When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through March 4 2012
Cheekwood glimpsed its potential for public appeal with the Chihuly show last year. Its scope and success inspired them to dream bigger this season. Today, they unveil Visions of the American West, a 182-piece exhibition that marks the grandest project in the museum’s history. It’s aimed at families, art connoisseurs, gun collectors, history buffs, and everyone in between. Rooms will offer jaw-dropping oil paintings by American masters like Remington and Bierstadt, along with relics of Native American and Western culture. Today kicks off Cheekwood’s first Wild West Weekend, a two-day celebration with kids’ activities and guided tours; don’t miss lectures by Bruce Eldredge, executive director and CEO of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and Christine Brindza, curator of the Whitney Gallery of Western Art.