With the 40th annual Texas Folklife Festival taking place in June 2011, the Institute of Texan Cultures looks back on the history of its signature event.
Pasadena Memorial High School students, inspired by the works of Texas Highways magazine photographer Griff Smith, document their unique local culture.
Military Aviation Comes of Age in San Antonio was a retrospective exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first flight at Ft. Sam Houston, when Lieutenant Benjamin Foulois took flight on March 2, 1910.
A showcase of work by 23 nationally and internationally recognized artists working and living in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.
San Antonio photographer Cristina J. Sanchez captures many powerful stories through her portraits of Somali Bantu people living in the city.
Following the Civil War, thousands of black men - and at least one woman - enlisted in segregated regiments, and served the United States on the western frontier.
For decades, the start of the holiday season in San Antonio was signaled by the arrival of Santa at Joske’s department store. Remember this holiday tradition with a photo exhibit.
There’s a lot more going on at a football game than two teams competing on the field. Aside from being a competitive sport, football is a complex equation of math, physics and biology. Imagine the forces at work in a tackle or try to predict the trajectory of a punt. These are just a few concepts in “Football: The Exhibit,” a traveling exhibit organized by the Arkansas Museum of Discovery.
For 25 years, the relationship between J. Griffis Smith and Texas Highways magazine has captured, in images, for Texans and people around the world, the history, grandeur, diversity, and uniqueness that is Texas.
In 1968, San Antonio invited the world to HemisFair. The event was a celebration of the "Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas," and it showcased San Antonio's position as an emerging business and cultural center between the United States and the world.
The Institute of Texan Cultures has teamed with art students from the International School of the Americas for a perspective on remembrance in cultures around the world.
Throughout his youth and into young adulthood, César Chávez experienced the hardships of being a migrant farm worker and the sting of racial discrimination.
The Institute of Texan Cultures welcomes a Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition
The Mexican Revolution of 1910 set in motion dramatic changes for many families, both in Mexico and Texas. “Leaving Home, Finding Home: Texan Families Remember the Mexican Revolution,” explores the turmoil and social upheaval that caused thousands of Mexicans to flee their homeland and seek a new life in Texas. The exhibit looks at these families’ triumphs, contributions and challenges.
The Humanities Texas exhibit Lone Star & Eagle, was an exploration of German immigration to Texas. Its name comes from the iconic images of Texas and German heraldry.
During the 2009 holiday season, the Institute of Texan Cultures displayed two family nativities created by Texas Czech artist Ferdinand Pribyl in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Pribyl nativities have been passed down four generations as family heirlooms.
Play! is designed to allow families, school groups and business professionals to explore how people connect socially through play. The exhibit employs larger-than-life games that invite visitors to become part of the experience.
RACE: Are We So Different? encouraged our visitors to explore the science, history, and everyday affect of race and racism in order to understand what race is and what it is not.
The Institute of Texan Cultures hosted UTSA President Ricardo Romo’s Small Town Texas photo exhibition.
The Institute of Texan Cultures, the Cultural Affairs Bureau, Taichung City, Taiwan, the East Asia Institute, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of Houston presented the Taichung City Da Dun Cultural Exchange Exhibition.
Texans One and All examines the stories and customs of more than 20 of the original cultural groups who settled in Texas. It is the people that make Texas the great state that it is.
Fernandez's work examines the stories told by the joyous bits and mundane pieces of everyday life in San Antonio’s neighborhoods
Carmen Oliver was born in Mexico City. Over the last three decades, she has been painting and showing her work in both Mexico and the United States. In 2000, Oliver’s work was included in the Biennale Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, Firenze, Italy.
A San Antonio lawyer turned artist, with no formal training, Franco Mondini-Ruiz felt compelled to create. His entry in the Texas Contemporary Artists series pays tribute to early San Antonio artists.
Henry Cardenas earned a master of business administration in personnel management from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He is a resident artist at the Little Studio Gallery in La Villita, San Antonio, where he maintains a continuing exhibition of his paintings and sculptures.
Henry Catenacci's surrealist art captures a deep love of nature and humanity’s connection to it. Curator Almeida describes it as an examination of the ephemeral space between what is real and what is possible.
Leigh Anne Lester's works address the place between the genesis of genetic modification and its aftereffects. Genetic modification offers humans the means to change the composition of species from the microscopic level to the macroscopic system. Lester wants the viewer to consider all the possible outcomes of introducing new species, from upsetting the natural balance, to successfully creating new species.
Born and raised deep in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Luis Valderas is a prolific native son whose work frequently includes references to both modern and ancient cultural roots. In his ever-growing and evolving body of work, Valderas creates contemporary narratives, inimitably expressed through a filter of Meso-American myth and iconography, that chronicle the Chicano experience on the borderlands and beyond.
Nobody does football like Texans do football. Nobody. Presented as a Texas perspective to complement “Football: The Exhibit,” the Institute of Texan Cultures sent oral historians into the community to find the answer to the question, “What does football mean to you?”
Opening April 7: New work by returning artists Ricardo Romo, Peter Brown, Ansen Seale, Al Rendon and Joel Salcido.
For six weeks every summer, the ITC opens the five period buildings of the Back 40 and the junior docents lead guests on an adventure across the Texas frontier.
Toys not only reflect life and culture, they also teach it. Explore the roots of historic folk toys and modern toys they inspired.
TUSKS! Ice Age Mammoths and Mastodons was a traveling exhibit created by the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, Fla. The exhibit featured 80 fossil specimens, replicas and artifacts, along with graphic panels, murals and interactive video modules.
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