Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Texas Centennial Highlights (1936)

The Dallas Central Centennial Exposition of 1936

Two of Allie Tennant's sculptural works are associated with the Central Centennial Exposition at Dallas: the Tejas Warrior located above the entrance to the Hall of State and the mural at the Dallas Aquarium. The Tejas Warrior appears on the cover of Allie Victoria Tennant and the Visual Arts in Dallas, the book that is the subject around which this blog is oriented. The centennial exposition at Dallas attracted world-wide attention. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the fair grounds in June of 1936, making a speech from the center field of the Cotton Bowl stadium. Promoters of the Central Centennial Exposition at Dallas made a sound motion picture highlighting the proceedings of the fair. Thanks to the resources of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, that film is now available online for free viewing.