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McNay Art Museum

San Antonio, Texas is the home to one of the nation’s most important collections of modern French and American art, the McNay Art Museum. Founder Marion Koogler McNay (1883–1950) gave San Antonio residents their first look at the art of their time by opening up her home, and a collection that included works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse, to the public in the 40s and early 50s. In conceiving and endowing the first museum of modern art in Texas, Marion McNay blazed the path for future generations of adventurous Texas collectors to create small, private museums that show modern art to exquisite effect.

McNay Art Museum Projects

Visitor Voices
Visitor Voices

The McNay Art Museum created a presentation about Picasso’s Portrait of Sylvette along with a link for visitors to tag the work in order to build a folksonomy of visitor voices. In the interactive multimedia piece, viewers can connect with Picasso in a way rarely seen before: from the perspective of one of his models. […]


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Visitor Voices III

Currently, this project is in progress as part of the 2010 MIDEA Minigrant program. In a recent New York Times article titled “The Best Tour Guide may be in your Purse,” Keith Schneider catalogs the growing trend in museums toward the use of smart phone technology in the galleries. One museum director noted that the […]


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