Special Exhibits

Tom Lea: Western Beef Cattle

On Display in The Gathering Place
March 30 through June 30, 2019
On Display in The Gathering Place March 30 through June 30, 2019
On Display in The Gathering Place March 30 through June 30, 2019

On loan from the prestigious Dallas Museum of Art, the exhibition is a series of eleven paintings that highlight the artist’s admiration of the cattle raising profession. Commissioned by LIFE magazine, the paintings present a powerful meditation on the role of cattle in Texas history.

TSCRA first-family Lynda and Bobby McKnight have partnered with the Cattle Raisers Museum and Foundation to introduce these paintings which are of great historical importance and artistic merit. The paintings share the epic story of beef cattle from the time they first arrived to North America in 1521. This exhibition will mark the first time the paintings have been on public display.

A native son of El Paso, Tom Lea traveled the world over the course of his illustrious career, contributing war reports from the front lines of World War II; writing bestselling novels that have been adapted into Hollywood films; authoring nonfiction on mountaineering, horse training, and Texas history; and painting murals that grace the walls of public buildings from Washington, D.C. to West Texas.

Tom Lea, Texas Longhorns
Tom Lea, Texas Longhorns. Oil on canvas covered masonite, 1945–1946.
31 7/8 × 33 3/4 × 1/4 in. (80.96 × 85.73 × 0.64 cm)
Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Life Magazine, 1950.34.
The Life & Times of Charles Goodnight - Art Exhibit by Lee Cable
On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery
November 16, 2018 through April 22, 2019
On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery
November 16, 2018 through April 22, 2019
On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery
November 16, 2018 through April 22, 2019
A Promise Made, A Promise Kept. 2016, Lee Cable.
A Promise Made, A Promise Kept (2016) Oil 30 x 48”
Charles Goodnight

The Life & Times of Charles Goodnight: Art Exhibition by Lee Cable

Tales of the Old West have found their way into thousands of books, articles, movies, poems, and campfire stories. The main characters in these stories have made their way into the very soul of America, as have the images of cowboys and Indians, cattle drives, vast open landscapes, campfire cooks, and the chuck wagon, invented by Charles Goodnight.

That is the very spirit of The Life & Times of Charles Goodnight: Art Exhibition by Lee Cable. Masterfully created by acclaimed western/wildlife artist Lee Cable, this remarkable exhibit includes 12 beautifully framed original oil paintings and is an exploration of the colorful Texas history of one of the main characters to have ridden the cattle trails in the 1800s.

The Susan Kathleen Black Foundation