A color photograph of a man on a running horse in a dusty landscape and a sky full of white, fluffy clouds.
September 28, 2024–March 16, 2025
Second floor

Cowboy reexamines the popular mythologies surrounding the image and concept of the cowboy. Through the work of more than 25 artists representing Asian American, Latino, and Indigenous perspectives, the exhibition explores a wide array of themes, including the cowboy’s role in shaping our perception of masculinity and gender as well as long-held assumptions about cowboys’ relationship to land and the way these assumptions come into conflict with the lived experiences of contemporary cowboys. Cowboy, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver, brings together approximately 70 cutting-edge contemporary artworks including new commissions.

Header Image Credit

Image: Richard Prince (b. 1949), Untitled (cowboy), 1989, chromogenic print, Courtesy Richard Prince Studio

Cowboy is organized by Nora Burnett Abrams, Mark G. Falcone Director, and Miranda Lash, Ellen Bruss Senior Curator, both of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. Accompanying the exhibition is a fully illustrated catalogue co-published by MCA Denver and Rizzoli with essays by Nora Burnett Abrams, Myeshia Babers, Jongwoo Jeremy Kim; an interview with rafa esparza by Miranda Lash; and a graphic essay by R. Alan Brooks. The catalogue is produced through the special support of the Blue Rider Group of Morgan Stanley.