Exhibitions will feature the artistry of cowboy culture
“The decorative traditions of cowboy and horse gear provide some of the most enduring motifs and icons of Western culture,” said Michael Grauer, Curator of Western Art and McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture. “These exhibitions at the Museum this fall will encourage our guests to appreciate the tremendous talent and passion each saddle maker and metals artist has for his or her craft.”
“We want to ensure this exhibition connects with all our visitors,” said Natalie Shirley,Museum President & CEO. “With the exhibition being presented in English and Spanish, we hope our Spanish-speaking patrons especially enjoy an exhibition that highlights and celebrates the influences of Mexico on Western culture.”
Caballeros y Vaqueros features historical working objects as sculptural art, as well as paintings and sculptures showing the history of these items as they developed. The exhibit features pieces from the Museum’s collection that have not been on display in years. Items on display will include the Tang Horse, a seventh century Tang dynasty piece from John Wayne’s personal collection; recently deceased Lonesome Dove screenwriter Bill Wittliff’s Vaquero photography; the Argentinean Gaucho collection; and Dr. W.A. Maddox’s leather canvas art.