September 14 – January 5, 2020
The regionally distinctive horse furniture that is emblematic of the North American West and is preserved through the craftsmanship of Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) artists has its roots in a unique mixture of cultures and traditions that blended in Colonial Mexico. The decorative traditions of cow – and horse-gear provide some of the most enduring motifs and icons of Western culture.
Caballeros y Vaqueros (CyV) traces the decorative traditions of new world husbandry as they developed in Colonial Mexico from a fusion of Native American, European, African, and Islamic traditions. By focusing on working objects as sculptural art, CyV helps guests to see the global traditions that manifested into a unique Western visual tradition.
Funding for this exhibition and related programs is provided in part by Susan J. Roeder and from Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusion, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily reflect those of OH or NEH.