Upcoming Events

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Arts History Lecture Series Fall 2023

Fridays | 10:30am Coffee & Conversation, Lecture to Begin at 11:00am | Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium & Sculpture Court

The Museum of Texas Tech University Association is proud to present “Art Through Time: From Cave Painting to Contemporary Explorations,” a weekly lecture series dedicated to better understanding western art. Unraveling the history of art can be one of the more daunting tasks for interested learners who lack academic backgrounds in the subject. This fall the Museum Association will begin a series of lectures focusing on understanding art through the ages, using terminology and concepts accessible to all, in a relaxed and friendly environment. The lectures are designed to function as a series, but they are also self-contained for those interested in exploring specific topics. Join us as we journey with Art Through Time!

Join us as we welcome back speaker Dr. Christian Conrad this year!

* NOTE: the Association is offering two free “guest days!” Anyone with an interest in Art History is welcome to join us on Sept. 8 and Sept. 15.

Special Event: Marc Balet

From Andy Warhol to Martin Scorsese: Architecture, Fashion, and Film

Marc Balet Graphic

September 28th, 2023 | 6 PM | Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium
Free Event| Open to the Public | Free Parking

In the special talk, Marc Balet, highly influential architect and one the most impactful creative minds in contemporary American fashion and art takes guests through the incredible history of these artistic genres.

Reception immediately following in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court.

To read more about Balet’s vast and impressive career, please read the articles linked below.

This talk is hosted by the Museum of Texas Tech University and the Italian Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Texas Tech University. 

Journey Through Cocos Island: Special Lecture

Isla del Coco and the Challenge of Animal Agency feat. Dr. Mario Solís 

Dr. Mario Solís Public Talk

October 4th, 2023 | 6 PM | Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium
Free Event| Open to the Public | Free Parking

In the special talk, Dr. Mario Solís will explore La Isla del Coco’s natural marvels through the lens of animal agency, which refers to the capacity of non-human animals to take action and influence their environment in meaningful ways. He points out that the conservation narrative has historically revolved around human perspectives and needs, neglecting errors inherent to this anthropocentric view. This concept suggests that animals are active participants in shaping their surroundings, often displaying behaviors that have significant impacts on ecosystems and other organisms.

Reception immediately following in the Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court.

More about Dr. Solís:
​* Paul Tubbs. “Texas Tech to Host Visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.” Texas Tech Today, August 8, 2023.

This public talk by Dr. Solís is offered in conjunction with TTU International Affairs’ International Week and the special exhibit “Journey through Cocos Island” at the Museum of Texas Tech University from September to December 2023.

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Come and See: Museum Clothing & Textiles Division

Come and See 2023-2024

RSVP Requested | Entry through West Doors | Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium

The Come and See programs at the Museum of Texas Tech University offer a look into the massive closet that is the museum’s Clothing and Textile collection. The collection totals more than 33,000 items.

Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery, clothing and textiles curator, shows 20–30 different objects at each Come and See program. From clothing to quilts and embroidered pieces, each object tells the story of the women and men who wore the clothing, hats and shoes.

Upcoming Exhibits

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Journey Through Cocos Island

Open September 9, 2023 – December 17, 2023

Discover the enchanting Cocos Island, Costa Rica’s largest National Park, and UNESCO World Heritage Site. As the Museum of Texas Tech University is dedicated to the conservation, research, and education of the world’s cultural and natural heritage, we are pleased to present the “Journey Through Cocos Island” exhibition. This exhibition is a collaborative effort between the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology (CIMAR) and the Museum of the University of Costa Rica (Museo UCR). Join us in celebrating and conserving the wonders of Cocos Island for future generations, as we trace the island’s history from its discovery to the present day. The exhibition explores the island’s natural, scientific, historical, political, and economic significance, revealing its intrinsic values to the people of Costa Rica and the entire planet. Alongside our natural history collection from the Natural Science Research Laboratory, this exhibition offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of education and advocacy for heritage, biodiversity, and marine environments.

Harlequin shrimp by Edwar HerreñoCocos Island by Frank BaenschGenio River Fall by Pepe Manzanilla

From Rhinestones to Denim: Fashions Worn by Ladies of the Saddle

Open October 24th, 2023 – April 17, 2024

Women and horses have been an integral part of the West Texas landscape since Anglo settlement.  This exhibit seeks to showcase the beautiful riding ensembles in the collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University’s Clothing and Textile Division as well as those borrowed from women competing in rodeo today.

With the vast and significant garments from the Museum’s Clothing and Textiles Division, we are excited to announce the upcoming exhibition From Rhinestones to Denim: Fashions Worn by Ladies of the Saddle. The exhibition, curated by Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery, will highlight the Museum’s female riding collection which begins with a late 19th century side saddle ensemble, then progresses through the divided skirts of women of the early 20th century and continuing with the rhinestone encrusted blazer and trousers designed by Nathan Turk for Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, Fern Sawyer. To highlight more recent riders, the exhibition will include on-loan garments from competition sports such as cow, horse, and rodeo competitors, including barrel racers. These diverse garments showcase the wide variety of riding events and how women’s involvement with horseback riding has changed over almost 150 years.

Rhinestones to Denim: Ladies of the Saddle