McNay Art Museum obtains bronze snail sculpture

SAN ANTONIO – The newest addition to the McNay Art Museum’s outdoor sculpture collection is “History of Conquest” by Hank Willis Thomas.

Located in the Mays Family Park, the museum’s newest addition stands seven feet tall and features a child holding a bow while riding an intricately decorated snail.

The bronze sculpture alludes to a German Baroque sculpture currently on display at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

The sculpture honors African culture while referencing the history of African heritage, a news release said.

“The McNay is committed to expanding its collection of artworks by contemporary artists of color—indoors and outdoors,” said René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs.

According to a news release the large-scale figure showcases a narrative that brings to life the history of African descent.

“Thanks to very generous support in memory of beloved McNay supporter, Raye B. Foster, we are able to advance that Museum-wide goal with our first work in any medium by Hank Willis Thomas,” said Barilleaux.

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