One of the greatest cultural treasures in the state of Texas, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is renowned for its superb collection of American and Texas decorative arts and paintings. Established by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, to honor Bayou Bend’s founding director emeritus, the David B. Warren Symposium has been presented biennially since 2007. Each symposium addresses different aspects of the theme “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience.”

The 2019 David B. Warren Symposium on American Material Culture and the Texas Experience

A Diverse History: Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest before 1900
February 22–23, 2019

Friday Agenda

  • Keynote Address | 6 p.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH 
    “CIRCA 1718: Five Who Shaped Viceregal Texas”
    Speaker: Marion Oettinger, curator emeritus, Latin American art, San Antonio Museum of Art
  • Reception | Following the keynote address

Saturday Agenda

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:30 a.m. Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH 
  • Morning Presentations Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦ “House-Proud in Texas: The Struggle for a Proper Frontier Home” Speaker: Evelyn Montgomery, director of curatorial affairs, Dallas Heritage Village 
    ♦ “Haciendas, Homes, and Household Furnishings in Spanish Colonial New Mexico” Speaker: Donna Pierce, Frederick and Jan Mayer curator of Spanish Colonial Art, Denver Art Museum
  • Lunch Box lunch included in registration free
  • Afternoon Presentations Brown Auditorium Theater, MFAH
    ♦ “How Environment and Technological Style Shaped Material Culture in Prehistory” Speaker: Harry J. Shafer, archaeologist and professor emeritus, Texas A&M University 
    ♦ “Contested Cultures: Native Dress and Plant Healing in Spanish and Mexican Texas” Speaker: Mark Goldberg, associate professor, department of history, University of Houston 
    ♦ “A Confederate Inkwell in England: Pro-Confederate cotton elites in Liverpool” Speakers: Marjorie Denise Brown, instructor, department of history, Houston Community College & Teresa R. Jach, instructor, department of history, Houston Community College Northwest
  • Reception | 4:30 p.m. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens
    At the conclusion of the symposium, attendees are invited to join the speakers for light refreshments at Bayou Bend. The house, including the Texas Room, is open for the reception. Shuttle buses are available from the MFAH to Bayou Bend and back, or guests may use their own transportation.

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History of the David B. Warren Symposium

The inaugural David B. Warren Symposium, “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience,” was presented by Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on February 9 & 10, 2007. David B. Warren delivered the keynote address, “A Gift of Love: Miss Ima Hogg’s Quest to Bring Americana to Texas.” The second symposium, “American Material Culture and the Texas Experience, Part 2” was presented October 30–31, 2009. The first two symposia placed the pre-1900 material culture of Texas, the lower South, and the Southwest within a national and international context, establishing a tradition that future symposia would follow.

The third biennial David B. Warren Symposium, “The Civil War and the Material Culture of Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest,” was held October 28–30, 2011, and commemorated the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War. The fourth symposium, “Itinerant and Immigrant Artists and Artisans in 19th-Century Texas,” took place October 25–27, 2013, and acknowledged the contributions of foreign-born craftsmen, photographers, and artists to the material culture of the Lone Star State. The fifth symposium, October 23–25, 2015, focused on “Creators and Consumers: Women and Material Culture and Visual Art in 19th-Century Texas, the Lower South, and the Southwest.”

The David B. Warren Symposium is made possible with  generous support from The David B. Warren Endowment;  Mr. William J. Hill; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities; Mrs. Fred R. Lummis; Bobbie and John Nau;  and The Summerlee Foundation.

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