Invention and Recollection, A Journey with Watercolor
Sunday, September 26, 2–3 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
Join Kansas City-based watercolor artist Craig Lueck for a demonstration and discussion on the evolution, versatility and personal rewards of watercolor painting. Lueck’s insights and interests in artists like Alfred Jacob Miller stem from his travels, studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and years with Hallmark Cards.

The "Real" Frontier: The American West in the National Imagination
Sunday, October 10, 2–4 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
John Herron, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Missouri—Kansas City, explores how early images of the West influenced Hollywood. Film clips will highlight America’s romance with the West and its allure for artists and filmmakers.

The Curator is IN! Western Visions
Friday, October 22, 7–8 p.m.
Gallery 218 | Free
Curator Stephanie Knappe will discuss various ways artists featured in the American Art galleries depict the West.

Finding the West in American Art
Friday, December 3, 7–8 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
Carol Clark, William McCall Vickery 1957 Professor of the History of Art and American Studies, Amherst College, will talk about the changing character of the American art we call "Western."


Sunday Movie Matinees

A curator introduces all screenings, and discussion follows in the exhibition.

The Searchers
Sunday, November 14, 2–4:30 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
John Wayne stars as Ethan Edwards in this 1956 Western classic. After returning from the Civil War, Edwards’ past with Comanche Indians endangers his family. (Director, John Ford, 119 minutes)

Jeremiah Johnson
Sunday, December 12, 2–4 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
This 1972 Western stars Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson, a Mexican War veteran who seeks refuge in the West and chooses a life that defines his character through struggles and losses. (Director, Sydney Pollack, 108 minutes)

Little Big Man
Sunday, January 9, 2–4:30 p.m.
Atkins Auditorium | Free
Dustin Hoffman stars as 121-year-old Jack Crabb, raised as a member of the Cheyenne tribe, who recounts adventures seeking his place in the West. This 1970 comedic drama contrasts the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans. (Director, Arthur Penn, 139 minutes)

Image: Thomas Moran, American, 1837-1926, b. England. Castle Rock, Green River, Wyoming, 1915. Oil on canvas. Bequest of Mr. and Mrs. William James Brace, 75-5.

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