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February 2020

Hearts for Art

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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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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Pinch Pots

February 1 Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Pinch Pots 10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway Pinch pots are both beautiful and useful. Learn the fun pottery technique “pinching” while creating a pot of your own. Caddo potter Chase Earles will discuss the process of harvesting and processing clay, and demonstrate different pottery techniques. Try your hand at pottery puzzles, create your own pottery design, enjoy storytelling and a showing of the claymation film, Chicken Run. Free for 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. The program will begin with a presentation from the Cowgirls of Color, where students will get to know more about each member of the group, and will learn about Cowboy history, horses, clothing, rodeo and more. After the presentation, students will rotate through…

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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

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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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Perked-Up Playdate February

It’s freezing outside, so come play inside the Museum! Enjoy complimentary  lattes for adults and hot cocoa for children in the saloon area of Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s indoor 19th-century boomtown, sponsored by EÔTÉ Coffee Company.         Participants can also: Try a virtual reality (VR) headset and experience the Museum’s temporary Dorothea Lange exhibition in a new way Make a soapbox car with your child Build a snowman indoors together Participate in a special story time Get…

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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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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Rawhide Braiding

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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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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Rawhide Braiding

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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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March 2020

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Andy Warhol Did Western Art?

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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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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Picturing the Past

Photographer Dorothea Lange captured images of Americans, including many Oklahomans, as they struggled through the Great Depression. Listen to stories about her life and work at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m., create Depression-era toys including a rag doll and mini soapbox car, partake in a derby down the Museum hallway and sample food. Wrap up with a showing of Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl. Free for Museum members or with Museum admission. Available while supplies last.

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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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Late Night at the Museum

Enjoy an evening of fun! Paint an Andy Warhol-inspired canvas and explore Prosperity Junction on a flashlight tour. Bring your pillows and blankets and curl up for a showing of Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. Popcorn provided! An adult must accompany children. $35 per child for ages 4 and up, $20 per adult.  Register Here

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June 2020

Prix de West Workshop: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

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June 8 - 11 Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in 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 the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for…

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Prix de West Workshop: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

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June 8 - 11 Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in 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 the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for…

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Prix de West Workshop: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

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June 8 - 11 Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in 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 the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for…

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Prix de West Workshop: Landscape Painting: Simplifying with a Purpose

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Designed for those interested in honing their outdoor/field skills and gathering information essential to creating more developed works. Join Prix de West artist Skip Whitcomb in 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 the great painters have historically utilized. Demonstrations and teaching will be conducted in oils; however, watercolor, pastel and acrylics are welcome. Suitable for the intermediate to advanced…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

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June 15 - 18 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. Suitable for beginner…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

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June 15 - 18 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. Suitable for beginner…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

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June 15 - 18 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. Suitable for beginner…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Portrait and Costumed Figure

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June 15 - 18 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. Suitable for beginner…

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