Exhibitions & Collections

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 included with museum admission. Members are always FREE.

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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RELATED PROGRAMMING

July 10 (Tuesday)
6:30pm

210|West Gallery Talk
Annie Oakley: The Sharpshooter

Kristen Mancillas, Education & Programs Manager at the Briscoe Museum, discusses the life of the legendary sharpshooter who became the first female superstar in the male-dominated sport.

Museum admission is free from 4:00-9:00pm. No reservations required.

JuLy 14 (Saturday)
2:00pm

Curator’s Talk

Michael Duchemin, President & CEO at the Briscoe Museum, offers a walkthrough of the Andy Warhol and Billy Schenck exhibitions—highlighting select pieces and discussing the backgrounds of the two artists and their work. Included with museum admission | Free for members. 

July 17 (Tuesday)
6:00pm

Briscoe Summer Film Series: Warhol and the Western
Broken Arrow (1950/93 min./NR)
A former Army scout (James Stewart) sets out to broker a peace treaty between white settlers and the Chiricahua Apaches. One of the first Westerns to present Native Americans in a sympathetic light, Broken Arrow nevertheless established stereotypes that endure in popular culture.  Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson, PhD. (Montana State University-Bozeman) who will introduce the film with a brief discussion.

$5 Suggested donation. Free beer and popcorn. SPECIAL RESERVED SEATING FOR MEMBERS.

July 28 (Saturday)
High Noon - 4:00pm

National Day of the Cowboy

A community event to celebrate the cowboy, cowgirl, and vaquero. Join us for live music, art activities, stick pony racing, chuck wagon cooking, food truck grub and beer, and more. All activities will be inspired by our summer exhibitions.  Free Admission.