Every March, during Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio artists, performers and curators present the best San Antonio has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios and various unconventional locations around the city. Contemporary Art Month is also the name of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and promotes their events.
CAM Perennial 2019 will feature an exchange between San Antonio and El Paso Texas & Ciudad Juárez.
- Demos Schmemos is Nicholas Frank’s first solo show in San Antonio since his Artpace residency in January 2017. With a set of new sculptures, Frank continues his consideration of audience, passivity, and participation, with a rumination on the corrosion of democracy and mutual trust. Money, a trust exchange, is referenced in the form of Ancient Greek obolus and drachma, set in hand-built ceramic double-spitoons holding leather renderings of beer foam lacing shapes. Flatscreen TV mounts sit dormant, awaiting eyes, like Charon awaiting payment for conveying the dead through their final river crossing. The glittering residue of days gone by reflects more light from the future than the present.
- Working alongside Nicholas Frank’s exhibition in the main gallery, Amada Miller presents a trust exchange experiment in the form of a temporary speakeasy in the back of FL!GHT called Hands Down. Handmade ceramic coins grant access to a mutual performance of social interaction and abstract economy. Hands Down will be open occasionally throughout the month of March.