Stark Museum of Art

Orange, TX




Charles M. Russell at Stark Museum of Art


Featured in the latest change of displays at the Stark Museum of Art are eight newly installed examples of contemporary Navajo weaving and twenty-one works by Western artist Charles M. Russell. Included in the Russell display are sixteen bronze-cast sculptures and five illustrated letters.

Two sculptures, Snake Priest and Sleeping Thunder, are exhibited for the first time. Other figures, such as Smoke of the Medicine Man and Changing Outfits, have not been shown since the early 1980s. The Russell exhibit will be on view to the public through May, 2001, and the Navajo weavings through September, 2001. (left: Changing Outfits, c. 1951, posthumous bronze, 11 3/8 x 33 7/8 x 5 7/8, courtesy of Stark Museum of Art)

The items selected for inclusion in the Russell exhibition represent approximately one-sixth of the total of 82 bronzes and 31 illustrated letters and cards by Russell in the museum's permanent collection. The eight large Navajo weavings displayed in the foyer constitute less than 5% of the museum' s holdings in this category.

All works exhibited at the Stark Museum of Art are part of the museum's permanent inventory. Due to the limitations of exhibition space, however, no more than about 10% of the total collection is on view at any time. Therefore the museum rotates its displays on a regular basis, so that a broader range of material can be presented to the public throughout the year and from year to year. Gallery rotations occur frequently.

Major exhibitions change yearly. One can expect to see something "new" on each and every visit to the Stark Museum of Art.

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Editor's note:

Following are examples of artworks created by Charles M. Russell They may not be specific to this article and likely not cited in it. The images were obtained via Wikimedia Commons, which believes the images to be freely available for presentation here.  Another source readers may find helpful is Google Images.


(above: C.M. Russell, Bronc to Breakfast, 1908, watercolor on paper, Montana Historical Society, Mackay Collection. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


(above: C.M. Russell, A Quiet Day In Utica, originally called Tinning A Dog, Oil, 1907,  Sid Richardson Museum, Fort Worth, TX. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


(above: C.M. Russell, Lassoing A Steer, 1897, oil on board 18.5  x 24.5 inches, Private collection.  Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)

This page was originally published in 2001 in Resource Library Magazine. Please see Resource Library's Overview section for more information.


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