Exhibitions & Collections
THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West

THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West
Photographs by Laura Wilson

September 15 - December 10, 2017

Renowned photographer Laura Wilson has captured the majesty, as well as the tragedy, of her home region of Texas and the wider West for more than 30 years.

In the Briscoe Museum’s photographic exhibition, THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West,  Laura Wilson takes us into a West defined by diverse communities outside the suburban middle-class. This exhibition of eighty-four photographs introduces us to worlds that are framed equally by beauty and violence, reflecting Wilson’s challenge to the traditional views and stereotypes of the region. Text from Wilson’s field journals accompanies the photographs, recalling her personal experiences behind the camera. With her keen eye for detail, Wilson offers an unexpected vision of the West—a topic of enduring fascination. The exhibit is part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA. 

Click here for interview with Laura Wilson by Kathleen Petty of San Antonio Magazine - Sept. 2017

Debutante and Her Maids Border Camp Brother Simon

From Left: Laura Wilson, Debutante and Her Maids, Laredo, Texas, February 18, 1994, Gelatin silver print, 2015; Young Woman with Child, Border Camp, Arizona-Sonora border, June 30, 2000, Gelatin silver print, 2015; Brother Simon, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota, December 12,1996, Gelatin silver print, 2015.

EXHIBITION PROGRAMMING (click here for printable pdf)

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EVENT

September 14 (Thursday)

THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West
Laura Wilson Photography Exhibition

Private Preview Party (Invitation-Only)

September 19 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Voices of the West: Distinguished Lecture Series
Laura Wilson, Reflections on THAT DAY

Renowned American photographer, Laura Wilson has authored four books and her work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and The Washington Post.  She joins us to discuss details behind her current exhibition THAT DAY: Pictures in the American West, her time working closely with legendary photographer Richard Avedon, and the inspirations that have driven her career. $10 Non-members | Free for Briscoe Members

September 26 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

October 3 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

October 17 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Film: Las Marthas
This PBS Independent Lens documentary by filmmaker Cristina Ibarra follows the lives of young women as they debut at the Society of Martha Washington Colonial Ball in the border town of Laredo, TX. The film explores biculturalism, tradition, and an enduring rite of passage in this Mexican American community. The screening is held in conjunction with Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY photography exhibition (Wilson spent time documenting the Debutante Cotillion in the early 1990s). Free Admission.

October 24 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

November 7 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

November 14 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

210|West Gallery Talk
Dogfights to Debutantes
Jennifer Chowning, Head of Education & Programs, explores select images from Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY, which feature diverse communities that often counter the romanticized version of the American West perpetuated by popular media. Free Admission.

This program is supported by the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts and Culture.

November 21 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

November 28 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

December 5 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Laura Wilson’s THAT DAY
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a tour

December 10

Laura Wilson Photography Exhibition: That Day
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Exhibition organized by Laura Wilson in collaboration with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas. The City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture is generously providing lead sponsorship. Additional support provided by the Williams-Chadwick Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation and the Host Committee.  Part of FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA.