New Mexico History Museum

Saddle Up: Opening Events for Cowboys Real and Imagined

April 09, 2013


Live music, family activities and a lecture by guest curator B. Byron Price are among the goodies awaiting people coming to the opening weekend of Cowboys Real and Imagined.This large, original exhibit in the second-floor Herzstein Exhibition Gallery sweeps across centuries of cowboy stories rooted in New Mexico. It closes March 16, 2014.

For a full description of the exhibit, its year’s worth of programming events, and downloadable high-res images, click here.

The opening-weekend schedule includes:

Saturday, April 13, 6:30—8 PM

Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members Preview

Put on your best ranch duds and be among the first to see Cowboys Real and Imagined. Enjoy music by the Free Range Ramblers and food from Cowgirl BBQ. (Memberships available at the door, or join now by clicking here.)

Sunday, April 14

Grand opening

From 1—4 PM, bring the family as museum-trained guides show off all of the exhibit’s hands-on items and activities, including a touchable chuck wagon, a roping station, and a chance to try on cowboy clothes. Santa Fe hatmaker J.D. Noble demonstrates techniques for shaping a proper cowboy hat. Practice designing one of your own on paper.

At 2 pm, 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 speaks on “The Making of a Cowboy Hero" in the History Museum Auditorium. Price’s lecture focuses on the way Theodore Roosevelt, Owen Wister, Frederic Remington, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and Charles Russell took one of the lowest-paid workers in the West, dusted him off and transformed him into a figure who carried a nation’s values, morals and courage.

From 3—5 PM, enjoy refreshments courtesy of the Women's Board of the Museum of New Mexico and live music by Bill Hearne in the first-floor lobby.

The day is free with admission (Sundays free to NM residents).

Cowboys Real and Imagined is generously supported by the Brindle Foundation; Burnett Foundation; Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation, Houston; Candace Good Jacobson in memory of Thomas Jefferson Good III; New Mexico Humanities Council; Newman’s Own Foundation; Palace Guard; Eugenia Cowden Pettit and Michael Pettit; Jane and Charlie Gaillard; Moise Livestock Company; the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association; and the many contributors to the Director’s Leadership, Annual Education, and Exhibitions Development Funds.

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