A new exhibition titled Western POP: Facts and Fiction of the American West is coming Jan. 13 to the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA).
Artworks, music and historical pieces in the exhibition celebrate the Western genre while exploring, facts, fiction, economics and race relation issues of the American West, TCA said in a posting on the city's website.
“Growing up in the Southwest I knew a lot about Western iconography, but this exhibition is telling a much larger story,” Michelle Nichols Dock, the gallery’s art coordinator, said. “We are investigating the truths behind the stereotypical Hollywood mythology and the realities of the old and new West that isn’t so black and white.”
At a free opening-night reception from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13, guests will have the chance to meet the artists and collectors while enjoying light refreshments.
The exhibition runs through May 6 at the TCA gallery, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway. Every month during the exhibition, a special event based on a Western theme, such as a panel discussion, film festival and a Western radio hour, will take place.