March, 2011The Witte Museum’s 2011 annual Fiesta exhibition, A Night at the Museum: Fiesta Trains Inspired by Museums of the World, is a selection of 11 gowns and trains featuring elements inspired by art and museums. In celebration of this year’s theme, the Witte is displaying artifacts from the permanent collection that complement the artifacts represented in each train. The exhibition is on view in the Betty Coates Textile Gallery April 7 through July 31, 2011 and is included with museum admission.
Guest Curator for the 2011 Fiesta exhibition, Lucille Travis, with the assistance of volunteers Sallie Thomas and Carol Canty, chose trains based on their designs in a variety of colors from several courts of the Order of the Alamo Coronations. The highlight of this year’s exhibit is the train worn by Duchess of Jewels and Ageless Art, Camilla Beatrice Mueller, in the 1959 Coronation, the Court of Courts. The train, themed as "time brightens magnificent jewels of art," boasts an artist's palette, tubes of sequined paint, an urn on a pedestal, a mirror, a jewel chest and an hourglass of blue cut jewels and gold sequined sand. This train is the inspiration for the Witte’s official 2011 Fiesta pin, which is available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Other highlights of the exhibit include a jeweled train in the design of peacock feathers worn by Edna Steves as the Queen of the Court of Birds in 1920; a red velvet train encircled with a highly padded border worn by Ellen Zimmerman, Duchess of the Italian Renaissance in the 1959 Court of Courts; a garnet velvet robe and train depicting the architectural design of the face of Ca’D’Oro worn by Suzanne Womack, Duchess of Splendid Palaces in the 1965 Court of Venice; a turquoise velvet train highlighted in silver cloth and boasting a sitting Buddha worn by Betty Bivins, Duchess from Longview in the 1964 Court of Ages; and many more.
A Night at the Museum: Fiesta Trains Inspired by Museums of the World is generously supported by Lucille and Jim Travis and the Fiesta® San Antonio Commission, Inc. For more information call 210.357.1900 or visit www.wittemuseum.org.