Museum of Printing History opening reception: Ranch Gates of the Southwest: Manifestations of Individualism

Museum of Printing History

The ranch gate is one of the most recognizable cultural artifacts of Americana, representing the people and landscapes, history and folklore of the American West. As ranches are consolidated and ranching becomes industrialized, the number of ranches is dwindling and the handcrafted gate is becoming a thing of the past.

Ranch Gates of the Southwest: Manifestations of Individualism features select photographs by Daneil M. Olsen and Henk Van Assen that highlight the letter forms and typography of ranch gates while also emphasizing their cultural significance toward a changing American identity. The exhibition — developed and produced by Van Assen, Olsen and Texas Folklife curator Nancy Bless — is based on a related book by Van Assen and Olsen published in April 2009.

The exhibition invites viewers to explore the resonant visual language and multiple meanings of these American icons. This exhibition is held in conjunction with the FotoFest 2014 Biennial. 

On view through April 17.



The Printing Museum
1324 W. Clay St.
Houston, TX 77019


Admission is free.
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