Wednesday, April 5, 2017 to Monday, September 18, 2017
Since the early 1990s, the Mexican Consulate in Austin has collaborated with city government to hold La Fiesta del Grito de Independencia, a public celebration of Mexican Independence Day, otherwise known as El Diez y Seis. The event features Mexican music and dance, complete with the grito de independencia, delivered by the sitting consul general. El Grito is a reenactment of the cry of independence given...Read More
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
"It's art not as usual, not decorative art, or art for art’s sake, but art making a profound statement about who we are in the world.” — George Rivera
To listen to artist and visionary George Rivera speak about the work of Artnauts Collaborative is to be swept up by the mission and commitment of this group of artists, all of whom have made a commitment to reflect on people...Read More
Monday, December 5, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Latin America’s 19th Century: Reflections on Modernity, Memory, and Identity is an exhibition conceived and curated by students in Lina del Castillo’s Latin America in the 19th Century class. Del Castillo is assistant professor at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) and the Department of History at The University of Texas at Austin.
Designed for viewers of high school...Read More
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 to Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Two students received awards for their photography in the LLILAS Benson student photography exhibition this fall. Giovana Sanchez, a master's student in Latin American studies and journalism, earned a prize for "Mangaba e mel," a photo she took while visiting São Paulo for research. Jesse (Jesús) Nazario, an undergraduate student in journalism and International Relations and Global Studies, won for "By-products...Read More
Thursday, September 8, 2016 to Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Exhibition runs September 8, 2016, through March 15, 2017.
Through a rich display of rare maps, diaries, books, and royal decrees, this exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection explores two-and-a-half centuries of trade between the Spanish Empire in the Americas, via Mexico, and Asia, via the Philippines. The age of the Manila Galleon, from 1565 to 1815, brought with it an exchange of goods and...Read More
Friday, April 15, 2016 to Friday, July 15, 2016
Historias/Viajes (Stories/Journeys) is a dual exhibition by visual artists Marta Sánchez and Liliana Wilson. The two artists have deep roots in Texas, and in this exhibition, their contrasting styles and subject matter share the commonality of exploring the bonds that tie all people together, bonds of family and family lore, bonds of humanity and shared loss. The exhibition opened on April 14...Read More
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
A collection of foodways images by celebrated Nicaraguan photographer Celeste González will be on view in the first-floor corridor of the Benson Latin American Collection through July 15, 2016.
Celeste González was born in 1954 in León, Nicaragua, to a family active in photography since the early twentieth century. She began her photographic career with Semanario El Tayacán (1983), producing popular photo...Read More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 to Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wood, Paper, String highlights the art and history of the Brazilian popular literary tradition known as cordel. Featuring recent Benson Collection acquisitions, the exhibition explores cordel’s evolution from traditional to contemporary themes and showcases the woodcut illustration that is an iconic visual element of the genre.
This exhibition coincides with the 20th anniversary...Read More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 to Sunday, September 13, 2015
A self-described “Chicana, tejana, working-class, dyke-feminist poet, writer-theorist,” Gloria Anzaldúa also saw herself as a nepantlera, one who navigates a liminal space between worlds, identities, and ways of knowing. Just as fluid movement between English, Spanish, and Nahuatl was central to Anzaldúa’s teaching and writing, so too was the interplay between words and images an essential element of her self-...Read More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015 to Friday, June 5, 2015
This series of photographs by Walterio Iraheta (El Salvador) depicts remittance culture and vernacular architecture in Central America. In a parody of the Taschen architecture series that includes New York Style, London Style, and Paris Style, the photo series Faraway Brother Style shows some of the ways in which money sent home by emigrant family members is spent on buildings that defy genres and blend...Read More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
Now in its fifth year, this annual exhibition sponsored by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections features photography by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students highlighting their research, fieldwork, and volunteer activities within Latin American and U.S. Latin@ communities during the past year.
Please join us at the Benson Latin American Collection on Thursday,...Read More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 to Saturday, January 31, 2015
Exhibition at the Benson Latin American Collection
Inside the Baroque illuminates the splendor and diversity of Mexican arts and letters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and their enduring legacy.
Photography by Carolyn Brown and documentary film by Quin Mathews present arresting views of Mexico’s baroque churches, showcasing the height of the period’s aesthetic...Read More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Developed in conjunction with the 2014 Lozano Long Symposium, Archiving the Central American Revolutions, this exhibition offers a powerful glimpse into the visual and print culture of the Central American revolutions, from the 1970s through the peace accords and elections of the 1990s. Although the revolutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua followed different trajectories, the images and texts...Read More
Monday, February 3, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Known as one of Mexico’s great muralists of the twentieth century, José Clemente Orozco also produced numerous works on paper, including illustrations for several newspapers during and after the Mexican Revolution. Fantastic & Grotesque features caricatures and cartoons Orozco created for the weekly satirical paper El Ahuizote during 1911 and 1912. The paper took aim at both the political and...Read More
Monday, October 14, 2013 to Friday, January 31, 2014
This collection of historic maps, reproduced at actual size from the Benson’s rare books and manuscripts collection, serve as visual histories of Mexican territory, culture, and identity through three centuries of transformation. Through image and text, these documents trace the intertwined and often contentious relationships between indigenous and European, civil and religious, and “national” and foreign, in...Read More
Monday, September 30, 2013
The annual LLILAS Benson Student Photography Exhibition kicks off its fourth year with an opening reception in Sid Richardson Hall on September 30. This annual exhibition — sponsored by the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies — features photographs taken by University of Texas at Austin graduate and undergraduate students...
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Archival materials now on view at the Benson commemorate the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile and its political and cultural aftermath.
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room are original LPs from the Benson's extensive music collection, highlighting singers and songwriters of the socially and politically active folk song movements that developed in Chile and spread across Latin America during the...Read More
Friday, April 19, 2013
Benson First Floor Exhibition Hall
This temporary exhibition highlights pioneering achievements in Mexican American history, education, and letters throughout the past century. These milestones are represented in texts, letters and photographs from the U.S. Latino archival collections the Benson Collection has gathered during the past forty years, yielding an unrivaled set of documentary resources that...Read More
Monday, April 15, 2013
On view through August
Benson second floor exhibition gallery
Culminating thirty years of photographing gang members and their families and collecting images that have been featured in Aperture, Mother Jones, and other publications, photojournalist Donna De Cesare uncovers the effects of decades of war and gang violence on the lives of youths in Central America and in refugee communities in the...Read More