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February 2020

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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Read the West Book Club: True Grit

In conjunction with the exhibition Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch, and in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film True Grit and the 10th anniversary of 2010 remake, the Read the West Book Club selection is Charles Portis’ classic novel True Grit. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. Books available for purchase in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Refreshments provided. $9, $6…

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Warhol and the West Factory Party

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Join us for the grooviest night in Oklahoma City in support of the Museum’s educational efforts for underserved youth! Celebrate the life and legacy of Andy Warhol, whose daring and iconic work can be seen in Warhol and the West – the most comprehensive collection of his Western art, artifacts and memorabilia. Register online 7:00 p.m. Cocktails in the Gallery Enjoy drinks and browse the Warhol and the West exhibition. 8:00 p.m. The Factory Opens The party really begins. Food, drinks, a…

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Dinner and a Movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Guests enjoy a dinner of comfort foods inspired by Route 66 and prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City while watching The Grapes of Wrath. Prohibition not enforced (cash bar available). Following the film, spend exclusive time in the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. As relatively inexpensive means of entertainment, movie attendance soared during the Great Depression. An unflinching adaptation of John Steinbeck’s controversial, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about an Oklahoma farm family’s struggle for survival in tough times,…

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Rawhide Braiding

February 26 - 28 In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will address aspects of rawhide braiding. Students will focus on round, flat and square braiding techniques, with and without cores. String size and quantity as it relates to the core, and string cutting, will also will be addressed. This workshop is suitable for those with an understanding of braiding and familiarity with basic techniques as well as advanced braiders. Instructor: Nate Wald has been braiding…

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Warhol and Wine Paint Night

Wind down from the stresses of the day with this fun, one-night painting event! Visit the Museum for a painting class under instruction of Wine & Palette. In conjunction with Warhol and the West, create your own Warhol-inspired canvas painting. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Reservations required by February 25; to register click here.

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Special Exhibition Tour

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Docents offer one-hour tours of the Museum’s spring exhibitions. Discover the vibrantly colored and sculpted pottery that was a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms in Colors of Clay. Explore Warhol and the West as represented in his art, movies and personal collections, including iconic subjects Geronimo and John Wayne. Wrap up with Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. View some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century…

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March 2020

Read the West Book Club: Drawing Fire: A Pawnee, Artist and Thunderbird in World War II

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Woven with Pawnee legend and language and quickened with wry Native wit, Drawing Fire traces the service of recognized Pawnee Indian and artist Brummett Echohawk as he and his unit of Depression-era cowboys, farmers and more than 1,000 American Indians fight their way through key battles at Sicily, Salerno and Anzio during World War II. Read the West Book Club meets in January, February and March; attend one or all three. Books available for purchase in The Museum Store (15%…

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Drop-In Drawing: Leaders Downfall

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 for Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Lange: Artist or Activist?

With hardship and suffering as consistent areas of focus throughout her career, Dorothea Lange created arresting portraits with the aim of sparking reform. Join Drew Heath Johnson, Curator of Photography and Visual Culture, Oakland Museum of California, as he examines the central theme of Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing; the power of Lange’s photography to sway people’s minds and spur them to action.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field

Author and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Anne Whiston Spirn will present photographs of the American West in 1939 by the great American photographer Dorothea Lange. Lange’s images of squatter camps, beleaguered farmers and stark landscapes are stunning, and her captions – which range from simple explanations to historical notes and biographical sketches – add unexpected depth, bringing her subjects and their struggle unforgettably to life, often in their own words. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum…

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Date with the Duke: Fort Apache (1948)

Enjoy the first in John Ford’s “cavalry trilogy.” When arrogant and stubborn Civil War hero Lt. Col. Owen Thursday (played by Henry Fonda) arrives in Arizona with his daughter, Philadelphia (Shirley Temple), to assume command of the Fort Apache outpost, he clashes with levelheaded Capt. Kirby York (John Wayne). Viewing the local Native Americans through an ignorantly negative lens, Thursday is determined to engage them in battle for his own glory, despite the warnings of York — an act of…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Migrant Mother, Migrant Gender: Reconsidering Dorothea Lange’s Icon of Maternity

Presented by Sally Stein, revisit the great photographic career of Dorothea Lange by offering a new perspective on the making of “Migrant Mother,” her most famous Depression-era image, and its changing reception over the last eight decades. Stein is Professor Emerita of Art History & Film and Media Studies at University of California, Irvine, and author of the essay “Peculiar Grace: Dorothea Lange and the Testimony of the Body,” published in Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. Bring your lunch or…

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April 2020

Dinner and a Movie: True Grit (2010)

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Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program featuring True Grit (2010), a cash bar and scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. After the brutal murder of her father, 14-year-old Maddie Ross recruits U.S. marshal Rooster Cogburn and Texas Ranger La Boeuf in a vengeance-fueled quest to bring justice to notorious criminal Tom Chaney. Brothers Joel and Ethan Coen direct a star-studded cast in this remake of the John Wayne classic film. Introduced by Bonney…

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Drop-In Drawing

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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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May 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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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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June 2020

Prix de West Opening Weekend

Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Events Friday, June 12, through Saturday, June 13, 2020 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 Art Moments

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 12, 13 and 14. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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Drop-In Drawing

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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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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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July 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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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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Date with the Duke: She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

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The second in John Ford’s “Cavalry trilogy” boasts what might be the greatest use ever made by Ford of Monument Valley. Captain Brittles (John Wayne), rankling from the defeat at Little Bighorn, faces retirement at the same time as a new Indian war threatens. Matters come to a head when he leads a mission against a nearby Cheyenne encampment at the same time as he must escort his superior officer’s wife and daughter to the stagecoach. After both his missions…

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August 2020

Drop-In Drawing

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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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September 2020

Ante Up!

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September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Take a ride back to the Wild West during Ante Up! at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Museum’s newest event is an exciting evening of poker, blackjack and other games of chance. Enjoy food stations, spirits, live entertainment, laughter and fun as you go “all in” to support the Museum’s public education programs! For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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October 2020

Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

Showcasing the best in Western bits, spurs, rawhide braiding, saddlery and silverwork. October 2, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Exclusive Preview 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. October 3, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Sale & Celebration 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. View the 2019 Online Catalog For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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November 2020

Small Works, Great Wonders

Navajo Turquoise by Huihan Liu, Oil on linen, 16" x 12" 2020 Call for Entries November 13, 2020 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…

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