The Nose column (TNT, 4-26) on the new Tacoma Art Museum wing reveals an ignorance of Western art. It purportedly is a complaint about the architectural design of TAM’s new Western art wing. It reads as thinly veiled, snobbish commentary on “Yee-Haw,” “Yippie-Ki-Yay” art.
I suggest The Nose visit Oklahoma City and the world-class institute that is the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The primary focus of the museum is fine art. The various mediums of art, beautifully and professionally displayed, are awe-inspiring, educational and entertaining – not a hint of “Yee-Haw” or “Yippie-Ki-Yay.”
An added note: The largest private collection, 1,500 items, of Dale Chihuly art is on permanent display in a museum in Oklahoma City.
Get your nose out of the air, Nose. Western art will be a welcome and culturally successfully addition to Tacoma.