Museum of Art to Open New Exhibition: The Empire of Texas

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to The Empire of Texas exhibition that opens March 2 at the museum and features the most recent photographic series of El Paso native Richard Baron.

The Empire of Texas series began in 2016 when Baron, now a resident of Houston, began traveling Texas in search of subjects both iconic and unfamiliar. The artist’s imagery ranges from the Alamo in San Antonio and the Cadillac Ranch outside Amarillo, to stacked mufflers at a shop in Victoria and a Texas-shaped waffle from a motel restaurant in Corpus Christi.

Each image follows a landscape format, follows the artisit’s commitment to street photography, and are exclusively in black and white.

“Baron’s Empire series provides a photojournalistic account through Texas, while his various viewpoints capture familiar monuments in novel, sometimes surreal ways, and uncover typically hidden sites,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable.

From 1979 to 19872, Baron devoted himself to street photography in New York, regularly publishing in The Village Voice and The SoHo Weekly News. The Empire of Texas represents the most recent example of Baron’s penchant for working in discrete thematic series.

Baron will have a presentation about his work and career at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the El Paso Energy Auditorium of the EPMA, which is open to the public. A reception with the artist will follow the talk.

The Empire of Texas exhibition is free and remains on view to the public through June 24 at the El Paso Museum of Art. For additional information, visit EPMA’s website.