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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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2018 Eastside Kings Festival

Event Date: 
Friday, September 7, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, September 9, 2018 (All day)
Event Category: 
Non-Texas-Folklife Event

Gallery Exhibit: Patterns

“Patterns” is a selection of photographs by Susan Morehead featuring symmetrical designs occurring in both art and nature. The exhibition juxtaposes cactus species found primarily in the botanical garden of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico with Persian tiles witnessed in Morehead’s travels throughout Iran. Both elements contain repetitive, mathematically definable patterns such as mirror symmetry, radial symmetry, fractals and tessellation. The resulting effect raises questions about the often-intertwined relationship between artifice, natural order and mathematics.

Gallery Exhibit: Texas Zydeco

Roger Wood and James Fraher spent years traveling the “zydeco corridor”, the musical axis between Houston and Lafayette, Louisiana around which zydeco revolves to this day, interviewing and photographing hundreds of authentic musicians, dancers, club owners, and fans. As their words and images make clear, zydeco, both historically and today, belongs not to a state but to all the people of the upper Gulf Coast. Texas Zydeco describes how many of the most formative players and moments in modern zydeco history developed in Texas, especially Houston.

Gallery Exhibit: Yard Show

Texas Folklife’s exhibit Yard Show showcases homes and properties transformed by their owners into uncommon personal displays with photographs by Krista Whitson, Jill Nokes and Chuy Benitez, videos and sculptural elements borrowed from selected yards as well as new installations commissioned for the exhibit. The stories in Yard Show build vivid pictures of home that is more than just real estate and property values, and offers a lens for people to view their own communities, especially those overlooked neighborhoods where forgotten public histories and private memories may contribute to a greater sense of place.

Gallery Exhibit: Down in Houston

In the clubs, ballrooms, and barbecue joints of neighborhoods such as Third Ward, Frenchtown, Sunnyside, and Double Bayou, Houston’s African American community birthed a vibrant and unique slice of the blues. Houston blues was and is the voice of a working-class community, an ongoing conversation about good times and hard times, smokin’ Saturday nights and Blue Mondays. Showcasing the photographs and stories in the book Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues by Roger Wood and James Fraher, this exhibit presents a detailed portrait of the Houston blues scene, past and present, through interviews and dramatic black-and-white photographs.

Austin Music Exhibit Launch Party

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 19:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
On September 13, Austin Music will hold a launch party for its first digital public history exhibit. The exhibit covers music in Austin between 1930 and 1950, with a focus on dance bands, jazz orchestras, and Western Swing. In addition to segments on regional musicians, it features segments on important concerts by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Paul Whiteman. The launch party will include a guided tour of the digital exhibit, a discussion of the project as a whole, and talks on music, segregation, and politics in Austin in this period.

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