The Western

An Epic in Art and Film
On View through September 10, 2017
Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.

Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, 1889. Oil on canvas. Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection.

Film still of Bucking Broadway of cowboys on horses riding up a city street towards the viewer.

Bucking Broadway (film still), 1917. Directed by John Ford, with Harry Carey, Molly Malone and L.M. Wells. © Collection Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (France).

Albert Bierstadt, Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1867. Oil on canvas; 60 x 96 in. National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum.

Albert Bierstadt, Emigrants Crossing the Plains, 1867. Oil on canvas; 60 x 96 in. National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum.

Roy Lichtenstein, Cowboy on Bronco, about 1953. Oil on canvas

Roy Lichtenstein, Cowboy on Bronco, c. 1953, oil on canvas, 32 x 26 in. The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Frederic Remington, The Broncho Buster, 1895. Bronze

Frederic Remington, The Broncho Buster, 1895. Bronze. Denver Art Museum: The Roath Collection, 2013.91.

Edward S. Curtis, The Vanishing Race - Navaho, about 1904. Platinum, sepia toned.

Edward S. Curtis, The Vanishing Race – Navaho, 1904. Platinum print. Denver Art Museum: The Daniel Wolf Landscape Photography Collection, 1991.101.

Thomas Eakins, Cowboy Singing, 1892. Oil on canvas

Thomas Eakins, Cowboy Singing, about 1892. Oil on canvas. Jointly acquired in honor of Peter H. Hassrick by the Denver Art Museum and the American Museum of Western Art and by exchange with funds from 1999 Collectors' Choice, Sharon Magness, Mr. & Mrs. William D. Hewit, Carl & Lisa Williams, Estelle Rae Wolf-Flowe Foundation and the T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Collection, 2008.491.

Newell Convers Wyeth, Gunfight, about 1916. Oil on canvas

N.C. Wyeth, Gunfight, about 1916. Oil on canvas. Denver Art Museum: William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, 2001.443.

William H. D. Koerner, "The Tent Law," Don't You Go Frettin', Sallie, I'll Tend To It

William H.D. Koerner, "The Tent Law," Don't You Go Frettin', Sallie, I'll Tend To It, 1922. Oil on canvas; 36 x 28 in. Denver Art Museum: The Roath Collection, 2013.121.

about

On View through September 10, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 2
Ticketed with member discount
For tickets, purchase online or call 720-913-0130.

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 about 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 is co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. It is presented with generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art, Jim and Lucy Wallace, Adolph Coors Exhibition Endowment Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust, and Robert and Carolyn Barnett. Additional funding is provided by the donors to the Petrie Institute of Western American Art endowment and to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, and by the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and The Denver Post.

Exposición

27 de mayo de 2017-10 de septiembre de 2017

Edificio Hamilton - Nivel 2 Se cobra entrada.

Descuento para miembros.

Las entradas se pueden comprar por Internet o por teléfono al 720-913-0130.

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film (El wéstern: una épica en arte y cine) es la primera exposición de gran alcance que examina el género wéstern y su evolución desde mediados del siglo XIX hasta la actualidad por medio de las bellas artes, el cine y la cultura popular. La exposición, que abarca 160 obras, explora el papel que juegan el género, las relaciones raciales y la violencia con las armas, para ofrecer una travesía visual que va más allá de los vaqueros, los bandidos y las peleas en los bares.

El Oeste es sinónimo de las pinturas románticas y a gran escala de Frederic Remington y Albert Bierstadt. También se ve materializado en las obras de artistas contemporáneos como Ed Ruscha y Kent Monkman, y en las películas de John Ford y Sergio Leone. Al presentar en conjunto a estos y otros artistas, autores, cineastas y figuras históricas, The Western analiza el alcance que tuvo la mitología del Oeste en el mundo entero, y que todavía perdura.

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film está organizada en conjunto por el DAM y Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA); y los curadores a cargo son Thomas Brent Smith, director del instituto Petrie Institute of Western American Art en el DAM, y la Dra. Mary Dailey Desmarais, curadora de arte moderno internacional de MMFA. La exposición irá acompañada por un libro ilustrado de 320 páginas con ensayos y entrevistas de historiadores, artistas y directores reconocidos. Este libro estará a la venta en las tiendas del DAM y en línea.

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film (El wéstern: una épica en arte y cine) es un evento que organizan el Denver Art Museum y el Montreal Museum of Fine Art. Se presenta con el generoso apoyo de la fundación Terra Foundation for American Art, Jim y Lucy Wallace, los fondos Adolph Coors Exhibition Endowment Fund, National Endowment for the Arts y Harmes C. Fishback Foundation Trust, y Robert y Carolyn Barnett. Asimismo, recibe el apoyo de los donantes del instituto Petrie Institute of Western American Art y de la campaña benéfica Annual Fund Leadership Campaign, así como de los ciudadanos que brindan su apoyo al Distrito de Organizaciones Científicas y Culturales (SCFD, por sus siglas en inglés). Esta exposición cuenta con el apoyo del programa de indemnización del Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities (Consejo Federal para las Artes y las Humanidades). Apoyo promocional proporcionado por 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight y The Denver Post.

Plan

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 groupsales@denverartmuseum.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.

For Members

Member tours of The Western are offered Tuesday through Friday at 1 pm. Learn more and get tickets here.

Denver Art Museum members see the exhibition first at the Member Preview on Friday, May 26 from 10 am-5 pm. Plus, members save 20% on purchases at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum on May 26.

Not yet a member of the Denver Art Museum? Join today.

Things to Do

  • William H. D. Koerner, "The Tenth Law," Don't You Go Frettin', Sallie, I'll Tend To It, 1922
    Event: Members

    The Western Member Tour

    Occurs every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Next Occurs on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 1:00pm.

    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

  • Frederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, 1889
    Event: Lectures & Programs

    The Western: An Epic in Art & Film Talk with Thomas Brent Smith

    Friday, June 30, 2017 - 5:30pm7:00pm.

    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

  • Untitled Final Fridays
    Event: Untitled Final Fridays

    Untitled: Action!

    Friday, June 30, 2017 - 6:00pm10:00pm.

    Zoom in for a screening of Western stories, main attractions, and epically moving pictures. More

News & Stories

  • A painting of men on horseback
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    See Remington & Other Major Artists in The Western

    The Western: An Epic in Art and Film features a stunning collection of works by some of the most well-known western artists including Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, and Charles Marion Russell. More

  • The Western logo and illustration of the silhouette of a cowboy
    Blog: en español

    THE WESTERN: CONSEJOS ÚTILES PARA LA VISITA

    ¡Quiubo, amigos! Bienvenidos a la exposición del Denver Art Museum The Western: An Epic in Art and Film (El wéstern: una épica en arte y cine). Esperamos que los consejos siguientes les ayuden a preparar su visita y a disfrutar del museo. More

  • Gallery view of The Western with large image of John Wayne on the wall
    Blog: Behind the Scenes

    What's Your Favorite Western?

    We asked the team that worked on The Western: An Epic in Art and Film to share their favorite Westerns. Read below to see the films they love and tell us your favorite Western on social media using the hashtag #SummerintheWest. More

  • Untitled Final Fridays logo
    Blog: Untitled Final Fridays

    Get in on the Action at Untitled Final Friday 

    June 30, 2017, 6-10 pm

    Join us at the Denver Art Museum for Untitled: Action!, a fun evening of tours, artist talks, artmaking, performances, and more.

    Get active: Tour the museum and get a workout at the same time. This active tour will be led by Frankie Cole of Cole Fusion Fitness. More