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From: Saturday 06.05.17
at 9:00am
To: Saturday 06.05.17
at 4:15pm

Symposium: Behind the Brush: the Art and Life of C.M. Russell


Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd, Tulsa, OK 74127, USA

Gilcrease Museum, with its collection of art by Charles M. Russell (1864-1926) and the Russell Research Collection, today has the most comprehensive assemblage of material related to the famed western artist in existence

The symposium will feature talks by scholars who consider the life, art and memory of Russell, one of the West’s most iconic artists. A uniquely American voice, Russell’s brilliance came from the authenticity that he projected through his art, his close association with the natural world, and his innate ability to understand human nature. While popular sentiment links Russell to the mythological Old West, to reduce his life and work to the anecdotal and romanticized is to overlook some of the most intriguing connections within and inspirations for his art. Revealed through a careful examination of his paintings, photographs and letters, experts will bring to life new stories surrounding the cowboy artist’s life and work as they share fascinating and unexplored aspects of how the art of storytelling defined and shaped one man and his artistic legacy. The papers presented will be edited and organized into a single volume that will significantly add to the corpus of information available about Russell’s life and work.

Icon member, Jodie Utter, Ph.D. Paper Conservator, (Amon Carter Museum of American Art) will be doing a talk on Russell’s drawing techniques entitled: Constant Motion: the Drawings of Charles M. Russell

Lead Image: When the Land Belonged to God by C.M. Russell / Public Domain