If you live in San Antonio, you have no doubt heard the Tobin name mentioned many times before. Now, the McNay Art Museum honors the legacy of San Antonio arts advocate Robert Lynn Batts Tobin (1934-2001) in its latest exhibition, Robert L. B. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary. Don’t miss it this Thursday, February 20th, beginning at 10:00 a.m.!
This presentation reintroduces Robert L. B. Tobin to new generations of San Antonians through a mix of beloved artworks and theatre designs he acquired to share with the public. Throughout his life, Tobin amassed an eclectic collection of important artworks, theatre arts masterpieces, and books dating from the 15th century through the 21st century, now known as The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts.
Tobin’s lifelong love of art, performance, and artists was encouraged at an early age by his mother Margaret Batts Tobin. Margaret was an admired civic leader and founding trustee of the McNay since its inception in 1954. In 1984, the Tobin Library Wing, a gift from Margaret to her son, opened at the McNay. It houses objects from Tobin’s unparalleled collection – including more than 12,000 scene and costume designs, sketches, drawings, costumes, maquettes, and rare books.
Robert L. B. Tobin gifted The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts to the McNay in a series of five bequests between 1984 and, posthumously, 2004. Now, the McNay features two exhibitions annually focused on diverse aspects of the theatre arts.
Robert L. B. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary welcomes visitors with a replica of the entryway into Tobin’s New York City home, setting the McNay’s stage to tell the story of his hospitality and generosity. Throughout the exhibition, groups of artworks reflect Tobin’s unique creative vision and encourage viewers to ponder the underlying question, “what is fine art, and what is functional design?”
Come learn about one of San Antonio’s most influential natives at Robert L. B. Tobin: Collector, Curator, Visionary! The exhibit will be on display at McNay Art Museum through April 26, 2020. General admission starts at $10 at www.mcnayart.org. For additional information, please call (210) 824-5368.
Step outside of our welcoming and comfortable community at Sapphire Apartments in San Antonio, Texas for the day. This event is coming to town on Thursday, and it promises to be a wonderful time!
Thursday, February 20, 2020—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
McNay Art Museum
6000 North New Braunfels Avenue
San Antonio, Texas 78209