Texas Tech University

Current Exhibit

Vaquero:
Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

Featuring photographs of Bill Wittliff

On Exhibit through March 15, 2019

International Cultural Center Galleries
601 Indiana Avenue, Lubbock TX 79409

In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered photographer Bill Wittliff a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. This exhibition features photographs with bilingual narrative text that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.


Companion Exhibit: National Ranching Heritage Center's “The History of Beef Cattle Breeds”

This program was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and The CH Foundation.

Photograph by Bill Wittliff, 1971.
Railroad Crossing by Seema Joshi