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Beyond the Cowboys

Today's Heart of the West: New Art/New Thinking symposium at the Denver Art Museum, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, is one arm of an overall program dealing with the past, present and future of Western American art. The George Carlson: Heart of the West exhibit and its accompanying publication, New Art/New Thinking, round out the rest of the program. "Go see the art, listen to the symposium, and here is our book if you want to read," says Nicole Parks, media contact for the DAM.

The symposium begins at 9 a.m. and includes four speakers discussing different perspectives of contemporary and modern Western American art. Emily Neff will examine Western lands as a catalyst of artistic expression in the early twentieth century; B. Byron Price tackles two generations of market trends and the collecting history of major Western museums; James Ballinger looks at the muse potential of the 21st-century West; and Gordon McConnell investigates the future of Western painting and sculpture.

Tickets are $15 for students ($10 without lunch), $40 for Friends of Painting and Sculpture members, $45 for DAM members, and $55 for everyone else. For information, visit www.denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0025.
Sat., Jan. 5, 9 a.m., 2008


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