Exhibitions & Collections

Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians | Billy Schenck: Myth of the West

Two exhibitions—rooted in American Pop Art—pay tribute to America’s collective mythology of the West.

ANDY WARHOL was the undisputed leader of American Pop Art—a movement characterized by the use of household items, advertising images, and commercial printing techniques. Warhol’s 1986 Cowboys & Indians series pays tribute to the archetypal symbols of a popular and romanticized version of the American West.

BILLY SCHENCK, founder of the Western Pop Art movement, was inspired by Warhol in the 1970s and has been called the “Warhol of the West.” In this retrospective of his work, Schenck combines influences from film, comics, and his many artist heroes in a testament to the West’s compelling iconography.

The exhibitions are free with museum admission.

Exhibitions organized by the Briscoe Western Art Museum. Presenting sponsorship generously provided by Wyatt Ranches. Sponsored by the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. Additional support made possible by Jack and Valerie Guenther, Billy Schenck, and the Host Committee.

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OPENING WEEK PROGRAMMING

May 24 (Thursday)
6:00 – 8:00pm

Warhol and Schenck Exhibition Preview Party
Get a first look at the Briscoe’s Pop Art summer exhibitions at this VIP cocktail reception. Ticketed Event; $30 Non-members | Free for Members.

May 25 (Friday) 
Museum Hours

Opening of Special Exhibition: Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians
The Briscoe presents Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians suite, including the ten original works of the set combined with additional trial prints of other iconic Western imagery painted by the father of Pop Art in America.  Free with Museum Admission.

May 25 (Friday)
Museum Hours

Opening of Special Exhibition:  Billy Schenck: Myth of the West
The companion exhibition to the Briscoe’s Warhol show, this exhibition highlights the work of Billy Schenck, an artist that arose from Warhol’s orbit to inspire the Western Pop movement for nearly 50 years. Free with Museum Admission.

May 26 (Saturday)
11:00am - 1:00pm

 

Book Signing with Artist Billy Schenck
In conjunction with the opening weekend of the Briscoe's two American Pop Art exhibitions, artist Billy Schenck, the founder of the Western Pop Art movement, will be on hand to sign the book Schenck in the 21st Century by Amy Abrams. Called the "Warhol of the West," Schenck combines influences from film, comics, and myth to create his iconic art.  Free admission. Books available for purchase in the Museum Store. 

May 26 (Saturday)
2:00pm

Exhibition Performance: Nostalgia Unbound: Songs about the West
Inspired by the work of Andy Warhol and Billy Schenck, music historian Michael Lasser has selected a medley of popular songs about the West from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, showcased in a dynamic program featuring Alan Jones (pianist and vocalist) and Cindy Miller (vocalist). Held in conjunction with special exhibitions Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians and Billy Schenck: Myth of the West. Free with Museum Admission. Pavilion 3.

May 29 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

Exhibition Tour: Warhol and Schenck Exhibitions
Join a member of the Education & Programs Department for a guided tour. Free Admission. No reservations required.