National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum to display historical comic strips and cartoons in upcoming exhibitions

Summer showings present pivotal milestones in United States’ history in unforeseen approach.

 

OKLAHOMA CITYThe National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will display two new exhibitions opening on July 21, 2017, including Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan and Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid.

Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan explores Tom Ryan (1922 – 2011), acclaimed Western artist, and those who inspired him. Although a plethora of famed artists can be credited for his inspiration, a composition book and a handful of sketches from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center reveal more unlikely influences – cartoons and comic strips.

Dating from 1936 – 1945, the small drawings provide a snapshot of Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years. Original characters Dan the Cop and Joe Campion Jr. spring from his teenage imagination. Regardless of the subject, his creativity, talent, and humor are on display for a modern audience to enjoy. The exhibition runs through April 1, 2018.

Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Exhibition pays homage to the thousands of Black cowboys who drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail from Texas to Kansas after the Civil War. The Chisholm Kid, one of the first Black heroes to be featured in a comic strip, ran in the Pittsburgh Courier’s first-ever color comic insert from 1950 – 1954. The exhibition runs through September 17, 2017.

“These temporary exhibitions offer the public an opportunity to explore and experience the West in a myriad of new ways,” said Chief Financial Officer and Interim President and CEO Gary Moore. “Displaying cartoons and comic strips presents pivotal milestones in our country’s history in a more lighthearted way not previously seen at the Museum.”

Vintage Black Heroes: The Chisholm Kid Exhibition was organized by the Museum of UnCut Funk. Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan was organized by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. For more information about these exhibitions and the National Cowboy Museum, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org or call (405) 478-2250. For photos related to these exhibitions, click here.

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  

Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org. For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/media-pics/.

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