Creating the American West in Art Rides Into the Frist This March

Now that the stunning Albrecht Dürer engravings, etchings and woodcuts have moved on from the Frist Art Museum, the Upper-Level Galleries will soon reopen with Creating the American West in Art, an engaging new exhibit featuring nearly 80 paintings and sculptures from an oft-mythologized period and setting of American history.

The works on display, from such exemplary artists as Thomas Moran, Robert Henri, Frank Tenney Johnson, C.M. Russell, Frederic Remington, John Sloan and Maynard Dixon, depict an assortment of quintessential motifs as the people, landscapes and wildlife of the American West. Spanning 124 years, from 1822-1946, the exhibit will celebrate the artistry and the culture while also exploring the period’s problematic relationships with Indigenous people and cultures.

Creating the American West in Art will be on display in the Upper-Level Galleries from March 5 to June 27, in cooperation with the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, part of the Denver Art Museum. An accompanying virtual lecture, "Rethinking the Boundaries of Western American Art," presented by Thomas Brent Smith, director and curator of the Petrie Institute, will take place via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. on opening day. And don’t miss out on the related installment of “Frist at Home” for a closer look at some of the works on display with Frist docents and other art-lovers on March 11 at 1:30 p.m.

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Maynard Dixon. Wide Lands of the Navajo, 1945. Oil on canvas board, 24 x 38 in. Denver Art Museum: Roath Collection, 2013.100