Exhibition Opening Photography is Art at the Art Museum of South Texas

Photography is Art is the second in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program.

Corpus Christi, TX, January 2024: The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) is delighted to announce its newest exhibition, Photography is Art, showcasing the evolution and artistry of photography over three centuries. The exhibition will run from January 26 to April 7, 2024, with an intimate Opening Reception on January 25, 5:30pm to 7:00 pm.

Photography is Art explores various photography practices, from the early daguerreotype to contemporary inkjet prints. The exhibition features 51 works borrowed from four esteemed Texas art institutions, including the Art Museum of South Texas; the result of a partnership with The Carter and the Art Bridges Cohort Program created early last year. Accompanying the exhibition is a comprehensive brochure with a glossary of terms, providing insight into the diverse processes showcased.

Featured below, on loan from the Ellen Noël Art Museum (ENAM) is a color photograph taken under the night sky, Wagagi Thanchanku by Steve Goff. Part of a series capturing the Lakota people during the Wiwang Wacipi ceremony, this photograph masterfully combines composition and long exposure to convey a sense of movement. Daniel Zeis, Curator at ENAM, praises Goff’s ability to capture a poignant moment stating, “The way that Goff was able to capture this moment along with the long exposure, gives the piece it’s sense of movement.”

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art, renowned for its extensive American photography collection, contributes to the exhibition, highlighting the remarkable art created in the medium. Photography is Art promises visitors a thoughtfully curated experience, challenging preconceptions, and affirming the belief that photography is indeed art.

“As a consortium working together to look deeply into our holdings, and to share aspects of art that we co-curate has opened our collections to our shared audiences through the lens of contemplation, exploration and imagination, traits we can learn so much from one another,” explained Deborah Fullerton, Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum of South Texas.

To enhance the visitor experience, AMST invites art enthusiasts, photography buffs, and lifelong learners to attend “Art Unboxed”, AMST’s guest lecturer and lunch series, on January 26 from 12 noon to 2:00 pm. This special event provides an opportunity to meet the original curator and emeritus curator of photography, John Rohrbach, and gain insights into the qualities seen in photography, and in the curatorial process. RSVP by Monday, January 22, by clicking this link

Attending “Art Unboxed” is open to the public for the price of admission. Those who wish to enjoy a box-lunch by Elizabeth’s must pre-pay through the registration link above.

Lunch is available at $17 for members, and $25 for non-members.

Take advantage of this unique occasion to become an AMST member and enjoy the myriad benefits.



Thursday, January 25 – OPENING RECEPTION AT AMST
5:30 PM – Member’s Preview at Art Museum of South Texas

Friday, January 26 – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10:00 AM-5:00 PM – Photography is Art on view

Friday, January 26 – Art Unboxed
12:00 PM-2:00 PM – Guest lecturer and lunch series featuring John Rohrbach


two teepees stand in an orange glow from a bonfire just out of frameagainst a night sky filled with stars and the milky way

STEVE GOFF (b. 1951) Wagagi Thanchanku (Milky Way), 2018, Pigment print, Ellen Noël Art Museum, Odessa, Texas


About the Art Bridges Cohort Program
Originated in 2018, the Art Bridges Cohort Program is committed to supporting multiyear exhibition partnerships among museums nationwide. The program builds on Art Bridges’ mission to expand access to American art across the United States and to empower museums to broaden traditional definitions of American art. For each cohort, an organizing museum and its regional partners collaborate to create exhibitions that inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences. Sharing collections and resources, the program’s dynamic partnerships will generate over 80 exhibitions that are content rich, include in-depth educational and interpretive materials, and are designed to meet a wide range of audience interests.

About Art Bridges
Art Bridges is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 190 museums of all sizes and locations to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges collection, and programs designed to inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to the present day and encompasses multiple media and voices. To learn more about Art Bridges, follow the hashtag #ArtBridges on social media and visit www.artbridgesfoundation.org.

About the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (the Carter) is a dynamic cultural resource that provides unique access and insight into the history and future of American creativity through its expansive exhibitions and programming. The Carter’s preeminent collection includes masterworks by legendary American artists such as Ruth Asawa, Alexander Calder, Frederic Church, Stuart Davis, Robert Duncanson, Thomas Eakins, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, and John Singer Sargent, as well as one of the country’s foremost repositories of American photography. In addition to its innovative exhibition program and engagement with artists working today, the Museum’s premier primary research collection and leading conservation program make it a must-see destination for art lovers and scholars of all ages nationwide. Admission is always free. To learn more about the Carter, visit cartermuseum.org.

About the Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas is a vibrant cultural institution dedicated to enriching the lives of the residents and visitors of Corpus Christi and the South Texas region through the presentation of visual art. The Art Museum of South Texas advances awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of visual art by presenting exciting exhibitions, offering dynamic education programs, and actively collecting and preserving a vital permanent collection that educates diverse communities.

This exhibition is supported in part by:
Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
City of Corpus Christi
Art Bridges + Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Affiliated with:
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
American Alliance of Museums
Museums for All

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