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.