Throughout its 125-year history, National Geographic has published photographs of the American West that both support and defy romantic notions of the land and its peoples.
No single institution can assume credit for the diverse and complex associations that attach to the simple phrase, the “American West.” For its part, National Geographic has throughout its history steadily reported on the West and published images that form a sort of cultural commons for popular understanding of the region. Although not comprehensive in its editorial coverage, National Geographic consistently reminds of the importance of the region to human imagination.
Wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources. The images shown in this exhibition, a small sample from the significant holdings of the National Geographic Archive, offer a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers.
A companion book, “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure. ”
Content: 75 photographs, labels, text panels
Size: 400 running square feet
Duration: minimum of 3 months
Speaker opportunities available
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Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Corning, New York
Booth Western Art Museum
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Stark Museum of Art
C.M. Russell Museum
Great Falls, Montana
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Tamastslikt Cultural Institute
August 22 – October 25, 2014
September 19, 2015 – January 3, 2016
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