Museum of the Big Bend opens exhibition of photographs by Graciela Iturbide

Graciela Iturbide. “Angel Woman,” silver gelatin print.

ALPINE — The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University in Alpine recently opened a new exhibition of black and white photographs by Graciela Iturbide. 

The exhibit runs through February 10, 2024. The work is on loan from The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University and will include 58 silver gelatin prints.

“The Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University is honored to host this exhibit with our sister institution Texas State University-San Marcos and The Wittliff Collections,” said Museum Director Mary Bones. “The Wittliff boasts the finest holdings of documentary photography and photojournalism by Mexican photographers in the United States.” 

Iturbide, born in Mexico in 1942, is considered one of the world’s finest contemporary photographers. Her work, which fuses her interest in traditional culture with a contemporary vision that reveals the symbolic power of images, has gained her enormous recognition in Mexico and all over the world. 

While studying cinematography at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico in 1969, she took a still photography class with Manuel Álvarez Bravo and then became his assistant for the next year and a half.

In 1978, Iturbide was commissioned by the Ethnographic Archive of the National Indigenous Institute of Mexico to photograph Mexico’s Indigenous population. In 1979, she began her series on the culture of the Zapotecs of Juchitán — in particular the women — for which she received the Eugene Smith Award in 1987. 

In 2019, Graciela Iturbide’s Mexico, a major retrospective exhibition, opened at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently lives in Mexico City. 

The Wittliff Collection at Texas State University, San Marcos houses 260 images by Iturbide, one of the largest collections of her work in the U.S. Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits, and Other Photographs by Graciela Iturbide (UT Press, 2006) was the ninth book in The Wittliff’s Southwestern & Mexican Photography Series.

For more information, visit museumofthebigbend.com/graciela-iturbide/ 

PHOTOS:

Graciela Iturbide, “Self Portrait at My House,” silver gelatin print.

Graciela Iturbide, “Self Portrait in Country,” silver gelatin print.

Graciela Iturbide, “Our Lady of Iguanas,” silver gelatin print.