Briscoe Museum Offers a Tour with John Wayne’s Daughter, a Classic Western, the Real Spurs and New Things to see August-September!
The Briscoe Museum continues it’s blockbuster summer with Local’s Day deals this Sunday, where guests can take in several recent additions to the museum’s collection. Then on September 4th, join John Wayne’s daughter, Aissa Wayne and guest Curator, Andrew Patrick on a guided tour of the Briscoe’s summer blockbuster exhibition, Still In the Saddle: A New History of Hollywood Westerns before it rides off in the sunset. Soak up the stories and sights of the West at the Briscoe this August and September.
A Conversation with The Duke’s Daughter
Ever wonder what it was like to have a Hollywood legend tuck you in at night? Join the Briscoe as John Wayne’s daughter, Aissa Wayne, shares memories of her father with guest curator Andrew Patrick Nelson. Then take advantage of the last chance to see the Briscoe’s blockbuster Still in the Saddle: A New History of Hollywood Westerns exhibit and a unique opportunity for a guided tour with Nelson and Aissa Wayne. The program begins at 2 p.m. with a Q&A, followed by the guided tours at 3 p.m., on Sept. 4.
Wayne, daughter of John and Pilar Wayne, appeared in four of her father’s films as a child, “The Alamo”, “The Comancheros”, “McClintock” and “Donavon’s Reef”, as she regularly traveled to her father’s movie sets during his career. She authored a memoir of her life with the Duke, “John Wayne, My Father” and is a retired criminal and family law attorney. She lives in Los Angeles, with her husband Scott Conrad, who won the Oscar for Best Film Editing on the hit movie, “Rocky”.
From an actual red carpet, velvet ropes and the unmistakable smell of popcorn to film clips rolling throughout the exhibition, the Briscoe’s summer exhibition, Still in the Saddle, on view through Sept. 6, brilliantly showcases that the Hollywood Western is alive and well. Nelson, the guest curator of Still in the Saddle, is a historian of American cinema and culture, film programmer, museum curator and media commentator, as well as the Chair of the Department of Film and Media Arts and Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Utah, and the author and editor of numerous books and essays on Western cinema.
See the Spurs at the Briscoe
The Briscoe is home to the real spurs of San Antonio, but you won’t find a basketball net in the museum’s galleries. Of all the gear that cattle drovers carried with them, few pieces of equipment were as notable and personal as the spurs of Spanish and Mexican vaqueros and American cowboys. The Briscoe’s display highlights the variety of spurs seen on the major cattle trails of the 19th century. From the functional design of Texas cowboys to the elaborate silver inlays of California vaqueros, the collection showcases some of the finest spur makers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The placement of each spur approximates where each maker lived with an example of the work he forged.
The new installation featuring 65 spurs is showcased on the museum’s third floor. Twenty-two of the spurs are from the museum’s permanent collection, a gift of the John T. and Debbie Montford Collection and three spurs that were purchased with funds provided by a grant from Humanities Texas. The remaining spurs are on loan from individuals and institutions, including the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, the Kurt House Collection, the Bryan Museum, and the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University.
Sharing the True History of the West: “Frank Chisum – Wild West Icon”
The Briscoe is proud to share a bold new addition to its collection, Kim Wiggins’ “Frank Chisum – Wild West Icon”. Wiggins’ fifth piece in his Goodnight-Loving Trail series documenting the first major cattle drives in American history, the painting portrays black cowboy Frank Chisum roping a stallion out of a large box canyon. A slave until 1860 when cattle king John Chisum paid $400 for his freedom, Frank Chisum gained acclaim during the second great American cattle drive. He assisted in wrangling about 3,000 cattle from Texas to New Mexico. The third Wiggins’ work to be featured in the museum’s collection, “Frank Chisum – Wild West Icon” is a gift from the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation and is on display on the Briscoe’s third floor.
Showcasing the Missions: New Works Gallery
The Briscoes’ New Works Gallery continually rotates new works, giving everyone an opportunity to enjoy the museum’s collection as it expands. The current selection of works features paintings by Enrique “Kiko” Guerra that show the five San Antonio missions in their full splendor, while the complimenting stereographs—two almost identical photographs that, when viewed side-by-side, create the illusion of a three-dimensional image—show how the missions looked in the 1860s after a century of disrepair and modification. E.M. Hennings’ painting “Spanish Occupation of Texas”, reflects how daily life for indigenous people under Catholic rule must have looked. Crowning the gallery is Jean-Marie Alfred Paris’ “The Siege of Puebla, 1902”, depicting the short-lived French victory outside of Puebla in an otherwise crushing defeat that saw the final withdraw of European military forces from North America.
Adding Vision to the Sculpture Garden
The latest addition to the museum’s stunning sculpture collection, “Hunters Vision”, 1989, bronze relief with brown patina, ed. 2/6, 51” x 66” x 31 ½”, is on view in the McNutt Sculpture Garden. On loan from the Jack and Valerie Guenther Foundation, “Hunters Vision” is the third piece from Allan Houser (1914-1994) to be featured in the garden. A member of the Chiricahua Apache tribe, hunter-gatherers who roamed from New Mexico to northern Mexico, Houser’s “Dance of the Eagle” and “Buffalo Dance Relief” by sculptor greet visitors to the Briscoe’s McNutt Sculpture Garden.
Summer Film Series Features Cool, Classic Cowboys on the Silver Screen
Escape the heat with an afternoon at the movies! The Briscoe’s popular Summer Film Series features an iconic Western film. Briscoe guest curator Dr. Andrew Patrick Nelson will introduce the movie and explain how it relates to Still in the Saddle: A New History of the Hollywood Western, the Briscoe’s fantastic summer exhibition. The movies are free with museum admission. Popcorn, candy and food truck grub are available to enjoy in the museum’s draft house-style theater, along with free beer courtesy of Ranger Creek Brewing.
“The Long Riders”
Sunday, Aug. 22, 1 p.m.
Grab your brother and watch real-life brothers portray the Jesse James gang in a sympathetic portrayal of the brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. Brothers James and Stacy Keach star as Jesse and Frank James; David, Keith and Robert Carradine play Cole, Jim and Bob Younger; Dennis and Randy Quaid play Ed and Clell Miller, and Christopher and Nicholas Guest play Charlie and Bob Ford.
Sunday, Sept. 5, 1 p.m.
Close out the summer with John Wayne in his final film role in 1976’s “The Shootist”. Wayne portrays a dying gunfighter who spends his last days looking for a way to die with minimum pain and maximum dignity. Still in the Saddle closes on Labor Day and this last film of the summer series is a great way for a fantastic exhibition to ride off into the sunset.
Locals Day: Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Briscoe welcomes its neighbors to head West by hosting a Local’s Day the third Sunday of each month. All residents of San Antonio and Bexar County receive 50 percent off general admission on August 15. As always, children 12 and under receive free admission, as do active duty members of the military, making the Briscoe a terrific spot for families to enjoy.
Preserving and presenting the art, history and culture of the American West through engagingexhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage, the Briscoe Western Art Museum islocated on the San Antonio River Walk at 210 W. Market Street in the beautifully restored1930s former San Antonio Public Library building. Named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, the museum includes the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs, and the outdoor McNuttSculpture Garden. Follow the Briscoe on social media, @BriscoeMuseum.