Art from the American West reinforces the region’s identity and offers a sense of place. Hans Kleiber (German/American,1887-1967) depicted the West of Wyoming by conveying the feeling of epic myth and sentimental nostalgia. He used his time working for the U.S. Forest Service around Sheridan to illustrate the abundance of wildlife native to Wyoming that inhabits its expansive landscape. Hans Kleiber: The Western Landscape provides a selection of etchings that depict the uniqueness of the landscape in the West.
The Art Museum’s collection includes more than 400 original works on paper by Kleiber. Because of an increasing use of the collection in teaching, research and exhibition, the Art Museum has been working with a paper conservator who repairs tears, holes, missing or faded pigment, while removing any non-archival materials, such as old tape or marks, that were not created by the artist. Each artwork in this exhibition has been recently conserved, providing an opportunity to exhibit the work for the first time and to highlight the importance of conservation and the processes by which the museum cares for and preserves its collection for future generations.
Han Kleiber: The Western Landscape was curated with assistance from undergraduate anthropology and museum studies intern, Michaela Rich-Mooney.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website