Graciela Iturbide brings ‘eyes to fly with’ to Texas State

Date of Release: 10/12/2006

SAN MARCOS —World-renowned photographer Graciela Iturbide’s art graces Texas State University-San Marcos with the exhibit “Eyes to Fly With: Photographs by Graciela Iturbide,” from the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern and Mexican Photography collection, on display at the gallery on the 7th floor of Alkek Library on campus from Oct. 21, 2006 through March 18, 2007.

The exhibit complements the launch of the Wittliff Gallery’s publication of its ninth volume in its award-winning series, Iturbide’s “Eyes to Fly With: Portraits, Self-Portraits and Other Photographs.” The reception is scheduled for Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Wittliff Gallery. It includes a book-signing with Iturbide and a bilingual program with special guests Frabienne Bradu, literary critic and writer, and Alejandro Castellanos, the director of Mexico’s prominent Centro de la Imagen.

The book is introduced by Castellanos and a conversation between Bradu and Iturbide adds the narrative element to the powerful images captured by the artist: birds in flight, death in the flesh and indigenous Mexico. Images representing indigenous Mexico, such as the iconic Our Lady of the Iguanas, and the never-before printed Death in the Cemetery co-exist with images of Iturbide’s beloved daughter Claudia and mentor Manuel Alvarez Bravo.

Texas State University currently holds the largest Iturbide collection in the United States, with approximately 200 prints in the growing Wittliff Gallery archives. Iturbide’s work has been exhibited in many countries, including Argentina, England and Japan, and in established art museums in New York City and San Fransisco. The international artist has received many awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, the Gran Prix Mois, and the Hokkaido Prize.
The gallery exhibit and book reception are free and open to the public. Those interested in attending the event are requested to RSVP at or (512) 245-2313.