Posted on Sun Jan 1, 2012
Changing Places: Ranch Gates of the Southwest
by Douglas Manger“The West is everything we want it to be: it is our potential for love and success, it is possibility and imagination. And the fence that defines the boundaries contains us, keeps us from getting lost in all of that possibility, saves us from straying too far from ourselves. I drive through the open gate, into the landscape within.”...
Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
TEXAS ZYDECOPhotographs by James FraherThat portion of the I-10 interstate highway that connects the southeast Texas cities of Houston and Beaumont to the southwest Louisiana cities of Lake Charles and Lafayette might well be proclaimed the zydeco corridor of the world. Extending almost equal distances on both sides of the Sabine River, this is a heavily traveled section of road familiar to...
Posted on Sat Aug 7, 2010
Texas Folklife, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts (SAMFA) are working with landscape designer and author Jill Nokes on a new exhibition Yard Show which will open in San Angelo in September 2009 and then tour Texas venues in 2010. Nokes’ recent book, Yard Art and Handmade Places: Extraordinary Expressions of Home (2007, UT Press) has inspired this exhibit. The book features people who have...
Posted on Mon Jul 19, 2010
The stories in Yard Show build vivid pictures of home that is more than just real estate and property values. Yard Show offers a lens for people to view their own communities, especially those overlooked neighborhoods where forgotten public histories and private memories may contribute to a greater sense of place. Research on the history of landscape design usually focuses on formal, elite...
Posted on Thu Aug 12, 1999
Texas Folklife's program 1999 "Quilts of Color: Three Generations of Quilters" featured exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops about the tradition of quilting among sisters Katie Mae Tatum, Gladys Henry and Henry's daughter Lavene Brackens and granddaughter Sherry Byrd. This family of quilters has been based out of Fairfield, Texas for the last five generations, since the end...
Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014
This exhibit represents a sampling of highlights from Texas Folklife's annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival held every June at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater. All photos below are credited to our long-time photographer, David Dodd. This exhibit can be presented in conjunction with our Touring Roster. TEXAS FOLKLIFE TOURING ROSTER
Santiago JimenezLady DAnthony...
Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
By Julie Ardery
“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.”
But what if it plays the bajo quinto (the big acoustic guitar of conjunto music), has a Welsh last name, sings in a Cajun band, and hails from Saginaw, Michigan?
In that case, it’s Bradley Jaye Williams. One of the most versatile musicians in Austin, Williams over the...
Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
WHERE: Texas Folklife Gallery, 1317 S. Congress, Austin (behind Ten Thousand Villages)
WHEN: March 9 to March 16
Posted on Thu Nov 1, 2012
Taquerías Southmost: Expressing Cultural Identity through the Business of Food
Photos by Chuy Benitez
Texas Folklife partnered with the Brownsville Historical Association (BHA) to conduct research and document the history of Taquerías in Brownsville and launch and promote an exhibit titled "The Taquerías of Southmost." The Southmost area of Brownsville houses approximately 33,009 residents and is...
Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2009
By Linda Ho Peché
"When you go through a cotton field, when you drive past, stop and go sit at la cabecera, the beginning of the row, and just listen. You're gonna hear the laughing, you're gonna hear the singing, but you're also gonna hear, the crying. Y eso voy a decir." Roel Flores
In 2007, Texas Folklife partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts for a...