Visions West: 19th Century Expedition Artists

Main Gallery
January 13 - April 3, 2011

The Main Gallery’s Visions West highlights the explorative years of the American West and focuses on the artists of that time. This exhibition draws from the extensive collection of Lakewood residents Graham and Barbara Curtis and features more than 150 lithographs, engravings, and etchings, many of which are hand colored. Between 1822 and 1883, on-the-spot artists created visual recordings from Western explorations. These collaborations between the artists and publishers contributed to transforming Western myth into reality. Their visions influenced how the American West was portrayed and how it influenced future expansion. This exhibition displays prints created from the works of well known artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Karl Bodmer, George Catlin, Thomas Moran, and Alfred Jacob Miller, and features works that range from studies of the quickly vanishing indigenous peoples, to flora and fauna, to landscapes, migrations, and settlements.

Chris Lane, Antique Prints Blog

"The quality, variety and scope of the prints in the exhibit are amazing, making this an exhibition which anyone interested in the topic has to try to come and view."