AUSTIN, TEXAS - On Thursday, October 15th, the exhibition Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America at the Bullock Texas State History Museum at 1800 Congress Avenue in Austin, is celebrated with a noon lecture by Adair Margo, Founder and President of the Tom Lea Institute. An exclusive reception for museum members will take place at 6 pm, with Adair Margo and Museum Director Victoria Ramirez speaking.
The exhibition, Tom Lea: Chronicler of 20th Century America, is a collaboration among the Bullock Texas State History Museum, the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso, and the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and runs through January 3, 2016.
Tom Lea Institute Members Darren & Maria Woody and Frank & Margaret Krasovec provided funding to create the exhibition, in memory of Alyn Brown Morton, who was a neighbor and dear friend of Tom Lea for more than 60 years. “Tom was truly a great artist,” said Darren Woody, President & CEO of Jordan Foster Construction. “He does a magnificent job of capturing the spirit of Texas, and of the entire Southwest in his art and literature. He wrote and illustrated ‘The Wonderful Country,’ which is one of my most favorite books.”
As a quintessential chronicler of the 20th century United States, Tom Lea (1907-2001) captured the hauntingly beautiful western frontier and its people. In the most comprehensive exhibition of his work to date, the Bullock Museum takes an in-depth look at a life and career that spanned the 20th century. Illustrations, paintings, murals, and writings together uniquely emphasize Lea’s contributions to American art, his inspirations, and often the people he knew and loved. His work ultimately influenced how audiences viewed landscapes as diverse as Pacific battlegrounds and the American Southwest.
Lea’s work reflecting the country and its culture appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, LIFE magazine, Hollywood movies, community post offices, and the White House. Original works on loan from private collections and museums throughout the country provide insight into the history that Tom Lea’s artworks so beautifully reflect.