This spring the sixth floor will be inundated with images of the Mexican Revolution. To celebrate the centennial of this momentous event the sixth floor will host an exhibition of three photographic collections in Special Collections, the Parlor, and even the Atrium. The Mexican Revolution, more than any other event, lead to the modern Mexican nation-state. It was also the impetus for the flight of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Mexico to the United States which changed the demographics of the American Southwest and Texas in particular.
Images of Conflict: The Mexican Revolution features photographs from Special Collections and leads visitors through the course of the war. The exhibit features powerful images of Mexico before and during the Revolution from the Byron C. Utecht Scrapbooks Collection and the James Edward Long Collection.
The second exhibit Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond is on loan to UTA from the Mexican government and features the photographs of Augstin Victor Casasola, the founder of the world’s first news photography agency. The exhibit, which will be displayed in the Parlor, covers the decades from 1910 to 1940 and is a unique and compelling chronicle of life in Mexico in the early part of the 20th century, according to Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Southwestern Studies and the one who arranged for the exhibit to come to UTA. A reviewer for The New York Times described the exhibit as “in every way extraordinary” when it was shown in New York City in 2005.
The third and final exhibit comes to the Library from UT-Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and will be displayed in Special Collections. La Tierra y su Gente: The Rio Grande Photography of Robert Runyon is a unique visual resource documenting the Lower Rio Grande Valley during the 1900s. Runyon photographed the development and events along the South Texas border, including the Mexican Revolution and the U.S. military presence at Ft. Brown and along the border prior to and during WWI.
All three exhibits are free and open to the public, but times vary. Call 2-3997 (Southwest Center) or 2-2179 (Erin O’Malley) for more information. If you wish to delve even deeper into the Mexican Revolution the History department’s annual Webb Lecture series will also be focused on the event. The Mexican Revolution: Conflict and Consolidation, 1910-1940 will be a two day event and will feature eight distinguished scholars from Mexico and the United States who will discuss the violent social revolution that took place in Mexico from 1910 to 1920. For more information about all these events please see http://www.uta.edu/southwesternstudies/upEvents.html.