11 Aug

Feburary 19 – The Senator versus the Regulator

Anti-regulation Texas squares off against the comparatively recently-formed Federal Power Commission. Returning to our look at the red scare politics of the 1950s, this month we turn to an early moment in Lyndon Johnson’s political career that would foreshadow the energy crisis of the 1970s. Bill Childs joins us for his talk, “The Senator versus the Regulator.”

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11 Aug

January 22 – Katie Robinson Edwards on Mid-Century Modernism in Texas

Before Abstract Expressionism of New York City was canonized as American postwar modernism, the United States was filled with localized manifestations of modern art. In Texas, artists absorbed and interpreted the latest, most radical formal lessons from Mexico, the East Coast, and Europe, while still responding to the state’s dramatic history and geography. This barely known chapter in the story of American art is the focus of Katie Robinson Edwards’ 2014 book Midcentury Modern Art in Texas and our subject for the first installment of Modern Times after the New Year.

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