For Immediate Release Media Contact:
Jennifer Sullivan
Date: July 25, 2002    210-978-8136
The San Antonio Museum of Art presents 
A Symposium of Perspectives:
The Fourth Annual National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium on 
Latin American Art

Saturday, October 5, 2002 

Offered in conjunction with the special exhibition 
Maestros de Plata: William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance
October 6, 2002 - January 5, 2003


San Antonio, TX - One day before the special exhibition Maestros de Plata: William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance makes its national debut at the San Antonio Museum of Art, a symposium will bring together five renown silver authorities for an exploration of a variety of topics related to the exhibition. Scheduled for Saturday, October 5, A Symposium of Perspectives: The Fourth Annual National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium on Latin American Art will take place in the Museum auditorium and Cowden Gallery from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Featured speakers are Christie Romero, Director of the Center for Jewelry Studies; Patrick Kapty, a gemologist and editor of Modern Silver; Wolmar Castillo, a silver designer; Phyllis Goddard, a collector and silver specialist; and Sigi Pineda, a silver designer.

Symposium attendees will be the first in the country to view Maestros de Plata; the Symposium will conclude with a special walk-through of the exhibition led by its curator, Penny Chittim Morrill, from 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. This guided tour will be open only to those who attend the Symposium. The exhibition will open to the general public the next day, October 6. 

***Anyone wishing to attend the Symposium must RSVP by Friday, September 27 by calling Nancy Fullerton, Assistant Curator of Latin American Art, at 210-978-8116. A $15 fee applies to anyone who is not a member of the San Antonio Museum of Art. Payment will be accepted on the day of the Symposium. The Symposium is FREE for Museum members, but they are still required to call and RSVP. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT AN RSVP. Seating is limited, and interested persons are urged to call and RSVP early. 

The Symposium Program

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee

9:00-9:10 Welcome
Marion Oettinger, Jr., Ph.D.
Senior Curator and Curator of Latin American Art
San Antonio Museum of Art

9:15 - 9:30 Introduction
Penny Chittim Morrill, Ph.D.
Guest curator of Maestros de Plata and author

9:30 - 10:00 In the Hands of the Masters: Taxco Metalsmithing Techniques
Christie Romero
Director, Center for Jewelry Studies

10:00 - 10:30 The Matter of Taxco
Patrick Kapty
Gemologist; Editor, Modern Silver

10:30 - 11:00 Los Castillo - Past and Present
Wolmar Castillo
Silver designer

11:30 - 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 1:30 William Spratling: His Hallmarks and Stylistic Developments
Phyllis Goddard
Collector, silver specialist

1:30 - 2:00 The Life of a Full-Time Silversmith
Sigi Pineda
Silver designer

2:00 - 2:30 Discussion

2:45 - 4:00 Special walk-through of Maestros de Plata for Symposium attendees, led by Penny Chittim Morrill

The Exhibition

Maestros de Plata: William Spratling and the Mexican Silver Renaissance traces the remarkable changes in Mexican silver design set in motion in the 1920s by William Spratling and his development of the workshop as a setting for creativity. From his workshop emerged talented Mexican silver designers who in turn began their own workshops, many of which continue to create to the present day. 

The more than 400 objects in the exhibition date from the 1920s to the present, and include not only a wide variety of silver jewelry, but also tableware, decorative items, sculpture, and more. In addition to the approximately 120 Spratling creations are works by 25 preeminent silver designers who once lived or presently live in Mexico, including the Castillo family of Los Castillo, Héctor Aguilar, Valentín Vidaurreta, Margot de Taxco, Ana Brilanti, Antonio Pineda, Frederick Davis, Jean Puiforcat, Sigi Pineda, Salvador Terán, Matilde Poulat, and Tane. 

Curated by Penny Chittim Morrill and organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art, Maestros de Plata will make its national debut at the Museum on October 6, 2003. It will remain on view in the Cowden Gallery through January 5, 2003, and will then tour the United States, visiting venues in San Diego, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, and New Orleans. The catalogue to accompany Maestros de Plata is published by Harry N. Abrams and will be available for the exhibition's opening at the San Antonio Museum of Art.

San Antonio Museum of Art Hours: Admission:
Tuesday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Adults: $6.00
(Free general admission from 3-9 pm) Seniors: $5.00
Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00 am -5:00 pm Students with ID: $4.00
Sunday: 12 noon - 5:00 pm Children (4-11 yrs): $1.75
Monday: Closed Children under 4: Free

The San Antonio Museum of Art, serving a population of more than one million, is the only major comprehensive art museum in south Texas. The Museum is located near the heart of old San Antonio, at 200 West Jones Avenue, the Intersection of Civilizations, between Broadway and St. Mary's Street. Housed in the historic, turn-of-the-century Lone Star Brewery, the Museum is home to the region's finest collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman antiquities, Asian art, Latin American art, American and European paintings, and contemporary art. In 1998, the Museum inaugurated a new wing, The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Latin American Art, the nation's only center dedicated to the exhibition and study of Latin American Art. The San Antonio Museum of Art strives to address the broad-based cultural concerns of its audiences through a variety of educational programming, outreach offerings, and the presentation of international and cross-cultural exhibitions.