B Movies and Bad History: Rodeo Moo-vies


September 18, 2018 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hear behind-the-scenes stories and learn the facts and fiction portrayed on-screen in a selection of Rodeo Moo-vie clips.

Program Details

Is there a more classic image of a "Texan" than a cowboy riding a bucking bronc or roping a stray calf? This archetype has been featured in movies repeatedly over the years, but does this image reflect real Texans? In conjunction with Rodeo! The Exhibition, lasso your friends and join us for an exploration of the best and worst of rodeo movies through clips and conversation with film historians, authors, and media experts. 

About the Presenters

Don Graham is the J. Frank Dobie Regents Professor of American and English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Southwestern American Literature/ Film,  and Nineteenth & Twentieth Century American Literature/Culture. In 2005 Graham received the Best General Criticism Award from the City/Regional Magazine Association, for his literary columns in Texas Monthly. In 2006 he received the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching at UT.  In 2008 Graham received the A.C. Greene Literary Award from the West Texas Book and Music Festival, and TCU Press published State Fare: An Irreverent Guide to Texas Movies. In 2011 he received the Tom Cable Award for Upper-division Teaching, and a collection of essays, State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, was published by the University of Texas Press. In  2013 he received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2014 he received an Alcalde Top Ten Professors Ever Award. Graham's major publications include No Name on the Bullet: A Biography of Audie MurphyCowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at TexasKings of Texas: The 150-Year Saga of an American Ranching Empire, and in the spring of 2018 he released the book GIANT: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film.  

Sponsored by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

Additional support provided by Dudley Bros. Ranch Family           

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is owned and operated by the State of Texas through the State Preservation Board. Additional support of exhibitions and programs is provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.