Go West!

Explore Art of the American Frontier at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

November 1, 2016
Story by Site Staff
W.H.D. Koerner (American, 1878–1938). Madonna of the Prairie, 1921. Oil on canvas, 37 x 28.75 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Museum purchase.

Go West! Art of the American Frontier presents a century of art from an extraordinary era of exploration through Feb. 20, 2017, at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Featuring 90 works by artist-explorers and Plains Indian tribes, it chronicles a pivotal period from 1830-1930 in which cultures were merging, clashing, and finding fortune or hardship in a changing American landscape. Paintings and sculptures by George Catlin, Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, and N.C. Wyeth document the journeys that would solidify our popular understanding of the American West.

Objects made by Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Native American tribes reflect the rich cultural heritage of the Native peoples who struggled against encroachment into their lands. The diversity of works presented demonstrates how artists took part in shaping contemporary views of this layered and complex history.\


Astley D. M. Cooper (American, 1856–1924). Viewing the Curios, 1909. Oil on canvas, 14.125 x 17 inches. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Bequest in memory of the Houx and Newell families.

A 175-page illustrated catalogue, Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, accompanies this exhibition, with essays by Stephanie Mayer Heydt, Mindy N. Besaw, and Emma I. Hansen, and is published by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta in association with Yale University Press, 2013.

This exhibition is organized by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, in Cody Wyoming.

The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by the museum’s Western Art Council and its exhibition Gold Sponsors, Joan Dale & R.D. Hubbard, JoAnn McGrath, and Silver Sponsors Miriam U. Hoover and Michael Leppen, and Irene, George, and Steven Stern.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Carol & Jim Egan, David Kaplan & Glenn Ostergaard, Dorothy C. Meyerman, Marion & Bob Rosenthal, and the Herman and Faye Sarkowsky Charitable Foundation.

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