A visit during the new exhibit will enable visitors to fully experience the amazing range and detail of Rossin’s Commanders in Chief Mural Project and compare it with his new direction. This historically important three-part installation features all of the U.S. Presidents as if together in time. Collectively the three paintings encompass thirteen by sixty-two feet and represent eight years of research and painting. Rossin’s Love letter to America, his adopted homeland, started in 2003 with a thirteen by twenty-three-foot oil painting of the twentieth-century Presidents. The twenty-first-century painting currently includes Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump, with Joseph Biden to be started in 2021. Shadowy silhouettes hold spots for future leaders, including at least two that suggest a female figure. They’re located in the Booth’s Presidential Gallery, which includes a portrait of every U.S. president and a letter penned by each.
The museum also houses works by noted artists like Frederic Remington, George Catlin, Ansel Adams, and Andy Warhol. Significant historic and contemporary Western works from bronze to canvas and in every style from painterly to pop art. Eight major galleries give a sweeping view of the West’s history, land, and cultures. You’ll see breathtaking life-sized scenes, eye-candy odes to film and TV, and exquisite masterpieces. Among the eight-plus themed spaces is the soaring Eaton Sculpture Atrium and the Hardin Cowboy Gallery featuring artwork honoring the diversity of cowboys, including Black, Caucasian, Hispanic and Asian; as well as galleries focused on landscapes and wildlife. Because of this breathtaking scope, the Booth has won many awards and is consistently noted as a favorite of young kids all the way to boomers and beyond. Also, on display during this timeframe will be other notable temporary exhibits.
Ross Rossin, leading portrait artist of American and world notables, goes beyond his trademark realism, creating a new visual language to convey the powerful, multi-sensory impressions he experienced on an exploration of the American Southwest.