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'Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond' exhibit visits UT Arlington

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Monday, February 8, 2010

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ARLINGTON - A major photographic exhibit on loan from the government of Mexico is now on display in the sixth floor parlor of The University of Texas at Arlington Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place.

The Casasola Archive exhibit, "Mexico: The Revolution and Beyond," has its permanent home in the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico City and has rarely been seen in the United States. Photographs from the collection will be on exhibit at UT Arlington until April 1, as part of the observance of the centennial of the Mexican Revolution sponsored by Center for Southwestern Studies.

The exhibit, which covers the decades from 1910 to 1940, is a unique and compelling chronicle of life in Mexico in the early part of the 20th century, said Sam Haynes, director of the Center for Southwestern Studies. When the exhibit was shown in New York City in 2005, a reviewer for The New York Times described is as "in every way extraordinary."

Augstin Victor Casasola, hailed as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, was the founder of the world's first news photography agency. Along with his brother, Miguel, he hired photographers to cover the 1910-20 Mexican Revolution. By the 1920s, the Casasolas had moved well beyond supplying images for newspapers and were in the process of creating an archive of more than 500,000 images documenting every aspect of Mexican life.

In addition to the Casasola exhibit, "La Tierra y su Gente: The Rio Grande Photography of Robert Runyon," on loan from The University of Texas at Austin will be displayed in Special Collections on the sixth floor of the library. Photographs from UT Arlington Special Collections, "Images of Conflict: The Mexican Revolution" will be on display in the atrium. The exhibits are free and open to the public but the time varies daily. Call 817-272-3997 for information.

A symposium called "Remembering the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920" will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, in the library's sixth floor parlor. The photographic exhibits will be available for symposium attendees.

Visit http://www.uta.edu/southwesternstudies/upEvents.html for information on all UT Arlington activities related to the revolution's centennial.

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