Narrow All Horizons: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection and Recent Photographs by Jan Christensen
AUGUST 1 - DECEMBER 21
Striking images by Christensen complement an array of paintings, photographs, and prints from the museum's collection. Highlighting artworks with low horizon lines and expansive vistas, the exhibition celebrates the endless skyline characteristic of Great Plains landscapes. Narrow All Horizons illustrates how the American Great Plains captured the imagination of artists from the early 20th Century until today. The landscapes vary in media and also incorporate several artistic styles ranging from realism to abstraction. The exhibition’s opening reception will take place on First Friday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. Christensen will give an artist talk at 6 p.m. during the reception and refreshments will be provided.
CINEMATIC FRAMING OF THE WEST
Open now, lower-level gallery
At the beginning of the 20th century, the Western was one of the most popular genres of silent film. It has since developed through many revivals from the Classic Westerns of the forties to the Spaghetti and Contemporary Westerns of the sixties and seventies. It provided action, scenic settings, and colorful uniforms and costumes. The Western movie symbolizes man's conquest of the wilderness in the name of civilization and confiscation of the territorial rights of the original inhabitants of the frontier, Native Americans. These films play an important role in shaping ethnic and national identities, and create and perpetuate national stereotypes. Although we might not agree with the depictions of Native Americans in westerns, understanding Hollywood's as America's stereotype of these people is true of its time period. Unfortunately, this stereotypical image from Hollywood served as the iconic Native American for everyone who lived mid-20th century though many earlier films were far from accurate. This exhibition showcases five elements of a western film shown through the lens of our permanent collection.