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