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Western Stories

September 10th, 2016 – September 4th, 2017
Palm Springs Art Museum, Denney Western American Art Wing
 
Dreams of the West are anchored to the distinctive landscapes of the region, spanning from vast plains and desert dunes in Arizona to verdant hills and wondrous mountain ranges in California. The potential promise and peril of the West created a wealth of stories featuring the adventurers and dreamers who populate the landscape and cross its borders. Their experiences, as depicted in the artwork on view here . . .
 

William Robinson Leigh, Thunder Mountain, ca. 1910, oil on canvas, museum purchase with funds provided by the George Montgomery Acquisition Fund
Agnes Pelton, Memory, 1937, oil on canvas, The Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine
Rick Bartow, Two Step Pow Wow, 2009, pastel and graphite on paper, gift of Froelick Gallery in honor of Arlene Schnitzer
Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon (Mist in the Canyon), 1915, gift of the George Montgomery Trust.
Charles Marion Russell, Roping a Prairie Wolf, 1904, watercolor and gouache on board, gift of Mrs. Virginia H. Mayo Daniger
Walter Ufer, A Yearling, 1929, oil on canvas, museum purchase with funds provided by the Western Art Council, General Acquisition Fund, Dr. Lawrence and Marcia Adams, Western Art Acquisition Fund and Rockefeller Western Art Acquisition Fund, 1993
Wendy Red Star, Fall (from the “Four Seasons” series), 2006, archival pigment print, pending gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D.

Dreams of the West are anchored to the distinctive landscapes of the region, spanning from vast plains and desert dunes in Arizona to verdant hills and wondrous mountain ranges in California. The potential promise and peril of the West created a wealth of stories featuring the adventurers and dreamers who populate the landscape and cross its borders. Their experiences, as depicted in the artwork on view here, activate our own dreams and understanding of the West.

Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection and important loans, the exhibition looks to the complex relationships between landscape and the body in the art of the American West and Mexico. With landscape as an active figure, the works on view communicate distinct stories about the desert, spirituality, Hollywood and cinema, and touch upon our own dreams about Western icons. Juxtapositions between traditional and contemporary artwork contextualize these themes, spurring challenges to our romanticized notions of the West. Additional contexts in the form of interpretive material drawn from film, fiction, first-person stories, and music animate these stories and represent a range of voices that connect to the landscape and the people depicted.

This exhibition is organized by Palm Springs Art Museum.

Image:

Wendy Red Star, Fall (from the “Four Seasons” series), 2006, archival pigment print, pending gift of Loren G. Lipson, M.D.