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Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant, Shyama,  Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, 1990,  Mary Ellen Mark


Photographs from Mexico and India

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. Mark has been taking uniquely sensitive and expressive images of people around the world for nearly 50 years. The title for this exhibition and the new Wittliff Collections’ publication, Man and Beast, was inspired by a dominant theme of Mark’s oeuvre: the relationships between people and animals, including, as Mark writes, “the anthropomorphic quality of animals and the animalistic quality of man.” All gelatin silver darkroom prints are part of the Wittliff's permanent collection and featured in the Wittliff photography series book of the same name published by the University of Texas Press.

APRIL 27, 2014, 2:00 PM
Mary Ellen Mark was the special guest for our Man and Beast exhibition reception and book launch. Did you miss it? CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO of the Man and Beast exhibition talk at the Wittliff on April 27, 2014. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE BOOK, Man and Beast, signed by Mary Ellen Mark.


[above] Ram Prakash Singh with His Elephant, Shyama, Great Golden Circus, Ahmedabad, India, © 1990, Mary Ellen Mark


Medicine Bottles, © 2012, photogram by David Johndrow

APRIL 12 – DECEMBER 7, 2014

COMING TO LIGHT  Recent Acquisitions

This exhibition features works from 42 internationally acclaimed and emerging photographers, recently acquired and shown by the Wittliff Collections for the first time. Coming to Light ranges from portraiture and the Southwest’s natural and invented landscapes to themes related to Mexico’s history, beauty, and cultural impact upon the United States. The photographic processes represented are just as diverse, among them are tintypes, gelatin silver prints, chromogenic prints, and archival pigment prints. Works of note include Missing #1, a photo installation by Kathy Vargas, the modern masterpiece Instrumental by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, an alien figure in Lobby, Roswell by Rocky Schenck, and Murder by Execution, a historical image by Robert Runyon depicting the horrors of the Mexican Revolution.

Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, Lee Friedlander, Graciela Iturbide, Richard Misrach, Geoff Winningham, and Mariana Yampolsky are just a few of the other luminaries whose work is on display. Also on view are the Wittliff's first acquisitions of prints by such exceptional photographers as Mark Klett, Norman Mauskopf, Wyatt McSpadden, Al Rendon, Holly Reed, and Amanda Smith. Coming to Light offers an exciting opportunity to witness the ways in which the Wittliff's dynamic collection is growing and to reflect on how the medium of photography has inspired artists to revisit traditional processes as well as create unique works. 

Yolanda Andrade  |  Frank Armstrong   |   Jayne Hinds Bidaut   |   Tami Bone  |  Jim Bones   |   Byron Brauchli   |  Manuel Álvarez Bravo  |  Kate Breakey   |  Laura Pickett Calfee  |  Keith Carter   |  J.B. Colson   |  Marco Antonio Cruz  |  Dennis Darling  |  Faustinus Deraet  |   Lee Friedlander  |  Jesse Herrera  |  Graciela Iturbide  |  David Johndrow  |  Mark Klett |  Luis Márquez   |  Norman Mauskopf  |  Wyatt McSpadden  |  Pedro Meyer  |  Richard Misrach   |  Rodrigo Moya  |  Michael O’Brien  |   Holly Reed  |  Al Rendon  |  Jeff Rowe   |  Robert Runyon  |  Josephine Sacabo  |  Joel Salcido  |  Rocky Schenck   |  Amanda Smith  |  Jack Spencer   |   Antonio Turok  |  Kathy Vargas  |   Jeff Wilson   |  Geoff Winningham   |  Bill Wittliff  |  Bill Wright  |  Mariana Yampolsky

[above] Medicine Bottles, © 2012, David Johndrow, archival pigment print from cyanotype photogram


Cover of Acting Up and Getting Down: Plays by African American Texans

MARCH 18 – AUGUST 1, 2014

ACTING UP AND GETTING DOWN  Plays by African American Texans

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. Read more...

MARCH 27, 2014, 4:00 PM
Sandra Mayo and Elvin Holt were the guest speakers for our Acting Up and Getting Down exhibition reception and book launch. Did you miss it? Watch for the event video on the Wittliff Collections' YouTube channel, and shop the Writers Collections section at our online store to purchase the book.

Read the story behind the book and the exhibition.


Hat Creek Outfit



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.


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, by Bill Wittliff