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Natural Order (Opening Reception) – MBAW Art Gallery

9 September 2023 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry


As a philosophical and theological construct, the idea of “natural order” has been around for centuries, shifting with each epoch’s understanding of nature, order, and our relationship to the cosmos. Used alternately as a means to find comfort, reason, or justification for our actions and place in the universe, humanity’s notions of what is “natural” or “orderly” has as many permutations as nature itself.

Natural Order features three photographers who capture, conjure, or construct a sense of order and meaning from the natural world, reflecting on the wonder and mysteries we discover or bring to the experience. Robert Michaelson turns is camera skyward, observing the grandeur of astronomical phenomena in the night sky, the migration and flight of birds, and the nature of water in his stunning images. Kyle Petersen’s “Tiny & Wild” series presents an intimate, personal engagement with the small-scale creatures in our midst. The contained, close-up compositions and dramatic, moody lighting create a highly formalized context to consider the hidden ecosystems and characters just outside our back doors. In her richly inventive “Still Life” series, Barbra Riley elides the style and substance of 17th century Dutch painting with modern technology and contemporary habits and mores. Integrating the luxury, rich color, staged compositions and hidden symbolism of the historical tradition with elements of modernity, Riley calls into question our perceptions of nature, artifice, life, death, morality, and history itself.

This opening reception is free with wine, bites and music at the MBAW Art Gallery!

On view from 9 September – 17 November 2023 by appointment.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Are tickets required for entry?
Yes, but they are free!

How do I get a ticket?
Tickets are available on this page or on Eventbrite.

What do I show at the door/check-in?
To help our attendants, please have your ticket ready when you get there. Attendants will be ready to scan the QR code located on your ticket (print, email, or app). If you lose your ticket, please tell the attendant your first and last name.

What if I forget to register?
An attendant at the door can help you register quickly and easily. We do not turn away guests if space is available.

What are the current health protocols I need to follow?
Masks/social distancing is not currently required.

How do I get to the gallery? Where do I park?
Please visit mbaw.org/art/#location for detailed directions. We are located in the Grey Oaks office park on an I-10 frontage road moving south in Leon Springs (see address), right after Las Palapas and Sun Auto. We share the complex with Farmer’s Insurance and other tenants. Parking is free.

Is the location ADA-accessible?
No, currently the office park is steps only. Our staff will be available if you need any assistance with walking up steps.

Any other questions?
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9 September 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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MBAW Art Gallery
23705 IH-10 Frontage Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257 United States
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