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