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September 2021

Still-Life Drawing in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

Be inspired by the artists who lived and worked in northern New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s, and who are featured in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. Each week there will be a different still life to draw within the exhibition space. Study from the artists of the past and try your hand at your own masterpiece! Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last)…

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The Western Heritage Awards

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The Western Heritage Awards honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television and film that share the great stories of the American West. Presented by celebrity hosts, this black-tie event also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage with their inductions into the Hall of Great Western Performers and Hall of Great Westerners as well as the presentation of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement…

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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Read the West Book Club: Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the American West's settling, from John Jacob Astor's fur-trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, and from the California gold rush to Oklahoma’s land runs. The West was a region where riches could potentially reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage and the railroad man's enterprise; but just like El Dorado to the Spanish conquistadors, riches could be difficult to acquire in the American West. Read the West Book Club…

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Perked Up Playdate

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Meet up with friends on the third Tuesday of the month April through September within a safe community space at the all-new Friess Family playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop, and conversations will take place while children engage with each other and explore the playground. Enjoy refreshments for both adults and littles. Kids also can take part in a craft activity, while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission.  

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Todos Somos Americanos. We Are All Americans.

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Join in a celebration of the rich and varied cultures of North, South and Central America. Enjoy musical performances and dance from local cultural groups representing countries of origin from all over the Americas. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the presentation, then embark on self-exploration of the Museum galleries and discover the vast diversity of the American West. And no matter where you’re from, there’s a good chance your ancestry is part of that diversity. Preregistration is required…

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Special Exhibition Tour – New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

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Join Michael Grauer, Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, the first and third Tuesday through December 7, on a tour of New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh view of the evolution of art in New Mexico, from the late Romantics era to the advent of early Modernism. Grauer will tackle a bevy of topics including the Taos and Santa Fe art colonies, modernism and women artists.…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Finding El Norte: Shifting Perspective on Western History

In conjunction with the exhibition Find Your North, Nathan Jones, National Cowboy Museum associate curator of history, will present a wide-angle overview of Western history with a focus on the Hispanic experience of the area from 1527 to today. Examining the West on a north- south axis offers new questions and insights into the region’s history. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Brown Bag presentation and The Museum…

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped…

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