Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Curators to Discuss Denver & New York Connections to The American West in Bronze

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop on the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition, The American West in Bronze, 1850–1925, in two upcoming talks with the curators.

The American West in Bronze is co-curated by Thomas Smith, curator of western American art at the DAM, and Thayer Tolles, Marica F. Vilcek Curator of American Paintings and Sculpture at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Before this special exhibition closes August 31, its curators will offer unique insight into the show and its subjects.

Cowboys on Fifth Avenue, Bison in the Bronx: Western Sculptors in New York

On August 13, Thayer Tolles will give a public lecture on how New York City’s vibrant art scene at the turn of the twentieth century inspired and supported sculptors of western American subjects. To purchase tickets, visit or call 720-913-0130.

Conversation with Curator

Thomas Smith will lead a tour of the exhibition on August 15 focusing on the local connections to the exhibition. Learn about various sculptures’ ties to Denver, like two small statuettes of large monuments in and near Civic Center Park. This event is included in museum admission and reservations are not required.

Don’t miss these opportunities to hear from two experts on bronze sculpture and western American art history.

Image credit: Hermon Atkins MacNeil (1866-1947), The Moqui Prayer for Rain, 1895-96 (cast about 1897). Daniel and Mathew Wolf in memory of Diane R. Wolf.

Karen Brooks McWhorter is the department assistant in the department of western American art. Karen has been with DAM since 2009, and when visiting the museum, she recommends that visitors don’t miss the special selection of Charles Marion Russell paintings on the seventh floor of the North Building.