The annual National Day of the Cowboy is July 22, 2017. Visit The Western: An Epic in Art and Film to discover how cowboys have been portrayed in fine art and film throughout the evolution of the Western.
In this exhibition, you’ll meet some of the cast of stock characters that appear in Westerns, including fictional and real cowboys and cowgirls. Real-life people featured in the exhibition include Jesse James, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, Annie Oakley, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
The following slide show features just a few of the cowboys on view in The Western: An Epic in Art and Film.
While you're here, wet your whistle in the Callahan Café in the Hamilton Building Shop with a special Western-themed drinks menu that includes:
Brewed coffee with 2 shots of espresso
Black tea lemonade with raspberry syrup
SNAKE IN MY BOOT
Iced caramel macchiato with an extra shot of espresso
Half & half coffee Frappuccino with caramel drizzle
Vanilla bean Frappuccino with caramel drizzle
For more cowboy arts and history, visit Backstory: Western American Art in Context at History Colorado Center, which features a trove of objects from the DAM’s western American art collection.
The National Day of the Cowboy organization works to get a national holiday recognized on the fourth Saturday in July “to celebrate the contributions of the cowboy and cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.” Currently 12 states recognize this day.
Photo at top: @cowboy_snowboard