100+ photographs celebrate the country
To honor and celebrate two great international anniversaries—the bicentennial of Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain and the centennial of the 1910 Mexican Revolution—Texas State’s Wittliff Collections present ¡Viva México! More than 100 historical and modern, documentary and art photographs interpret the country and testify to the vitality of vision and strength of subject captured by more than 40 artists who have trained their lenses on Mexico and her people. Music adds to the gallery experience as recordings of corridos (ballads) and other songs written during the Mexican Revolution play throughout the show. Part of Texas State’s Texas and Mexico, 1810–2010 Commemoration.
VAQUERO: GENESIS OF THE TEXAS COWBOY
60+ photographs by Bill Wittliff
When Texas moved into the cattle business, its cowboy adopted many of the Mexican vaquero’s accoutrements and centuries-old methodologies of working herds in big country. In the early 1970s BILL WITTLIFF was invited to witness one of the last traditional roundups on the vast Rancho Tule in northern Mexico and he fixed the vanishing vaquero tradition forever in nearly 5,000 photographs taken over a period of three years. Now Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is touring more than 60 Vaquero images that have been recreated as rich carbon-ink prints. Accompanied by bilingual narrative texts, this special exhibition from the Wittliff Collections is made possible in part by a “We The People” grant from the NEH.
SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT
Highlights from the Jim Hightower Archive
“America’s #1 Populist,” JIM HIGHTOWER believes the true political spectrum is not right-to-left but bottom-to-top, and he is dedicated to battling the Powers That Be on behalf of—in his words—the “Powers That Ought to Be”: working families, farmers, consumers, environmentalists, small business owners, and “just plain folks.” Now his archival legacy housed at Texas State’s Wittliff Collections is the focus of a special exhibition. Among the many materials on exhibit are items from Hightower’s work as the national campaign coordinator for U.S. Senator Fred Harris’s crusade for president in 1976, and numerous campaign photos and memorabilia from Hightower’s own runs for office. Hightower served as the Texas Commissioner of Agriculture from 1983-1991, and while in office he implemented many of his populist ideas, including consumer protection, worker safety, organic production, and direct marketing by small farmers. The exhibition also highlights Hightower’s post-government work as a syndicated daily radio commentator, political columnist, sought-after speechmaker, and prolific author of several best-selling books, including his latest, Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow, written with his “co-conspirator” Susan DeMarco. Jim’s bio, weekly commentary, Hightowerisms, and much more are online at http://www.jimhightower.com.
If you missed the May 1 event, “The Living Spirit of Texas Populism,” you can now watch the videos online: http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/research/a-z/hightower.html
Upcoming Exhibitions opening the fourth week of August:
CORMAC McCARTHY: Selections from the Permanent Collection
REVISITING GOODBYE TO A RIVER: A 50-year Celebration
PAINTED LIGHT: Photoworks by Kate Breakey
Read more: http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/current.html
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INSTRUCTING | ILLUMINATING | INSPIRING
Committed to furthering the cultural legacy of the region’s literary and photographic arts and to fostering “the spirit of place” in the wider world, THE WITTLIFF COLLECTIONS welcome visitors, tours, and classes, host lectures, readings, and symposia, assist researchers, and present major exhibitions year-round from their archival repositories. The Southwestern Writers Collection preserves and exhibits the literary papers and artifacts of principal writers, filmmakers, and musicians, including the major archives of such noted authors as Cormac McCarthy, Sam Shepard, and John Graves, as well as the production archives of Texas Monthly magazine, Fox’s animated series King of the Hill, and the CBS miniseries Lonesome Dove, which is featured in a permanent exhibition of props, costumes, and other materials from the making of the film. The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection includes the major holdings of work by such renowned artists as Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, and Graciela Iturbide, and houses one of the largest archives of modern and contemporary Mexican photography in the United States.
The Wittliff Collections are located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos. 512.245.2313 http://www.thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu