Photo Museums: Texas  

Amarillo
2200 South Van Buren Street
Amarillo, Texas - TX79109
The collection has diverse treasures. Like many other Texas institutions built in the early and mid '70s the Museum began in 1972 as a non-collecting institution. However, by 1979 the Board of Trustees had established collection policies and since that time the Museum's holdings have grown steadily. The earliest collection focus was early American Modernist paintings and today the collection is best represented in this area by the four Georgia O'Keeffe watercolors and several works by John Marin. These works are in the context of other members of their circle such as Edward Steichen, Edward Weston, Paul Strand, and Alfred Stieglitz. Mid-century Modernists are represented by a particularly nice Franz Kline and important pieces by Louise Nevelson and Helen Frankenthaler. A small group of European paintings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries are best represented by two excellent paintings from the mid 1700s by the Italian painter Francesco Guardi. The photography holdings are dominated by the work of F.S.A. photographer Russell Lee however, excellent examples of his colleagues Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Jack Delano and Marion Post Wolcott are included. Since 1995 the Museum's Asian art collection has grown dramatically through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Price of Amarillo. The collection includes representative textiles from every primary weaving area of the Middle East with examples from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. A comprehensive selection of Edo period Japanese wood block prints by all the major artists is in place and being added to yearly by the Prices. Of particular interest are the South and Southeast Asian sculpture holdings in this collection. Again, this area continues to grow, but currently the collection has Buddhist and Hindu pieces ranging from 2nd century B.C. Gandharan works to 9th century Java and 14th century Khmer sculpture.
 
Austin
300 West 21st Street
Austin, Texas - TX78712
The cornerstone of the photography collection is the renowned Helmut and Alison Gernsheim collection, which is best known for its treasures of nineteenth-century photography, including the world's first photograph, a unique image created in 1826 by the French inventor Joseph Nicéphore Niépce. Since that landmark acquisition, the photography collection has expanded into such diverse areas as fine art, photojournalism, documentary photography, the history of photography, and its technology. These holdings currently amount to over five million prints and negatives, supplemented by books, manuscripts, journals, and memorabilia of significant photographers since the medium's invention.
 
Fort Worth
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas - TX76107
The Amon Carter houses over 40,000 photographic prints, making the museum one of the country’s major repositories of American photography. The holdings span the history of the photographic medium, from one of the earliest daguerreotypes made in this country to inkjet prints being made today.

Nineteenth-Century Photographs

Among the earliest works in the collection is a calotype of Ojibway Indian Peter Jones, made by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson in about 1845. Equally rare is the Amon Carter’s series of daguerreotypes documenting the United States’ war with Mexico in 1846–48. The later nineteenth-century photographs in the collection include Alexander Gardner’s sketchbook of the Civil War and several hundred landscapes by expeditionary photographers such as John K. Hillers, William Henry Jackson, Timothy O’Sullivan, A.J. Russell, and Carleton E. Watkins. Also represented are works by Mathew Brady, William Stillman, and the great daguerreotypists Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes.

Twentieth-Century Photographs

The Amon Carter is also a repository for works by twentieth-century photographers such as Ansel Adams, Carlotta Corpron, Roy DeCarava, Robert Frank, Laura Gilpin, Lewis Wickes Hine, Barbara Morgan, Charles Sheeler, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Willard Van Dyke, Edward Weston, and Minor White. A particular strength of the collection is early twentieth-century pictorial photography, including work by Gertrude Kasebier, Clara Sipprell, Karl Struss, and Clarence White. More than 500 portraits and New York scenes by Berenice Abbott–along with numerous Farm Security Administration photographs by Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn, and Marion Post Wolcott–are housed in the collection as well. In addition, there is an extensive collection of photographs made in Texas during the 1940s as part of a Standard Oil of New Jersey photography project directed by Roy Stryker; there are another 150 photographs of contemporary Texas by sixteen photographers from a sesquicentennial project commissioned by the Texas Historical Foundation. In 1979, the museum commissioned Richard Avedon to produce a series of photographs of people in the American West, and his 124 photographs, completed in 1984, are central to the contemporary photography collection.
 
Houston
4800 Calhoun Road
Houston, Texas - TX77004
BLAFFER ART MUSEUM furthers the understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and public programs of merit and distinction. As the GATEWAY between the University of Houston and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a CATALYST for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, create community through dialogue and participation and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a VITAL FORCE in shaping contemporary culture.
 
Houston
5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, Texas - TX77006
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the best and most exciting international, national, and regional art. Founded in 1948, the Museum prides itself on presenting new art and documenting its role in modern life through exhibitions, lectures, original publications, and a variety of educational programs and events.

The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston occupies an iconic stainless steel building in the heart of the Houston Museum District. This highly recognizable building was designed for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston by the award-winning architect Gunnar Birkerts and opened in 1972.

Two gallery spaces offer eight to ten exhibitions each year. The Major Exhibition Series, presented in The Brown Foundation Gallery, features work by leading internationally-recognized artists working at the vanguard of contemporary art, as well as thematic exhibitions organized around questions central to the nature of art and life today. The Perspectives Series, presented in the Zilkha Gallery, introduces the work of emerging and established artists. Each exhibition is accompanied by an appropriate publication, designed for use by scholars and the general public, which provides lasting documentation of the exhibition and contributes to original knowledge and scholarship about contemporary art and the international discourse around it.
 
Houston
1533 Sul Ross Street
Houston, Texas - TX77006
The de Menils assembled a photography collection in keeping with their interests in humanitarian issues. As a result, portraits comprise most of the collection, with many subjects being of a social documentary nature. Landscapes also number in the collection, as do works by the Surrealists. Notable artists in the collection include Eugène Atget, Gertrude Blom, William Christenberry, William Eggleston, Olafur Eliasson, Walker Evans, Gertrude Kasebier, David Levinthal, Danny Lyon, Nadar, Cindy Sherman, Edward Steichen, and Paul Strand. The collection also includes approximately 500 images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, selected for the Menil by the artist himself.
 
Houston
1001 Bissonnet
Houston, Texas - TX77005
The Target Collection of American Photography
The Target Collection contains significant images by artists whose works are considered the basis of the tradition of American photography, including Imogen Cunningham, Robert Frank, Dorothea Lange, Paul Outerbridge, Herb Ritts, Joel Sternfeld, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, James Van Der Zee, Catherine Wagner, William Wegman, and Edward Weston. Begun with a visionary corporate gift in 1976, the Target Collection of American Photography has grown to comprise more than 22,000 works of art. In addition to documenting seminal moments in American history, the collection demonstrates a variety of approaches to the medium by artists whose perspectives have affected contemporary photographic practices.

The Allan Chasanoff Photographic Collection
Allan Chasanoff relishes pictures that puzzle him, and he wants others to enjoy these surprises. He built his collection of 20th-century photographs by questioning what occurs when the camera “captures” the real world but the resulting image creates confusion rather than clarity, challenging photography's reputation as a dependable document. In 1991, the New York-based collector donated nearly 1,000 works to the MFAH by photographers ranging from Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and Joel Peter Witkin to relatively unknown artists.
 
San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, Texas - TX78666
Significant among the Wittliff’s holdings is our nation’s largest collection of modern, and contemporary works by leading photojournalists and fine-art photographers from Mexico. Prints by modern masters such as Lola Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Lázaro Blanco, Héctor García, Kati Horna, Nacho López, Rodrigo Moya, and Mariana Yampolsky form a bedrock of influence from which the imagery of the next generation can be seen to rise.
This contemporary guard includes such celebrated image-makers as Graciela Iturbide, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Antonio Turok, who are internationally renowned for the strength, range, rarity, and importance of their vision. Also contributing to the impact of the medium in Mexico and beyond are photographers whose distinguished careers continue to gain momentum, such as Yolanda Andrade, Marco Antonio Cruz, Maya Goded, Eniac Martínez Ulloa, Raúl Ortega, and Francisco Mata Rosas. Additionally, the Mexican collection includes an important documentary archive of historical photographs.
Lending further weight to the Wittliff’s repository of original prints are iconic images of the Southwest and Mexico by some of the world’s greatest names in photography: Geronimo (1905) by Edward Curtis, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico (1941) by Ansel Adams, Georgia O’Keefe (1956) by Yousuf Karsh, and Willie Nelson, Luck Ranch, Spicewood, Texas (2001) by Annie Leibovitz, to name but a few.
Add to this list works by François Aubert, Hugo Brehme, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliott Erwitt, Laura Gilpin, Danny Lyon, Richard Misrach, Tina Modotti, Erwin E. Smith, Sebastião Salgado, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, Garry Winogrand, and Joel-Peter Witkin, among others. Since its founding, the Wittliff has established the major collections of many notable contemporary artists, illuminating the arc of their creative development. These include Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, Ken Rosenthal, Josephine Sacabo, Rocky Schenck, and Geoff Winningham, as well as Bill Wittliff, who is highly regarded for both his camera work and print making.
While traditional silver-gelatin darkroom prints make up the core of the Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, images created using other processes are also included. Daguerreotypes, cyanotypes, tintypes, photogravures, and, more recently, archival digital prints represent the possibilities of the medium and preserve the exquisite and historic techniques of picture making for tomorrow’s students and lovers of photography.
 
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