1 Westcott Street
Houston, TX 77007
6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens presents The 4th Biennial David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience: Itinerant and Immigrant Artists and Artisans in 19th-Century Texas, Friday, October 25-Sunday, October 27.One of the greatest cultural treasures in the state of Texas, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is renowned for its superb collection of American and Texas decorative arts and paintings. Established by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to honor Bayou Bend's founding director emeritus, the David B. Warren Symposium has been presented biennially since 2007.Each symposium addresses different aspects of the theme "American Material Culture and the Texas Experience."Itinerary & Registration:Friday, October 25Keynote Address
6:30 p.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
Ron Tyler (former director of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art ) discusses the cultural aspects of itinerant and immigrant artists and artisans within the framework of 19th-century Texas and border history. Reception follows.Saturday, October 26Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:30 a.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
Bonnie Campbell, director, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
Jennifer Hammond, director of education, Bayou Bend Collection and GardensMorning Presentations
9:45–11:45 a.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
Settlers, Artisans & Immigrants: Evolution & Cultural Continuity in the Building of South Texas
Mario L. Sanchez (historical architect and historian with the Texas Department of Transportation) concentrates on the persistence of Hispanic building traditions in South Texas in the 19th century, and into the dawn of the 20th century.
Have Camera, Will Travel: Itinerant & Immigrant Photographers in Early Texas
David Haynes (author of Catching Shadows: A Directory of 19th-Century Texas Photographers and formerly with the Institute of Texan Cultures) explores photographers and photography in early Texas, focusing on the lives and experiences of little-known itinerant photographers as well as more-established immigrants.
Box lunches included in registration fee.Afternoon Presentations
1 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
Special Report: The William J. Hill Texas Artisans & Artists Archive
Marie Wise (project manager) and Margaret Culbertson (director, Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center at Bayou Bend) present a report on the archive.
The Search for Early Texas Silversmiths
D. Jack Davis (professor of art, emeritus, and former Dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas) discusses the production and retail market of silver in Texas, 1850 to 1880.
Thomas Allen's Sketches of Texas 1877-1879
Heather White (master’s degrees in art history and art education, University of North Texas, and formerly with the MFAH) explores the work of itinerant artist Thomas Allen. This lecture includes fresh research and emerging scholarship on Allen as related to his focused time in Texas in the 1870s.
4:30 p.m. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
At the conclusion of the symposium, attendees are invited to join the speakers for light refreshments at Bayou Bend. The house, including the Texas Room, will be open. Shuttle buses are available from the MFAH to Bayou Bend and back, or guests may use their own transportation.Sunday, October 27
Optional Study Trip/Seminar
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Focus on Texas Paintings: 1850–1900
An in-depth survey of the leading artists working in Texas in the second half of the 19th century. Participants have special access to a private exhibition about 19th-century Texas, featuring works selected from the major collection of Texas art formed by Houstonians Bobbie and John Nau. Included are many never-before-seen works by Thomas Allen, the subject of one of Saturday’s symposium papers. Bonnie Campbell, director of Bayou Bend, and Seth Alverson, assistant curator of the Nau Collection, provide additional commentary during the exhibition viewing. Presented by Ali James, curator of the Texas Capitol.Only symposium participants may register for the Sunday event. Limit of 50 people.In addition to the symposium registration fee, $50 per person Includes the bus to and from the seminar; admission to the lecture and exhibition; a light lunch; and a few other surprises to make the day a memorable one!Bus Schedule
10 a.m. Coffee and pastries available in the lobby of Bayou Bend's Lora Jean Kilroy Visitor and Education Center beginning at 9:30 a.m. Bus departs promptly at 10 a.m.
2 p.m. Bus returns to Bayou Bend.Pictured: Clockwise, from left, all from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston: Meade Brothers, Samuel Houston, 1851, daguerreotype, gift of Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. in honor of the firm’s 75th anniversary / Samuel Bell, Cup, c. 1854, silver, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Alice C. Simkins in memory of Alice and Mike Hogg / John Woodhouse Audubon, lithography by John T. Bowen, Texian Hare (Lepus Texianus), 1848, hand-colored lithograph, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Bennie Green in memory of her husband, Joe M. Green, Jr. / Thomas Flintoff, Catholic Church, Houston, Texas, 1852, watercolor on paper, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Cynthia and Anthony G. Petrello in honor of Carena Petrello / Conrad Caspar Rordorf , lithography by Friedrich Julius Tempeltey, Panorama Der Stadt Neu-Braunfels In Texas aufgenommen von der Südwestseite im Sommer 1847, 1851, lithograph, the Bayou Bend Collection, gift of Rose Cullen in honor of Harry H. Cullen, co-chairman of “One Great Night in November, 1998.”. (detail above, full image below).