IMPRINTING THE WEST: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Sep 05, 2015 — Jan 02, 2016

Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined features 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore artists' depictions of westward expansion in the nineteenth century and how it influenced notions of the West and Native American experience. The Indian Removal Act of 1830 dislocated native populations in the east to areas west of the Mississippi River and was justified by the self-serving claim that the so-called "savages" would wither in the presence of "civilization." Several artists aspired to document the appearance and ways of the alleged "vanishing race." The exhibitions was curated by Dr. Randall Griffey, Associate Curator of Modern American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY. It is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts

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