Culture Pass Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Last week the Liv Avenida Blog featured the Chandler Public Library’s Culture Passes. Culture Passes get a library cardholder and a guest into one of the several different nearby cultural sites. Last week we covered one of the sites you can see with the pass, the Phoenix Art Museum. This week we’re heading a little ways out of town to highlight another Culture Pass site: the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. The Desert Caballeros Western Museum is dedicated to preserving Western art and history, and it is located about one hour and forty-five minutes away from the Liv Avenida in Chandler, AZ. Here are four exhibits being put on at the Museum this month:

Wish You Were Here: Bill Green’s Wickenburg Postcards

June 27, 2015-October 2, 2016

From the website: “Come ‘out Wickenburg Way’ to experience vintage postcards and town artifacts from establishments like the old Texas Hotel. Revisit the Wickenburg of the 1940s and ‘50s when this town was a bustling hub of commerce and must-see destination where the intersection of 60 and 93 was the busiest in the state before I-10 opened.”


Follow the Thread: Quilts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection

January 9-December 31, 2016

From the website: “A year-long exploration of the art and history of quilt making. Pieces from the Museum’s permanent collection ranging from the 1850s through the 1990s will be shown on a rotating basis. Recent research by the Arizona Quilt Documentation Project sheds light on the makers and techniques represented in the wide variety of quilts that made their way to Wickenburg.”


Route 66: Recent Creations, Retro Collections

May 28-October 2, 2016

From the website: “Focusing on Route 66 in Arizona, the exhibition strives to put the everlasting allure of Route 66 into perspective, showing how the existing Route, as well as the route of memory, continue to inspire artists today.”


Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer

May 28-November 27, 2016

From the website: “The life and career of Marjorie Thomas (1885-1978) link the chronicle of Arizona’s art and history. Arriving from Massachusetts before statehood, she witnessed at first hand many changes in Scottsdale and the state that became her home. It took grit and determination for an artist to leave the East and move West, and Thomas was a real pioneer. Guest-curated by Dr. Betsy Fahlman of Arizona State University, the exhibition will include works of art from public and private collections, most of them never before exhibited.”


Have you ever been to the Desert Caballeros Western Museum? What was your experience like? What should we see the next time we’re there? Let us know in the comments!