The Cowboys and Hatters Exhibit

Past and Present Venues:


Springfield Art Museum

March-May, 2020

Location: Springfield, Ohio


New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

January 22 through June 26 2007

Location: Taos, New Mexico


Ranching Heritage Center

2006, six month duration

Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Hilliard Historial Society

2004, twelve month duration

Location: Hilliard, Ohio


St. George Art Museum

1999, six week duration

Location: St. George, Utah


Roswell Museum & Art Center

1997, twelve month duration

Location: Roswell, New Mexico


Kent State University Museum

1996, six month duration

Location: Kent, Ohio

By focusing on the historical use of the hat by real cowboys in juxtaposition with the hats of movie cowboys and fashionable gentlemen, the exhibition shows how a costume accessory indicates status, vocation, and myth, and how these change over time. Through the use of real hats, dressed mannequins, hat-making implements and samples, photographs of the hat-making process, and portraits of men wearing hats, the exhibition explores all levels of hat-making, hat-wearing and hat iconography. The exhibit focuses on men's costume and includes a signlficant section on the manufacture of the object. It also details everyday working clothes. The public fascination with the cowboys of legend serves to give the audience a greater appreciation of the role of costume as social indicator.

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