Two Women Look West is a photography exhibit featuring the works of Helen C. Kleberg and Toni Frissell as they feature South Texas’s King Ranch, running from October 8th through November 1st at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum in Cuero. This beautiful exhibit originally debuted at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and is now available here.
Toni Frissell was an American photographer who created many international famous pieces. Portrait photography, as well as war, sports, and fashion subjects dominated her career. She captured the King Ranch on film over the course of five years, between 1939 and 1944. Helen C. Kleberg spent her life working on the King Ranch. A lifelong lover of the written word with profound interest in the arts as well as education, she documented with her camera the operations of the ranch as she worked. She also diligently ensured a solid education for children enrolled in King Ranch schools.
Kleberg’s images were first-ever displayed for public viewing in 2006. Their juxtaposition to similar subject pieces of Frissell, a professionally trained photographer, creates a unique exhibit centered on ranching in the mid-20th century. While the photographic eye of Kleberg was one of recognition, the experience for Frissell was of new discovery. Viewers of this exhibit will enjoy the intimacy and the exploratory values of each artist who held tremendous respect for the land.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is in its 20th year of existence and continues to strive toward preserving the ranching and agricultural heritage of DeWitt County and surrounding areas. Time travel through this museum to the everyday lives of American pioneers via interpretive exhibits, educational programs, and research. Housed in the Knights of Pythias Hall, located at 302 North Esplanade, this Recorded Texas Historic Landmark was constructed in 1903, and it now contains top-notch displays and community-use space. Situated just 89 miles from San Antonio, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday from noon until 4:30 p.m.