What to do in Oklahoma on July 25, 2011: See the Wilson Hurley exhibit “Envisioning the West” at the National Cowboy Museum
Today’s featured event:
View “Envisioning the West,” an exhibit dedicated to acclaimed Tulsa-born landscape painter Wilson Hurley (1924-2008), at the Atherton Alcove in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63. The exhibit is on view through March 30.
“Envisioning the West” tells the story of how the Prix de West artist created the “The Wyoming Suite,” one of the five massive “Windows to the West” triptych paintings that hang in the museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center.
The exhibit delves into how Hurley’s knowledge of topography and a special easel helped him paint the large, beautiful triptychs. It focuses specifically on Hurley’s work on the “The Wyoming Suite,” which depicts the lower falls of Yellowstone Canyon.
Hurley was born in Tulsa but moved as a young boy to Virginia when his father, Gen. Patrick Hurley, became President Hoover’s secretary of war. The family later moved to New Mexico, where he was exposed to great artists, graduated from high school and made his home.
Hurley died in 2008, about a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He was 84.
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