Ruckus Rodeo: Pop Art & Cowboy Culture

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June 14, 2019 - January 5, 2020

$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, free for members and children 3 and younger

Ruckus Rodeo

Explore Ruckus Rodeo, an immense and immersive work of art consisting of painted two-dimensional surfaces and sculptural three-dimensional figures that depict the rodeo at the Fort Worth Stock Show created by renowned pop artist Red Grooms. Grooms refers to it as a “sculpto-pictorama.” Wire, canvas, burlap, acrylic paint, and fiberglass were used to construct the work’s larger-than-life caricatures of rodeo archetypes. Visitors will see a rodeo queen and her steed, a bucking bronco, playful rodeo clowns, a giant yellow bull named Butter, and much more.

Ruckus Rodeo was originally commissioned for the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s 1976 exhibition The Great American Rodeo. In preparation, Grooms attended every rodeo performance during Fort Worth’s 1975 Stock Show and made many sketches. From these studies, Grooms drew a panoramic rodeo scene spanning more than seven feet, which served as the basis for Ruckus Rodeo.

The exhibit also celebrates the grand heritage of the American West with historic objects that weave the story of cowboy culture. A kids’ corral of hands-on activities—including a hobbyhorse obstacle course, lassoing, a large animal veterinarian station, and more—bring the rodeo to life.

Opening Reception
Thursday, June 13, 7–9 pm
$8 adults, $5 students/seniors, children 3 and under free, Museum members free

Wear your boots and baubles to celebrate cowboy culture and be among the first to experience the new exhibit. Featuring Americana music by Bonnie & Taylor Sims, light appetizers, and a cash bar. Buy your tickets ahead online or by calling 303-651-8374 and skip the line at the door!

Chuck Wagon Dinner & Square Dance
Saturday, June 29, 6–9 pm
$25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $17.50 Museum members
You’re darn tootin’! Join us for a good ole fashioned hoedown and some genuine cowboy grub in celebration of our Ruckus Rodeo exhibition. Hightail it on over to the Museum to enjoy live fiddle and banjo, square dancing, and some tender vittles. Put on your fancy western duds, break out your bolo tie, and shine up those boots—prizes will be awarded for best dressed! Buy tickets online or by calling 303-651-8374.


This exhibition is brought to you by the following sponsors:

xilinx-logo      Xfinity_logo_2017_blk_RGB   Budget Home Supply    Boulder County Fair 2019 150 Official Logo Final

Image credit:
Red Grooms, Ruckus Rodeo (details), 1976, mixed media; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; © Red Grooms, Member of Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Rodeo queen

Rodeo queen

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