Fall 2016 Exhibit Line-up

A Texas Perspective: Hyper-local to Statewide

Fall 2016 exhibit line-up at the Institute of Texan Cultures documents big city streets, small Texas towns

(SAN ANTONIO) – Fall 2016 at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures offers several lenses through which to explore Texas. From the Texan identity, to regional cultures, to hyper-local examinations of future cityscapes, exhibits at the ITC celebrate Texas’ military contributions, creative legacies, and the state’s diverse cultural heritage. 

"Our Part of Victory: Texans in World War II" details the role Texas played in perhaps the most pivotal event in world history. Through artifacts, images, and personal stories, guests experience the contributions Texas and Texans made, both on and off the battlefield, to achieving final victory. The exhibit concludes January 20, 2017.

From October 21, 2016, to April 16, 2017, museum guests can join in a conversation sparked by recent developments and renewed interest in San Antonio’s Broadway corridor. Antonio Petrov, assistant professor of architecture in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, and his "think/do-tank" will exhibit their 50-foot model and design proposal, "1000 Parks and a Line in the Sky: Broadway, Avenue of the Future."

The exhibit explores San Antonio’s history of traveling in the sky, on the nearby Brackenridge Park "Skyride," which allowed people to experience the city from a completely new vantage point until its decommissioning in 1999. Future visions concerning Broadway’s urban landscape look at revitalizing this unique transportation system, while creating a linear park system in open spaces along the corridor.

Parking space flanks nearly 50 percent of Broadway’s urban landscape, with nearly all spaces on the corridor tied to businesses. This leaves minimal space for people to gather as citizens, without being consumers.

The museum and the think/do tank will hold associated public events throughout the exhibit to help the community imagine Broadway’s new identity.

November 10, 2016, to February 12, 2017, the institute will facilitate a Comal Independent School District exhibit, "Our Community: The History and Heritage of New Braunfels, Texas." New Braunfels area youth will celebrate their region’s cultural heritage through multimedia, including paintings in the German tradition, replicas of cattle brands, re-creations of the area’s murals, and an interactive display highlighting the hidden history of New Braunfels and the surrounding small communities.

November 19, 2016 to March 5, 2017, guests will have an opportunity to take a colorful, visual trip across Texas, as the institute gathers some of the state’s treasures in a single gallery. Using technology developed for NASA’s Mars Rovers, "Painted Churches of Texas" presents large-scale Gigapan photographs of Texas’ painted churches, revealing astounding details. These ornate painted churches, built by immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, Poland, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Mexico, reveal the state’s rich tradition of immigrant artistry.

The Institute of Texan Cultures is located on the UTSA Hemisfair Campus, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Regular hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.  Admission is $10 for adults (12-64); $8 for seniors (ages 65+) and children (6-11); children 5 and under free; free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.



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