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December 2019

Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Docents offer one-hour tours of the Museum’s fall 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. Travel the world and through time in Passport and see unexpected pieces (pharaohs, knights, James Bond) from many Western artists. Wrap up with…

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January 2020

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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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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February 2020

Hearts for Art

One day to celebrate love is not enough! Visit the Museum any time from February 1 – 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at the Visitor Services desk, leave it by your selection and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. While visiting, pick up the “Find the Love” guide, a selection of art from the Museum’s collection that speaks of love. Free to Museum members or with…

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Cowgirls of Color

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February 5, 2020 @ 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The inspiring Cowgirls of Color, an all-black, all-female rodeo team, lead roping, lassoing, saddling up, and activity stations for students throughout the Museum demonstrating grit, gusto and determination. Follow up the program with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Free admission to the program and Museum for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Program lasts approximately one hour. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the presentation, then explore the Museum galleries.…

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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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Drop-In Drawing: Afternoon of a Sheepherder

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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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

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 for 30 years, was…

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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

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Andy Warhol Did Western Art?

Join Seth Hopkins, Executive Director, Booth Western Art Museum, as he explores Warhol and the West and the range of Western imagery Warhol produced. New scholarship will examine how Warhol’s Western work merges the artist’s ubiquitous portrayal of celebrities with his interest in cowboys, American Indians and other Western motifs. His work in the Western genre is immediately recognizable, impressive, daring, inspirational and sometimes confrontational. This body of work furthers our understanding of how the American West infiltrates the public’s…

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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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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. 2019 Prix de West…

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