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Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater
Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, shares a multi-cultural and much-layered story involving Native Americans, Anglo Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. This collision of cultures revolved around the conscious destruction of the American bison as a lifeways resource for native peoples and as a product for the Industrial Revolution. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.
Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Curator of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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.
This program is made possible with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.