The story of Ruby City—the landmark museum designed by world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye that opens this month—begins with the lucid dream of a dying woman. In the spring of 2007, Linda Pace, at age 62 a legendary patron of contemporary art in San Antonio, understood that her breast cancer, diagnosed a few months earlier, was likely terminal. All the money in the world could not keep the woman born into both the Pearl beer and Pace Foods families alive long enough to see through her final project, a permanent home for her art collection. Still, Pace wanted to push the museum plans over the hump into inevitability before her time ran out. This meant, according to the creative method and cosmology to which she subscribed, that there were dreams to be hatched. So, as she awaited Adjaye’s initial site visit that May, Pace also awaited a specific dream, one that would reveal to her a vision for how to proceed with the building. “Linda practiced dream-tending,” explains Kelly O’Connor, head of collections and communications at Ruby City and Pace’s studio assistant in her last years. For decades, Pace had kept paper and a large container of colored pencils at… Read full this story
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