Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy
September 25, 2021 – January 24, 2022
Werner Segarra’s Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo invites audiences to peer into the world of the Northern Mexican Vaquero – not as a casual tourist, but as an intimate observer. With over 20 years of images of the Vaqueros, this project reflects a complex contemporary composition of the everyday life of the Vaquero. Realistic moments of how they view themselves, surrounded by the tools of their trade, intertwined with the realities of their existence – family, religion, tradition, culture, work, and animals – reflecting a legacy that reaches back over generations and is the birthplace of the modern Cowboy.
Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo Programing and Events
“The Making of” Vaqueros Documentary Screening with Werner Segarra and Ellen Riojas Clark Instituto Cultural de Mexico Thursday, September 23 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join the Briscoe at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico for a documentary screening and conversation with distinguished guest Ellen Riojas Clark, Ph. D., Professor Emerita in the Department of Bicultural Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Werner Segarra, photographer of Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo: Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy. A highly respected scholar, Dr. Clark’s received three National Endowment for the Humanities grants focused on Mexican American and Latino literature and culture research examines ethnic and cultural identity and cultural studies topics and is executive producer for the “Latino Artist Speaks: Exploring Who I Am” series. The event is free and open to the public.
Exclusive Preview Party: Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo The Jack Guenther Pavillion at the Briscoe Western Art Museum Friday, September 24 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join photographer Werner Segarra and Briscoe CEO and President Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., for the first look at Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo: Contemporary Photography of the Northern Mexican Cowboy. The event includes complimentary valet, beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and light bites.
Free for Briscoe Members | Non-Members: $25 RSVP or purchase tickets by September 20. Tickets are also available by calling 210.507.4864.
Artist Lecture Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo with Warner Segarra and John Phillip Santos Briscoe Western Art Museum Saturday, September 25 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Listen in as Werner Segarra and guest moderator John Phillip Santos take a closer look at how the videos and photographs of Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo were created and what inspired Segarra to pursue the subject. Following the lecture, Segarra will sign copies of his book, “Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo”, available at the Museum Store. The lecture and signing are free with museum admission.
A member of the board of directors of the Briscoe Western Art Museum, John Phillip Santos serves as a University Distinguished Scholar in Mestizo Cultural Studies to the Honors College at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the author of the acclaimed book, “Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation”, as well as “The Farthest Home Is in an Empire of Fire”. Santos has created an international forum for exploring mestizo cultural identity, or mestizaje, at UTSA and As an Emmy-nominated television producer, he has produced more than 40 broadcast documentaries and news programs on cultural themes in 16 countries for CBS and PBS.
Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo Artist Tour with Werner Segarra Sunday, September 26 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Join photographer Werner Segarra for a guided tour through Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo. Peer into the world of the Northern Mexican vaquero as an intimate observer and discover how Segarra was able to capture the life of the vaquero and a way of life that is on the brink of disappearing. Free with museum admission.
Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo is supported in part by the Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992, the Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, and the Texas Commission on the Arts, with special consideration to the Wyatt Family Foundation.
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