Premiering this summer at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Still in the Saddle: A New History of the Hollywood Western tells the dramatic story of the Hollywood Western of the late 1960s to the 1980s. Against a historical backdrop of social unrest, political turmoil, economic uncertainty, and generational change, competing cinematic visions of the Old West vied for Americans’ attention within the popular culture of the day. And as they did so, the Western remained as rich and entertaining as at any time in its history.
True Grit, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Wild Bunch, Little Big Man, and The Outlaw Josey Wales are just a few of the classic Western films highlighted in this exciting new exhibition. Featuring costumes, movie clips, and dozens of vintage movie posters, Still in the Saddle immerses visitors in the history and artistry of the Western, Hollywood’s greatest genre.
This special exhibition is included with museum admission. Click here to learn more about museum admission.
Exhibition Preview Party
Join us on Thursday, May 27 from 6:00 – 8:00pm to celebrate the opening of Still in the Saddle!
Enjoy beer and wine, specialty cocktails, and light bites. Complimentary valet. Opening reception remarks by: Guest Curator, Andrew Patrick Nelson, Ph.D and Briscoe CEO & President Michael Duchemin, Ph.D.
Free for Briscoe museum members $25 for non-members Purchase tickets here
Reply and purchase tickets by May 21 at email@example.com or 210.507.4864
Opening Weekend Programming
Saturday, May 29 at 2:00pm Join Guest Curator Andrew Patrick Nelson, Ph.D. for an in-depth look at Still in the Saddle. Free with museum admission, Nelson will analyze the films that comprise the exhibition and will speak about, what made westerns from the 1960’s so much richer and more diverse for the genre.
Summer Film Series Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Sunday, May 30, 1:00–3:30pm The Briscoe’s Summer Film Series is back with classic flicks, food truck fare, and beer provided by Ranger Creek Brewery. Guest Curator Andrew Patrick Nelson, Ph.D. will kick the afternoon off with a discussion followed immediately by the film. Free for members, $10 for non-members. Members will enjoy a free “concession stand” and a commemorative refillable popcorn bucket.
Please note that social distancing guidelines will be observed for the benefit of our visitors at all events
About the Guest Curator
Andrew Patrick Nelson is an historian of American cinema and culture, film programmer, museum curator, and media commentator. He is Chair of the Department of Film and Media Arts and Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Utah. He is author and editor of numerous books and essays on Western cinema, including Still in the Saddle: The Hollywood Western, 1969-1980 and Contemporary Westerns: Film and Television since 1990. He’s appeared in television series on History Channel and Fox News Channel, cohosts the Western movie podcast How the West Was ‘Cast, and regularly lectures about Western movies and history at venues around the world. Nelson also serves on the Board of Directors of the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum.
This exhibition is supported in part by Jessica Elliott Middleton, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.