The Phoenix Art Museum’s current exhibition “Riding Tall” could have simply been named “Giddyup” for all the images of cowboys on horseback. Culled from the museum’s expansive collection of art of the American West, few other images -- buffalo perhaps -- are as iconic and cemented in our western ideal as the cowboy: the Marlboro Man, the Lone Ranger, Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns. As a representative of a culture on the wane, the cowboys in this exhibit are sometimes plagued by stereotypes that romanticize the more frequently depicted true hard-working cowpunchers as good guys in white hats, or bad guys in black. Others give us the heavy drinking, gambling, stage-robbing gunslingers of the dime novel -- and these types did exist, too.
Get your hat and boots on and mosey over to the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue, between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Admission is $12 for adults, and $10 seniors and students. Call 602-257-1222 or visit www.phxart.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; First Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m. Starts: May 23. Continues through Sept. 22, 2013