Terra Museum of American Art

Chicago, IL



The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality


Some 120-plus paintings and sculptures (c. 1825-1925) curated by Peter Hassrick, noted expert on Western Art, will be featured in an exhibition, "The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality," to open Saturday, June 24, 2000, at Terra Museum of American Art, continuing through Sunday, September 17, 2000. This major exhibition presents not only landscapes of the American West, but also its major myths, themes and heroes. "The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality" will be viewed through the lens of recent scholarship that has generated fresh and sometimes controversial insights into the subject of American West and American Identity. Among the artists represented are Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, Georgia O'Keeffe, Newell Convers Wyeth, Charles M. Russell, George Catlin and Albert Bierstadt. (left: John Gast, American Progress, 1873, oil on canvas, Chromolithograph by George A. Crofutt, Library of Congress)

left to right: Albert Bierstadt, El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California 1875, oil on canvas, The Toledo Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Rike, Toledo; Frederic Remington, Marching in the Desert, 1888, oil on canvas, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming; Georgia O'Keeffe, Ranchos Church No. 1, 1929, oil on canvas, Norton Museum of Art; Charles M. Russell, A Bronc Twister, 1920, Bronze, Montana Historical Society, Gift of Eugene E. Wilson in memory of Eugene Talmadge Wilson

"The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality" was organized by The Trust for Museum Exhibitions and the Mississippi Museum of Art. It premiered at the Mississippi Museum February 12 - June 6, 2000 (see our article The American West: Out of Myth, Into Reality (2/19/00), then travels to Terra Museum; and finally is exhibited at The Toledo Museum of Art on October 8 - December 31, 2000.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited above please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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