The exhibit “Alien Worlds and Androids” lets you blast off to a world where science fiction meets science fact. Explore the cutting-edge science taking place right now and brings you face to face with the worlds depicted in your favorite science fiction films and books. Explore nine unique areas of the exhibition: Are We Alone? Looking for Life in Space, Alien Life on Earth, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Robot Space Explorers, Explore the Solar System, The Robotization of Planet Earth, I-Cyborg, and The Human Microbiome. Discover technology that allows scientists to collect data on creatures that thrive under some of the harshest conditions on Earth. Learn about the function of robots on our planet and how robotic suits and exoskeletons can give humans super-human strength. Get up-close and personal with robots made famous in film including Robby the Robot, C-3PO from Star Wars, T-800 from The Terminator and Iron Man.
Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery. Exhibit runs Feb. 22 through May 27.
Maximilian & Carlota: Last Empire of Mexico examines the rule of Maximilian and Carlota, Emperor and Empress of Mexico in the 1860s. The exhibition features art and artifacts that have never been exhibited from the Witte permanent collections and several important private collections. Formal portraits of Maximilian and Carlota recently donated to the Witte Museum will be on public view for the first time. Newspaper articles, vintage photographs and objects from the Mexican Royal Court of the Emperor and Empress of Mexico will also be displayed. Cost of exhibit is included in museum admission.
Betty Coates Textile Gallery. Exhibit runs Feb. 1 through March 30.
Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. 210-357-1900. www.wittemuseum.org
Institute of Texan Cultures
Is This My Shangri-La? New Texans come from many places. For some, the journey takes many years. “Is This My Shangri-La?” explores life in the Bhutanese refugee camps of Nepal. The camps represent a long stop on the road to Texas for a people forced out of their homes, losing nearly everything – sometimes even family. Images captured by Lopita Nath in these camps offer a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events. Exhibit runs Feb. 1 through April 20.
“Walter Eugene George and the Cultural Legacy of the Rio Grande,” showcases a sample of his work in the lower Rio Grande Corridor from Brownsville to Eagle Pass. Walter Eugene George Jr. had a passion for the past. George collected more than 16,000 photographs and 500 drawings documenting historic architecture while directing numerous preservation and rehabilitation projects. Exhibit through Feb. 28.
“The Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas” is a student exhibit developed by UTSA art and history students studying the preparation of museum exhibits, including the research, visual records and presentation of the finished narrative. This project tells the story of civil rights across Texas, with information and visual documentation of major events, organizations and leaders who have influenced civil rights from the 19th century to the present. Topics will include civil rights in education, labor, housing, and welfare. Exhibit runs through March 30.
Admission is $8 for adults (12-64); $7 for seniors (65+); $6 for children (3-11); and free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. Regular hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA Hemisfair Park Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd. 210-458-2300. www.TexanCultures.com
San Antonio Museum of Art
“Thomas Sully: Painted Performance” showcases the works of the American Romantic painter Thomas Sully (1783–1872). The painter had a lifelong connection to and love for the theatre, associations that were critical components of his artistic imagination.
Exhibit runs Feb. 7 through May 11. General admission plus a $5 special exhibition surcharge. Surcharge is waived for members and children 17 and under.
Admission pricing: $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $5 for students and military (w/ID). Free for children under 12.San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave. 210-978-8100. www.samuseum.org