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).
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
Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film explores the dialogue between film and fine art, fact and fiction. More
Zoom in for a screening of Western stories, main attractions, and epically moving pictures. More
Saddle up to save the day with a night of tumbleweeds, tough guys and ten-gallon hats. More
The Petrie Institute of Western American Art presents their eleventh annual symposium, Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film. More
Artists often tinker with non-conventional tools to help create their art. In Motherwell’s Angus, artist Theodore Waddell uses masonry trowels and specially modified brushes originally intended to apply tar to roofs to create a heavy build-up of paint on the surface of the canvas.More
Students will identify words that reflect the exact opposite of what they see in O’Keeffe’s Petunia and Glass Bottle. They will then think of words that capture what they do see as well as the emotions of the painting, and write a poem or museum placard for the piece.More
Students will look at Hennings’s painting and play a counting game, then go on a hunt for the many colors found within.More
Students will focus on the clothing of the vaqueros in Walker’s painting and explore the connections between fashion and function. Students will also design and draw their own pieces of clothing that combine fashion with an unusual function.More
Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and find information that allows them to compare and contrast the roles of people who provide safety across cultures and throughout different time periods.More
Students will examine Rodeo-Pickup Man and use clues to determine the elements of story structure apparent in the painting, paying particular attention to setting. Students will then create a setting for a story of their own.More
In this lesson children will investigate elements of Rodeo-Pickup Man and participate in activities related to the painting. They will explore sound, color, and their imaginations; and will make their own paintings to share with the class.More
Students will observe and discuss Hennings’s painting Rabbit Hunt, choose a character from the piece, and write a narrative from that character’s perspective.More
Through an examination of Theodore Waddell’s Motherwell’s Angus, students will look at colors to understand how artists use them to create sensations and help portray shapes. They will then imagine they are in the painting and write a creative piece about what they experience.More
Students will use Long Jakes as inspiration to analyze and interpret how artists create a sense of depth on a flat canvas.More
Students will look at William R. Leigh’s painting Greased Lightning and imagine stories that explain what might have startled the horse, then they will have the chance to act out their imagined stories.More
Students will examine details of facial expression related to O’Keeffe’s Cow Licking. They will then use Cow Licking and other images of eyes to inspire them as they draw multiple pairs of eyes that reflect different emotions.More
Students will examine Bierstadt’s painting Wind River Country, identify what they see, and imagine what’s missing. They will then touch objects similar to those in the painting to connect visual and tactile experiences.More