A new exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum will examine the West as it was portrayed in film and TV.
Beginning March 3, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will present The Reel West, a new exhibition that explores the West that was depicted in film and on television, and how those mediums helped shape the West within pop culture.
According to the museum, “The Reel West explores morality, diversity and American identity as depicted in the Western film genre and how Hollywood and Westerns shape our understanding of the world around us.”
The exhibition will include film costumes, props, memorabilia, art and images from a century of Westerns, from early silent films to the classic era of popular movies and TV shows to the genrebending films of recent years. Highlights from the show include a mask, hat, costume, gun belt and scarf worn by
The Lone Ranger actor Clayton Moore; a full costume worn by Hailee Steinfeld in the Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit; two hats worn by Clint Eastwood, one from the TV show Rawhide and another from the film Pale Rider; and Western hats or other costume items worn on camera by decades of Western performers, including John Wayne, Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, James Arness, the cast members of Bonanza, plus Sam Elliott, Anjelica Huston, Jamie Foxx and many others. The exhibition will also have interactive exhibits, including a touchscreen that will help museum-goers understand the themes of morality, diversity and identity that Westerns portray.
“Not only will The Reel West spur memories of going to the movies to see your favorite heroes and villains, it will spark conversations between generations about what Westerns say and portray about our country and where the onscreen myths differed from reality,” Eiteljorg president and CEO John Vanausdall says. “We are excited to present this featured exhibition at the Eiteljorg and to share these fascinating objects, stories and related programs with our visitors.”
The exhibition runs through February 3, 2019. For more information visit www.eiteljorg.org.
James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960), William S. Hart and His Pinto Pony, ca. 1922. Collection of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art.
William S. Hart in The Gunfighter, 1917. Image courtesy of World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo.