Modern Art Meets Accessibility Deep in the Heart of Texas
By Barbara & Jim Twardowski
Three brides dressed in wedding gowns obediently trail after their photographers stopping to pose at one stunning backdrop after another. You don’t have to be a bride to appreciate the lovely grounds, fountains, and courtyards at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas. The Lone Star state’s first modern art museum sits on top of a hill in a 24-room Spanish Colonial home. Originally opened in 1954, the McNay celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2015.
Despite its age, the McNay is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators throughout the building. When necessary, docents escort wheelchair users through “staff only” areas to reach the exhibits. Wheelchairs are available for public use. Visitors with special needs may call 210.824.5368 or e-mail email@example.com to make arrangements.
The museum’s collection is predominately American art since WWII, prints and drawings from Modern European and American artists, and 9,000 theatre arts objects focusing on scene and theater design.
Upcoming Must-see Accessible Exhibits
From now until January 4, 2015, the McNay is displaying Intimate Impressionism, a collection of 70 pieces organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The exhibit features landscapes, portraits, interiors and still-lives by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir and more. This touring exhibit will also appear in San Francisco, Seattle, Rome and Tokyo.
Some of the McNay’s upcoming exhibits include: Rodin to Warhol: 60th Anniversary Gifts and Recent Acquisitions, All the Rage in Paris, Viva Zapata!, Leslie Dill: Performance as Art, and Richard Duardo: Maestro of Pop.
For more on the McNay Art Museum, visit www.mcnayart.org. Address: 6000 North New Braunsfels; San Antonio, Texas. Phone: 210.824.5368. The museum is closed on Mondays.
Barbara and Jim Twardowski are freelance writers specializing in disability and travel topics. Their articles can be seen in AAA Home & Away, Global Traveler, Quest and many other outlets.
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