Debi van Zyl

Destino San Antonio


Coinciding with San Antonio’s tricentennial, Destino San Antonio presented selections from the Briscoe Museum’s collection of nearly 600 stereographs of San Antonio from the 1860s to 1930. The exhibition was inspired by the structure of the stereograph—a picture composed of two superposed images that give a three-dimensional effect when viewed with a stereoscope or special glasses. Guest curator and San Antonio artist Anne Wallace incorporated multiple perspectives on the identity of San Antonio during a time of profound transition after the Civil War until the final days of the “frontier,” inviting us to engage with the past and consider the future of the city.

This bilingual exhibition displayed included over 80 stereographs of San Antonio with hand-held 3-D viewers, a replica custom built “arcade,” historical maps, personal accounts, and interviews with scholars on video, hands-on activities that allowed visitors to interact with historical images and define and illustrate their future ideal city.

Destino San Antonio

Briscoe Western Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
September 21, 2018–January 21, 2019

with Annex Design Services; photos by Ann Marshall