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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

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Oklahoma City, OK 73111 United States
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February 2020

$20

Dorothea Lange: More than the Dust Bowl Workshop

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Join us for a professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 5 –12 at the National Cowboy Museum in collaboration with the College of Education and Professional Studies, University of Central Oklahoma. Best known for her Migrant Mother photograph, Dorothea Lange’s body of work touched on provocative social and political issues throughout her career, including Japanese internment, racial segregation and Civil Rights. This workshop focuses on Lange’s social and political activism in the 20th century as seen through her lens.…

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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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Special Exhibition Tour

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Docents offer one-hour tours of the Museum’s spring exhibitions. Discover the vibrantly colored and sculpted pottery that was a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms in Colors of Clay. Explore Warhol and the West as represented in his art, movies and personal collections, including iconic subjects Geronimo and John Wayne. Wrap up with Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. View some of the most powerful moments of the 20th century…

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March 2020

Weatherschool

NewsChannel 4 and the National Cowboy Museum are teaming up to present Weatherschool, a great way for kids to learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weatherschool, explore the Museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Admission is free for students and chaperones (one per seven students). Ask about…

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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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Educators After Hours: Andy Warhol’s West

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Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Seth Hopkins, executive director of the Booth Western Art Museum and curator of Warhol in the West, leads educators on a tour of the exhibit, featuring Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians portfolio, the last major project before his death. It includes images of 14 iconic Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo and John Wayne.  Participants will: Explore Warhol and the West with exhibit curator…

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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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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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April 2020

Western Heritage Awards

The Western Heritage Awards honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage through creative works in literature, music, television and film that share the great stories of the American West. Presented by celebrity hosts, this black-tie event also honors individuals who have made significant contributions to Western heritage with their inductions into the Hall of Great Western Performers and Hall of Great Westerners as well as the presentation of the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award and Lifetime Achievement…

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May 2020

$15

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

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10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Museum grounds and galleries Join us for this two-day, fun-filled family weekend showcasing chuck wagon food samples, buttermaking with Ag in the Classroom, artisan demonstrations, bandanna decorating, live music, rope making with Ward Family Trick Ropers, Western reenactors, face painting, children’s craft stations, photos with a longhorn, giant puzzles, dress up areas and more! Admission purchased at the door: $15 per person Free for children 12 & under $5 off for Last Frontier Council Scouts…

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June 2020

Prix de West Art Moments

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1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 12, 13 and 14. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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September 2020

Ante Up!

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September 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Take a ride back to the Wild West during Ante Up! at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Museum’s newest event is an exciting evening of poker, blackjack and other games of chance. Enjoy food stations, spirits, live entertainment, laughter and fun as you go “all in” to support the Museum’s public education programs! For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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October 2020

Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale

Showcasing the best in Western bits, spurs, rawhide braiding, saddlery and silverwork. October 2, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Exclusive Preview 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. October 3, 2020 Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale Opening Weekend Sale & Celebration 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. View the 2019 Online Catalog For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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November 2020

Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

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The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society host the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrating rodeo legends’ induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as the Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients.   Rope ‘N’ Ride Cocktail Reception Friday, November 13 Inductee Panel Discussion Saturday, November 14 Rodeo Hall of Fame Champions’ Dinner, Benefit Auction and Induction Ceremony Saturday, November 14 For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley…

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Small Works, Great Wonders

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculpture at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. For sponsorship information, please contact Trent Riley at (405) 478-2250 ext. 251 or triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org. 

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December 2020

26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

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26th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball December 18, 2020 The 26th annual yuletide dance features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family. An alcohol-free event with more than enough spirit coming from the combination of a bountiful home-cooked dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years, and an unforgettable visit from Santa. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Trent Riley at triley@nationalcowboymuseum.org or (405) 478-2250 ext 251

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