Willie Nelson: Texas Icon
On view starting November 8, 2014
In 2013, Nelson donated his vast collection of gifts, awards, and personal items to the University of Texas at Austin’s Briscoe Center. The Briscoe Center is a natural home for the Willie Nelson Collection, with resources covering a wide range of folk and popular music of Texas and the greater South and Southwest. The Willie Nelson display in the North End Zone of the Longhorn football stadium will change regularly to explore different aspects of this multitalented man and his music.
When Bevo Hit the Line
November 7, 2014 — February 6, 2015
In 1916, as war raged in Europe, America remained neutral, focused instead on mustering troops along the southern border in response to the intrigue and banditry of the Mexican Revolution. However, within a year, news of a German plot to infiltrate Mexico and annex Texas caused outrage, sweeping America in the European war on the side of Great Britain and France. Using rare photographs, archived letters, campus yearbooks, and vintage artifacts, When Bevo Hit the Line explores the role that Texas and the university community played in the First World War, preparing troops for battle, supporting war efforts, and memorializing the conflict in later years.
November 6, 2014 — February 2, 2015
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
* Accessible to ticketed passengers only *
Currently on display at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is a small sampling drawn from the Center's collections documenting the musical history of Austin and the Lone Star State. On view in the passenger concourse are record albums, photographs, correspondence, posters, and memorabilia documenting Austin clubs, the Kerrville Festival, Tejano music, blues, country, rock 'n' roll, songwriters, and, of course, Willie. A special feature of fourteen poster-size enlargements pays tribute to photographer Burton Wilson, who documented so much of Austin's musical history beginning in the late 1960s.
The Power of His Camera:
Spider Martin and the Civil Rights Movement
April 8, 2014 – December 19, 2014
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
In 1965, photojournalist James "Spider" Martin (1939-2003) was the youngest freelance photographer at The Birmingham News, where he covered everything from Alabama football to country club social events. He also covered civil rights protests, and witnessing the violent treatment of peaceful protesters had a profound effect on his career, generating a rage that would fuel his photography.
The Sam Rayburn Museum will reopen Sunday, November 11, after a comprehensive renovation of its permanent exhibit, the first major overhaul of the exhibit since the museum opened more than fifty years ago.