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September 2021

Still-Life Drawing in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

Be inspired by the artists who lived and worked in northern New Mexico during the 1920s and 1930s, and who are featured in New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. Each week there will be a different still life to draw within the exhibition space. Study from the artists of the past and try your hand at your own masterpiece! Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services desk in the Museum Lobby (while supplies last)…

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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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Read the West Book Club: Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the American West's settling, from John Jacob Astor's fur-trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, and from the California gold rush to Oklahoma’s land runs. The West was a region where riches could potentially reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage and the railroad man's enterprise; but just like El Dorado to the Spanish conquistadors, riches could be difficult to acquire in the American West. Read the West Book Club…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Finding El Norte: Shifting Perspective on Western History

In conjunction with the exhibition Find Your North, Nathan Jones, National Cowboy Museum associate curator of history, will present a wide-angle overview of Western history with a focus on the Hispanic experience of the area from 1527 to today. Examining the West on a north- south axis offers new questions and insights into the region’s history. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Brown Bag presentation and The Museum…

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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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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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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Quirts: The How and Why

September 28 - 30 In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this hands-on workshop will address the construction of quirts, their different styles and regional differences. Function, balance and decoration will also be addressed. Skill level required: Intermediate to advanced, participants should have some experience braiding bodies over cores and basic long and short buttons. Instructors: Nate Wald has been braiding for 30 years, Nate was awarded the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Braider of the Year award…

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October 2021

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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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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Curator Conversations – Founding of the New Mexico Art Colonies

Join Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art, on the first Tuesday of October for a discussion of New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West. This major traveling exhibition offers a fresh perspective on the evolution of art in New Mexico, from the late Romantic era to the advent of early Modernism. Grauer will take an in-depth look at two of the most important national and international…

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