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December 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Curator Conversations – Women Artists of New Mexico

Join Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, on the first Tuesday of December for a discussion of New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the evolution of art in New Mexico, from the late Romantic era to the advent of early Modernism. Grauer will highlight the women who persisted! Discover the women that flourished in pushing boundaries…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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—Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality

In 1917 Mabel Sterne (Mabel Dodge Luhan), patron of the arts and spokeswoman for the New York avant-garde, came to the Southwest seeking a new life. This autobiographical account is a remarkable description of an Easterner's journey to the American West. It is also a great story of personal and philosophical transformation. The geography of New Mexico and the culture of the Pueblo Indians opened a new world for Mabel. She settled in Taos immediately and lived there the rest…

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Drop-In Drawing: Portrait of a Taos Indian, Ernest L. Blumenschein

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On the second Sunday of the month, explore your creative side in a fun and informal drawing session. Be inspired by the artists who lived and worked in northern New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s, and who are featured in the exhibition New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. This month’s focus will be on portraiture. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last) or bring your…

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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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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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A Date with the Duke: Rio Grande (1950)

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Enjoy a special evening at the Museum with dinner, drinks and a big screen showing of the 1950 classic “Rio Grande,” the third film in famed director John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy.” $55 per person; $50 per Museum member. Reservations required by December 6. Register Now

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Holiday Wine-Down

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Relax from the stresses of the holidays! Visit the Museum for a Holiday Wine-Down painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Inspired by still-lifes in the exhibition, New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, create your own still-life masterpiece. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, includes light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by December 6; to register click here.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)…

Find out more

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…

Find out more

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)…

Find out more

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…

Find out more

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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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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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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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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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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January 2022

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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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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Sunday Spotlight: Living Canvas Terri Parton, President, Wichita and Affiliated Tribes

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Explore the traditions and artistic expressions in Tattooing: Religion, Reality and Regret. Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Hear from tattoo artists and tattooed living canvases as they discuss their art, influences and inspiration. From there venture into the galleries and enjoy the exhibition at your own pace. Free for members or with Museum admission.

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Curator Conversations – The Santa Fe Trail

The Santa Fe Trail was the first international superhighway in the United States, connecting Missouri to Mexico through Santa Fe and down to Chihuahua. While we commemorate the 200th anniversary of the first traders from the U.S. traveling west to Santa Fe via the trail in 2021, Spanish — then Mexican — traders had been traveling east along the same route since the 1790s. Join Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art,…

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Read the West Book Club: The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a 13-year-old pioneer traveling west, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Oatman’s story has become legend, inspiring artworks, fiction, film and radio plays. Based on historical records including letters and diaries of Oatman’s friends and relatives, The Blue Tattoo is the first book to examine her life from…

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Construction of a Portrait

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This four-week class will focus on a better understanding of the foundation and proportions of the face. Learn and practice the key locations that build the facial structure — the key to creating better portraits and capturing a likeness. Explore the best of the Reilly and Loomis methods and the technique of Hogarth to develop a step-by-step process to achieve any 3-D position of the face. Skill level: beginner to advanced. Instructor: “Scottie” Scott (Linda K. Scott) ran a stained-glass…

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Construction of a Portrait

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This four-week class will focus on a better understanding of the foundation and proportions of the face. Learn and practice the key locations that build the facial structure — the key to creating better portraits and capturing a likeness. Explore the best of the Reilly and Loomis methods and the technique of Hogarth to develop a step-by-step process to achieve any 3-D position of the face. Skill level: beginner to advanced. Instructor: “Scottie” Scott (Linda K. Scott) ran a stained-glass…

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February 2022

Construction of a Portrait

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This four-week class will focus on a better understanding of the foundation and proportions of the face. Learn and practice the key locations that build the facial structure — the key to creating better portraits and capturing a likeness. Explore the best of the Reilly and Loomis methods and the technique of Hogarth to develop a step-by-step process to achieve any 3-D position of the face. Skill level: beginner to advanced. Instructor: “Scottie” Scott (Linda K. Scott) ran a stained-glass…

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Construction of a Portrait

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This four-week class will focus on a better understanding of the foundation and proportions of the face. Learn and practice the key locations that build the facial structure — the key to creating better portraits and capturing a likeness. Explore the best of the Reilly and Loomis methods and the technique of Hogarth to develop a step-by-step process to achieve any 3-D position of the face. Skill level: beginner to advanced. Instructor: “Scottie” Scott (Linda K. Scott) ran a stained-glass…

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Sunday Spotlight: Tattoo Artist Richard Curtis

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Explore the traditions and artistic expressions in Tattooing: Religion, Reality and Regret. Grab a stool and listen to invited artisans discuss their craft. Hear from tattoo artists and tattooed living canvases as they discuss their art, influences and inspiration. From there venture into the galleries and enjoy the exhibition at your own pace. Free for members or with Museum admission.

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Read the West Book Club: Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback

Riding 2,000 miles on horseback from Montana to New Mexico sounds like a crazy but thrilling dream— or pure hardship and exhaustion. According to Bernice Ende, the trip was all that and more. More than once she is traversed the Great Plains, the Southwest deserts, the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains. Lady Long Rider: Alone Across America on Horseback chronicles Ende’s travels, the instant friends she meets along the way, and her ongoing encounters with the harsh weather, wildlife,…

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March 2022

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Tattooing: Religion, Reality and Regret

Tattooing is a custom dating back thousands of years in North America. Traditionally, women and men used them to visually express tribal affiliation and war honors, as well as connections to divine beings, maturity rites and social and religious affiliation. These expressions of identity continued with the person after death — ensuring their place in the afterlife. Today, tattoos have been adopted by military personnel, musicians, college students and countless others. Although many are works of art, others, unfortunately, are…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: A Brief History of Body Modification and Tattoos

All cultures practice some type of body modification, be it body painting, piercing, tattooing, scarring or re-shaping. In many cultures, body modification is done to indicate social position, family affiliation, marital status, identify with a particular ethnic or gender group, perform a rite of passage, ward off or invoke the spirits, or to transfer information. In this presentation, Dr. Diaz-Granados, Archaeologists and Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology, Washington University, explores body art and body modification in several world…

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Date with the Duke: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)

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When Senator Ransom Stoddard (James Stewart) returns home to Shinbone for the funeral of Tom Doniphon (John Wayne), he recounts to a local newspaper editor the story behind it all. He had come to town many years before, a lawyer by profession. The stage was robbed on its way in by the local ruffian, Liberty Valance (Lee Marvin), and Stoddard has nothing to his name left save a few law books. He gets a job in the kitchen at the…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Southeastern Tattoo Traditions

An Indigenous tattoo revival is in full swing all over the world. J.P. Johnson will discuss the importance of ceremonial tattoo traditions amongst tribal peoples of the Southeast but, more specifically, Cherokee tattooing and the reclaiming of Cherokee identity through ceremony. J.P. Johnson has worked with the Cherokee nation for 13 years teaching language and cultural traditions. He currently teaches Cherokee language immersion in Cherokee Nations, Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum…

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Read the West Book Club: Letters of a Woman Homesteader

This book is composed of letters written by a young woman who lost her husband in a railroad accident and went to Denver to seek support for herself and her two-year-old daughter. Turning her hand to the nearest work, she went out by the day as house-cleaner and laundress. Later, seeking to better herself, she accepted employment as a housekeeper for a well-to-do Scotch cattleman, Mr. Stewart, who had taken up a quarter-section in Wyoming. The letters, written through several…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Inuit Traditional Skin Markings

Traditional Tattooer Holly Mititquq Nordlum discusses Inuit people, place, history, colonization, healing and wearing sacred markings in a modern context. Nordlum is one of a few women internationally bringing back Inuit markings to her people and working with the next generation. (Nordlum will speak via Zoom from Anchorage, Alaska.) Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Brown Bag presentation and The Museum Grill.

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April 2022

Curator Conversations: Mother Roads

Explore the West by “taking the highway that is best” with Samantha Schafer and Nathan Jones, curators of the exhibition Mother Roads. Ride along on a trip that covers the Museum’s history along Route 66, the weird and wonderful world of roadside America and the ways we tour the West. $5; free for Museum members. Click here to register.

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June 2022

Academy of Western Art: Landscape Painting — Simplifying with a Purpose

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Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb presents an energetic workshop designed for those interested in acquiring and/or honing their outdoor/field skills and for gathering information essential to the creation of more developed works. Whitcomb has designed various visual and intellectual exercises to illustrate key elements of the picture making process. These fundamental “truths” are based in classical traditional training — the same principles that the great painters historically have utilized. All demos and teaching will be conducted in oils; however,…

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Prix de West

Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Sale Weekend Events Friday, June 25, through Saturday, June 26, 2021 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. The premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife art, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted in the exhibition. 2020 Prix de West…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

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Prix de West artists Sherrie McGraw and David A. Leffel team up to teach how painting works in relationship to the human figure. Learn how to make beautiful brushwork that will bring portraits to life. Break through the confining aspect of “drawing with paint” to what it means to “sculpt” with paint. Learn from two experienced and engaging artists who have mastered both painting and teaching and revolutionize how you think about painting. Skill Level: Suitable for beginner to advanced.…

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July 2022

Date with the Duke: Big Jake (1971)

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In 1909 New Mexico, ruthless outlaw John Fain and his gang attack the opulent McCandles ranch. More than ten men, women and children are killed or seriously wounded, including Jeff McCandles, whose nine-year-old son, Little Jake, is kidnapped. To help track down the kidnapped boy, and to deliver a massive $1 million ransom, Martha McCandles sends for her estranged husband to venture out into an unforgiving land where neither the mighty Texas Rangers nor the army dare to enter. With…

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November 2022

Small Works, Great Wonders

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley at (405) 478-2250 ext. 251 or triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org. 

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December 2022

Date with the Duke: Stagecoach (1939)

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A group of people traveling on a stagecoach set to leave Tonto, New Mexico, find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo and learn something about each other in the process. Stagecoach offers plenty of cowboys, Indians, shootouts and chases, aided by some remarkable stunt work and majestic photography of Ford's beloved Monument Valley. John Wayne's performance as Ringo Kid, a well-known outlaw who had just broken out of jail, made him a star after years as a B-Western…

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