A Date with the Duke: In Old Oklahoma (1943)
January 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Guests can whet their appetites with a cash bar and scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City while watching a special film screening of In Old Oklahoma (1943).
Michael R. Grauer, the Museum’s new McCasland Curator of Cowboy Culture, introduces the story of the oil boom when school teacher Martha Scott comes to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and witnesses a conflict between cowboy John Wayne and oilman Albert Dekker. In the new oil economy, some attitudes may have changed – for example, toward the Native Americans – but other basic elements of traditional Western conflicts, including action and adventure, remain firmly intact (102 minutes, NR). $40 per person; $35 per Museum member. Register online at Date with the Duke.
Michael R. Grauer comes to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Amarillo, Texas where he directed the curatorial staff and was Curator of Art and Western Heritage. Grauer oversaw collections of art, weapons, military objects, sports, cowboy, and ranching life. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, he received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in art history and painting from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in art history from Southern Methodist University. After college he worked at the National Museum of American Art (now the Smithsonian American Art Museum) in Washington, D.C. While working at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Grauer was on the faculty at West Texas A&M University. He didn’t always plan on a museum career; originally, he wanted to play professional football or be a cowboy. Instead, he went to art school. “Because I could draw horses better than anyone and I didn’t know what else to do,” said Grauer. If he could live anywhere else in the world, it would be Taos, New Mexico (for the art scene) or Saskatchewan, Canada, (because the name “sounds cool”). We are excited that Grauer has not made a move to Taos and instead chose Oklahoma City.