The Western

An Epic in Art and Film
Opens May 27, 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).

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.

about

May 27, 2017 – September 10, 2017
Hamilton Building - Level 2
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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 and American Indians, pursuits and duels, or bandits and barroom brawls.

From the romantic, large-scale paintings by Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt to the legends of “Buffalo Bill” Cody and Billy the Kid, the American West materializes: it is synonymous with the Westerns of filmmakers John Ford and Sergio Leone, and the subject of contemporary artists Ed Ruscha and Kent Monkman. 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 Art. 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, 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). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, Comcast Spotlight, and 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

Denver Art Museum members see the exhibition first at the Member Preview on May 26. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended (tickets not yet on sale).

Plus, members save 20% on purchases at The Shops at the Denver Art Museum on this date.

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Things to Do

  • Newell Convers Wyeth, Gunfight, about 1916. Oil on canvas
    Event: Members

    The Western: An Epic in Art and Film Member Preview

    Friday, May 26, 2017 - 10:00am5:00pm.

    Members see the exhibition first. Advanced reservations recommended.

    On Friday, May 26, The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is open exclusively to members from 10 am to 5 pm (final entry at 4:30 pm).

    Plus, members save 20% on all purchases at The Shops during the preview day only.

    From 5 to 10 pm, the exhibition will be open to all visitors (exhibition ticket required).

    Tickets will go on sale April 3. More

  • Untitled Final Fridays
    Event: Untitled Final Fridays

    Untitled: True Grit

    Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm10:00pm.

    Saddle up to save the day with a night of tumbleweeds, tough guys and ten-gallon hats. 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.

    Separate admission ticket required to view special exhibition before or after lecture.

    Lecture tickets are $5 for DAM members (on sale April 4) and $10 for non-members (on sale April 18).

    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

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