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Visions of the American West
Art and Artifacts from the Hockaday Vault

On Exhibit
November 6 - February 21, 2015

Opening Reception
Thursday, November 13, 2014
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Admission: Free/Open to the Public


Horse Wranglers
Olaf Wieghorst
Print 182/550
15" x 19"


Chief Two Guns White Calf - Glacier National Park
T. J. Hileman
Photograph
9.5" x 7.75"


Salish Indians Hunting Party
Robert Stephens
Oil
16" x 14"

About the Exhibit
Over the last century many artists and photographers have documented much of the tribal culture that has been lost during America’s westward expansion. The Hockaday’s permanent collection contains examples of how books, art, and artifacts help to shape our collective vision of a distinctive and unique period in our country’s history. The exhibition honors the traditions found in western art featuring works by fifteen different artists including O.C. Seltzer, T.J. Hileman, E.E. Heikka, Bud Helbig, Harry Harpster, R.Crooks, Ace Powell, Paul Surber and Roland Reed.

Statement from Curator Liz Moss
Over the last century, many artists and photographers have documented much of the tribal culture that has been lost during America’s westward expansion.  Yet, despite the coming of the white man, the Native American still lives connected to their mythology where real power dwells in nature… in the majesty of the mountains, the play of water and light in the rivers and streams, and the rocks that hold testimony to the passing of time. Oral histories are passed from generation to generation using language to express the deep rich stories of legend that remain untouched on the edge of our modern times.

Cultural paths intersect in a land filled with technology and business, often with little regard for the natural world and the relationship to our own mythology. It is no wonder we have a romanticized vision of the American West as a place we can go to in our dreams to connect with the stories of the Indians, cowboys and pioneers who inhabited this new world.  They were part of a society rich with stories… stories of bravery, courage, sadness and determination to survive the elements and each other.  The Hockaday’s permanent collection contains many examples of how books, art, and artifacts help to shape our collective view of a distinctive and unique period in our country’s history.                     

 

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