FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 31, 2014
"I TELL YOU WHAT..." The Making of KING OF THE HILL
ALKEK LIBRARY, FIRST FLOOR [HOURS]
The stars of King of the Hill are Hank, Peggy, and Bobby Hill who, along with their neighbors in Arlen, Texas, embody no-nonsense (but often hilarious) suburban Texas culture. The Wittliff is proud to house the complete production archive of the popular animated television show. Included are research notes, story pitches, outlines, and script drafts for every episode, as well as character sketches, style guides, marketing notebooks, and one-of-a-kind artifacts like a 4’ x 6’ whiteboard depicting the production process from concept to air date.
In all, over 125 boxes of material document the effort-intensive work behind creating this deceptively simple show—from character development and backstory to final cel animation and show promotion. An illuminating cross-section of the archive, including the whiteboard, is on display now through March 31st in the Alkek Library’s first-floor exhibit case and can be viewed any time the library is open. The Emmy® award-winning show ran for 13 seasons on FOX and it lives on in syndication. The King of the Hill Archive was donated to the Wittliff through the efforts of a native Texan: writer and executive producer, Jim Dauterive, who went on to help develop—and continues to contribute to—Bob’s Burgers.
Interested in delving deeper? Make an appointment and expert Wittliff staff will assist you—with King of the Hill materials or items from just about any of our archives—be it for research, inspiration, or pleasure.
All material courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Television. All rights reserved.
[above] The King of the Hill Gang, © Mike Judge
JANUARY 2 – MARCH 30, 2014
FINE LINE: Mental Health / Mental Illness
A Documentary Of Voices, Stories, And Portraits by MICHAEL NYE
Fine Line: Mental Health / Mental Illness pairs photography with audio recording in a documentary project that reveals the courage and the fragility of people living with disorder, confronts stereotypes, and draws attention to the tenuous threshold between stability and unbalance. Photographer Michael Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories, discovering how, in his words, “Mental illness touches the deepest parts of who we are; our identity, self worth, the inability to communicate, confusion and loss of control. It can happen for no apparent reason and at any time. Every person is vulnerable to mental illness.” In simple, eloquent detail, 38 black-and-white portraits and the voices of those portrayed speak of denial, fear, stigma and separation, pain, abuse, coping, healing, and humanity. Nye’s Fine Line exhibition is presented in conjunction with Texas State's 2013–2014 Common Experience theme, Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness, and is co-sponsored by CFAN Company as well as the university’s Common Experience and the Wittliff Collections.
PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition involves mature subject matter. We suggest all children be accompanied by a parent, teacher, or other adult who can address questions from younger viewers.
[above] Elizabeth, © 2002, by Michael Nye
More than 90 images by renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark include many that explore the fundamental, intimate working relationships between people and animals in two countries half a world apart. All photographs are from the forthcoming Wittliff photography series book of the same name published by the University of Texas Press.
APRIL 27, 2014, 2:00 PM
Join us for a Sunday afternoon reception celebrating this exhibition and a talk and book signing by the photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Admission is free and all welcome. Attendees are asked to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
[above] Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant, Shyama, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, © 1990, Mary Ellen Mark
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!
Lonesome Dove was originally broadcast by CBS on February 5, 1989, drawing a huge viewing audience and earning numerous awards, including 18 Emmy® nominations and seven wins. The show won two Golden Globes, for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries (Robert Duvall). The film was deemed Program of the Year by the National Television Critics Association, as well as Outstanding Dramatic Achievement. It received the D.W. Griffith Award for Best Television Miniseries, and CBS was presented with a Peabody Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama.
From hats to gun belts to boots, the complete outfits of Augustus “Gus” McCrae, Jake Spoon, and Woodrow F. Call (played by Robert Duvall, Robert Urich, and Tommy Lee Jones) are just a few of the many “making of” materials the Wittliff Collections have on permanent display from the beloved miniseries based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. This exhibition from the Wittliff’s major Lonesome Dove production archive takes visitors behind the scenes of the Emmy-winning show, with a look at props and principal costumes, set designs, costume sketches and production notes, Bill Wittliff's screenplay drafts, script pages, and photographs, plus much, much more.
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
Purchase A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove signed by screenwriter and co-executive producer Bill Wittliff, author John Spong, and archives photographer Jeff Wilson.
Purchase A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove by Bill Wittliff.
Tour the Lonesome Dove Collection online.
[above] The Hat Creek Outfit, © 1988, by Bill Wittliff
Acting Up and Getting Down celebrates the new book in the Wittliff’s literary series with UT Press. One of the few anthologies of its kind, Acting Up and Getting Down brings together seven compelling plays by African American Texans, spanning turning points in history, addressing intergenerational struggles, and marking cultural triumphs while exploring the complexity of African American life from an array of perspectives. Edited by Texas State faculty members SANDRA MAYO and ELVIN HOLT, Acting Up and Getting Down showcases often-overlooked literary talents to bring to life inspiring facets of black theatre history. This exhibition springs from the theater archives donated to the Wittliff Collections by Sandra Mayo.
MARCH 27, 2014, 4:00 PM
Join us for a Thursday afternoon exhibition reception, and a discussion, and book signing with the editors of the new Wittliff literary series book, Acting Up and Getting Down: Texas State faculty members SANDRA MAYO and ELVIN HOLT. Sandra Mayo is Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Theatre and Dance and Associate Professor of Theatre at Texas State. Elvin Holt is Professor of English at Texas State. Mayo has edited several scholarly books, and both authors have published numerous essays in the field. The anthology will be available for purchase at the event. Admission is free and all welcome.
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Approximately 40 images recently added to the Wittliff’s ever-growing Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection debut in this eclectic exhibition.
[above] Medicine Bottles, © 2012, David Johndrow, archival pigment print from cyanotype photogram