CSSW Exhibit Archive
Fairy Tales for Truth and Justice
Currently on Display
Developed through a one-year onsite artist-in-residence program at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California, SanTana’s Fairy Tales is a visual art installation, oral history, storytelling project initiated by artist/author Sarah Rafael García. The project integrates community-based narratives to create contemporary fairytales and fables that represent the history and stories of Mexican/Mexican-American residents of Santa Ana (inspired by the Grimm’s’ fairy tales).
The book and multi-media installation, created by the García in collaboration with local visual, musical and performance artists, include a bilingual collection of the following stories:
A Land without Borders: The Comanche Range
An exhibit about Comanche geography and adaptation to the land
On view February 7 – May 10, 2017
This exhibit highlighted the relationship between the Comanche and the land. Comanches were one of the most influential peoples of the Greater Southwest throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Despite their confinement in 1875 to a small reservation in today’s southwestern Oklahoma, the Comanches’ connection to their once vast range has survived in place names and historical memory. The exhibit was developed and designed by public history graduate students at Texas State as a semester-long team project.
Black Theater in Texas: Stages of Struggle and Celebration
On Display October 17th - December 15th, 2016
This exhibition highlighted the extensive groundbreaking research developed during the production of two new historically and artistically related publications written by Dr. Sandra Mayo and Dr. Elvin Holt.
Road to Abilene
On Display Summer 2016
The photos in this exhibit were taken by Lawton Cook, a recent graduate of the MFA program at Texas State, in preparation for writing his thesis--a novel that looks at the effects of urbanization on rural life in Texas.
Iglesias y Camposantos: Sacred Spaces for Mexican Catholics
On Display February 16 - June 3, 2016
Conducted over several years, the project, led by Ana M. Juárez (Department of Anthropology), involved collaboration between students, faculty and others at Texas State University, local agencies and institutions, and most importantly the local Mexican American community who generously shared the stories of their lives.