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  • Henry Inman
     
     

    Henry Inman

    American, 1801-1846
    Coosa-Tustunnuggee (Creek), ca. 1831-1834
    Oil on canvas
    Collection of Ann and Tom Cousins, Atlanta, Georgia
    308.2005

    Between 1821 and 1828, Thomas McKenney, Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, commissioned portraits of Native American leaders on their visits to Washington, DC, to negotiate for tribal sovereignty. These twenty-four portraits of mostly southern leaders originally were hung en masse with dozens of other paintings as the Indian Gallery. Many of the tribes represented by the leaders pictured here were relocated in the wake of the Indian Removal Act (1830) that forced the western migration of southeastern tribes.

    Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
    Newell Convers Wyeth
    American, 1882–1945
    The Wild, Spectacular Race for Dinner, 1904-1905
    oil on canvas
    Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, U.S.A.
    Gift of John M. Schiff, 44.83

    The dust of the Civil War had barely settled when Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, famously urged America's youth to turn from the rubble and go west. America's future was anchored in the frontier. Between 1800 and 1900, the nation more than tripled in physical size. With the purchase of the Louisiana Territory from the French in 1803, American land holdings doubled with the stroke of a pen. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, less than seven percent of the American population lived west of states that bordered the Atlantic Ocean; at the century's end, those regions hosted more than fifty percent. Americans were going west.

    Few aspects of American history have been more decisive in shaping this nation than the exploration and settling of the western frontier. This exhibition considers the evolving notion of the American West through more than 250 artworks and artifacts dating from 1830 to 1930, outlining a West of popular imagination that continues to inform American values of independence, innovation, and individualism today.

    Organization & Support
    Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is co-organized by the High Museum of Art and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

    LEAD SPONSOR
    The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

    PRESENTING PATRONS
    The James M. Cox Foundation
    The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

    ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
    A Patron of the High Museum of Art
    The Fraser-Parker Foundation
    Isobel Anne Fraser-Nancy Fraser Parker Exhibition Endowment
    The Imlay Foundation, Inc.
    Sarah and Jim Kennedy
    V. Kay and M. Douglas Ivester
    Margaret and Terry Stent
    Terra Foundation for American Art
    Friends of Go West!

    This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.