Western Mu­seum Direc­tory

High­lights for the 2018-2019 ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son from mu­se­ums across the coun­try.

Western Art Collector - - CONTENTS - By John O’hern

Afor­got­ten fact about the early artists of the Amer­i­can West is that many of them were im­mi­grants. Thomas Moran, whose paint­ings of Yel­low­stone were in­stru­men­tal in the dec­la­ra­tion of the area as our first na­tional park, was born near Manch­ester, Eng­land. The Ta­coma Art Mu­seum in Wash­ing­ton presents Im­mi­grant Artists and the Amer­i­can West through June 14, 2020. “Im­mi­gra­tion has been an is­sue af­fect­ing peo­ple in the Amer­i­can West since the re­gion was first ex­plored by Euro­peans. The 19th and 20th cen­turies saw the great­est surges of im­mi­gra­tion to the West with peo­ple ar­riv­ing from the north, south, east and west. Of­ten in pur­suit of bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties, im­mi­grants have had a pro­found im­pact on help­ing set­tle and de­velop the West.” The mu­seum con­tin­ues the theme in its ex­hi­bi­tion Places to Call Home: Set­tle­ments in the West on view through Fe­bru­ary 10, 2019. “For cen­turies peo­ple have con­gre­gated in spe­cific places in the West to ex­change goods, ideas and cul­tural prac­tices. From Seat­tle, San Fran­cisco, Santa Fe, and San An­to­nio to pue­b­los and towns, set­tle­ments in the West have a vi­tal­ity that is rep­re­sented in art.” The West was opened with the ar­rival of the rail­road. Next year is the 150th an­niver­sary of the “Meet­ing of the Rails” at Promon­tory Sum­mit, Utah. The Joslyn Art Mu­seum in Omaha, Ne­braska, cel­e­brates the an­niver­sary with the ex­hi­bi­tion The

Race to Promon­tory: The Transcon­ti­nen­tal Rail­road and the Amer­i­can West from Oc­to­ber 6 to Jan­uary 6, 2019. Or­ga­nized in part­ner­ship with Union Pa­cific, and drawn en­tirely from the col­lec­tion of the Union Pa­cific Rail­road Mu­seum in Coun­cil Bluffs, Iowa, the ex­hi­bi­tion con­tains pho­to­graphs and stere­ographs by An­drew Joseph Rus­sell and Al­fred A. Hart who doc­u­mented the con­struc­tion of the rail­road. Pho­to­graphic doc­u­men­ta­tion of the West is the theme of Jour­ney Through The Desert – The Road Less Trav­eled at the Palm Springs Art Mu­seum in Cal­i­for­nia, through Novem­ber 25. Fea­tur­ing the work of 20 Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­phers, “This ex­hi­bi­tion is not about the his­tory of photography and how the themes of beauty and pic­to­rial doc­u­men­ta­tion have been in­ter­preted through time. In­stead, the se­lec­tion seeks to ex­am­ine the in­di­vid­ual pho­tog­ra­pher’s dis­tinct vi­sions and unique jour­neys through the Amer­i­can deserts of the West.” The mu­seum also presents Un­set­tled, Oc­to­ber 27 through April 30, 2019. It con­tains the work of 75 con­tem­po­rary artists “liv­ing or work­ing in the Greater West. The ex­hi­bi­tion’s fer­tile ter­rain is a ‘super re­gion’ that runs from the top of Alaska, through the North Amer­i­can West, and all the way down to Cen­tral Amer­ica, and the work cre­ated here ex­plores the ge­og­ra­phy of vast fron­tiers, rich nat­u­ral re­sources, di­verse indige­nous peo­ples, and the in­evitable con­flicts that arise when these fac­tors co­ex­ist.” The Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art in Ari­zona picks up on the theme of travel in its ex­hi­bi­tion Trav­el­ogue: Grand Des­ti­na­tions and Per­sonal Jour­neys, May 18, 2019, through Septem­ber 29. “With the ad­vent of the rail­road and air travel, and a bur­geon­ing mid­dle class, tourists from around the world now travel freely and doc­u­ment their ex­pe­ri­ences in photography, paint­ings, and draw­ings. This ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cuses on works from var­i­ous eras and gen­res from the Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion that iden­tify spe­cific land­marks as if cre­ated by trav­el­ers who en­counter them with a new sense of dis­cov­ery. Each work of art serves as a visual trav­el­ogue of the artist’s jour­ney.”

North of Tuc­son, in Ari­zona’s cap­i­tal, the Western Art As­so­ci­ates will mark 50 years sup­port­ing the Phoenix Art Mu­seum with the new ex­hi­bi­tion Western Art As­so­ci­ates: Cel­e­brat­ing 50 Years, which will present all 53 works ac­quired by the WAA and do­nated to the mu­seum over the last half cen­tury. The ex­hi­bi­tion, which opened Septem­ber 15, will hang through spring 2019. It will fea­ture im­por­tant works from May­nard Dixon, John Cole­man, Gor­don Snidow, Wal­ter Ufer, E. Martin Hen­nings and many oth­ers. Solo ex­hi­bi­tions of the work of his­toric and con­tem­po­rary artists are al­ways high­lights of the ex­hi­bi­tion sea­son. Charles M. Rus­sell: The Women in His Life and Art opens Novem­ber 20 and runs through April 14, 2019, at Western Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum of the West. “Best known for his por­tray­als of the Amer­i­can West as a man’s world, Charles M. Rus­sell de­picted a sur­pris­ing num­ber of women through­out his artis­tic ca­reer. While many of his images of women con­form to the per­va­sive stereo­types and artis­tic trends of turn-of-the-cen­tury Amer­ica, his rep­re­sen­ta­tions were more nu­anced and ac­tion-ori­ented than those of nu­mer­ous con­tem­po­raries.” Agnes Pel­ton: Desert Tran­scen­den­tal­ist will be shown at the Phoenix Art Mu­seum in Ari­zona, March 9, 2019, through Septem­ber 1. She, along with Ray­mond Jon­son, Emil Bist­tram and oth­ers formed the Tran­scen­den­tal Paint­ing Group in 1938, which was ded­i­cated to por­tray­ing spir­i­tual truths through ab­stract art. The ex­hi­bi­tion “is the first sur­vey of this ob­scure Amer­i­can painter in over 24 years.” Hedda Sterne was as­so­ci­ated with a group of fore­run­ners of ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ism called “The Iras­ci­bles.” The Amon Carter Mu­seum of Amer­i­can Art in Fort Worth, Texas, presents Hedda Sterne: Printed Vari­a­tions through Jan­uary 27, 2019. The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores “her aes­thetic ex­per­i­men­ta­tions,” which “fluc­tu­ated be­tween or­ganic and geo­met­ric, fig­u­ral and ab­stract, and painterly and graphic.” It draws from two se­ries she pro­duced with Ta­marind Lithog­ra­phy Work­shop in 1967. The Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West in Los An­ge­les presents On Fire: Tran­scen­dent Land­scapes by Michael Scott through July 28, 2019. Scott ex­plores “the fine line be­tween the phys­i­cal and the phe­nom­e­nal in the Western land­scape.” Desert Ca­balleros Western Mu­seum in Wick­en­burg, Ari­zona, presents The West Ob­served: The Art of Howard Post through Novem­ber 25. “A third-gen­er­a­tion Ari­zo­nan, Post uti­lizes tra­di­tional Western themes in his paint­ings based on what he knows: ranch­ing and the rodeo. Over his 30-year ca­reer, he has be­come one of the fore­most con­tem­po­rary Western painters of the 21st cen­tury.” The mu­seum opens John Cole­man: Bronze and Be­yond De­cem­ber 14. The ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues through March 10, 2019. Well known for his bronzes, Cole­man also does paint­ings and draw­ings which will be in this ex­hi­bi­tion. Cole­man says, “I like to tell sto­ries in my work us­ing metaphors that help ex­plain who we are and from where we came. Creat­ing an ob­ject means lit­tle to me un­less I can por­tray an un­der­ly­ing emo­tion or anal­ogy.” As part of its Con­tem­po­rary Voices se­ries, the Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe Mu­seum in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, presents Jo Wha­ley: Echoes, Novem­ber 2 through Fe­bru­ary 24, 2019. The mu­seum in­vited Wha­ley “to in­stall her still life color pho­to­graphs among Ge­or­gia O’ke­effe’s

paint­ings to open a new per­spec­tive on the le­gacy of con­struct­ing mod­ernist com­po­si­tions. Com­bin­ing tech­niques of paint­ing and theater, Wha­ley sus­pends time and rea­son in a dra­matic process of craft­ing pho­to­graphs in her stu­dio.” The Tuc­son Mu­seum of Art presents Harold Joe Wal­drum: Las Som­bras July 14, 2019 to Septem­ber 29. “Harold Joe Wal­drum (1935-2003) was a painter, etcher, pho­tog­ra­pher, au­thor, and teacher, as well as an ac­tivist for the preser­va­tion of his­toric churches. His work is full of vi­brant color and pow­er­ful geo­met­ric lines. Fu­eled by a critic’s re­marks about work he cre­ated in the late 1970s be­ing ‘New York paint­ings,’ Wal­drum sought to de­pict the quin­tes­sen­tial New Mex­ico im­age and chose to paint the back of the church at Los Ran­chos de Taos, fo­cus­ing on the dra­matic adobe ar­chi­tec­ture and deep con­trast­ing shad­ows found in the Southwest.” The Booth Western Art Mu­seum in Cartersville, Ge­or­gia, has in­vited two prom­i­nent land­scape painters to be fea­tured artists in the 2018 South­east­ern Cow­boy Fes­ti­val & Sym­po­sium. The ex­hi­bi­tion East/west Vi­sions: Scott Chris­tensen & Quang Ho opens Oc­to­ber 25 and con­tin­ues through Jan­uary 20, 2019. The ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights “both the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences in their styles.” Group shows show the breadth of art of the Amer­i­can art of the west through­out his­tory. The Mon­terey Mu­seum of Art in Cal­i­for­nia presents Into the Light: Cal­i­for­nia Women Painters, through De­cem­ber 15. Artists fea­tured in­clude Anna Althea Hills, E. Charl­ton For­tune, Grace Car­pen­ter Hud­son. Eu­ge­nia Frances Mc­co­mas, M. Eve­lyn Mccormick and Bertha Stringer Lee, among oth­ers. The Mu­seum of Span­ish Colo­nial Art in Santa Fe will show Gen­next: Fu­ture So Bright through Novem­ber 25. The ex­hi­bi­tion “ex­am­ines the fu­ture of New Mex­ico’s tra­di­tional arts, in­clud­ing artists who work with tra­di­tional ma­te­ri­als or are in­spired by his­tor­i­cal tech­niques. Each artist is rooted in tra­di­tion, but has in­tro­duced their own unique el­e­ment, ex­plor­ing new ma­te­ri­als such as street signs, sten­cil work, or new themes such as pol­i­tics or indige­nous im­agery.” The Na­tional Mu­seum of Wildlife Art in Jack­son, Wy­oming, presents Liv­ing Le­gends: Dis­cov­er­ing the Masters of Wildlife Art Novem­ber 3 through Au­gust 25, 2019. “This ex­hi­bi­tion is ded­i­cated to rec­og­niz­ing the strong tra­di­tion of con­tem­po­rary wildlife art that con­tin­ues to thrive to­day. Artists like Robert Bate­man, Tucker Smith, Ken Carl­son, and Ken Bunn, among oth­ers, have been key play­ers in the his­tory of this Mu­seum and in what many peo­ple think of when they think about wildlife art.” At Western Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum New Be­gin­nings: of the West, An Amer­i­can the ex­hi­bi­tion Story of Ro­man­tics opens Oc­to­ber and 16 Modernists and con­tin­ues in the through West Septem­ber 22, 2019. Drawn from the Tia Col­lec­tion, the ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers a fresh per­spec­tive on the de­vel­op­ment of the art of the Amer­i­can West. A num­ber of mu­se­ums con­tinue their tra­di­tional group ex­hi­bi­tions and sales. Quest for the West Art Show and Sale con­tin­ues through Oc­to­ber 7 at the Eiteljorg Mu­seum of Amer­i­can In­di­ans and Western Art in In­di­anapo­lis. Quest for the West “has gen­er­ated more than $12 mil­lion in art sales since its in­au­gu­ral year, 2006.” The Na­tional Cow­boy & Western Her­itage Mu­seum in Ok­la­homa City will host the 47th an­nual Prix de West In­vi­ta­tional Art Ex­hi­bi­tion & Sale June 7, 2019 through Au­gust 11. The “in­vi­ta­tional art ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 300 Western paint­ings and sculp­ture by the finest con­tem­po­rary Western artists in the nation with art sem­i­nars, re­cep­tions, and awards.” Masters of the Amer­i­can West Art Ex­hi­bi­tion and Sale will be at the Autry Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can West, Fe­bru­ary 9, 2019, through March 24. The ex­hi­bi­tion “fea­tures paint­ings and sculp­tures by 70 con­tem­po­rary, na­tion­ally rec­og­nized artists. New artists for the 2018 Masters in­cluded Tony Abeyta, Thomas Black­s­hear, Scott Bur­dick, Glenn Dean, Sue Lyon, Mark Mag­giori, Eric Mer­rell, Dan Oster­miller, Kevin Red Star, and Ma­teo Romero.” Cow­girl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West Mu­seum, opens March at 29, Desert 2019, Ca­balleros and con­tin­ues Western “Cow­girl Up! through spot­light May squarely 12. on women’s turns voices the and per­spec­tives, un­der­stand­ing serv­ing of the up Amer­i­can a new, deeper West.”

Ernest Blu­men­schein (1874-1960), Por­trait of Taos In­dian, ca. 1929, oil on can­vas. Tia Col­lec­tion, Santa Fe. From New Be­gin­nings: An Amer­i­can Story of Ro­man­tics and Modernists in the West at Western Spirit: Scotts­dale’s Mu­seum of the West.

Gor­don Snidow, Turn­ing Out a Tough Cus­tomer, 1977, wa­ter­color, 255⁄8 x 28½". Mu­seum pur­chase with funds pro­vided by Western Art As­so­ci­ates, 1977.240. From Western Art As­so­ci­ates: Cel­e­brat­ing 50 Years at the Phoenix Art Mu­seum.

Mian Situ, The En­trepreneur­san Fran­cisco, 2006, oil on can­vas, 44 x 54". Ta­comaArt Mu­seum, Haub Fam­ily Col­lec­tion, gift of Eri­van and Helga Haub, 2014.6.126. From Places to Call Home: Set­tle­ments in the West at the Ta­coma Art Mu­seum.

Howard Post, Wait­ing Their Turn, 1992, oil on can­vas, 48 x 60". Cour­tesy Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tuc­son, AZ. From The West Ob­served: The Art of Howard Post at Desert Ca­balleros Western Mu­seum.

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