Brownsville’s festive ambience sets the mood for an exciting and fun vacation for the whole family. From our Charro Days festivities in February, to our Latin Jazz Festival in October, it’s no wonder Brownsville is Always a Fiesta!

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Costumes of America Exhibit: Honoring the Past and Coloring the Future @ Costumes of America Museum
Dec 1 2018 @ 10:00 AM – May 12 2019 @ 5:00 PM
Costumes of America Exhibit: Honoring the Past and Coloring the Future @ Costumes of America Museum

Highlighting the season’s exhibit is a Children’s Coloring Book illustrated exclusively for the museum by Don Breeden. Come and experience a one of a kind of collection of authentic and indigenous textiles and art.

Jan
8
Tue
2019
Fort Brown Exhibit @ Historic Brownsville Museum
Jan 8 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 30 @ 4:00 PM
Fort Brown Exhibit @ Historic Brownsville Museum

Many themes in U.S. history pertain to the Fort Brown. These includes: the Mexican American War, The US Civil War, World War 1, yellow fever research, women in the military and Tejanos in the military. the bi-lingual panels in this exhibits highlights these themes with an introduction and conclusion included. This student project contains a total of 20 free-standing banners and is on temporary display at the Historic Brownsville Museum from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Jan
9
Wed
2019
Sanctus Martyrs of Faith @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Jan 9 @ 6:00 PM – Feb 28 @ 8:00 PM
Sanctus Martyrs of Faith @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

As my eye peers through the viewfinder of my camera, I’m mindful of my vision before I weigh down on my shutter release. To capture a series of photographs that shows the viewer a glimpse into a spiritual world of the many faces of Christian saints portrayed by model Claudia Marcela Henry. The repertoire of photos I present is a vision that was inspired by classical religious paintings and my perspective as a photographer to capture the majesty and beauty of the lives of Christian saints.

I am a Brownsville native and call this city my home. A photojournalist by day at The Brownsville Herald and an artist by night. Photography has been a constant in my life. There is no greater joy to me then to bring a nostalgic smile to those who view my photographs.

Feb
1
Fri
2019
Brownsville Raid Exhibit @ Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room
Feb 1 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 30 @ 4:00 PM
Brownsville Raid Exhibit @ Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room

The Brownsville Raid was an historic event of racial injustice against the 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry, on August 13, 1906. The 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry stationed at the Fort Brown were accused of the murdered of a white bartender and a lengthy trial ensued. The matter reached President Theodore Roosevelt, who ultimately dishonorably  discharged the Buffalo Soldiers, even though proof of culpability had not been found. The Buffalo Soldiers were eventually pardoned and honorably discharged in 1972 by President Nixon. the exhibit will include maps, never before seen images of Army / civilian correspondence, military pardon addendum and more. Through the help of Congressman Vela’s office and special research access of the National Archives, we present this unique exhibit.

Feb
4
Mon
2019
War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit @ UTRGV Edinburg Campus
Feb 4 – Jun 19 all-day
War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit @ UTRGV Edinburg Campus

War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit is open to the public UTRGV Visitors Center Edinburg Campus.

 

Special Events

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

“Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom”

Documentary Film Debut

UTRGV Performing Arts Complex

Edinburg Campus 6:30 pm

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail Community Celebration

UTRGV – Edinburg Campus

Public lecture series – Student Union Theater

Re – enactors – Union & Confederate Soldiers

Book Signing 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Just A Ferry Ride To Freedom: A Documentary Film Debut @ UTRGV Performing Arts Center
Feb 20 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Just A Ferry Ride To Freedom: A Documentary Film Debut @ UTRGV Performing Arts Center

This film showcases stories about the Texas-Mexico border and its connection to the Underground Railroad. Rooted in pre-Civil War Texas along the Rio Grande between the emerging cities of Laredo and Brownsville, this film highlights mixed-race ranches in Hidalgo County and illustrates how culturally diverse the Rio Grande Valley really is. Life ways developed during that time still influence life along the border and across the US today. Featured in the film are community leaders, ranchers, and historians who find out how a just a ferry ride across the border to freedom altered the course of US history.

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Charro Days Art Contest Display @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts
Feb 26 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 2 @ 4:00 PM
Charro Days Art Contest Display @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts | Brownsville | Texas | United States

Art Contest
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays- Thursdays: 10am- 4pm
Sundays-Mondays: Closed

Feb
28
Thu
2019
BISD Children’s Charro Days Parade 2019 @ Elizabeth Street
Feb 28 @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
BISD Children's Charro Days Parade 2019 @ Elizabeth Street | Brownsville | Texas | United States

Featuring folkloric dances, music from Mexico, colorful costumes, floats, bands and much much more.

All Parades go down Elizabeth St. through Historic Downtown Brownsville, TX.

Mar
1
Fri
2019
Illuminated Night Parade 2019 @ Elizabeth Street
Mar 1 @ 7:00 PM
Illuminated Night Parade 2019 @ Elizabeth Street | Brownsville | Texas | United States

All Parades go down Elizabeth St. through Historic Downtown Brownsville, TX.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Bruce Guilden – Lectures back to back @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Mar 14 all-day
Bruce Guilden - Lectures back to back @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

During this one day workshop legendary photographer Bruce Gilden will provide insight through interactive sessions and group discussions on shooting methods, individual style and editing tips. At this workshop Gilden will assist you in developing or expanding your style as a photographer. This workshop is open to both amateurs and professionals. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a living legend.

This workshop offers:
• Concepts of street photography
• Developing an eye
• Editing Tips

Please Submit Photographs to The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art for a chance to have them Critiqued by Gilden during the last hour of lecture.

Bruce Gilden:
An Iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He first went to Penn State University but he found his sociology courses too boring for his temperament and he quit college. Gilden briefly toyed with the idea of being an actor but in 1967, he decided to buy a camera and to become a photographer. Although he did attend some evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bruce Gilden is to be considered substantially a self-taught photographer.
Right from childhood, he has always been fascinated by the life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves, and this was the spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects, photographing in Coney Island and then during the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Over the years he has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France , Ireland, India, Russia, Japan, England and now in America.
Since the seventies his work has been exhibited in museum and art galleries all over the world and is part of many collections.
The photographic style of Bruce Gilden is defined by the dynamic accent of his pictures, his special graphic qualities, and his original and direct manner of shooting the faces of passers-by with a flash. Gilden’s powerful images in black and white and now in color have brought the Magnum photographer worldwide fame.
Gilden has received many awards and grants for his work, including National Endowments for the Arts fellowships (1980, 1984 and 1992), French “Villa Medicis Hors les Murs” grant (1995), grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts ( 1979, 1992 and 2000), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship (1999) and in 2013 a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
Bruce Gilden has published 18 monographs of his work, among them: Facing New York, 1992; Bleus, 1994; Haiti, 1996 (European Publishers Award for Photography); After The Off, 1999; Go, 2000; Coney Island, 2002; A Beautiful Catastrophe, 2004; Foreclosures, 2013; A complete Examination of Middlesex, 2014. In 2015, Gilden published Face, and Hey Mister Throw Me Some Beads! His new book Un Nouveau Regard Sur la Mobilité Urbane featuring the commission he did for the French transportation system RATP was released in April 2016.
Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. He lives in Beacon, New York.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
47th International Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Mar 27 – Apr 27 all-day
47th International Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is now accepting applications for its 47th. Annual International Art Show. The exhibition will be juried by visual artists Joe Harjo (San Antonio, TX) and Mauricio Saenz (Matamoros, Mexico / Brownsville, TX). The registration fee is $45.00 for up to 3 art pieces. The opening reception will be on Wednesday March 27 at 6:00 pm, and the exhibition time will be from March 27 thru April 27, 2019.