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Exhibits

Past Rotating Exhibits

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Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics exhibit

Monday March 2, 2020 to Monday December 7, 2020

From the moment rock and roll hit the airwaves, it has played a crucial role in politics and social movements around the world.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit, “Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics,” explores the power of rock to change attitudes about patriotism, peace, equality, and freedom. 

Using video, multimedia, photographs, periodicals, and artifacts, “Louder Than Words” showcases the intersection between rock and politics. It explores how artists exercise their First Amendment rights, challenge assumptions and beliefs, stimulate thought and effect change. The exhibition opens March 2, 2020, and will be on display through December 13, 2020 in the Ansary Gallery of American History.

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Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone

Monday March 2, 2020 to Monday December 7, 2020

Immortalized by writers, filmmakers, and musicians from Stephen King to Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show, the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has embodied generations of popular culture. For artists, the cover is a coveted career achievement, and for many readers, it represents a fantasy realm of the rock-n-roll lifestyle. The exhibition Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone explores how the lens of one artist’s camera captured and helped define one of the most important eras in rock-n-roll history. The exhibition opens March 2, and will be on display through December 13, 2020.

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Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons

Monday October 7, 2019 to Sunday January 5, 2020

On a daily basis, editorial cartoonists deliver biting social commentary made palatable through amusing and well-crafted illustration. Lines with Power and Purpose: Editorial Cartoons features fifty-one original editorial cartoons from the nation’s great metropolitan newspapers during the Golden Age of print journalism. Included in the mix are six Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonists, each demonstrating the theme of political commentary through editorial illustrations and addressing issues from the first half of the twentieth century. This exhibit will be on display October 7, 2019, through January 5, 2020. 

 

 

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Wit and Humor

Wit and Humor: American Political Cartoons

Monday July 15, 2019 to Sunday January 5, 2020

From the earliest days of our nation, political cartoons appeared as powerful tools of expression for both the powerful and powerless. Using symbols, imagery, and humor, cartoonists have played a special role in helping average Americans make sense of tumultuous and complex events we experience in our increasingly connected world. Featuring original artworks and artifacts, including collections from the Library of Congress, Wit and Humor: American Political Cartoons will show how cartoons have changed since the early days of the Republic. This exhibit will highlight important cartoons from artists regarded as giants in their field, like Thomas Nast and Patrick Oliphant. Located in the Ansary Gallery of American History, the exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2020. 

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Art from the Collections

Art from the Collections

Monday June 24, 2019 to Monday September 16, 2019

Art from the Collections features 25 pieces of artwork from the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum collections and the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. Located in the Fidelity Gallery, most of the artwork has never been displayed in the Bush Library and Museum and is rarely seen by the public. These unique pieces of art will be on display through September 16, 2019.

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Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial 1919-2019

Friday March 1, 2019 to Sunday June 9, 2019

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum is excited to announce a new exhibit, “Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial 1919-2019.”  This photography exhibit features some interesting "vintage looking" panoramic images shot on film, as well as some night photography shot with modern digital equipment. 

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Spies exhibit

Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America

Tuesday February 19, 2019 to Monday May 20, 2019

From the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror, "Spies, Traitors, Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America" provides unprecedented perspective into terror on American soil. The exhibition uncovers the forgotten stories of domestic terrorists and foreign agents, militant radicals and saboteurs, who have threatened America's sense of security over the past 200 years. It also explores the questions: How do we identify who the enemy is? And how do we keep the country safe without compromising the civil liberties upon which it was founded? 

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The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill

Thursday June 21, 2018 to Wednesday August 15, 2018

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Post 9/11 GI Bill by welcoming “The Greatest Legislation: An American Legion Centennial Salute to the GI Bill” to College Station, June 22 through August 15. The multimedia exhibit features illustrated panels and touch-screen video kiosks that depict the crisis, drama, solution, effects and ongoing success of the GI Bill. To see more photos of this exhbit click the following link https: http://bit.ly/2PjXeVl

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WWI Memorial Day exhibit

Friday May 25, 2018 to Thursday May 31, 2018

The Bush Library and Museum is also partnering with the Brazos County World War I Centennial Committee to present a tribute to the former students and graduates of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and those men from Brazos County who sacrificed their lives in service to our nation during the First World War. The memorial tribute will feature images with brief biographical sketches of each veteran. This exhibit will be available for viewing in the Presidential Rotunda from May 24 to May 29 in conjunction with the City of College Station’s Texas Weekend of Remembrance, the World War I Centennial Commemoration and Memorial Day. For more information on the World War I Centennial in Brazos County, please see https://brazoscountyworldwar1.com

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Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State

Friday April 20, 2018 to Wednesday January 2, 2019

As Texas took its current shape, the space changed from an extensive, unexplored, and sparsely settled frontier under the Spanish Crown to its iconic and easily recognizable outline today. Mapping Texas: From Frontier to the Lone Star State traces the cartographic history of Texas from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, through 26 maps, split into seven different subjects. Mapping Texas explains how centuries of change shaped our perspective of Texas from a distant frontier to the Lone Star State, all with the understanding that in order for land to be claimed, it needed to be mapped first.

 

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