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.
July 26 - October 5 - High-tech media collective takes a look at Texas architecture, food, and clothing in a unique and contemporary fashion.
Nov. 1 - Jan. 4: Art helps veterans confront the scars of war and see beauty of life. Veterans turn to photography, painting, jewelry as theraputic tools as they return from service.
April 15, 2015 - March 6, 2016: UTSA graduate and honor students produced this exhibit to explore the conditions which can lead to genocide at any time, in any place: hatred, intolerance and discrimination, perpetrators and bystanders.
A volunteer-led effort to locate images of all San Antonio Vietnam casualties has yielded more than 300. An online archive is being made available to the public.
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.
Colorful medals are a hallmark of San Antonio’s Fiesta®. Said to have began with King Antonio XLIX in 1971, Fiesta® medals trace back even earlier to special coins given out at events. Today, nearly every organization involved with Fiesta® issues its own unique creation.
Apr. 3 - 29: “Fiesta Medal Mania III” showcases the diverse and creative medals of this year’s annual Fiesta ® San Antonio.
June 6 – Aug. 31: The Institute of Texan Cultures looks into East Texas traditions and craftsmanship with the help of the National Endowment of the Arts.
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.
EXTENDED: Closing Sept. 29, 2013. Produced in partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, this exhibit heralds the next century of Girl Scouting.
July 29 - Oct. 31: The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will empower a group of teenage girls to tell their story of San Antonio’s Eastside through photography and poetry.
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.
March 28 - July 6: Towering above the crowd, Fiesta hats are an over-the-top part of San Antonio’s Fiesta celebration. Big, small, or covered with twinkling lights, Hats Off to Fiesta! is a must this Fiesta season!
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.
Nov. 11 - Feb. 14: Brandeis High School 11th grade AP History students pay tribute to Texas service members through images, oral histories, artifacts and more in this companion exhibit to "Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II."
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
Feb. 1 - Apr. 20, 2014: Dr. Lopita Nath is currently working on a book about the Bhutanese refugee resettlement in the United States. From her research trips, she offers a glimpse of life as a refugee, as well as insight into how a people reconstructed their community, and preserved their culture in the face of life-changing events.
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.
The Institute of Texan Cultures presents an exhibit on the Tejano experience. A thematic approach to 500 years of history, the exhibit draws upon major themes in Tejano life: migration, making a living, struggles for inclusion, and cultural traditions.
How has Texas changed the world? Every day, people use products, inventions and ideas conceived right here in the Lone Star State. See how we've influenced food, music, technology, art, manufacturing and more.
"Ruda Phat" Aug. 17 - Dec. 1: The Mas Rudas Chicana arts collective presents a multi-media installation incorporating video, photography, painting, sculpture, fiber, performance, audio, and text focusing on the theme of body image.
April 1 - May 29: Used as giveaways, fundraisers, to trade, or just for fun, the range of imagination seen each year is always enjoyable to behold! Fiesta Medal Mania celebrates the creativity of each year’s new medals.
Oct. 19 - Dec. 29: Developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the exhibit tells the remarkable story of soldiers from more than a dozen tribes who used their Native languages while in service in the U.S. military.
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.
May 4 - Sept. 4: Featuring documents from the General Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain, which was the launching point of Spain’s exploration and expansion of the northern frontier of their new territory. Presented in partnership with Bexar County, at the Bexar County Presidio Gallery. EXTENDED through Sept. 11, 2016
November 11, 2016 – February 12, 2017: Students throughout Comal Independent School District celebrate their region’s cultural heritage through a multi-media exhibit highlighting the history of New Braunfels and surrounding towns.
Through artifacts, images, anecdotes, and audio and video clips, Our Part of Victory will chronicle lesser known Texas involvements and contributions to World War II.
EXTENDED - March 12, 2017 (Original dates: Nov. 19 - Mar. 5): Large-scale Gigapan photographs of the painted churches of Texas reveal astounding details along with our state’s rich history of immigrant artistry.
JAN. 24 - JUNE 14: A traveling exhibit from the Arab American National Museum details how Arab Americans have contributed to our nation in military service, diplomatic missions and through the Peace Corps.
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.
Following an early 2013 trip to significant sites from the African American Civil Rights Movement, UTSA students have selected the content for a photo exhibit at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
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.
Nov. 2 - Jan. 5: A new exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, together with the National Museum of the American Indian, celebrates the vibrancy, creativity and history of American Indian skateboarding culture.
Students from MacArthur High School in San Antonio's Northeast Independent School District depict skate culture in Texas through their deck art. Their drawings give a glimpse at the culture associated with the sport.
Feb. 21 - Apr. 24, 2016: Sikhs have been in Texas since the early 1900s. Take a look at this unique culture through a new Smithsonian-produced exhibit.
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.
Sept. 5 - Jan. 11 - From the Texas Quilt Museum, “Modern Masterpieces by Texas Quilters, 1989-2010,” and “Texas Art Quilts, 1993-2011,” showcasing more than 40 quilts with themes such as science, fantasy, political causes, natural beauty, gardens, and more.
May 3, 2014 - Oct. 26: Through the past five years, the Texas Contemporary Artists series at the Institute of Texan Cultures has showcased local and regional artistic talent. The state has been noted as an emerging scene for progressive and exciting art.
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.
A geologist, Browning brings a unique understanding of stone to her artwork.
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.
The 10th artist in the series. The exhibit features digitally manipulated photographs, chronicling Wheeler’s life experiences through the present.
The Texas Contemporary Artists Series showcases the talents of some of Texas’ premier artists. Common to all of their work is the bold vision and unbridled exuberance that is the quintessence of Texan culture. The Texas Contemporary Artists Series is curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, curator for the UTSA art collection.
Immigrants from around the world have settled in the Lone Star state, each contributing to its unique and dynamic culture. The exhibit highlights the vibrancy of Texas Czech culture in the 21st century.
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.
Through Sept. 8: 3,417 dog tags memorialize Texans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
February 21 - May 28: Students from the Monarch Academy at Morgan's Wonderland tell their story of Texas in this student art exhibit.
Aug. 3 - Jan 12: Featuring the courageous Mexican volunteers who trained and fought alongside American soldiers during World War II.
March 11 - June 5, 2016: This student art exhibit from Columbia Heights Elementary School captures the life and lessons of Civil Rights icons in art.
Extended: May 4 - UTSA student exhibit examines Texas leaders in the battle for equality.
Toys not only reflect life and culture, they also teach it. Explore the roots of historic folk toys and modern toys they inspired.
Sept. 19 - Dec. 15: The UTSA College of Architecture presents a student exhibit about one of San Antonio's busiest thoroughfares.
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.
Feb. 1 - 28, 2014: From the first UTSA Endowed Professor in Historic Preservation, a sample taken from more than 500 drawings and 16,000 photographs in the lower Rio Grande Corridor from Brownsville to Eagle Pass, Texas. Included are images and drawings of several significant historic buildings and sites in danger of being lost or degraded.
Whether it was 10,000 years ago or 10 days ago, everyone in Texas today is here because someone endured a life-changing journey.
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