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Exhibition Archive

From its beginning in 1986, the Contemporary at Blue Star has hosted a multitude of innovative exhibitions showcasing emerging and established San Antonio, national, and international contemporary artists. Below you can find an ever-growing collection of the Contemporary’s exhibition history. Our online archives currently only date back to 2007, but BSC staff is diligently working to catalog 30 years of physical archives to transfer here.

2022

Travel Distance curated by Amber Zora

June 3 - October 9, 2022

This exhibition features artworks that represent how veterans and their families have processed, moved through, reflected, purged and reclaimed their experience around military service. The exhibition features 8 veteran and actively serving artists and two artists from military families.

Andreas Till: De Ami

July 1 – October 9, 2022

A narrative photographic and archives based exhibition on the presence of American troops between 1945 and 2013 in Heidelberg, Germany and the relationship between Germans and Americans, including the artists Grandmother and American journalist Ralph Emerson McGill.

The Veterans Book Project

June 3 - October 9, 2022

A library of books authored collaboratively by artist Monica Haller and dozens of people who have been affected by, and have archives of, the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Other Side

July 1, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Four films referencing ideas of transitions and events that foundationally change someone.

Fake Plastic Forest

July 1, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Featuring the work of four contemporary photographers and lens based artists dealing with themes of artifice, truth and fiction, and the theatricality of our interactions with nature.

NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Round 2

January 26 - July 3, 2022

Group exhibition at Centro de Artes (101 S. Santa Rosa) features participants from NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Round 2 and includes work by Contemporary at Blue Star’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program artists

The Sitter at TXST

January 31, 2022 – May 2022

For the Spring 2022 semester Contemporary at Blue Star in collaboration with Texas State University’s Photography Program presents an abridged version of our Summer 2021 exhibition, The Sitter. The exhibition design for the Sabinal Gallery was completed by Angela Gomez, a current TXST art history student.

Installation view of Justin Korver, Buck, 2022. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Contemporary.

Justin Korver: Buck

March 4- May 29, 2022

San Antonio artist Justin Korver’s solo exhibition Buck explores the gendered language of hunting and sportsman culture.

Megan Harrison : From Your Brow Rise Leaf and Lyre

March 4- May 29, 2022

San Antonio artist Megan Harrison presents a solo exhibition of her work reflecting on traumatic loss and healing.

Installation view of Jimmy James Canales' The Line Layer (2022) at BSC. Courtesy of Blue Star Contemporary.

Jimmy James Canales: The Line Layer

March 4- May 29, 2022

San Antonio artist Jimmy James Canales presents a large-scale installation in Contemporary at Blue Star’s Project Space gallery inspired by play, personal myth-making, and fantasy in the response to life-altering experiences of travel, loss, parenthood, and the pandemic.

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Black Art Library

February 4 - April 3, 2022

Contemporary at Blue Star presents Asmaa Walton’s Black Art Library in the Art Learning Lab for visitors to explore visual arts materials focused on Black art and artists.

2021

Threads Bare

February 4, 2022 - May 8, 2022

Artists exploring how fashion and adornment play a role in defining individual and cultural identities.

Video still. Robert B. Gonzales, The Path to Paradise (Begins in Hell), 2021.

PROJECTION/PROJEKTION

September 2021

Contemporary at Blue Star and the Darmstädter Sezession present a collaborative exhibition of video work.

Red Dot Show

October 7, 2021 – January 9, 2021

Contemporary at Blue Star’s 31st annual Red Dot returns with an extended opportunity to see the more than 100 artworks by San Antonio artists for sale to benefit Contemporary at Blue Star’s exhibitions and programs.

Alex Rubio, Mike Casey, 2021.

Mike Casey

June 2021 - Summer 2022

In celebration of Mike Casey’s 80th birthday, Contemporary at Blue Star debuts new portrait by Alex Rubio.

Charged Environment, 2020, Ink and colored pencil on antique paper (dated 1934), 13.75 x 11.25 inches

Charged Environment, 2020, Ink and colored pencil on antique paper (dated 1934), 13.75 x 11.25 inches

Terran Last Gun

July 1, 2021 - September 5, 2021

A solo exhibition of ledger drawings, a form which rose to prominence amongst Native artists, in the mid-1800’s and continues today. July 1, 2021 – September 5, 2021

COVID Cases by Continents 2021 Weaving with cotton ends and newspaper on a handdyed cotton warp 20 in x 16 in

COVID Cases by Continents
2021
Weaving with cotton ends and newspaper on a handdyed cotton warp
20 in x 16 in

Doerte Weber: Shed

July 1, 2021 - September 5, 2021

Weavings reflecting on COVID-19 and everyday life during the pandemic.
July 1, 2021 – September 5, 2021

Loc Huynh, Mom Making Pho, 2021. Acrylic on Linen, 20 x 16 in.

The Sitter

June 3, 2021 - September 5, 2021

A group exhibition highlighting contemporary portraiture and figuration. June 3, 2021 – September 5, 2021

Nine Ways to Say Hello

Adobe bricks, mirror, lime wash, mica, cotton, cochineal insects, onion skins. 8’x15’x2’. 2018

Joanna Keane Lopez: The Adobe Color Laboratory

July 1, 2021 - September 5, 2021

A solo exhibition of newly commissioned adobe sculptural work. July 1, 2021 – September 5, 2021

2020

Posterworks

January 9–21, 2021

Contemporary at Blue Star’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program artists debut new poster-based works in first offsite exhibition in California at Axis Gallery.

Hye-Ryoung Min, Untitled from the series Re-membrance of the Remembrance, 2017.

Hye-Ryoung Min: Re-Membrance of the Remembrance

January 19, 2021 – May 3, 2021

Contemporary at Blue Star travels Hye-Ryoung Min’s photographic series Re-Membrance of the Remembrance to Texas State University’s Sabinal Photo Gallery.

Theresa Newsome

Theresa Newsome: Objects of Aggression

November 6, 2020 - May 9, 2021

Artist Theresa Newsome’s solo exhibition features work reflecting on the murder of unarmed black men in the United States, either by police brutality or unchecked racism.

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Sanctuary City Project

November 6, 2020 - May 9, 2021

Artists Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari’s collaboration highlights immigration policy in the U.S.

César A. Martínez, Veterano.

Veterano

September 23 - October 31, 2020

At a time when we feel compelled to engage our community in the safety of the outdoors, Contemporary at Blue Star’s facade features rotating public artworks that extend programming happening inside the galleries and through online engagement.

Installation view. Ryan Takaba, A Relationship with Flight, 2020. Image courtesy of BSC.

A Relationship with Flight

November 6, 2020  - May 9, 2021

Ryan Takaba’s installation at Contemporary at Blue Star expands on his investigations from his Berlin Residency at Künstlerhaus Bethanien and his ongoing research on death rite rituals.

César A. Martínez, El Mestizo, 2017

Red Dot Show

September 23 - October 4, 2020

Not only is Contemporary at Blue Star’s annual Red Dot Art Sale a major fundraiser that sustains its exhibitions and education programs, it is also a diverse survey of artwork by San Antonio artists. Make a reservation to view the Red Dot Show in person beginning September 23, 2020.

Jamal Cyrus, Lemon’s New World Blues, 2014.

Please Form A Straight Line

November 6, 2020 - May 9, 2021

This timely, diverse, and innovative group exhibition explores themes of collectivity, the municipal, property, architecture, and the control and regulation of bodies.

Publishing Against the Grain

February 7 – May 3, 2020

ICI’s traveling exhibition initiated by Alaina Claire Feldman, Becky Nahom, and Sanna Almajedi

Documentation of installation

Installation view. Rand Renfrow, More Findings, 2020.

More Findings

February 7 – August 2, 2020

Featuring artist Rand Renfrow

Installation view of Sarah Welch installation

Installation view. Sarah Welch, Giveth and Taketh, 2020.

Giveth and Taketh

February 7 – August 2, 2020

featuring artist Sarah Welch

Candace Hicks

Secret Passage

February 7, 2020 – May 3, 2020

featuring artist Candace Hicks

Novel Ideas at Blue Star Contemporary. Photo credit: Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Novel Ideas

February 7, 2020 – May 3, 2020

Featuring artists Emilia Azcárate, Ann Clarke, Arturo Herrera, Hye-Ryoung Min, Benedikt Terwiel

2019

Arturo Herrera, Set #1 Flüsse und Seen, 2012, Silkscreen and mixed media on paper, 26,8 x 20,2 x 1,2 cm, 3 of 12

2020 Spring Exhibitions Preview

February 7, 2020-May 3, 2020

Find out more about our 5 book themed exhibitions coming up this spring.

NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition

NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program Exhibition

June 27 – September 29, 2019

June 27 – September 29, 2019 | Centro De Artes, 101 S. Santa Rosa, San Antonio, TX 78207

Amada Miller, Hollow moon rings like a bell, 2019. Handblown glass and meteorites. Image courtesy of the artist.

Fünf

June 6 – September 9, 2019

June 7 – September 9, 2019

Installation detail. Tsuyoshi Anzai, Healthy Machines, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Installation detail. Tsuyoshi Anzai, Healthy Machines, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Healthy Machines

October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Installation view. Formal Proof, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Installation view. Formal Proof, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Formal Proof

October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Installation view. Margaret Craig, Sea Islands, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Installation view. Margaret Craig, Sea Islands, 2019. Photo credit Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray

Sea Islands

October 4, 2019 - January 5, 2020

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

Laeree performing during Teardowns performance on October 4, 2019. Photo credit Francisco Cortes.

Teardowns

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

October 4, 2019 – January 5, 2020

R. Eric McMaster, Pendulum, 2014. Digital video, 5 minute 12 seconds looped. Image courtesy of the artist.

Effort Economy at TXST

August 26, 2019 – December 13, 2019

August 20, 2019 – December 13, 2019 | Texas State University, Sabinal Photo Hall Gallery

Novel Ideas Art Book Fair

March 6–7, 2020

Novel Ideas Art Book Fair is a two-day art book fair organized by Contemporary at Blue Star featuring artists’ books, monographs, zines, printed ephemera, and more, with a focus on artists and producers located in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico.

IMPRESSION

June 7 – September 6, 2019

June 7 – September 6, 2019

Still from She century, 2015, Julie Favreau courtesy of artist and Division Gallery Montreal

Effort Economy

February 1 – May 5, 2019

February 1 – May 5, 2019

Ghostly Demarcations

March 1 – May 5, 2019

March 1 – May 5, 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Joe Lopez

Del Corazon

December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015

December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015

El Intercambio

Tierra Y Libertad

December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015

December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Alegela Fox

Spatial Planes

December 4, 2014 - February 15, 2015

December 4, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Contemporary at Blue Star At Luminaria

November 7-8, 2014

November 7-8, 2014

Tommy Gregory

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October 2 – November 9, 2014

October 2 – November 9, 2014

Emergence

September 4 - November 9, 2014

September 4 – November 9, 2014

Reticence

September 4 - September 28, 2014

September 4 – September 28, 2014

Dark And Lovely

September 4 – November 9, 2014

September 4 – November 9, 2014

28 x 24 in. Acrylic and gouache on paper. 2013

Code-Mixing

September 4 - November 9, 2014

September 4 – November 9, 2014

Ancestral Archetypes

July 2 - August 3, 2014

July 2 – August 3, 2014

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Plexus No.26

June 5 - August 3, 2014

June 5 – August 3, 2014

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Mixed Mantras

June 5 - June 29, 2014

June 5 – June 29, 2014

Spinning Yarns: Photographic Storytellers

June 5 - August 3, 2014

June 5 – August 3, 2014

Tipping Point

April 3 - April 27, 2014

April 3 – April 27, 2014

Organismo

March 6 - May 11, 2014

March 6 – May 11, 2014

Now What

March 6 - May 11, 2014

March 6 – May 11, 2014

Post Penis

March 6 - May 11, 2014

March 6 – May 11, 2014

Euroscapes

March 6 - March 30, 2014

March 6 – March 30, 2014

Art In The Garden 2014

February 28, 2014

February 28, 2014

Stardance

January 23 - February 16, 2014

January 23 – February 16, 2014

2013

2012

2011

Levelland [Points Of Scale]

December 1, 2011 - February 12, 2012

December 1, 2011 – February 12, 2012

Featuring Philip John Evett

December 1, 2011 - February 12, 2012

December 1, 2011 – February 12, 2012

Four Deacades With Colour

December 1, 2011 - February 12, 2012

December 1, 2011 – February 12, 2012

Bodies Of Work

October 6 - October 29, 2011

October 6 – October 29, 2011

Minimally Baroque

September 1, 2011 - November 6, 2011

September 1 – November 6, 2011

Recent Works

September 1 - November 6, 2011

September 1 – November 6, 2011

Carlos Betancourt

September 1 - November 6, 2011

September 1 – November 6, 2011

Looking Back; The Minutia Series Continues

September 1 - September 30, 2011

September 1 – September 30, 2011

Culo De Oro/The Golden Ass

June 2 - August 6, 2011

June 2 – August 6, 2011

DySTOPic ProgressiONs

June 2 - August 6, 2011

June 2 – August 6, 2011

Texas Uprising: Selections From The Texas Sculpture Group Part II

June 2 - August 6, 2011

June 2 – August 6, 2011

Kind Of Undisputed

May 5 - July 7, 2011

May 5 – July 7, 2011

Texas Biennial: Jade Walker

April 21 - May 14, 2011

April 21 – May 14, 2011

Texas Biennial: Tom Orr

March 31 - April 16, 2011

March 31 – April 16, 2011

Art in the Garden: Texas Uprising – Selections from the Texas Sculpture Group

March 11, 2011 - March 1, 2012

March 11, 2011 – March 1, 2012

Breathing Light

March 03 - May 14, 2011

March 03 – May 14, 2011

Dam the Torpedoes

March 03 - May 14, 2011

March 03 – May 14, 2011

Blank Tides

March 03 - May 14, 2011

March 03 – May 14, 2011

Slow Gemini

March 03 - March 26, 2011

March 03 – March 26, 2011

Lousie Serpa Photography

February 3 - February 12, 2011

February 3 – February 12, 2011

Spanish your art – The New Generation

January 06, 2011 - February 05, 2011

Javier Arce– “The Creation” 2009 Felt-tip pen on indestructible paper 74.8″ x 90.6″ Maria Cañas– “Our thing” 2006 DVD video. 15 min. 40 sec. Oscar Carrasco– “Untitled” (Series Carabanchel 3) 2007 Printed on dibond 78.7″ x 57.1″ Carles Congost– “Bad Painting” 2008 DVD 10 min. Ángel Hernández Tuset– “Untitled” 2009/2010 Acrylic and oil on canvas […]

Requiem for an English Major

January 06 - January 29, 2011

January 06 – January 29, 2011

2010

Selections from Pink

Featuring Libby Rowe Libby Rowe- “Learning Feminine: Sister” hair silicon, hair ties, 2008, 4’ x 12’ x 5”. Libby Rowe- “Learning Feminine: Sister (detail)” hair silicon, hair ties, 2008, 4’ x 12’ x 5”. Libby Rowe- “Practicing Princess” framed digital video, 2008, 7” x 9”, duration: 4:32.

What is lost, what is found, what is remembered

Featuring Marilyn Lanfear Marilyn Lanfear- “Bathing Suit (For Opal’s Annual Trip to California)”, limestone, antique valise, 2008, 19.5” x 22” 17”. Marilyn Lanfear- “Untitled (Ironing Boards)”, wood, 2007, 36” x 11” x 24”. Marilyn Lanfear- “Collection of Guns in a Box” wood, toy guns, 2010, 6” x 12” x 4”.

The Familiar Unknown

December 3, 2009 - February 13, 2010

December 3, 2009 – February 13, 2010

Crit Galore

Chuck Ramierez Memorial

Featuring Chuck Ramirez Chuck Ramirez- “Brooms: Escoba Perdida Vieja” pigment ink print, 2007, 60” x 48” in (edition of 3) and 24.5” x 20” (edition of 6). Chuck Ramirez- “Brooms: Bleached Lilac” pigment ink print, 2007, 60” x 48” in (edition of 3) and 24.5” x 20” in (edition of 6). Chuck Ramirez- “Coconut Series: […]

Art In The Garden

October 14, 2010 - March 30, 2011

October 14, 2010 – March 30, 2011

Captivar La Luz – A Latino Experience

10 Days

September 30 - October 30, 2010

September 30 – October 30, 2010

Casual Observer

September 30 - November 6, 2010

September 30 – November 6, 2010

Structural Visions

September 25 - October 10, 2010

September 25 – October 10, 2010

This Is Not A Photo Show

September 2 - November 6, 2010

September 2 – November 6, 2010

Kathy Drive

September 2 - September 25, 2010

September 2 – September 25, 2010

“You Appear To Me To Be Someone Whose Life Is Meaningless.”

September 2 - November 6, 2010

September 2 – November 6, 2010

“I’d Rather Get Fired Than Quit.”

August 26 - October 2, 2010

August 26 – October 2, 2010

Mater Terra

August 14 - September 25, 2010

August 14 – September 25, 2010

Passengers

August 5 - August 29, 2010

August 5 – August 29, 2010

Selections From Steve Brudniak: Noumenon, And Other New Work

July 1 - July 31, 2010

July 1 – July 31, 2010

Launch-11: Recipients Of The International Sculpture Center 2009 Student Awards

June 3 - August 14, 2010

June 3 – August 14, 2010

Fire In The Belly

June 3 - August 14, 2010

June 3 – August 14, 2010

Embedded

June 3 - June 26, 2010

June 3 – June 26, 2010

Kyle Olson

The Original Drawings Of James Surls Presented By The Blue Star Print Project

April 1 - May 1, 2010

April 1 – May 1, 2010

Art In The Garden

March 25 - September 30, 2010

March 25 – September 30, 2010

A Girl In The Middle

March 4 - March 28, 2010

March 4 – March 28, 2010

Amalgamations 25: 28 Artists For 25 Great Years

March 4 - May 15, 2010

March 4 – May 15, 2010

It’s Rigged

March 4 - May 15, 2010

March 4 – May 15, 2010

Crossovers – Materials and Metaphors

Featuring Ivano Vitali Ivano Vitali- “Combinazione”, newspaper, Ivano Vitali- “Gomitolo il Sole 24 Ore” Ivano Vitali- “Centri”, newpaper, 2004 Ivano Vitali- “Tape-stries” Joan Hall- “ Your existence is Not Unlike My Own (version 5)”, paper, mylar, acrylic, 2010, 65”h x 20’l x 12” d. Joan Hall- “Here No More”, paper, found nets, plastics, glass, cast […]

Arts In The Garden

George Schroeder- “Passage” 2010.

Now That You Are Here, Begin.

January 6 - January 30, 2010

January 6 – January 30, 2010

2009

Unknown

Featuring Rebekah Boagrd, Anne Drew Potter, Rebecca Hutchinson, and Susan Beiner Rebekah Bogard- “Distract Me…” earthenware, underglaze, glaze, resin, 2006, 17” x 130” x 17” Anne Drew Potter- “Big Baby” ceramic and cloth, 2009. Anne Drew Potter- “The Judgement of Br’er Rabbit- Tar Baby II” earthenware, highfire glazing, acrylic, 2007, 26” x 18” x 20” […]

Passage

December 3, 2009 - January 2, 2010

December 3, 2009 – January 2, 2010

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Tertium Quid, The Third Thing

December 3, 2009 - February 13, 2010

December 3, 2009 – February 13, 2010

KSOSA BRIDE Final 090809, 9/8/09, 8:30 PM, 16C, 9756x12078 (18+2664), 150%, custom ?????, 1/8 s, R88.5, G25.5, B36.3

Tree Of Life Series: Phase 1

October 1 - October 31, 2009

October 1 – October 31, 2009

BLACK SITES I

September 3 - September 26, 2009

September 3 – September 26, 2009

Extensions

September 3 - November 13, 2009

September 3 – November 13, 2009

The History Of The Future

September 3 - November 13, 2009

September 3 – November 13, 2009

Electroism

August 6 - August 15, 2009

August 6 – August 15, 2009

Art In The Garden

July 16, 2009 - June 1, 2010

July 16, 2009 – June 1, 2010

Lonely Are The Brave

July 2 - August 15, 2009

July 2 – August 15, 2009

And ….

July 2 - July 26, 2009

July 2 – July 26, 2009

Introducing Introduction

June 2 - June 13, 2009

June 2 – June 13, 2009

Revisitation

April 30 - June 14, 2009

April 30 – June 14, 2009

So That We May Find What Has Been Lost

April 2 - April 26, 2009

April 2 – April 26, 2009

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

Unreliable Narrator

April 2 - June 14, 2009

April 2 – June 14, 2009

Country Wave

April 2 - May 23, 2009

April 2 – May 23, 2009

RETROSPECTIVE PART 1: ARTIST’S COLLECTION 1980 – 2009

April 2 - June 16, 2009

April 2 – June 16, 2009

JL050209

February 5 - March 1, 2009

February 5 – March 1, 2009

Ever Self Ever

January 22 - March 15, 2009

January 22 – March 15, 2009

Optimism And Horror

January 22 - March 15, 2009

January 22 – March 15, 2009

2008

2007