The stories of the Western United States are as diverse and far-ranging as the landscape that inspires the cowboy in us all. Western Art museums have struggled to show this due to a lack of diversity depicted in historical art. The Briscoe Western Art Museum wants to change that by diversifying its own permanent collection through contemporary pieces. Join our community in helping the Briscoe collect the West so that visitors from around the world can enjoy an authentic representation of what the West truly is and was. Partner up and make a donation today so that the Briscoe can continue telling authentic stories.
The painting, Young Horseman, fits comfortably within the centuries old thematic subject of equestrian portraiture in the history of art, and in Western art specifically. The Young Horseman, features a young, African-American boy who assertively takes up space and validates his place within the landscape of the West. He is part and parcel of the melting pot of people who have immigrated, settled, and claimed their identities as westerners, and who are active participants in perpetuating the heritage of Western culture, dress, activity, and lifestyle.
This portrait has resonance for many who have rarely been singled out as worthy subjects within the canon of Western American art, but who have long been integral to the fabric and place-making of the great American West. It is a painting that merits inclusion into the museum’s permanent collection as we strive towards our goal of being a West of Many Voices and Stories.