American Art from the Graham D. Williford Collection
Exhibition made possible by The Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust
June 14 - September 1, 2018
June - August 2018
The artworks presented in “Poets, Painters, and Paper” are the products of a turbulent social and political time in America—a time rife with racial and gender inequality, growing anti-war sentiment, and, hovering over it all like a mushroom cloud, the constant threat of nuclear annihilation. For avant-garde artists and poets alike, this was a time for breaking down the rigid barriers between high and low art, a time for collaborative imagination, and thus a time to break down the myth of the solitary (and hyper-masculine) artist-genius as perpetuated by images of Jackson Pollock in the popular press. It was also a time of creative cross-over, when the relationships between text and image were once again ardently explored with the fervor of earlier Modernist experimentation.
Frank Gohlke’s portfolio of 40 black and white photographs, which capture the devastation of the 1979 Wichita Falls Tornado and the landscape a year later, will be on exhibition to mark the anniversary of Terrible Tuesday, April 10, 1979.
From the WFMA Permanent Collection. Capturing a unique view of Wichita Falls and the surrounding communities, Charles A. Fuhs photographed life in the 1920's.