Although Warhol will be the featured artist, this unique exhibition will also include works in the genre by five other prominent artists: Bob Wade, John Nieto, John Moyers, Billy Schenck and Ira Yeager, all eminent in their own right and whose work has been inspired by Native American and Western cultures significant in our nation’s history.
Andy Warhol is the quintessential master of pop art. Warhol’s work in his Cowboys and Indians series creates a commentary on mass media and the way in which contrived imagery can affect how we understand history.
Bob Wade glamorized the West with his color-enhanced Buffalo Bill with Cowgirls and helped shape the Texas Cosmic Cowboy counter culture in 1970’s Austin.
John Nieto held an international reputation and continues to be widely regarded as one of America’s most accomplished contemporary artists. Using intense primary colors with bold strokes, Nieto created both dimension and character on the canvas.
John Moyers, the son of acclaimed artist William Moyers, was destined to be a Western artist. He captures the essential qualities of a scene with precise color representation, authentic props and historical accuracy.
Billy Schenck worked with Warhol in New York City at his studio, often referred to as “The Factory.” Schenck’s expressions of attitude, romance and irreverence were viewed as revolutionary contributions and eagerly embraced by the Pop Art Movement.
Ira Yeager has been painting striking portraits of American Indian chiefs for nearly 50 years, which honor the history and nobility of Native People. These are often compared to the photographic portraits of Edward S. Curtis.
Cuero Celebrates Warhol Exhibition Preview Party | Thursday, Oct 10 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Ranching Heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley
The Ranching Heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley is the centerpiece of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum. Visitors will experience a walk through time and legend. The story of cattle ranching in the Guadalupe Valley, its roots in cattle ranching before and after the Great Cattle drives of the late 1800s, and the enduring folklore of the Texas cowboy is brought to life in this exhibit. Rich local history, including the infamous Sutton Taylor War, pitted cattle rustling outlaws against frontier justice and introduced lawmen such as the legendary Texas Rangers. Highly selective curation of objects for authenticity puts you that much closer to history. And, there is something for everyone – interactive displays engage younger visitors with delight and humor, oral history videos showcase classic Western craftsmanship, and your visit concludes with an original short film, "Pointing Them North", in the Museum's Stars Along the Rawhide Trail Theater.
Within the main exhibit is an area devoted to this prestigious collection of rare cowboy artifacts from North and South America. On permanent loan to the CTHM from the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Tinker Collection showcases the pride of craft shared by horsemen north and south of our borders in the golden age of working cattle on horseback. The exquisite workmanship of horse-related and ceremonial artifacts demonstrates an extraordinary level of artisanship. We are very proud to partner with the HRC to bring this very special collection to the public.
The Chisholm Trail in Texas
Welcome to our permanent exhibit, Ranching Heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley. Join us to explore the characters and stories we all thought we knew from Westerns: the cowboy, ranching, and life on the trail. Discover the local lore and history that link DeWitt County to the story of the Chisholm Trail in Texas.
The Chisholm Trail: A Great Migration of Men and Animals
"In 1883, all the cattle in the world seemed to be coming up out of Texas. When I rode up on a little hill to look for the horses, I could see seven herds behind us. I knew that there were eight herds ahead of us, and I could see the dust from thirteen more of them on the other side of the river."
– Teddy Blue Abbott on the North Platte River, 1883