Fan Fa­vorites

The Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum cel­e­brates a half cen­tury with a new ex­hi­bi­tion

Western Art Collector - - WESTERN ART NEWS -

On May 9, 1969, the Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum in Wick­en­burg, Ari­zona, opened its doors to the pub­lic for the first time. To cel­e­brate five decades since its found­ing the mu­seum will dis­play art and ar­ti­facts from its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion in 50 Years / 50 Fa­vorites.

The items in the ex­hi­bi­tion will be dic­tated by vis­i­tors to the mu­seum, ac­cord­ing to Ed­uardo Pa­gan, ad­junct curator of his­tory at the mu­seum. “We have sta­tions through­out the mu­seum where peo­ple can in­di­cate what their fa­vorite pieces are and why. We’ll col­late that in­for­ma­tion and see where the pub­lic in­ter­est is,” he says. “The staff, too, will dis­cuss their fa­vorites, so it will be an in­ter­est­ing di­a­logue be­tween the vis­i­tors and the staff.”

The mu­seum was first founded to pre­serve the his­tory of the town of Wick­en­burg, and the base­ment level con­tains a recre­ated main street of down­town Wick­en­burg, giv­ing vis­i­tors a feel for what the town was like in the 1880s, when it was an es­tab­lished min­ing town. The up­stairs gal­leries in­clude an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of West­ern art­works, in­clud­ing pieces by Frederic Rem­ing­ton, Charles M. Rus­sell and Thomas Mo­ran.

50 Years / 50 Fa­vorites will be on view through­out 2019, and the mu­seum will cel­e­brate its birth­day on Sun­day, May

12. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.west­ern­mu­seum.org.

Thomas Mo­ran (1837-1926), Pass­ing Storm, Grand Canyon, oil on can­vas, 36 x 31". DCWM Col­lec­tion.

The ex­te­rior of the Desert Ca­balleros West­ern Mu­seum, fea­tur­ing Joe Beeler’s bronze Thanks for the Rain. Photo by Wayne Norton.

Lon Me­gargee (1883-1958), Cow­boy’s Dream, oil on Ma­sonite, 36 x 48½". DCWM Col­lec­tion, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ed White.

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