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January 2020

Two Grits – A Peak Behind the Eyepatch

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This exhibition will explore the similarities and the differences between the 1969 and 2010 version of True Grit. Specifically, visitors will see a comparison of character development, cinematography, screenplays, actors’ performances, costumes and much more. Film artifacts, costume components and props from both films, as well as photographs from both films, will help exhibition goers understand the two True Grit films and the novel by the same name. The exhibition also recognizes the 50th anniversary of the 1969 film and…

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Passport

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Art is not one-dimensional and neither are those who create it. Though often defined by their most well-known work or style—Impressionist, Cubist, Modern, Realist, Western—they experiment and evolve throughout their careers, often working across mediums and subjects. Whether a mural or magazine illustration, playbill or portrait, each project and assignment informs the next. Carl Link, Laura Gardin Fraser, William Reese, Tom Lovell, and other artists in our collection are no exception. Their sketches and studies include cowboys, Native Americans, horses,…

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Colors of Clay

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Colors of Clay explores the cultural and regional diversity of indigenous ceramic vessel traditions in North America.  Vibrantly colored and sculpted with absolute precision, clay pots, bowls, pitchers, and jars were a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms. From the Eastern Woodlands to the arid Southwest, these vessels continue to evolve, yet maintain a traditional aesthetic unique to this part of the world.

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Find Your Western

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Consumption of the West through popular media has been a mainstay of Western culture. Pulp publications, film, radio, music, television, and video games have all presented treatments of the West. This exhibition will explore the West as genre and its cultural influence in the United States and other countries.

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Warhol and the West

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Warhol and the West is the first museum exhibition to fully explore Andy Warhol’s love of the West represented in his art, movies, attire, travel and collecting. Developed in a partnership with The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Ga. and the Tacoma Art Museum, Warhol and the West presents the full range of Western imagery Warhol produced. New scholarship examines how Warhol’s Western work merges the artist’s portrayal of celebrities with his interest in cowboys, American Indians and other…

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February 2020

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing

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Through the lens of her camera, Dorothea Lange documented American life with riveting, intimate photographs that portrayed some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century. Lange was driven by the belief that seeing the effects of injustice could provoke reform and, just perhaps, change the world. From documenting the plight of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression to illuminating the grim conditions of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, Lange’s photographs demonstrate how empathy and compassion—focused…

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May 2020

Storytellers and Sellers: Artist Illustrators

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Before pixels, programs, and software transformed graphic design, illustrators gave form to thought and generated the majority of public imagery. Using their creativity and talents to promote specific ideas, they helped tell stories and sell products through books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, logos, labels, calendars, billboards, and even coloring books. Behind their bold and bright designs, however, was a standard artistic approach. The illustrators used the same supplies and techniques as any painter, and composed every scene with perspective, aesthetic, color,…

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