Grand Opening of ‘Cowboys Real and Imagined’

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Free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents).

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Join us for a special day of family activities at the grand opening of Cowboys Real and Imagined on Sunday, April 15. Visit the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and, at 2 pm, hear a lecture by guest curator B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma and director of the University of Oklahoma Press. 

Cowboys Real and Imagined explores New Mexico’s cowboy legacy from its origin in the Spanish vaquero tradition through itinerant hired hands, outlaws, rodeo stars, cowboy singers, Tom Mix movies and more. Guest curated by B. Byron Price, director of the Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West at the University of Oklahoma and director of the University of Oklahoma Press, the exhibit grounds the cowboy story in New Mexico through rare photographs, cowboy gear, movies and art. The largest original exhibit mounted by the museum since 2009’s Fashioning New Mexico, it includes a bounty of artifacts ranging in size from the palm-sized tintype of Billy the Kid purchased at a 2011 auction by William Koch to the chuck wagon once used by cowboys on New Mexico’s legendary Bell Ranch.

The exhibition runs until March 16, 2014.

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