Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum

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1700 North­east 63rd Street, Ok­la­homa City, OK 73111 (405) 478-2250­tion­al­cow­boy­mu­

The Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum in Ok­la­homa City is America’s premier institutio­n of West­ern his­tory, art and cul­ture. Founded in 1955, the mu­seum col­lects, pre­serves and ex­hibits an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned col­lec­tion of West­ern art and ar­ti­facts while spon­sor­ing dy­namic ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams to pro­mote in­ter­est in the en­dur­ing legacy of the Amer­i­can West.

The Wil­liam S. and Ann Ather­ton Art of the Amer­i­can West gallery con­tains out­stand­ing ex­am­ples of art from the likes of Al­bert Bier­stadt, Fred­eric Rem­ing­ton, Charles M. Rus­sell, W. R. Leigh and Charles Schreyvo­gel. The Sil­ber­man Gallery fea­tures ex­hi­bi­tions fo­cus­ing on the mu­seum’s Na­tive Amer­i­can fine art col­lec­tion, many de­rived from the Arthur & Shifra Sil­ber­man Na­tive Amer­i­can Art Col­lec­tion ac­quired by the mu­seum in 1996. The mu­seum has also ac­quired the Prix de West award win­ner for its Prix de West gallery each year since 1973, re­sult­ing in a col­lec­tion of paint­ings and sculp­tures by some of the finest con­tem­po­rary West­ern artists.

“The fact that our Prix de West In­vi­ta­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale is in its 47th year and Tra­di­tional Cow­boy Arts Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale is in its 21st year is a tes­ta­ment to the en­dur­ing ap­peal of West­ern art in all its forms,” says Michael Grauer, Mc­casland Chair of Cow­boy Cul­ture and Curator of Cow­boy Col­lec­tions and West­ern Art.

Open­ing Au­gust 30, the mu­seum’s Col­ors of Clay ex­hi­bi­tion will ex­plore the cul­tural and re­gional di­ver­sity of indige­nous ce­ramic ves­sel tra­di­tions in North America. Vi­brantly col­ored and sculpted with absolute pre­ci­sion, clay pots, bowls, pitch­ers and jars were a dom­i­nant fix­ture of Na­tive Amer­i­can daily life and are to­day viewed as one of the most no­table Na­tive Amer­i­can art forms. From the East­ern Wood­lands to the arid South­west, these ves­sels con­tinue to evolve, yet main­tain a tra­di­tional aes­thetic unique to this part of the world.

In­side the Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum, lo­cated in Ok­la­homa City.

Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum, Spurs with a Heart of Gold, steel with gold in­lay, by Wil­son Capron.

Na­tional Cow­boy & West­ern Heritage Mu­seum, Ca­balleros y Va­que­ros, wa­ter­color, 28 x 36”, by Joe De Yong (1894-1975).

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