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Political Photography Exhibit Opens at The Women's Museum

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison by Melina Mara, 2002

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison by Melina Mara, 2002

Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate
The Women’s Museum
November 3 through December 31, 2010

Museum opens exhibit cataloging the careers of women U.S. Senators, including U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

Beginning November 3, 2010, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future opens “Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate,” an exhibition by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin, presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate” is an exhibition of photographs by Melina Mara, whom began photographing the thirteen women in the U.S. Senate in 2001, continuing as their number grew to fourteen in 2003. At a time when access to national politicians is increasingly controlled, Mara persuaded a majority of the senators to allow her to document the unprecedented role of women in the Senate, both behind the scenes and before microphones.

This exhibition, which opened at the Smithsonian Institution in 2003, includes informative text provided by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas conducted interviews with ten of the senators, which have been distilled into two audio presentations. A photography-based video presentation portrays exhibition images with narration by Melina Mara.

The exhibition will be available to the public from November 3 through December 31, 2010.

The Women’s Museum, celebrating a decade of empowering women in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s history museum that chronicles the lives of American women through interactive exhibits. The Women’s Museum is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs and by AT&T Yellow Pages. Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5:00 p.m. (closed Mondays). For more information, please visit www.thewomensmuseum.org.

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 www.humanitiestexas.org or call 512.440.1991.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison by Melina Mara, 2002

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison by Melina Mara, 2002

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