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Current Exhibitions

The Contemporary at Blue Star excels in its ability to flex and respond to current conversations and the needs of its surrounding community, always with an eye to its mission of inspiring the creative genius in us all by nurturing artists through innovative contemporary art.

The Contemporary hosts over 12 onsite and offsite dynamic exhibitions every year which include emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in a variety of media to provide a full range of the depth and scope of contemporary art.

To extend the reach of its exhibitions, the Contemporary presents a variety of complementary programs: Open Studios, a film series which goes behind the scenes at artists’ studios; the Art Education Lab, which offers hands-on programming and education content; and outreach events including workshops, artist talks, panel discussions, and film screenings.

Contemporary at Blue Star installation view. JooYoung Choi, "Like a Bolt Out of the Blue, Faith Steps In and Sees You Through," 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Inman Gallery, Houston. Photo credit: Francisco Cortes

JooYoung Choi: Songs of Resilience from the Tapestry of Faith

February 3, 2023 - May 7, 2023

This exhibition introduces the Cosmic Womb multiverse and highlights some of its key characters and narratives. In creating a world that explores loss, healing and growth based upon a connective web of belief and faith in oneself, Choi expresses human resiliency and the strength that can be found through the power of storytelling.

Dog (Germany)19, 2022, gouache and sumi ink on oriental paper, 9 ½ x13x ½

The Dog Show: Time Traveler Umeyama’s Drawings from the 21st Century, Hiromi Stringer

March 3 - June 4, 2023

An exhibition of new reports from Shoei Umeyama for Umeyama Time Teleportation Museum (UTTM).

Zeke Pena, River History is an excerpt from River Stories (2019), an on going project illustrating oral histories about the River that sustains the present-day Paso Del Norte region.

In Passing: Fronteño Epics Across Time, Juan de Dios Mora and Zeke Peña

March 3, 2023-June 4, 2023

This two-person exhibition explores themes of belonging and community through vivid and fantastic imagery. Zeke Peña and Juan de Dios Mora have cultivated distinct, graphic styles to build worlds which expand time and space to address immigration and human rights, influenced by science fiction and satirical and cartooning traditions.

People’s Homes: Emily Fitzgerald and Molly Sherman

March 3, 2023 - June 4, 2023

People’s Homes honors San Antonio’s longtime residents, investigates expanded notions of home, and explores the often overlooked experiences of intergenerational family structures and the local histories they carry. The project paired local organizations with residents to share their stories.