New Traveling Exhibitions

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World looks at the remarkable life and achievements of one of America’s most beloved personalities. Besides serving his country as a skillful diplomat and negotiator, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist and philanthropist whose wisdom and wit continue to inspire and entertain us more than three hundred years after his birth. Franklin was dedicated to making the world a better place and himself a better person.  His was the quintessential American success story.  

Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, ca. 1816. Benjamin West. Philadelphia Museum of Art

The ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920 ended the woman suffrage movement and represented a great victory for American women in their quest for the right to vote as U.S. citizens. Texas was the first state in the South to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, a landmark moment for all who took place in the struggle for representation. Citizens at Last focuses on the twenty-seven-year campaign for woman suffrage in Texas with panel topics covering the national beginnings of the movement, early Texas leaders, anti-suffrage sentiments, efforts to amend the Texas Constitution, primary suffrage, and, finally, the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

Suffragists marched with their daughters in the Votes for Women parade in New York City, May 6, 1912. Courtesy Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.  

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. The images, however, are worlds apart from ordinary production stills, depicting an extraordinary union of art, literature, and history.

State Fair is a visual distillation of Arthur Grace's photographic odyssey through fairs in ten states—California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia. Time and again, regardless of geographical location, Grace's images deftly capture the strange mixture of the traditional, the kitsch, and the off-the-wall that is unique to these annual gatherings, which began as a celebration of rural American life and have evolved into super-sized extravaganzas.

North Carolina State Fair (Raleigh) by Arthur Grace, 2003. Riders get bird's-eye view of fairgrounds on the Wave Swinger. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Based on the Texas Monthly October 2017 cover story, “Voices from the Storm,” this exhibition features the stories of sixteen individuals who survived, witnessed, and assisted others during the five days of rain brought on by Hurricane Harvey. Using story panels, audio, exclusive photographs, and content from more than a dozen Texas Monthly staff members who covered the hurricane, Unsinkable: Voices from the Storm gives viewers insight into what it was like for Texans affected by the storm.

Photograph of Bill Rogers. Courtesy of Todd Spoth.

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy features sixty-two digital carbon prints with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat, and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.

Photograph by Bill Wittliff, 1971.