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Phippen Museum presents Icons of the West

Few symbols of the West have been more durable than the great American cowboy.

On Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m., you can join Professor Betsy Fahlman at the Phippen Museum for a discussion of this rugged, yet romanticized icon, whose image was first defined by painters Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.

She will also provide insight into other popular characters, including cowgirls, Mexican vaqueros and even Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, an internationally successful extravaganza that toured during the late 19th century. For many, these special performances defined the American West by showcasing the mythic cowboy culture, including singing cowboys, gunfights, pretty girls on horses, amazing costumes and plenty of Native American Indians. But also noteworthy to this historical account is a discussion of Arizona's contributions, including the story of Lon Megargee, the state's original cowboy artist.

Betsy Fahlman is a professor of Art History at Arizona State University. She is an authority on the art history of Arizona and her books include, New Deal Art in Arizona (2009) and The Cowboy's Dream: The Mythic Life and Art of Lon Megargee (2002).

This program is presented in cooperation with Arizona Humanities and their speaker's bureau, AZSpeaks, and is offered in an effort to enhance the museum's current exhibition, Happy Birthday George! 100 Years of Inspiration, on display now through July 19, in the museum's Kemper & Ethel Marley Western Art Gallery. Admission to this presentation is free for museum members and included in the price of general admission for visitors.

The Phippen Museum is located at 4701 Highway 89 N. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for AAA members, $5 for students with ID, and free for museum members and children 12 and under. For additional information on this or any other event at the museum, call 928-778-1385, or visit www.phippenartmuseum.org.

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