Elizabeth Cunningham, director of exhibitions for the Anschutz Collection, will give a gallery talk today at 3 p.m. at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus in connection with the show "Masterpieces of the American West." At 4 p.m., Raphael Cristy will present his internationally acclaimed one-man show, "Charlie Russell's Yarns," in the UMFA auditorium. Both events are free to the public.
Upcoming activities centering around this major show have been planned for future Sundays. They include:- Nov. 4: A talk by historian Dean May on "The Civil War, Gold and the New West of the 1860s," 3 p.m.; Deseret String Band and cowboy poet Ray Lashley, 7 p.m. (admission charged);
- Nov. 18: A talk by Floyd O'Neill on "Inventing the West: The West of the Artist and the West of Actuality," 3 p.m.
Also, docent talks will be given every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (excluding Thanksgiving weekend).
A catalog titled "Masterpieces of the American West" is available at the museum. Although it contains some excellent reproductions of many of the works in the show as well as short biographies of the artists, there is no information about Philip F. Anschutz and how he obtained his amazing collection of art. Also, since the catalog was published in 1983, it contains no information about acquisitions after that date.
The exhibit is funded in part by the UMFA's Special Exhibitions Council.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For additional information, call 581-7049.