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January 28, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Museum directors can talk trash, too

SAM's wager: Forehead Mask, Nuxalk First Nation, circa 1880

SAM’s wager: Forehead Mask, Nuxalk First Nation, circa 1880

It’s SAM vs DAM: Seattle Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum are betting on the Super Bowl, and works of art are on the line. If the Seahawks win on Feb. 2, DAM director Christoph Heinrich will loan his museum’s prized Frederic Remington sculpture, “The Bronco Buster,” to SAM for three months — with DAM picking up the whole tab (shipping, other expenses). If the Broncos win, SAM has to loan a 19th-century Native American forehead mask from the Nuxalk First Nation, that happens to look a lot like a certain team’s logo.

“I’m confident that we will be enjoying Remington’s ‘The Bronco Buster’ at SAM. We are already making plans to host it here in Seattle so that the 12th Man can see it,” said SAM director Kimerly Rorschach.

“I am looking forward to giving the losing team’s mascot a special place of honor in Bronco Nation,” Heinrich responded.

DAM's wager: "The Bronco Buster," by Frederic Remington,  1895.

DAM’s wager: “The Bronco Buster,” by Frederic Remington, 1895.

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