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Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West

October 22nd, 2016 – February 20th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Clayes III Wing
 
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. 

W.H.D. Koerner (American, 1878–1938). Madonna of the Prairie, 1921. Oil on canvas, 37 x 28.75 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Museum purchase. 25.77
Henry Farny (American, born France, 1847–1916). Days of Long Ago, 1903. Oil on paper mounted on board, 37.5 x 23.75 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Museum purchase. 6.75
Frederic Remington (American, 1861-1909). The Broncho Buster, 1895. Bronze, cast number 21, Roman Bronze Works, 23.375 x 7.625 x 15.5 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of G. J. Guthrie Nicholson, Jr., and son in memory of their father/grandfather G.J. Guthrie Nicholson, rancher at Four Bear, Meeteetse, WY. 7.74
Shirt, Oglala Teton Lakota (Oglala Teton Sioux), ca. 1885. Tanned deer hide, glass beads, human hair, ermine, feathers, wool cloth, dyed porcupine quills, 37 x 44 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Maxwell James. NA.202.208
Astley D. M. Cooper (American, 1856–1924). Viewing the Curios, 1909. Oil on canvas, 14.125 x 17 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Bequest in memory of the Houx and Newell families. 5.64
Alexander Phimister Proctor (American, 1860-1950). Indian Warrior, 1900-1902. Bronze, 38.625 x 30.5 x 10.5 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of A. Phimister Proctor Museum with special thanks to Sandy and Sally Church. 4.08.2
William Ranney (American, 1813–1857). Advice on the Prairie, 1853. Oil on canvas, 38.75 x 55.25 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of Mrs. J. Maxwell Moran. 10.91
Lance Case, Apsáalooke (Crow), Montana, ca. 1890. Rawhide, pigment, glass beads, wool cloth, tanned hide, 51.25 x 12.75 inches. Dedicated to Mrs. Harriet Stuart Spencer in recognition of her faithful service as Chairman of the Plains Indian Museum Advisory Board of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA from 1998-2010. NA.108.95
Newell Convers Wyeth (American, 1882-1945). Bucking, 1904-05. Oil on canvas, 38 x 26.125 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of John M. Schiff. 2.77
Sioux, Storage Bag, ca. 1890, deerskin, quills (porcupine), cones (tin), horsehair, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. William D. Weiss
Lakota (Sioux), Tobacco Bag, ca. 1885, hide (deer), beads (seed), quills (porcupine), fringe (buckskin), Buffalo Bill Center of the West, bequest of the  Adele K.
Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830-1902). The Last of the Buffalo, ca. 1888. Oil on canvas, 60.25 x 96.5 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase. 2.60
 

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.

A 175-page illustrated catalogue, Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, accompanies this exhibition, with essays by Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Mindy N. Besaw, and Emma I. Hansen, and is published by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in association with Yale University Press, 2013, available for purchase in The Museum Store, Palm Springs Art Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody Wyoming.

The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by the museum’s Western Art Council and its exhibition Gold Sponsors Joan Dale & R.D. Hubbard, JoAnn McGrath, and Silver Sponsors Miriam U. Hoover and Michael Leppen, and Irene, George, and Steven Stern.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.

  

Image:

Albert Bierstadt, The Last of the Buffalo, ca. 1888, oil on canvas. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Trust Fund Purchase.