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June 2022

Read the West Book Club: Braiding Sweetgrass

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer draws on her experience as botanist, Native American and mother. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kimmerer holds to the idea that we have much to learn from plants and animals about living in reciprocal relationship with the world around us. Through a braid of memoir, scientific writing and indigenous storytelling, Kimmerer shows how other living beings — asters and goldenrod, corn and beans, and salamanders, strawberries and pecan trees — teach…

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Prix de West Workshop: 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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Curator Conversations: Treasures from the Gilcrease

Explore the nineteen works of art at the National Cowboy Museum currently on loan from the Gilcrease Museum located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Examine why these works of art were selected specifically to be exhibited at The Cowboy and how they contribute to the story of the American West. Discover master artists and their significant contributions to the depiction of the American West. $5; free for Museum members. Click Here to Register.

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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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Read the West Book Club: Yellow Bird

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. When Lissa learns that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. Her pursuit of Clarke…

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August 2022

Curator Conversations: “As God Has Made It”: Landscape Painting in the American West

Painters who were trained in the transcendentalist and Hudson River “schools” began traveling to the American West and other exotic parts of the Americas beginning in the late 1850s. These artists sought healing for the United States in the canvases they produced from the time of the Civil War to World War I. Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Frederic Edwin Church, Charles Franklin Reaugh and Thomas Hill are among those artists whose work will be discussed as they sought to capture…

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Clue! at the Cowboy

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“A crime has been committed in Prosperity Junction. A prominent citizen has been murdered. You have been deputized to help find out what happened.” Relive your childhood by playing the popular board game Clue, IRL! Join us in our re-created 19th century frontier town as we work to solve a crime and interview suspects to determine: Who done it? Where? And with What weapon? Win a prize for correctly identifying all three. Put on your best Western duds, enjoy hors…

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Read the West Book Club: Rise of Wolf 8

Yellowstone National Park was once home to an abundance of wild wolves — but park rangers killed the last of their kind in the 1920s. Decades later, the rangers brought them back, with the first wolves arriving from Canada in 1995. This is the incredible true story of one of those wolves. Wolf 8 struggles at first — an unusually young alpha male, barely a teenager in human years, Wolf 8 rises to the occasion, hunting skillfully and even defending…

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September 2022

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Tequila!

Join National Cowboy Museum Curator Nathan Jones in exploring the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, the West’s homegrown spirit. The talk will feature the photographs of Joel Salcido that feature in Aliento a Tequila, including images from the original distilleries that founded the industry, as well as several artisanal tequileras committed to the ancestral ways of tequila-making, from harvest to bottle. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Transformers and Tricksters: Mythology in Art on the Northwest Coast

Join National Cowboy Museum Curator of Ethnology Eric Singleton in a discussion on the origin of the world and the mythic tales that shaped its development. These stories reflect social values and are part of the ongoing artistic tradition of indigenous people who today still live on the Northwest Coast. 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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Curator Conversation and Exhibition Openings: Aliento a Tequila and Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection

Join the National Cowboy Museum for an evening filled with programming! Kick off the evening with the Curator Conversation with special guest Dr. Marie Sarita Gaytán, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Utah, discussing her extensive study of the tequila industry. Immediately following the presentation, raise a glass to the opening of Aliento a Tequila and Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection. Tequila explores and celebrates the landscape,…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Sombreros

Every cowboy hat tells a story. Not only stories of the wearer(s), but also where the hat was worn and used. Join McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections andWestern Art, “Cowboy Mike” Grauer, and learn more about the wearers and the worn, drawn from the National Cowboy Museum’s vast cowboy hat collection.  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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Read the West Book Club: Empire of Shadows

In a radical reinterpretation of the 19th century West, George Black casts Yellowstone's creation as the culmination of three interwoven strands of history — the passion for exploration, the violence of the Indian Wars and the "civilizing" of the frontier. It charts a course through the lives of those who sought to lay bare its mysteries: Lt. Gustavus Cheyney Doane, a gifted but tormented cavalryman; the ambitious former vigilante leader Nathaniel Langford; scientist Ferdinand Hayden, who brought photographer William Henry…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Looking Through the Windows to the West

From 1991 – 1996, Wilson Hurley (1924 – 2008) devoted his life and artistic skill to creating five enormous triptychs that depict the grandeur of the American West landscape. Known collectively as the Windows to the West, these 15 canvases grace the walls of the National Cowboy Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center. In this Brown Bag session, Kera Newby, Director of the Dickinson Research Center and Curator of Archives at The Cowboy, presents Hurley’s preparation journey for the triptych…

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Workshop: Engraving and Design for Bits and Spurs

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In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will focus on aspects of design, layout and engraving and inlay techniques. Instructors: Bit and spur makers Wilson Capron and Ernie Marsh have more than 50 years’ experience between them. Their unique designs and insights into the craft have influenced the work of many contemporary bit and spur makers. Suitable for beginners to advanced, limited enrollment. $700; $600 for Museum members. Click Here to Register

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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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