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The Reel West

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The Eiteljorg Museum opened one of it's most exciting special exhibitions earlier this year called The Reel West, which explores the role of Hollywood in shaping morality, diversity and American identity. The Reel West includes film costumes, props, paintings, movie posters and images from early silent Westerns to mid-20th century classics up through today. The yearlong exhibition will appeal to casual movie fans, serious film buffs, those who grew up watching iconic Westerns and those new to the genre.

Among the interesting things visitors will see in The Reel West are:

  • A mask, hat, costume, gun belt and scarf worn by The Lone Ranger, actor Clayton Moore
  • A full costume worn by Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit
  • Two hats worn by Clint Eastwood, on his early 1960s TV show Rawhide and years later in his 1985 film Pale Rider
  • A costume worn by a sword-wielding Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2005 film, The Legend of Zorro
  • Western hats or other costume items worn on camera during several eras by Western performers  such as John Wayne, Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, James Arness, the cast of Bonanza, plus Sam Elliott, Anjelica Huston, Jamie Foxx and many others
  • Interactive technology including touchscreens that museum-goers can use to watch clips from Westerns and explore in greater detail the themes of morality, diversity and identity that Westerns portray
  • A small movie theater showing clips from well-known Western movies.

Visitors can also enjoy a year of fascinating programming for The Reel West.

Upcoming Schedule:

Friday, August 3
Noon - 12:20 p.m.
Curator’s Choice Series: Museum Mannequin Menagerie

Saturday, August 11
11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Reel West Programming: Chris Enns Presentation: Cowgirls, Courtesans, and Cutthroats: The Great B Western Actresses of Republic Pictures

Friday, August 24
5 - 8 p.m.

Wild Western Trivia Night

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