Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Hunting of the Grizzly Bear webOn view February 9 through March 17
Concho Resources Inc. Galleries

Image: Karl Bodmer. Hunting the Grizzly Bear, n.d.
Hand-colored engraving. 21 x 25, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

2019 Exhibition schedule made possible by a generous grant from Rae Charitable Trust. 


Throughout the 19th century, Americans were fascinated by westward expansion in North America. Printed imagery—lithographs and engravings—played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and influencing perceptions about the West and its inhabitants. In this exhibition, 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs from artists such as George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and Frederic Remington explore these depictions and the influence the artists had on the perception of the wild west.

A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts

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