Backstory: Western American Art in Context

COMING SOON!
Backstory: Western American Art in Context
Sponsored by The Sturm Family Foundation
Open March 18, 2017 through February 11, 2018

Albert Bierstadt’s magnificent landscapes, Frederic Remington’s exuberant bronzes, the Taos painters’ colorful scenes of the Southwest: you may know some of these legendary artworks, but what are the stories behind them?

Artists of the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries captured the landscapes and people of a rapidly changing West—as events set in motion dynamics that still shape the region to this day. Backstory pairs nearly 50 masterpieces from the Denver Art Museum’s renowned collection with History Colorado’s wealth of artifacts to tell the stories beyond the art.

See the art. See the artifacts. Get the backstory.

Members-Only Preview
Friday, March 17, 2017

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
History Colorado members, you’re invited to an exclusive members’ preview! All day long, see the Backstory exhibition before the public gets its chance. Then, from 5 to 8 pm, chat with the exhibition’s curators in person. Be sure to bring your membership card for fast entry. Watch for an invite in your mail! RSVP 303/866-6524 or online.

Hands on History/Art: Cowboy Still Life
Saturday, April 8, 2017

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hands on History/Art: Cowboy Still Life
The second Saturday of every month during the run of Backstory brings art-making demonstrations to the museum. This month, artist Raj Chaudhuri sets up a cowboy-themed still life and begins the painting process, explaining the choices artists make while they work.
FREE with admission.

Ignite Nite: Cowboys on the Open Range
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Calling all lovers of history and art! Venture deeper into Backstory with Ignite Nite, a new after-hours program that pairs interesting ideas with interesting people the second Tuesday of each month. In April, silkscreen bandanas with Ink Lounge, learn about Spanish vaqueros and exchange thoughts with Jennifer Henneman, assistant curator of the Denver Art Museum’s Petrie Institute of Western American Art. Enjoy cowboy-themed drinks and food, hear live music and watch a trick-roping performance.
FREE with admission.

Not a History Colorado member? Join today and see Backstory for free!  History Colorado memberships start at only $65!

Backstory: Western American Art in Context is sponsored by

Additional generous support provided by The Anschutz Foundation, CoBiz Financial and US Bank

Images
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Maynard Dixon, Wide Lands of the Navajo, 1945. Oil on canvas-covered academy board; 24 x 38 inches. Denver Art Museum. 2013.100
Broadside, Akron Pioneer Press Printing Co., 1890. History Colorado. 2012.62.1

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Maynard Dixon, Wide Lands of the Navajo, 1945. Oil on canvas-covered academy board; 24 x 38 inches. Denver Art Museum. 2013.100
Engraved in the silver button on each spur: J.M.K.
Charles Marion Russell, In the Enemy’s Country (detail), 1921. Oil on canvas; 40 x 51 1/2 inches. Denver Art Museum, Gift of the Magness Family in memory of Betsy Magness. 1991.751