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January 2020

Caballeros y Vaqueros

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The iconic Western cowboy actually can trace its roots to north and west Africa, up through Spain and then over to the New World. Caballeros y Vaqueros will tell this story using the decorative traditions of New World husbandry as they developed in New Spain and Colonial Mexico from a fusion of Native American, European, African and Islamic traditions. This magnificent exhibition will focus on working objects as sculptural art, allowing visitors to see and learn how global traditions manifested…

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Dinner and a Movie: True Grit

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In conjunction with the exhibition Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch, watch the original True Grit film. . Following the movie, enjoy a walk through the Two Grits exhibition with curator Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections & Western Art. Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program featuring a cash bar and scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. $45, $40 for Museum members. Reservations required by January…

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Read the West Book Club: The Grapes of Wrath

In conjunction with the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing, January’s featured Read the West Book Club selection is the American classic The Grapes of Wrath. Published in 1939 by John Steinbeck, it evokes the harshness of the Great Depression and arouses sympathy for the struggles of migrant farmworkers. The story traces the migration of an Oklahoma Dust Bowl family to California and their subsequent hardships. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or…

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Drop-In Drawing

On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side, practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork in the galleries and gardens. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own! Gather with art lovers to enjoy an afternoon of drawing and learning with other artists. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Museum Grill Closed

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The Museum Grill will be closed December 30, 2019 - January 14, 2020

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Find Your Western

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Consumption of the West through popular media has been a mainstay of Western culture. Pulp publications, film, radio, music, television, and video games have all presented treatments of the West. This exhibition will explore the West as genre and its cultural influence in the United States and other countries.

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Colors of Clay

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Colors of Clay explores the cultural and regional diversity of indigenous ceramic vessel traditions in North America.  Vibrantly colored and sculpted with absolute precision, clay pots, bowls, pitchers, and jars were a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms. From the Eastern Woodlands to the arid Southwest, these vessels continue to evolve, yet maintain a traditional aesthetic unique to this part of the world.

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Passport

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Art is not one-dimensional and neither are those who create it. Though often defined by their most well-known work or style—Impressionist, Cubist, Modern, Realist, Western—they experiment and evolve throughout their careers, often working across mediums and subjects. Whether a mural or magazine illustration, playbill or portrait, each project and assignment informs the next. Carl Link, Laura Gardin Fraser, William Reese, Tom Lovell, and other artists in our collection are no exception. Their sketches and studies include cowboys, Native Americans, horses,…

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Two Grits – A Peak Behind the Eyepatch

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This exhibition will explore the similarities and the differences between the 1969 and 2010 version of True Grit. Specifically, visitors will see a comparison of character development, cinematography, screenplays, actors’ performances, costumes and much more. Film artifacts, costume components and props from both films, as well as photographs from both films, will help exhibition goers understand the two True Grit films and the novel by the same name. The exhibition also recognizes the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film and…

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Signature Tour

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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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