Upon opening to the public in 1954, the McNay’s collection began with a strong emphasis on Modern European and American art, particularly French painting and Post-Impressionism, and now includes over 20,000 objects. Collection strengths include American art since World War II, Modern European and American prints and drawings, and a collection of over 9,000 Theatre Arts objects focusing on scene and costume designs. The museum began in a 24-room Spanish Colonial-Revival home and has expanded to 45,000 square feet and a sculpture gallery and garden.
Paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs by 20th and 21st- century artists
4th of 6 monumental paintings celebrating a full range of African American experiences in the U.S.
Immersive, environmental experiences, and installations bring focus to San Antonio
Showcases 50+ works by leading contemporary African American artists
Drawings give a sense of travel down the river in the 1840's
Works by the city's first fine art printmaker
Young artists of color explore themes of identity, race, and appearance
Interactive environment includes drawings, prints, and stage costumes
Rare books invite comparisons between festivals of today and those of Europe's 1600 - 1800 Europe
Portfolio of 15 screen prints tell a complex story