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 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 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
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
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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).
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