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Herb Alpert to Visit Jackson Hole

June 18, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

This week, the National Museum of Wildlife Art opens Spirit Totems: Sculpture by Herb Alpert. The world-famous musician will be in Jackson, at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, to tour guests through his sculpture installation.

Now in his 80s, Herb Alpert still plays trumpet, but he has also been painting for 40 years and sculpting for 20.

The transition from auditory to visual art seems simple for Mr. Alpert. He says, “My experience with art, as a musician, painter, and sculptor, is the same. It all seems to originate from the same place. When I paint, I keep going until I hear an inner voice telling me to stop. I believe that all artists are looking for the same magic… freedom to express themselves in the most authentic way.”

Twelve giant abstract wildlife totems will be installed on the Museum’s outdoor Sculpture Trail. The impressive bronze sculptures stand from 8 to 19 feet tall, making them among the tallest installations the Museum has ever exhibited.

“The spirit totems will be overlooking the valley where the buffalos roam free and imagination runs wild,” says Mr. Alpert.

As a nod to Mr. Alpert’s extraordinary musical career, the sculpture installation will be complemented by Music for your Eyes, a compilation featuring his own relaxing trumpet tunes.

“It’s exciting to bring sculptures of this caliber to our Museum,” says Steve Seamons, the Museum’s Executive Director. “Mr. Alpert’s Spirit Totem sculptures are true masterpieces, we feel honored to have them here at the Museum.”

All are invited to Sneak Peek, a behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition on Wednesday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m. with Mr. Alpert. The Mix’d Media celebrating the exhibition will be Tuesday, July 23, 6 – 9 p.m. Spirit Totems: Sculpture by Herb Alpert will be on display at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, in Jackson Wyoming, June 20 – September 29.

Mr. Alpert’s musical accomplishments include: an estimated 72 million record sales, 15 gold albums, 9 Grammy Awards and a National Medal of Arts – presented by President Obama in 2013 (According to a Chicago Tribune article published in 2015).

Spirit Totems: Sculpture by Herb Alpert is generously sponsored by Pat Wilson, Sharon Powell, and The McGee Foundation.

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Left Photo: Photograph by Dewey Nicks.
Right Photo: Herb Alpert in 1966. Photograph from Wikimedia Commons.

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The National Museum of Wildlife Art, a nonprofit founded in 1987, is a world-class art museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C. to the present. Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the Museum received the designation “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress in 2008. Boasting a Museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, Palate restaurant, and outdoor sculpture trail, the Museum is only two-and-a-half miles north of Jackson Town Square, and two miles from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park.

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