Textiles at the Briscoe Museum
As many times as I’ve been to San Antonio, you’d think I would have seen every attraction in the city. But when I was there last week, I noticed the Briscoe Western Art Museum, just across the street from La Villita, the historic art village. I thought I must have been so busy shopping at Village Weavers over the years, that I had missed a whole art museum!
I went in to check it out on Thursday morning, and was relieved to find out that it just opened in October of 2013, so it wasn’t a case of me being totally oblivious over the years.
It is a lovely museum, very open and light-fiilled. I enjoyed looking at all the galleries and it looks like they have room to add many more exhibits. What I liked best was the way they mixed the objects on display – a gallery might have a wagon or a windmill positioned in the middle of photographs, sculptures, and musical instruments, with a documentary video playing as well. Everyday working objects were placed along side of fancy or historically important ones, and many cultures were represented.
Of course I focused mainly on the textiles. I didn’t realize it until I looked at my photos, but most of the clothing exhibited was men’s clothing. You don’t see that so often.
So here are some wonderful examples of men’s clothing from the 1800s. (Taking photographs through cases never turns out very well, but I am always so happy when a museum allows photography. You can study the piece at your leisure and you see so much more detail.)
Remember that if you do a mouse-over, the colors will look more intense.
And here is something you see even less often – horse trappings. I haven’t had any horse-related textiles on the blog before! Another field to research.
And if you need any further reason to plan a trip to the Briscoe, it’s right on the gorgeous River Walk in San Antonio. The River Walk (Paseo del Rio) is a pedestrian walkway that meanders along about five miles of the San Antonio River, in the heart of downtown San Antonio, but below street level, so you can mingle with all the other turistas without worrying about getting run over.
I have been traveling so much this summer, I haven’t had much time to do much with textiles – I was happy to get to see some fantastic pieces at the Briscoe!