Documentary of Colorado’s Foremost Muralist Allen Tupper True will broadcast Dec. 27 on Channel 12.1
Release Date: 12/16/09
Author: M Simmons
DENVER – (December 16, 2009) – With the Colorado National Bank Building murals of Colorado artist Allen Tupper True in the news this week, Colorado Public Television has scheduled three additional broadcasts of its original production, Allen True’s West.
In the recent sale of the bank building, a December 15 Denver Post “Developer’s Art Dividend” headline referenced the bank building’s 16 murals, depicting the lives of American Indians on the Plains, that were painted by muralist Allen True.
The documentary, produced by Colorado Public Television in association with the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado and the Denver Public Library, will air Saturday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
True, also well known for his emblematic bucking horse and rider on the Wyoming license plate, painted grand murals in other Denver locations –Denver’s Telephone Building and the state capitol. He also painted murals in the state capitols of Missouri and Wyoming and adorned the floors of Hoover Dam with American Indian–inspired patterns.
The Allen True’s West documentary witnesses the life and art of a twentieth-century American original who captured the character of a region in its transformation from the wild frontier to the modern West. Destined to become Colorado’s foremost muralist, Allen Tupper True (1881 - 1955) set out as a youthful illustrator of magazines and books. His illustrations—like his sun-drenched paintings of Taos and Santa Fe—forged a vision of the American West that was at once romantic and realistic.
Allen True’s West, a KBDI-12 original production, was produced, written and directed by Joshua V. Hassel, with videographer Adam Reynolds, Colorado Public Television-KBDI Editor Heather Dalton and narrator/script editor Michael Paglia.
In addition to the documentary, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum, and the Denver Public Library will present a special exhibit, Allen True’s West, at all three locations from October 1, 2009 through March 28, 2010.
Funding for this program was provided by True Foundation, JFM Foundation, Edith Marbut, Tom and Jane Petrie, Raymond and Sally Duncan, Crimson Resource Management, Leptas Foundation, Rob and Julie Lewis, Redd Foundation, Bruce and Dorothy Dines, Jim and Lucy Wallace, Alan and Carol Ann Olson, Evan and Elizabeth Anderman, Joan True McKibben, Mr. and Mrs. Will F. Nicholson, Jr., David Cook Fine Arts Galleries, and Mr. and Mrs. Barton M. Johnson. Accommodations provided by Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.