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Fall Visual Art: 8 Must-See Exhibits

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'Altares y Offrendas'
For more than 35 years, Centro Cultural Aztlan has invited San Antonio to experience Dia de los Muertos in their Westside gallery. More than a dozen artists will display altars and offerings inspired by the pre-Columbian Mexican tradition. In addition to the artwork on display—itself creating one giant installation of remembrance complete with incense, candles and zempasuchil (marigolds)—the festivities include traditional treats, lowrider trunk altares, a performance by URBAN-15 and an artisan market. Saturday also offers art workshops. $3-$5, 6-10pm Fri, Nov 1, 11am-7pm Sat, Nov 2, 9am-5pm Nov 4-8 (gallery only), Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg, Ste 103, (210) 432-1896,

Nov 14-Jan 12

'New Works 13.3'
Continuing its International Artist-in-Residence program, Artpace tapped Paola Mosiani, director of Purchase College’s Neuberger Museum of Art, one of the U.S.’ 10 largest college museums. She in turn assembled Rome’s Micol Assaël, Houston’s Ivor Shearer and New York’s Erin Shirreff. Hot-shot Assaël has literally shocked viewers with work employing electromagnetics; experimental filmmaker Shearer focuses on Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans, his former home; Shirreff’s multimedia approach purposefully reveals the usually seamless relationship between subject and medium. Free, reception 6-8:30pm Thu, Nov 14, 12-5pm Wed-Sun, 445 N Main, (210) 212-4900,

Nov 15-Jan 4

'Re-enchant the Moment'
Unit B founder Kimberly Aubuchon delights in the seemingly quirky and subversively silly, evidenced by her selection of Houston-based guest curator Mark Ponder for this group show. Ponder describes his own work as ‘playful’ ‘brutally honest’ and ‘cute’ among other adjectives, which could also apply to the artists he’s chosen for ‘Re-Enchant.’ Philadelphia’s Jonathan Armistead, Houston’s Debra Barrera and Dallas’ Chuck and George promise to recontextualize everyday objects and spaces, rendering them magical, meaningful and probably a little bit silly, too. Free, reception 6:30-10pm Fri, Nov 15, Unit B, 500 Stieren, By appointment through Jan 4.

Nov 21-Feb 02

This year, San Antonio-born and Boerne-bred artist Chris Sauter is pulling something of a James Turrell (the American artist who staged major shows at museums in Houston, New York and Los Angeles this summer). The first and largest of three local solo shows exploring religion and science (others will open in December at Fl!ght and Blue Star), “Doubt” involves furniture, photography, sculpture, surface design and video. Sauter hopes to inspire a “pilgrimage” throughout the city, so come on, pilgrim, and check it out. Free, reception 5-8pm Thu, Nov 21, 9am-5pm Mon-Sat, 11am-4pm Sun, Southwest School of Art, Navarro Campus, 1201 Navarro, (210) 224-1848,

Fall Guide 2013
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