Exhibit Opening: Austin at Mid-Century

The Austin History Center is pleased to announce the completion of a 2017 TexTreasures grant project. The Austin History Center staff has cataloged about 50,000 negatives from the Dewey Mears Photograph Archive documenting Central Texas architecture, businesses, people, and events from the 1940s through 1990s. This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2016)

Donated by Mears’ family to the AHC in 2014, the collection has remained completely inaccessible to researchers until now. A finding aid for the collection with an inventory of the negatives is available online. A selection of digitized images is forthcoming on the Portal to Texas History.

To celebrate the completion of the grant, the AHC is mounting an exhibit, Austin at Mid-Century: Photographs by Dewey Mears. Opening on Tuesday, August 29 in the David Earl Holt Gallery at the Austin History Center and on display through January 14, the exhibit will showcase more than 20 images illustrating mid-century modern architecture and lifestyle in Austin.

An informal opening reception will be held on Tuesday, August 29 at 6:30 PM. The reception is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided. APL Night Crafters are co-hosting the reception and will teach visitors how to make their own mid-century inspired mobile. Librarians from APL’s pop-up library will have books on mid-century modern art and architecture available to check out.

For more information call 512-974-7480 or visit austinhistorycenter.org.