Visitors to The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum cab experience three new spring exhibitions. These exhibitions will highlight the American West’s diverse history, artistry, and evolving cultures that continue to shape the nation today.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum, on display now through May 13, exposes rarely seen artifacts from the Museum’s vault. From John Wayne’s personal Buddha sculptures to a sketch of a dinosaur on CM Russell letterhead, this exhibition gives visitors a unique look at what, why, and how museums collect.
Also, through May 13, Do You See What I See? Painted Conversations by Theodore Waddell explores Waddell’s abstract expressionism like never before. This exhibition redirects the visitor’s attention to the importance of what they do not see rather than what they do see on the canvas, and the opportunity to perceive something different in the same painting each time it is viewed.
Opening April 7 and continuing through November 11, In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student. The exhibit takes visitors into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “general illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did; the meaning of snow on the shoulders; the difference between hues and values; the importance of anatomy; and the draftsmanship precision of perspective.
These temporary exhibitions offer an opportunity to experience and enjoy the West in a myriad of new ways. From contemporary Western art to a rare glance at neverbefore- seen Museum artifacts, this is an unmatched opportunity for visitors to enrich their understanding of Western heritage and culture – and find their place in the West.
Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. For more information, call 405-478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
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