Backstory: Western American Art in Context

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.

Ignite!Nite pairs interesting ideas with interesting people in a new after-hours experience. Bring a friend and join us for a unique exploration of History Colorado’s stories including our newest exhibition, Backstory. Unlock your inner history geek with a blend of live music, theater performances, conversation, artist and cooking demonstrations, DIY crafts and exhibition tours. Toss in a cash bar, tasty grub and a whole lot of Colorado spirit and you’ve got a history museum adventure!

New themes monthly. Click here for more information. 

Ignite Nite: Bison2
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
From Colorado’s historic bison drives to bison stew, explore our national mammal, and unpack the icon of Bison.
FREE with admission.
Buy tickets today!

Ignite Nite: Duel
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dueling madams, dueling guitars, dueling pistols, and dueling gamers. Square off with your friends and learn about Colorado’s historic duels.
FREE with admission.
Buy tickets today!

Hands on History/Art
Join us the second Saturday of each month during the run of Backstory for live artist demonstrations. Colorado artists will share their techniques and explain their creative processes.

Hands on History/Art with Zoey Frank
Saturday, May 13

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In May, Zoey Frank does a quick portrait study from life with a focus on accurate proportion, building the overall structure of the head, and finding a likeness.

Hands on History/Art with Raj Chaudhuri
Saturday, June 10
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
In June, artist Raj Chaudhuri demonstrates the painting process, explaining the choices artists make while they work.

FREE with admission 303/866-2394

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