Archive for November, 2011

Exhibits for the Fall: Art and Violence

The Remuda.
We have 2 great exhibits up on the 6th floor which opened this fall. Impressions of the West: Works of Art from Special Collections features over 30 paintings, sculptures, and prints which showcase how the American West has been viewed by artists and popular culture. The exhibit will look at how artists interpreted the land and peoples of the southwest and west. Focusing on artists who worked during the twentieth century, Impressions of the West will explore whether western art is a truthful recording of a bygone era, or an idealized version of history, or merely kitsch created for the popular market.
Featured in the exhibit will be works by such greats as Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell, who epitomize western art, as well as Bert Phillips, one of the founding members of the Taos School. Works by other well know western artists such as Olaf Wieghorst and Fremont Ellis are also on display.

Dominic Bracco
Also, on display is Life and Death in the Northern Pass: The Photography of Dominic Bracco II which features images from Ciudad Juárez taken by photojournalist and UT Arlington alumnus Dominic Bracco II.

Both exhibits run through January 14, 2012 and are free and open to the public. Our hours are Monday 9-7, and Tuesday-Saturday 9-5.

What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas

Carousel Horse
The spring and summer exhibit up here on the 6th floor was What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas. Originally scheduled for only the spring semester it was held over into the summer due to popular demand. It became SPCO’s most popular exhibit and shattered attendance records here. We were all sorry to see it go.

Along with wonderful images from our archives we were able to work with private collectors and enthusiasts to display a wide array of physical objects in the exhibit. Six Flags graciously loaned us one of their carousel horse (which always got a wonderful reaction from our younger visitors). Also, on display was a Spee-lunker dressed as Abe Lincoln. An original 1965 map of the park was also on display as well as many employee related items. I hope you had the chance to stop in and see the exhibit while it was up. Images of the exhibit can be found here.