A new Western art museum has opened in San Antonio, Texas. The Briscoe Western Art Museum had its grand opening in late October and is named for former Texas governor Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Briscoe and his wife, Janey, who were strong supporters of Western art.
The $32 million new museum currently has approximately 700 objects on display. Reflecting its stated mission to preserve and interpret the art, history, and culture of the American West, the museum houses artifacts and art ranging from the very last saddle of the Mexican revolutionary leader Pancho Villa to painting by Maynard Dixon.
The Briscoe Western Art Museum also reaches back in time prior to Anglo-cowboy culture to recognize the histories and cultures of the Indigenous, Spanish and Mexican people who predate the formal organization of Texas as first a republic and then a state. The following news clip gives further background on the museum’s effort to recognize and incorporate contemporary Comanche input:
The Briscoe Western Art Museum is located in downtown San Antonio approximately a half-mile from the historic site of the Alamo mission, location of the famous Texian last stand led by Davy Crockett , James Bowie and William Travis during the 1835-1836 Texas Revolution against Mexico. Further information about the art museum can be found at this official link: Briscoe Museum.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)