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.

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.

Dumped © Rocky Schenck
AUGUST 8 - DECEMBER 16, 2016
ROCKY SCHENCK: The Recurring Dream

The Recurring Dream, our new exhibition by the fine art photographer Rocky Schenck, presents more than 70 evocative images that explore psychological, metaphysical and emotional worlds, ranging from suggestive landscapes to scenes of people in various “found realities.”

In addition to Schenck’s signature black-and-white dreamscapes, this exhibition introduces color images that the artist creates by hand tinting black-and-white prints with color oil paint—a practice that dates back to the Victorian era and makes each individual print unique.

Schenck’s photographs invite viewers to enter an otherworldly realm where reality becomes a dream and dreams become real. His images call out for stories to accompany and explain them. Film director, producer and screenwriter William Friedkin, however, insists that Schenck’s photographs defy meaning. For Friedkin, the images “arrive at a greater truth: a truth we find within the artist and within ourselves.”

The Recurring Dream, organized by the Wittliff Collections, is accompanied by a major exhibition catalog published by the University of Texas Press that features more than 130 of Schenck’s works and a foreword by William Friedkin.

[above] Dumped © Rocky Schenck

Shack and 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

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