"The pictures that Bill Wittliff took on the set of the movie have a stand-alone ghostly authority. The same creative power and conviction that allowed Larry McMurtry to transform his workaday scenario into one of the greatest novels of our time, and that transformed that novel into the greatest western movie ever made, are on display in Bill Wittliff's photographs."
- Stephen Harrigan
Lonesome Dove—Larry McMurtry’s epic novel of two aging Texas Rangers who drive a herd of stolen cattle 2,500 miles from the Rio Grande to Montana to found the first ranch there—captured the public imagination and has never let it go. The Lonesome Dove miniseries, which first aired on CBS in 1989, lassoed an even wider audience.
Capturing the sweeping visual imagery of the original miniseries, the Lonesome Dove exhibition presents classic images taken during filming by Bill Wittliff, renowned photographer, writer, and executive producer (with Suzanne De Passe) of Lonesome Dove. The images, however, are worlds apart from ordinary production stills, depicting an extraordinary union of art, literature, and history.
Lonesome Dove, a wall-hanging exhibition that features fifty-five framed and matted sepia tone photographs, is created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.
|Content||55 framed, sepia toned photographs|
6 text panels
|Shipping Weight and Dimensions||Travels in 4 wooden crates|
|Rental Period||6 weeks|
*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.
Lonesome Dove press release
A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.
Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download from the logo page.
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Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, TX
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Brownsville Historial Association, Brownsville, TX
Midland County Library, Midland, TX
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Pearce Museum, Corsicana, TX