When the boy next door had a cowboys and Indians-themed birthday party, I stood outside the door to his house in my fringed jean skirt and red cowboy boots, vivid pictures of the Old American West in my head. Sure, the party decor was just a cake and streamers, but I still remember the saloon with the clanking piano, the wide-open bleached seas of waving grass and everything else I saw in my head. Lots of artists have been intoxicated with visions of the Old West, and a lot of art has come out of those visions during the past 200 years. Now's your chance to see some of it as The Amon Carter Museum hosts Views and Visions: Prints of the American West, 1820-1970. The exhibit, on view till January 10, features 120 prints and illustrated books from the museum's permanent collection. You'll even get an eyewitness view of Yosemite and the summit of the Sierra Nevada before all of the tourists got to it. The exhibit is free; the Amon Carter Museum is located at 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth. Visit cartermuseum.org for more info.
Dec. 18-Jan. 10, 2009