The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is the first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. Featuring 160 works, the exhibition explores gender roles, race relations, and gun violence—offering a visual journey that is more than cowboys, bandits, and barroom brawls.
The West is synonymous with the romantic, large-scale paintings of Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt. It also materializes in the works of contemporary artists like Ed Ruscha and Kent Monkman and the films of John Ford and Sergio Leone. By featuring these and other artists, authors, filmmakers, and historic figures together, The Western observes how the mythology of the West spread throughout the world and endures today.
The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is co-organized by the DAM and Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA); co-curated by Thomas Brent Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM, and Mary Dailey Desmarais, Ph.D., curator of International Modern Art at the MMFA.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 320-page illustrated book with essays and interviews by renowned historians, artists, and directors. The book will be available in The Shops at the Denver Art Museum and online.
The Western: An Epic in Art and Film will be a special ticketed exhibition.
Group Tickets, Group Tours & Event Rentals
Specially priced tickets for groups of 10 or more are available with advance reservations. Private gallery rentals and special event bookings are also available. Exhibition tours for groups can be scheduled (tours are offered Tuesday-Friday with 3-week advance reservations required).
Please contact group sales at 720-913-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for group tickets and booking details.
Exhibition Touring Schedule
Following its debut in Denver, the exhibition will then travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) from October 9, 2017–January 21, 2018.
Denver Art Museum members see the exhibition first at the Member Preview on Friday, May 26 from 10 am-5 pm. Tickets go on sale April 3 at 10 am. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.
Plus, members save 20% on purchases at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum on this date.
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Things to Do
Members see the exhibition first. Advanced reservations recommended. Plus, members save 20% on all purchases at The Shops during the preview day. More
Saddle up to save the day with a night of tumbleweeds, tough guys and ten-gallon hats. More
Members can enjoy exclusive guided tours of the exhibition and learn about the historical figures, artists, actors, and filmmakers who created the enduring mythology of the West. More
Curator Thomas Smith discusses The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. More
Thomas Brent Smith, director of the Petrie Institute of Western American Art at the DAM, will provide behind the scenes details around this first major exhibition to examine the Western genre and its evolution from the mid-1800s to the present through fine art, film, and popular culture. More
Zoom in for a screening of Western stories, main attractions, and epically moving pictures. More
News & Stories
Bringing together still and moving images, objects of popular culture, and iconic works of art, this exhibition considers the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography, literature, and film from the mid-1800s to the present. More
Some of the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art’s most beloved paintings and sculptures are now on display at History Colorado Center as part of a collaborative exhibition entitled Backstory: Western American Art in Context. More
The Denver Art Museum's Untitled: True Grit will be an evening inspired by the characters, action, and adventure of The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. (Please note: Untitled Final Friday activities and performances are included with general admission. The Western requires an additional ticket.)
Enjoy Demos & Talks with Native Artists More
Howdy, y’all! Welcome to the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition The Western: An Epic in Art and Film. We hope the following tips help you prepare for and enjoy your visit.
Member Preview & Untitled Final Friday on May 26 More