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The Briscoe Museum Announced Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians - Opening May 2018

Sharon Garcia |

San Antonio, Texas – The Briscoe Western Art Museum is pleased to present Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians, featuring works by the legendary artist that portray iconic Western images, and the companion exhibition Billy Schenck: Myth of the West by the contemporary artist who founded the Western Pop movement. Both shows run from May 25 – September 3, 2018 and are included with Museum admission.

Andy Warhol is the undisputed leader of American Pop Art. The Cowboys and Indians series, Warhol’s last major project before passing in 1987, pays tribute to the archetypal symbols of a popular, romanticized version of the American West. This portfolio of 10 prints includes the likes of famous Western stars and symbols such as Geronimo, John Wayne, Annie Oakley and Teddy Roosevelt. The Briscoe’s Andy Warhol: Cowboys and Indians features the full portfolio plus four additional trial prints offering a time-capsule of American media culture in the 1980s. Only 250 copies of the portfolio were printed.

 “The Briscoe is thrilled to present this rare, Western-inspired series from the father of the American Pop Art movement,” said Michael Duchemin, President & CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “And our companion exhibition highlights the work of Billy Schenck, an artist that arose from Warhol’s orbit to lead the Western Pop movement more than 50 years ago. “

Coinciding with Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians is the Myth of the West exhibit, featuring the works of Billy Schenck, one of the original founders of Western Pop Art. Inspired by artists such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Schenck’s artwork is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. Myth of the West is a complete retrospective of the Schenck’s work and showcases 26 pieces in artist’s distinctive style.

Both exhibits are free with Museum admission and will be on display during regular Museum hours. A private preview reception for both exhibitions will take place at the Jack Guenther Pavilion on Thursday, May 24 at 6:30pm. Please call 210.229.4499 or visit BriscoeMuseum.org for information and tickets. The Briscoe Museum offers extended hours and free admission every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00pm.

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About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located at 210 W. Market Street along the San Antonio River Walk, the Museum’s campus includes the restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building, which now serves as the Museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden. For more information about the Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit BriscoeMuseum.org, or follow us on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @BriscoeMuseum.