Oil museum will present ‘Russell Lee Photographs’ beginning Feb. 22

Beginning Feb. 22, the East Texas Oil Museum at Kilgore College will present “Russell Lee Photographs,” an exhibition organized by the Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Lee’s photographs will be on display through April 4 at the ETOM.  The collection includes 10 photographs that are were taken by Lee in Kilgore in 1939.

Renowned documentary photographer Russell Lee decided to use photography to impact change in the world with stunning images focusing on categories such as politics, travel, industry and, most touchingly, the human condition. 

"Russell Lee Photographs" showcases photographs drawn from the magnificent archive that he donated to the Center for American History just prior to his death in 1986. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse at the remarkably accomplished images he produced in 1935 and 1936 when he first took up a camera and goes on to highlight the vast body of important work that Lee produced from 1947 through 1977.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The ETOM is located at 1301 S. Henderson Blvd. (corner of Hwy. 259 and Ross Ave.) in Kilgore.

The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

For more information, contact Olivia Moore, ETOM Manager, at 903-983-8295 or email omoore@kilgore.edu.


About Humanities Texas:

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, museum exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512-440-1991.


PHOTO ABOVE:

Yarborough campaign onlookers, Mount Vernon, Texas by Russell Lee, 1954. Russell Lee Photograph Collection. The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.