Ruby City in San Antonio will be hosting a two-part program with Sir David Adjaye, Hon. FAIA, in honor of the completion of the new contemporary art center designed by the award-winning architect. Ruby City is a 14,472 sq ft contemporary art center dedicated to providing a space for the city’s creative community to view and experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist, and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents work from Pace’s own collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works. The new building, designed by Sir David Adjaye and slated for completion in 2019 is part of a growing campus, which also includes a one-arce public green space named in the memory of Pace’s son Chris Park.
Sir David Adjaye OBE has been herald as the leading architect of his generation. Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, his wide-ranging influences, inspired use of materials and sculptural ability have set him apart as an architect with an artist’s vision. In 2000 he founded Adjaye Associates, which now has offices in London, New York, and Accra. His largest project to date, the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture, opened on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2016 and was named Cultural Event of the Year by The New York Times. Adjaye was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2017 and recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by TIME magazine.
The first program honoring the new art center, A Conversation with Sir David Adjaye, will be held at Trinity University’s Laurie Auditorium on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:00 pm. Adjaye will discuss the creative process behind Ruby City, his first architectural project in Texas, as well as his collaboration with the late artist Linda Pace, whose drawings inspired the designs and materials used. Pace’s striking force is honored by Adaye through the use of precast concrete, fabricated in Mexico City and imbued with a red hue composed of minerals and glass.
The second part of the program in the series will take place in October 2019 in conjunction with Ruby City’s grand public opening and inaugural exhibition.
For more information visit www.rubycity.org