There is a mini sweep of A-list cultural conferences in town this month, starting with the US gathering of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, which is one of more than 100 national committees that advises UNESCO on the selection and preservation of World Heritage Sites. They'll be meeting here May 31-June 2, and the agenda includes plenty of time with our Missions, which are candidates for WHS status. The title of the conference – Confluence of Cultures – also clearly echoes the theme of HemisFair '68, "The Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas." Which of course reminds us of the percolating fight over saving another set of famous SA buildings – the old Confluence Theater that now serves as the federal courthouse, as well as the former Texas Pavilion that houses the Institute of Texan Cultures in its concrete catacombs. We digress.
US/ICOMOS is followed next week by the Americans for the Arts, and a public-art pre-conference. In all the hoopla, it might be easy to miss a curtain falling: The exhibition "Revolution & Renaissance: Mexico and San Antonio, 1910-2010," which has extended its run multiple times to help keep the doors open at the Museo Alameda, will hold an encore reception during AFTA, and then close down by June 10.