The Pearce Museum at Navarro College is pleased to announce the upcoming Western Art exhibit titled Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy, on view in the Pearce’s Western Art Gallery March 8- April 13, 2017. The exhibition features photographs by Bill Wittliff with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.
In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cow herders learned to work cattle from a horse’s back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.
This exhibition was created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University-San Marcos, and is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible in party by a We the People grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities.
There will be an opening reception for the exhibit at the Pearce Museum at Navarro College on the evening of Wednesday, March 8, from 5:30-7:30n p.m.. For this special event, the opening reception on March 8, admission will be free and open to the public. All who are interested in tickets or booking a special tour of the Pearce’s Western Art Gallery while Bill Wittliff’s photography is on view March 8-April 10 can call the Pearce Museum at 903-875-7642, or visit our website at www.pearcemuseum.com