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ArtBreak: Frederic Remington and the Cowboy: The Historiography of an American Myth

March 17, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA Goodrich Intern James Denison, who will discuss Frederic Remington and the Cowboy.

For the majority of the century or so since their heyday, the legacy of Frederic Remington and other artists of the American West remained largely positive – decades of film, art, and literature lionized the mythological figure of the American cowboy much as Remington had around the turn of the twentieth century. However, in more recent times, this reputation has suffered – the art of Remington and company seems tired and overly theatrical to many postmodern eyes, and has even been identified as sexist, racist, and imperialistic. As Remington scholar Peter Hassrick wrote, “In short, the mythic dust from the long western cultural trail that had settled peacefully over several generations of popular elucidation was now kicked up as a malevolent haze, a cloud of cultural pollutants that shamed and defamed American cultural traditions. “Cowboy art,” as it is sometimes referred to pejoratively, was no longer allowed to claim a range devoid of discouraging words.” Join us as we discuss Frederic Remington and the cultural currents which have shaped this curious historiographical evolution and engage in a conversation about art and revisionism.