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Past Exhibition

Texas Art: Kinship and Culture


Texas artists have captured and interpreted the lifeways of people over hundreds of years, with keen artistic insights that help us comprehend and understand life in Texas—then and now. Texas Art: Kinship and Culture invites you to experience their artwork and explore how Texans have lived over time through the themes of “Dignity of Work,” “Kinship,” “Culture” and “Land, Sky and Water.”

Painting of people preparing for a feast. 3 men hoist an animal near a fire, 2 women kneel to prepare other food over pots on the ground. In the background, groups of 2 and 3 people talk. The sky is blue and green trees overhead.
Winter Feast, Fidencio Duran, 1988, acrylic on canvas. Gift of Ricardo and Harriett Romo.

This exhibition features approximately 45 works from the Witte Texas Art collection, renowned for its depth and size with artwork by some of the most iconic artists of three centuries. Included are a good number of old favorites—Chili Queens at the Alamo by Julian Onderdonk and Rose Window by Jose Arpa y Perea—and new acquisitions to the Witte collection—including works by Nivia Gonzalez and Fidencio Duran.

Art for History’s Sake

The exhibition is a way for the Witte to test key assumptions about how visual narratives inform history, or what the Witte has long called, “Art for History’s Sake.” Thank you for letting us know how you experience these paintings and how they inform your understanding of Texas. Please look for the interactive area where we ask you to help us with this test to comprehend Texas through Art.

Special Thanks

“Texas Art: Kinship and Culture” is generously supported by the Russell Hill Rogers Fund for the Arts.

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