Current & Upcoming Exhibitions


Sandra Cisneros at the Wittliff Collections

Highlights from the SANDRA CISNEROS archive

The Wittliff celebrates its major new acquisition -- the archive of internationally acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros -- with a lobby display highlighting some of the treasures in the Cisneros papers. Included are manuscripts, photographs, books, and personal effects such as the typewriter used by Cisneros.

As one of America’s leading writers, Sandra Cisneros helped launch the Latino literary boom and is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. She is the author of poetry, a memoir, essays, children’s books and fiction, including The House on Mango Street, which has sold more than 6 million copies and inspired generations of readers worldwide.

Filming Lonesome Dove © 1988, Bill Wittliff

AUGUST 17, 2015 - July 3, 2016
PLACES IN THE HEART: Texas Cinescapes  

Classic movies set in the Lone Star State are featured in this new exhibition at the Wittliff Collections that celebrates the art of filmmaking in Texas. Places in the Heart: Texas Cinescapes draws from the Wittliff's major film archives, including the recently donated collection of Academy Award®-winning writer/director Robert Benton (Places in the Heart, Bonnie and Clyde). Also featured are major film holdings from Bill Wittliff (Lonesome Dove, Raggedy Man, Barbarosa, A Night in Old Mexico), William Broyles, Jr. (Apollo 13), and Severo Perez (…and the earth did not swallow him), along with Texas authors whose works have inspired major films, such as Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men. Items on display include screenplays, behind-the-scenes photos, props, wardrobe pieces, and a wealth of other production materials that highlight the ways Texas filmmakers have sought to create authentic visions of the Lone Star State.

[above] Filming Lonesome Dove, © 1988, Bill Wittliff


 Asamblea / Assembly,  Xalatlaco, State of Mexico, 1965, © Rodrigo Moya          Ixtle Family / Familia Ixtle, © 1965, Rodrigo Moya

AUGUST 3, 2015 - JULY 3, 2016
RODRIGO MOYA: Photography and Conscience / Fotografía y conciencia 

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University organized this important exhibition—and the bilingual monograph that accompanies it—by drawing from their significant holdings of Rodrigo Moya’s gelatin silver prints. The first retrospective of Moya’s career to be exhibited in the United States, these 90-plus images reveal his vision and precision in an important chapter of the history of twentieth-century Mexican photography.

The exhibition RODRIGO MOYA: Photography and Conscience / Fotografía y conciencia was curated by Carla Ellard of the Wittliff Collections, and it is part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA, the annual international photography festival based in San Antonio Texas. Fotoseptiembre logo

2:00 P.M. SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2015
exhibition reception + artist talk + book signing with RODRIGO MOYA

The public is invited to the exhibition reception, artist talk, and book launch/signing with Rodrigo Moya and his wife Susan Flaherty at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2015. Attendees are asked to RSVP to

[left] Asamblea / Assembly, © 1965, Rodrigo Moya 
[right] Familia Ixtle / Ixtle Family, © 1965, Rodrigo Moya 

Speckled Dog, © 2000, O. Rufus Lovett

AUGUST 10, 2015 - May 13, 2016
ANIMALS AMONG US: Photographs from the Permanent Collection 

From the poignant to the fantastical, this menagerie of 55 photographs has it all—from American Bittern by Jayne Hinds Bidaut to Xolo by Graciela Iturbide. Included are Squash and Snail by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Luna by Keith Carter, The Swan by Josephine Sacabo, and Orb Weaver by David Johndrow. There are cats, dogs, horses, fish, fowl, insects, and more in images created with a variety of photographic and printing techniques by 39 artists:

Manuel Álvarez Bravo  |  Alicia Ahumada   |  Jayne Hinds Bidaut  |  Lázaro Blanco  |  Ave Bonar  | Tami Bone | Kenny Braun  |  Kate Breakey  |  Dan Burkholder  |  Keith Carter  |  Faustinus Deraet  | James Evans  |  Dennis Fagan  |  Nine Francois  |  Graciela Iturbide  |  David Johndrow  |  Robb Kendrick  |  O. Rufus Lovett  |  Mary Ellen Mark  |  Eniac Martínez  |  Mi Pueblo: The Pozos Children’s Project  |  Burton Pritzker  |  Josephine Sacabo  |  Joel Salcido  |  Sebastião Salgado  | Rocky Schenck  |  Amanda Smith  |  Erwin Smith  |  Jack Spencer  |  John Addison Stryker  | Marcela Taboada  |  Edward Larocque Tinker  |  Kathy Vargas  |  Terry Vine  |  Wendy Watriss + Frederick Baldwin  |  Geoff Winningham  |  Bill Wittliff  |  Mariana Yampolsky

[above] Speckled Dog, © 2000, O.Rufus Lovett

Crossing the Rio Grande, 1988 © Bill Wittliff



The Wittliff Collections holds the complete production archive for the classic television miniseries, Lonesome Dove, based on Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Originally broadcast in 1989, Lonesome Dove received 18 Emmy® nominations and seven wins, along with two Golden Globes, for Best Miniseries and Best Actor in a Miniseries (Robert Duvall). Many treasures from the beloved miniseries are on display at the Wittliff Collections, including hats, costumes, props, set designs, costume sketches and production memos, along with screenplay drafts and photographs from the set by writer/co-executive producer Bill Wittliff.

A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove by John SpongNOW 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, Bill Wittliff

Moonrise Over Hernandez © 1941, Ansel Adams


JUNE 6, 2016 - DECEMBER 4, 2016
ANSEL ADAMS: A Southwest Legacy

Ansel Adams: A Southwest Legacy highlights 21 photographs Ansel Adams made in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The exhibition includes dramatic vistas of Big Bend National Park, intimate close-ups of nature in New Mexico, and a variety of portraits of Georgia O'Keeffe and others. Also included are several well-known masterpieces such as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona.
Ansel Adams made these prints as part of a “legacy” collection for The Friends of Photography, one of several organizations Adams helped create to promote photography as a fine art. They are now in the collection of Lynn and Tom Meredith of Austin, who have generously helped make this exhibition possible.
Adams is famous for creating unforgettable photographs of unspoiled nature. He is also lauded for his mastery of black-and-white printing techniques. Adams was, however, most interested in the expressive power of a photograph. "You don't make a photograph just with a camera," he said, "you bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

[above] Moonrise Over Hernandez, 1941, by Ansel Adams, Reproduced by permission of the Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust. All Rights Reserved.


Shack & Tulips, 1996, © Rocky Schenck

JUNE 6, 2016 - DECEMBER 4, 2016
ROCKY SCHENCK: Photographs

Like lost stills from a personal landscape, the photographs of Rocky Schenck hint at stories set in a surreal, shadowy territory backlit with moments of pure beauty. This exhibition features a selection of works from his first monograph, Rocky Schenck: Photo­graphs, from the Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography series published by the University of Texas Press, 2003.

[above] Shack and Tulips © 1996, Rocky Schenck