across multiple artistic genres. With an approach that is open and welcoming of all voices, Unheard-of strives to be a vehicle for development and growth for voices novel and experienced, experimental and traditional, uncomfortable and accessible.

About Ginger-Flavored Bubblegum

Nguyen’s composition, Ginger-Flavored Bubblegum, explores transcendence from grief by honoring poet, filmmaker, and artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha – who was murdered only a few days after the publication of her poetic autobiography, “Dictee.” Using selections of poetry from “Dictee,” this expanded version explores grief using Unheard-of Ensemble, electronics, and videography by Phong Tran.

About Helix

Helix by López Reyes and Maya is a piece that simulates a spiral from pre-Hispanic to contemporary times, contemplating the cycles and inheritance in women’s collective trauma, which has determined the ways we have been shaped as individuals through generations. Ana E. López Reyes and Martha Maya look to break the cycles in women’s generational collective trauma. This work explores their backgrounds and relationships with this trauma, and how it impacts Latinx communities generationally. Musically, the piece also explores the idea of sonic loops that gradually change and break, expanding on the ideas that Ana and Maya explore visually.

MOON LIT JOY: GALLERY TALK WITH PHILLIP A. TOWNSEND, PHD
Saturday
06.29.2024
2-3PM
RUBY CITY

Moon Lit Joy: Gallery Talk with Phillip A. Townsend, PhD
Saturday, June 29, 2024, 2-3PM

In this insightful program, Phillip A. Townsend, PhD,Curator of Art, Art Galleries at Black Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, delves into After the Dance, 2006, a vibrant and evocative color silkscreen by British artist Chris Ofili. Through an engaging exploration of themes such as water, joy, celebration, and cultural memory, viewers are invited on a journey of discovery, uncovering the rich layers of meaning embedded with Ofili’s masterpiece.
Space is limited. RSVP here

About Phillip A. Townsend

Phillip Townsend recently received his PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. He specializes in modern and contemporary art of the African Diaspora, focusing on the politics of identity and representational strategies of BIPOC artists. He is a co-founder of the Austin-based curatorial collective, Neon Queen Collective.

Phillip is the Curator of Art at Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin.

SEMEJANTES PERSONAJES/SIGNIFICANT PERSONAGES PANEL DISCUSSION
SATURDAY
08.10.2024
2-3PM
STUDIO

Semejantes Personajes/Significant Personages Panel Discussion

Saturday, August 10, 2024, 2-3PM
Studio

During the month of August, San Antonio will celebrate Xicanx Month, a city-wide celebration commemorating the Chicano Arts Movement that holds its roots in San Antonio. For Ruby City’s part in this celebration, the artists depicted in Celia Álvarez Muñoz’s exhibition will discuss their experiences being photographed by Muñoz and the shifting cultural landscape. This panel will be moderated by Mia Lopez, McNay Art Museum Curator of Latinx Art.

Featured Artists: Ethel Shipton, Jesse Amado, Terry Ybañez, Cruz Ortiz, David Zamora Casas, Ana de Portella, and Jim Mendiola. 

Space is limited. RSVP here

About Mia Lopez:

Mia Lopez is the inaugural Curator of Latinx Art at the McNay Art Museum. She has worked with artists and leading contemporary art institutions across the United States for over 15 years. Lopez has previously held curatorial positions at DePaul Art Museum in Chicago and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Exhibitions she has contributed to include Remember Where You AreLatinXAmerican, and International Pop. Lopez is an alumnus of the Smithsonian Latino Museum Studies Program and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Leadership Institute. She holds a BA in Art History from Rice University and dual MAs in Art History and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About Semejantes Personajes/Significant Personages

Semejantes Personajes/Significant Personages (2002) documents Latinx artists practicing in San Antonio at the time. Muñoz encouraged her subjects to do whatever they wished while she photographed them. She then scanned the images, digitally manipulating them (when this process was still very much in its infancy) to make them appear as though film strips. In so doing, she emphasizes the San Antonio Latinx art community as ever active and lively, even though some may have passed away. Consequently, the images underscore how Latinx art and artists remain an enduring force. 

STELLAR: INTERACTIVE PORTRAIT WORKSHOP WITH BRIA WOODS 
SATURDAY
09.14.2024
2PM-3:30PM
STUDIO

Saturday, September 14, 2024, 2-3:30PM 
Studio

Inspired by Celia Álvarez Muñoz’s series Semejantes Personajes/Significant Personages, San Antonio photographer Bria Woods will lead a discussion about the works on view, the role and responsibility of the portrait photographer, share some practical skills, and facilitate an interactive workshop incorporating portrait photography and introspective reflection. All materials and equipment necessary for this workshop will be provided for this adult workshop. 
Space is limited. RSVP here

About Bria Woods  

Woods is a celebrated San Antonio-based photographer, photojournalist, and radio host. Her work has appeared in BBC.Com, Edible SA Magazine, and the San Antonio Report. Woods is also the host of Women in Jazz on KRTU.

MEDITATION IN CHRIS PARK
Sunday
09.15.2024
10-11AM
CHRIS PARK

Meditation in Chris Park
Sunday, September 15, 2024, 10-11AM

Meditation in Chris Park returns! Every third Sunday of the month in March, April, and May join seasoned meditation practitioner and sound artist Pamela Martinez for a restorative one-hour meditation experience. Each session begins with an introduction to this practice (making this perfect for a first-timer) and includes a variety of mindfulness and meditation techniques. Dress comfortably for the outdoors and please bring a mat or cushion for sitting.

Fall 2024 : EXHIBITION WALKTHROUGH & OPENING
SATURDAY
09.21.2024
2PM-5PM
RUBY CITY
Image by Dror Baldinger

Save the date! Ruby City will celebrate a new exhibition featuring works from the Linda Pace Foundation Collection with a walkthrough, followed by a reception in the Sculpture Garden with music and refreshments.  

5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
SATURDAY
10.12.2024
4PM-9PM
RUBY CITY

Saturday, October 12, 2024, Time 4-9PM 
Ruby City Campus

Join Ruby City as we celebrate five years of being San Antonio’s premier contemporary art center through the generous gift of Linda Pace and the Linda Pace Foundation. Drop in for an event of stay for the whole day! This event is free to the public. The celebration will feature a dream interpretation workshop, celebratory birthday cake and drinks, and a special séance with Los Angeles artist Jeffrey Vallance.  

Schedule of Events

4PM – Dream Interpretation workshop with Leigh Baldwin in Chris Park 
5PM – Remarks, cake, champagne toast, and mariachi in Ruby City’s Plaza 
7PM – Séance with Jeffrey Vallance 

Past Events

Estafiate, A Performance by Teletextile