It’s been more than two decades since Selena’s tragic death in 1995, but we’re still as hungry as ever for new content and information on la Reina de Tejano. A new exhibition in San Antonio is giving us exactly that.
The exhibition, titled Selena Forever/Siempre Selena, on view at McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas will highlight five never-before-displayed images of Selena. The Chicana singer, designer and all-around icon worked closely with San Antonio-based photographer John Dyer several times throughout the ‘90s. A lovely batch of those pictures was featured in Más Magazine, People Magazine, Texas Monthly and more.
Dyer captured the la Reina’s essence with his lens and boasts about the honor of getting hours at a time with her. Within his extensive collection of documentary-style photography – which features a diverse array of people – live candid images of the Grammy Award-winning artist in her iconic bedazzled tops and high-waisted pants.
“I lost something that day,” Dyer told KTSA, recalling the day he got the news of Selena’s death.
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New Year's resolution? See. More. Art. ❤️ _ 'Selena Forever/Siempre Selena' is on view in the Octagon beginning January 15. The exhibition pays tribute to 90s icon, singer, designer, and Texas legend—Selena Quintanilla-Pérez—with a series of five photographs by award-winning San Antonio photographer John Dyer. _ John Dyer, American born 1947. Selena, 1992. Archival ink on paper. Collection of the artist. _ #SiempreSelena #Selena #southtexas #queen #satx #sanantonio #McNayArtMuseum #selenaquintanilla #selenaforever #selenaquintanillaperez #love #comolaflor #bidibidibombom #queenoftejano #art #photography
“It’s amazing how emotional people still are about Selena,” Dyer told San Antonio Magazine. “It’s been 25 years (since she was killed) – that really tells you something about that young lady and the mark she left on the state and the world.”
The exhibition will live alongside Fashion Nirvana: Runway to Everyday, which highlights 1990s fashion. It opens to the public today and will run until July 15, 2020.