Salt Lake City, UT
Go West! Art of the American Frontier presents a century of art from an extraordinary era of exploration. Featuring 90 works by artist-explorers and Plains Indian tribes, it chronicles a pivotal period from 1830-1930 in which cultures were merging, clashing, and finding fortune or hardship in a changing American landscape. Paintings and sculptures by George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and N.C. Wyeth document the journeys that would solidify our popular understanding of the American West. Objects made by Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Native American tribes reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Native peoples who struggled against encroachment into their lands. The diversity of works presented demonstrates how artists took part in shaping contemporary views of this layered and complex history.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.