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San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio Express-News

The San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates jazz with a pop-up studio and free art kits

Raul Rene Gonzalez

San Antonio Express-News

Raul Rene Gonzalez’ is the featured artist in “Jazz in Action,” a short residency at the San Antonio Museum of Art. He will paint there the next two Saturdays, working to tracks from a 60-song jazz playlist he curated. Musicians with songs on the list include Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley and Theloneous Monk.

Gonzalez’s new painting is intended to spin off from three works on loan to the museum from the Art Bridges Foundation: Max Weber’s Interior with Music, a 1915 abstract; Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville at Night, a 1949 painting of a lively evening in a Black neighborhood in Chicago; and Stuart Davis’ Untitled (Black and White Variation on ‘Pochade’), an abstract work from roughly 1956 to 1958.

As part of his current residency, patrons are invited to get in on the action, too, by creating their own work while listening to the playlist on the museum’s Spotify page, samuseum. Free art kits for children and adults — including a small canvas, acrylic paints and paint brushes — will be given away during Gonzalez’s museum sessions to help them get going.

His residency is part of a slate of programming underwritten by a $20,000 grant from the Art Bridges Foundation. The organization encourages grant recipients to use the funds for innovative, community-based programs.

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Published May 3, 2021