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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to promote interest in the enduring legacy of the American West.
Check out our current exhibitions below:
Storytellers and Sellers: Artist Illustrations Through November 15, 2020
Before pixels, programs, and software transformed graphic design, illustrators gave form to thought and generated the majority of public imagery. Using their creativity and talents to promote specific ideas, they helped tell stories and sell products through books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, logos, labels, calendars, billboards, and even coloring books. Behind their bold and bright designs, however, was a standard artistic approach. The illustrators used the same supplies and techniques as any painter, and composed every scene with perspective, aesthetic, color, form, and figure in mind. These commercial storytellers influenced public opinion and consumerism, and included many western artists, from Charles M. Russell and Frederic Remington, to Tom Ryan, Lowell Ellsworth Smith, Bettina Steinke, and others. Material from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center documents the important role illustration played in their careers, and reveals that a picture is not worth 1,000 words. It’s worth far more.
Tucker Smith - A Celebration of Nature October 2, 2020 to January 3, 2021
This exhibit will be truly retrospective, with work ranging from Smith’s early years as a professional artist to his most recent paintings. It will also present the breadth of subject matter he has tackled, with an emphasis on western wildlife, but also including camp and cowboy scenes, straight landscapes, a few foreign locales, and at least one railroad painting.
West: The American Cowboy – October 17 to December 13, 2020
The ranching and small rodeo communities in the heartland of the great American West may be a long way from New York City, but French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz has been drawn back time and time again to explore this largely unfamiliar and overlooked part of the world. In “WEST: The American Cowboy”, Anouk revisits the enduring iconic symbol of America’s pioneering spirit with a fresh, inspiring and contemporary view from an outsider’s perspective.
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