Artful Insights

Step Back into the American West,
Where Art and History Come Together.

Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors so each guest can have an intimate experience with the art and Museum guide.  Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out.  Tickets are not refundable for sold-out events.

George De Forest Brush

May 1st, 2017

During this Artful Insight, Join us for this Artful Insight where we discuss George de Forest Brush’s romantic imagery and approach toward subjects. As he said himself, “in choosing Indians as subjects for art, I do not paint from the historians or the antiquary’s point of view… I am interested in those habits and deeds in which we have feelings in common.” Come explore the highly academic style of painting that Brush applied to the two paintings on display here at the Museum.


William Jacob Hays

May 15th, 2017

Join us for a discussion on William Jacob Hays, who traveled west in the early 1860s and captured the dramatic vistas and striking wildlife that would soon disappear. Hays was fascinated most by buffalo, also known as bison. With this fascination he studied these animals closely and spoke about them in the most beautiful way, stating “as far as the eye can reach, wild herds are discernable and yet, farther behind these bluffs, over which they pour, the throngs begins, covering sometimes the distance of a hundred miles.”


William Jacob Hays

June 5th, 2017

Did you know that one of the largest canvases here at the museum was painted by a 19 year-old? Come explore the amazing life and artwork of William de Leftwich Dodge in the upcoming Artful Insight. Educated and living in Europe at a very young age, Dodge attended prominent art schools and gained international recognition for his early paintings, one of which is on view here at the museum. Join us in discovering even more about William de Leftwich Dodge.


Joseph Henry Sharp

June 19th, 2017

Joseph Henry Sharp, known as the “father of the Taos Society of Artists,” was an illustrator, painter and teacher. After making his first trip to Taos, New Mexico in 1893, Sharp was inspired by the Native people who were living there.  Known for his realistic portrayal of Native Americans, his paintings display a respect and sympathy for a culture that he felt was swiftly changing.  During this Artful Insight, we will discuss the four paintings by Sharp that are currently on display. 


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