16 07, 2024

How the US Post Made the American West

2024-07-18T11:07:20-05:00July 16th, 2024|0 Comments

As millions of settlers moved into the western United States between the 1860s and the early 1900s, they relied on a continent-spanning communications network to connect them to the wider world: the US Post.   Charles M. Russell, Maney Snows Have Fallen. . .(Letter from Ah-Wa-Cous [Charles Russell] to Short Bull), ca.1909 – 1910, Watercolor, pen & ink on paper, 8 x 10 inches     Thoughts of the American West and the postal service often conjure images of the Pony Express from the mid-19th century. But despite its hold on the American imagination, the Pony Express was a [...]

18 06, 2024

GRWM: Museum Exhibition Edition

2024-07-03T15:39:24-05:00June 18th, 2024|1 Comment

By now, you might be familiar with the “GRWM” or “Get Ready With Me” trend on social media that involves posting a video or a series of photos showing the process of getting ready for an event or activity. It allows you, the viewer, to be a voyeur and gain a little peak behind-the-scenes. Here at The Sid, we thought it might be fun to do a GRWM blog post to show how the museum gets ready to open a new exhibition. Follow along as we show you the steps that led to the creation and reveal of our latest [...]

15 05, 2024

Remington and Russell in Black & White

2024-05-21T10:22:25-05:00May 15th, 2024|0 Comments

Though Frederic Remington and Charles Russell are known today as fine artists, both worked as illustrators throughout their careers, creating paintings en grisaille, or in black & white, intended for reproduction to accompany stories and text. Our new exhibition – Remington and Russell in Black and White – features an array of both artists’ original greyscale masterworks paired with their counterparts printed in magazines and books. During Remington & Russell’s time, illustrated magazines and books garnered wide popularity in the U.S., and thus earned the moniker The Golden Age of American Illustration, which began in the 1880s and lasted into [...]

3 05, 2024

Remington and Russell in Black and White Opens May 4

2024-05-21T10:50:23-05:00May 3rd, 2024|0 Comments

For Immediate Release: April 2024 Media Contact: Rachel Trevino, 210-854-8889, NEW SID RICHARDSON MUSEUM EXHIBIT EXPLORES ILLUSTRATIONS BY TWO FAMOUS WESTERN AMERICAN PAINTERS Remington and Russell in Black and White Opens May 4 in Downtown Fort Worth FORT WORTH, TX - (May 3, 2024)–Opening Saturday, May 4, at the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth, Remington and Russell in Black and White explores works made specifically for illustration by famed Western American painters Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. Pairing the artists’ original black and white compositions alongside printed examples in books and magazines, the exhibition invites viewers to explore [...]

17 04, 2024

When Westerns Transcend Borders

2024-05-21T10:15:45-05:00April 17th, 2024|0 Comments

Our current exhibition, Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media, focuses on the artist’s talent and ability to tell stories – largely set in the American West – through his art. When Hollywood emerged in the 20th century and began producing Westerns, many of the great film directors like John Ford often looked to artists like Russell as a visual model for storytelling. How does one tell the story of a Western? And what happens when the themes of the Western, this quintessential American genre, transform through changes in cultural constructions and acquire new meanings when it transcends borders? Stories of [...]

20 03, 2024

The Other Storyteller: Bertha M. Bower & Charles Russell

2024-04-10T10:23:36-05:00March 20th, 2024|1 Comment

Our current exhibition, Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media, centers around the artist’s talent to tell stories through his visual art. Famous for his narratives set in the open range of Montana, Russell wasn’t the only storyteller of the American West. In the early 20th century, Chip of the Flying U was a popular novel about a ranch in Montana and was written by B. M. Bower. Who was this writer? She was Bertha Muzzy Bower, likely the first female author of mass-market Western fiction.   Portrait of B. M. Bower, circa 1890. Courtesy Cascade County Historical Society [...]

21 02, 2024

The (Solved) Mystery of the Three Hoofprints

2024-04-10T09:35:42-05:00February 21st, 2024|2 Comments

Recently, I was spending some time walking with a colleague around our current exhibition, Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media. We were lingering in one corner of the gallery that highlights a collection of objects and artworks centered around the subject of “counting coup.” What is counting coup? Counting coup was a system of graduated points wherein the first man to touch an enemy was awarded a first coup or “direct hit.” To count coup, one might use his hand, bow, lance, or perhaps rattles or whips.   Charles M. Russell | Counting Coup (Medicine Whip) | 1902 | [...]

17 01, 2024

Chasing Charlie Russell: Glacier to Great Falls

2024-01-25T15:27:12-06:00January 17th, 2024|0 Comments

This past summer, our director Scott Winterrowd took a work trip up to Montana to visit and document the sites where Charles Russell lived and worked. Throughout the cowboy artist’s career, he was not always specific about the landscapes he painted as backdrops for his artworks. Instead, like many other artists, Russell would translate what he saw through his artistic lens and his own way of looking at the world. Often, the resulting landscape would be a compression of the vast spaces of “Big Sky” country. One of the main points of inspiration for Russell was in what is now [...]

20 12, 2023

Plains Indian Sign Language and Charles Russell

2023-12-20T09:07:15-06:00December 20th, 2023|1 Comment

During his residence in Montana, Charles Russell encountered Indigenous people, both on the northern plains of the state and from neighboring tribes in Alberta, Canada. He lived in the area where Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL), also known as Hand Talk among the Native community, was an important communication system among the Plains tribal members. Due to his relationships with many members of nearby Indigenous tribes, Russell learned signs of PISL and incorporated them into some of his paintings.   Mapping of North American Indian Sign Language     Outline of corresponding tribes with various regional variations [...]

14 11, 2023

Bison in Texas Today

2023-12-11T15:26:53-06:00November 14th, 2023|0 Comments

Our current exhibit, Charles M. Russell: Storyteller Across Media, focuses on all the different art forms through which the artist communicated a story in his work. One of the common narratives in Russell’s art is that of the relationship between Indigenous people of the Great Plains and the American bison. (Note: while bison is the scientific name, buffalo is the more familiar term used today.)   Charles M. Russell | Wounded (The Wounded Buffalo) | 1909 | Oil on canvas | 19.975 x 30.125 inches   What does that relationship look like today? A great example is taking [...]