NOVEMBER 14 – DECEMBER 12, 2013
ROCKY SCHENCK PHOTOGRAPHS
ON FIRST FLOOR OF ALKEK LIBRARY
Like lost stills from a personal filmscape, the photographs of Texas-born Rocky Schenck invite viewers to step into his surreal, shadowy territory: moments lit with a luminescence that is at once seductive and disconcerting. Schenck explains, "I consider my images to be illustrations of my conscious (and perhaps subconcscious) dreams, emotions, and longings." He was born in Austin and grew up in Dripping Springs, Texas, a self-taught camera artist who honed his skills by taking production stills on the sets of his own low-budget, experimental movies. Schenck now lives in Hollywood where he is a successful music video director and a commercial and fine-art photographer.
The Wittliff presents an intimate exhibition of his work in tribute to the 10th anniversary of his first book, Rocky Schenck Photographs, which is part of the Wittliff's Southwestern & Mexican Photography book series with the University of Texas Press. The Wittliff holds the major collection of his images: currently 157 photographs. Located on the first floor of the Alkek Library, this exhibition was curated by Kenneth Fontenot and Carla Ellard. Four additional photographs by Schenck are on view on the seventh floor in the Wittliff exhibition, México lindo, including a representative image from his new color series.
[above] Shack and Tulips, © 1996, by Rocky Schenck
AUGUST 1 – DECEMBER 13, 2013
Titled in tribute to the famous song, “México lindo y querido”—whose lyrics evoke a sentiment of love of the homeland—this exhibition celebrates the beauty of Mexico as seen through both native and foreign eyes. Presenting more than 100 photographs drawn from the Wittliff’s permanent collection, México lindo explores subjects that illuminate the diversity of the country’s landscapes, speak to the dignity of the individual, and reveal the importance of family, community, tradition, and faith. Images by 49 photojournalists and fine-art photographers span in date from modern to contemporary and represent a variety of printing techniques.
FEATURING WORK BY
Alicia Ahumada | Lola Álvarez Bravo | Yolanda Andrade | Lizeth Arauz Velasco | Lázaro Blanco | Byron Brauchli | Kate Breakey | Hugo Brehme | Debbie Fleming Caffery | Manuel Carrillo | Keith Carter | Henri Cartier-Bresson | John Christian | Marco Antonio Cruz | Dennis Darling | Faustinus Deraet | Alinka Echeverría | Miguel Gandert | Héctor García | Flor Garduño | Maya Goded | Jesse Herrera | Robin Renee Hix | Graciela Iturbide | Guillermo Kahlo | Joseph Keiley | Robb Kendrick | Mary Ellen Mark | Luis Márquez | Eniac Martínez | George Miller | Tina Modotti | Pablo Ortiz Monasterio | Rodrigo Moya | José Ángel Rodríguez | Josephine Sacabo | Joel Salcido | Rocky Schenck | Kitty Alice Snead | Richard Speedy | Jack Spencer | Roger Stone | Paul Strand | Antonio Turok | Terry Vine | Edward Weston | Geoff Winningham | Bill Wittliff | Mariana Yampolsky
SEPTEMBER 8, 2013, 3:00 PM
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[above] Maguey Mazahua, © 1989, by Mariana Yampolsky
JUNE 3, 2013 – FEBRUARY 14, 2014
THE WRITER'S ROAD: Selections from the SAM SHEPARD Papers
The Wittliff Collections are home to the major archive of Sam Shepard, one of the world’s most widely produced—and considered one of the greatest living—American playwrights. The Writer’s Road is the first-ever comprehensive exhibition from this extensive and illuminating archive, and it celebrates the forthcoming book in the Wittliff’s Southwestern Writers Collection Series: Two Prospectors: The Letters of Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark. Edited by Texas State faculty member Chad Hammett, Two Prospectors presents selected correspondence and photographs from Shepard’s archive, chronicling the decades-long friendship between Shepard and Dark, who is Shepard’s former father-in-law from his marriage to actress O-Lan Jones. The Writer's Road exhibition includes Wittliff materials used by filmmaker Treva Wurmfeld to make the documentary, Shepard & Dark, which won the prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Woodstock Film Festival, among other awards.
Together, the exhibition and new book offer fascinating revelations and insights into the private life, working methods, and creative career of this Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, short-story writer, screenwriter, director, musician, and Academy Award-nominated actor.
OCTOBER 10, 2013, 7:00 PM
Join us for a special screening of Shepard & Dark and a visit from the filmmaker, Treva Wurmfeld . See the Events page for details.
[above] Johnny Dark (left) and Sam Shepard, Mill Valley, CA, 1982
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 has a chance of becoming mentally ill.” In simple, eloquent detail, 45 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 sponsored by the university’s Wittliff Collections and Common Experience, and CFAN Company.
FEBRUARY 11, 2014, 6:30 PM
Join us for a reception celebrating this exhibition and a talk by the photographer Michael Nye. Admission is free and all welcome. Attendees are asked to RSVP to email@example.com
[above] Elizabeth, © 2002, by Michael Nye
ON PERMANENT DISPLAY
THE LONESOME DOVE COLLECTION
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 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.
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[above] The Hat Creek Outfit, © 1988, by Bill Wittliff