Painting of four burros in western style landscape

American West: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

February 7–June 14, 2014

American West features selections from the substantial 19th- and 20th-century holdings of the CU Art Museum’s Permanent Collection.

This exhibition explores how artists documented, as well as mythologized, the western United States. Included are works by Charles Partridge Adams, Thomas Hart Benton, Eve Drewelowe and Muriel Sibell Wolle. The questions these works raise touch upon the representation of history, the significance of landscape, the uses of natural resources and the effects of cultural encounters.

Curated by Kirk Ambrose, associate professor of art history, chair of the Department of Art and Art History and editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin; and Stephen V. Martonis, interim director of the CU Art Museum.

This exhibition was generously supported in part by the HBB Foundation, CU Art Museum benefactors and members, and CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees.