Film de­pic­tions

A new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Eiteljorg Mu­seum will ex­am­ine the West as it was por­trayed in film and TV.

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

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

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.

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