Fall 2020 exhibitions

Ruby City turns one year old and celebrates virtually with community programs and two new exhibitions, Isaac Julien: Western Union: Small Boats and Margarita Cabrera: The Craft of Resistance

We are pleased to announce the acquisition of 65 works by 26 artists in 2023. The new acquisitions, like the Linda Pace Foundation, Ruby City Collection as a whole, include works by internationally acclaimed artists as well as those with strong ties to San Antonio and the state of Texas. 

“I’m deeply proud of the acquisitions we’ve made this year given their ability to speak to the personal and universal as well as the innovative artistic approaches and processes they employ. Each speaks to themes inherent to the Collection such as: feminism, the home, identity, process, and materiality. I can’t wait to share them with our audiences,” stated Director Elyse A. Gonzales.

Fifteen artists are new to the Collection among them Nicole Eisenman, Valie Export, Anya Gallacio, Emily Jacir, Charles LeDray, Annette Lemieux, Constance Lowe, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, and Sue Williams. Others such as Nate Cassie, Mona Hatoum, Kim Jones, Tala Madani, Paul Pfeiffer, Juan Miguel Ramos, and Tim Rollins + KOS are already represented in the Collection and these acquisitions give further context to their artistic practices, many of whom work in multiple mediums. By welcoming these works into the collection, the Foundation continues to manifest Pace’s vision to represent the communities it serves with contemporary art that aims to inform and illuminate the world in which we live today. 

Personages series
Celia Álvarez Muñoz; Chuck Ramirez, Semejantes Personajes/Significant Personages series, 2002; digital Holgas 14x 30 in.; © Celia Álvarez Muñoz. Courtesy Ruiz-Healy Gallery

With the artist, BLUM Gallery, Los Angeles gifted 5 sculptures by Anya Gallaccio that mimic key minimalist sculptures of large-scale freestanding cubes or portions of cubes. They are made, however, from stones found in Texas such as limestone, granite and sandstone that have been sliced as though wood and fitted together. These stones embody, according to Gallaccio, geologic time given the inherent age of the rocks and the fossils often found within them. She poetically, and from a feminist perspective, reinterprets this Minimalist sculptural form, imbuing it with natural and geological forces. This gesture counters the severe forms—devoid of context or history—as well as the machine fabricated nature of works typically associated with Minimalism. 

Alice Kosmin remains a steadfast donor inspired by the Foundation/Ruby City’s mission of providing access to contemporary art for all. In 2023 she gifted 28 works in her and her late husband’s name, Marvin, including photography, painting, drawing, video, and sculpture. Many bolster the Foundation’s holdings related to politically motivated or conceptually driven works, or those related to identity. Among the works she gifted are those by Nicole Eisenman, Valie Export, Emily Jacir, Kim Jones, Sean Landers, Charles LeDray, Annette Lemieux, Paul Pfeiffer, Jon Pylypchuk, Tim Rollins + KOS, Allen Ruppersberg, Laurie Simmons and Allan McCollum, and Sue Williams.