A new exhibit kicking off at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday will invite East Texans to get a glimpse of life in the “American West.”
An opening reception is scheduled from 6 pm to 7:30 pm today with a conference scheduled for 6:30 pm The exhibition will remain on display at the museum until September 25.
âIt’s a phenomenal exhibit that tells the story of the American West,â said LMFA Executive Director Tiffany Jehorek. âThere is everything from iconic cowboy portraits to paintings of hunters. This is our story. This is who we are. “
The new exhibit features works by two private collectors from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Artists on display include names such as Teal Blake, Sophy Brown, John Cowan, Otis Dozier, Victor Higgins, Alexandre Hogue, Harry Jackson, Greg Kelsey, Perry Nichols, Frank Reaugh, Porfirio Salinas, and Xiang Zhang.
Some of the artists on display include members of The Dallas Nine, a group of artists active in Dallas and nationally acclaimed in the 1930s. The Dallas Nine began when a group of nine young artists, including Dozier and Nichols , presented an exhibition titled “Nine Young Dallas Artists” in 1932 at the Fair Park Dallas Public Art Museum. A review of the exhibition in a New York publication drew attention to the Dallas art scene.
The band called The Dallas Nine would change faces in the years to come as the art scene evolved. Hogue – some of whose pieces will be exhibited at LMFA – is one of the group’s most remarkable artists. Hogue gained national attention in the 1930s when he described the effects of a drought that devastated the Great Plains. He went on to produce a highly publicized series on water erosion and, in 1937, a series on the petroleum industry for Fortune magazine.
As Jehorek looked at five paintings created in the 1930s by Dallas artist Reveau Bassett for the Rice Hotel in Houston, she began to imagine teachers from East Texas bringing children to the museum for a learning experience. on the history of Texas.
Bassett’s five large-scale paintings depict scenes from Texas history such as the Alamo, the Capitulation, and the Texas Capitol.
âI like the historical perspective it brings. It would be a great education for the kids, âJehorek said.
As for the museum’s permanent collection, the LMFA is modifying the works of art on display to also relate to the theme. The museum has several pieces from The Dallas Nine that will be on display in the permanent collection, along with many other artists from Texas history.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Admission is free for museum members and $ 5 for guests. For more information, visit www.lmfa.org.