The Western: An Epic in Art and Film

Denver Art Museum

May. 21, 2024 - Sep. 10, 2017

100 W 14th Ave Pkwy
Denver, 80204
(720) 865-5000

The Denver Art Museum debuts The Western: An Epic in Art and Film, the first major exhibition to examine the visual legacy of the Western genre, on May 21, 2017. A collection of approximately 160 images, films and other objects will examine the artistic legacy of the West and the evolution of the Western genre. The displayed paintings, photography, prose and film will venture beyond cowboys and American Indians, outlaws and bandits and battles and barroom brawls to explore portrayals of gender roles, race relations and gun violence in the Wild West.

The exhibition space will feature large-scale landscape paintings, film viewing areas, stills, dime novels and illustrated magazines among other ephemera. Together, the pieces will examine the dialogue between fine art, film, fact and fiction that crafted the homegrown mythology of the American West.

The Western: An Epic in Art and Film will be a special ticketed exhibition. The exhibition will be on view in the DAM’s Hamilton Building, level 2. Following its debut in Denver, the exhibition will travel to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA). The exhibition will be accompanied by a 320-page illustrated book.

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untitledFrederic Remington, A Dash for the Timber, oil on canvas, 1889.

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