Creative Connections

16 11, 2022

Remington: From Illustrator to Fine Artist

2022-11-16T08:46:30-06:00November 16th, 2022|0 Comments

One of the themes of our current exhibit, Night & Day: Frederic Remington’s Final Decade, is that of Remington’s progression from illustrator to fine artist. During his time, in the late 19th and early 20th century, illustrated magazines and books garnered wide popularity in the US, and thus earned the moniker the Golden Age of Illustration. Despite their popularity, being an illustrator did not carry the same status as that of a fine artist painter. In general, illustration during Remington’s time depicted a narrative from the accompanying text, often executed in black and white. Fine art painting was believed to [...]

7 09, 2022

The Last Round Up

2022-09-07T10:03:53-05:00September 7th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Soundtrack of the American West Final Movement The Last Round Up   Well, pardner, fall is almost here, and we’ve reached the end of the trail.  It’s been a while since we opened the gate to this musical rodeo, but there’s still so much more to the music of the American West.  Maybe we have time to listen to one more cowboy song before we wrap up the series:  “The Last Great Roundup”.   In this final post for [...]

31 08, 2022

The Symphony of the Border

2022-08-31T09:00:22-05:00August 31st, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Soundtrack of the American West Symphony of the Border Sinfonía de la Frontera   ¡Hola, mis amigos, y bienvenidos a la sinfonía de la frontera!   For this symphony of the border, we turn our attention to the southwest to hear the music of the Mexican borderlands.  We will listen to las canciones de los vaqueros (songs of the Mexican cowboys), and los corridos de las contrabandistas de la frontera (ballads of the border smugglers).  Many of these songs [...]

24 08, 2022

The Symphony of the Other Artists

2022-08-26T16:04:53-05:00August 24th, 2022|1 Comment

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Soundtrack of the American West The Other Artists   With a few exceptions, previous posts have explored the musical context of paintings by either Charlie Russell or Frederic Remington; in the last two posts, we even listened to their “playlists.”   In this blog, we’ll return to the “Soundtrack of the West”, but we’ll listen to paintings by the other artists represented at the Sid Richardson Museum.   We have heard from three of these artists before: William G. [...]

5 08, 2022

The Symphony of the Artists – Frederic S. Remington’s Playlist

2022-08-26T16:01:13-05:00August 5th, 2022|1 Comment

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Soundtrack of the American West The Artist’s Playlists Frederic S. Remington's Playlist   Self-Portrait On A Horse | Frederic Remington | c. 1890 | Oil on canvas | 29.1875 x 19.375 inches Frederic S. Remington, At Work   Remington stayed up-to-date with currently popular music; after all, his home wasn’t far from New York City and Tin Pan Alley.  So for him, painting was not a silent activity, and visitors to his studio commented on his vocal [...]

27 07, 2022

The Symphony of the Artists – Charles M. Russell’s Playlist

2022-08-26T15:55:20-05:00July 27th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Soundtrack of the American West The Artist’s Playlists   So far, the Symphonies in our “Soundtrack of the American West” have explored the music of Native America and the songs of the cowboys.  We have heard the actual sounds and music of the West, and also how this music was later interpreted, adapted, and arranged. This time, we’ll take a different approach.  Take a seat, unnoticed in a corner of each artists’ studio.  But instead of listening to their [...]

13 07, 2022

The Symphony of the Cowboy – Song of the New Hero

2022-08-26T15:52:20-05:00July 13th, 2022|1 Comment

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* A Cowboy Chorale Movement 3 Song of the New Hero   In this third Movement of our Cowboy Chorale we will explore the ascension of the lowly cowboy as the symbol of virtuous American manhood in the early twentieth century, and hear the songs (hymns?) of this unlikely apotheosis.  We begin with the cowboy on stage, then follow his development as the star of the silver screen and the subject of Tin Pan Alley song writers.  Two excellent references [...]

29 06, 2022

The Symphony of the Cowboy – Cowboy Composers

2022-08-26T15:49:13-05:00June 29th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* A Cowboy Chorale   Movement 2   Cowboy Composers In this second Movement of our Cowboy Chorale we will explore the influence of cowboy songs on American composers in the early 1900s.   Cowboys and Indianists While the unfortunate soul being dragged in Remington’s The Ambushed Picket is most likely a military man, he would probably still suffer the same fate as any dying cowboy – i.e., a burial on the lonely prairie. While listening to the various arrangements [...]

15 06, 2022

The Symphony of the Cowboy – Songs of the Cattle Drive

2022-08-26T15:44:54-05:00June 15th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* A Cowboy Chorale   From the wildflower covered plains of south Texas, the sounds and songs of the cattle trails stampeded out of the sunset, into the Soundtrack of the American West.  In the years after the Civil War, the nation, both North and South, was exhausted – and hungry.  Eastern farms and ranches that had been ravaged or raided during the war years, couldn’t provide enough cattle to satisfy the craving for beef.  But in Texas…  Ahh, the [...]

20 05, 2022

The Symphony of Native American – The Southwest

2022-08-26T15:40:30-05:00May 20th, 2022|0 Comments

*The following is part of a series of blog posts researched and written by Mark Clardy, SRM Docent and independent scholar.* Symphony of Native America Movement 4   The Southwest   Apache Medicine Song  &  Geronimo Frederic Remington wrote about his trip to the San Carlos Apache Reservation in southeast Arizona in “On the Indian Reservations,” for the July 1889 issue of Century Magazine (Vol 38, p. 399-400).  In the article, he appears to describe the scene in Apache Medicine Song: “It grew dark, and we forbore to talk.  Presently, as though to complete the strangeness of the situation, the [...]