Center of the West Exhibition Goes West to Salt Lake — Prompts Citywide Celebration

W.H.D. Koerner (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. 25.77

Eight art/history-related groups collaborate in “On the Trail of the West: Salt Lake City.”

“Salt Lake is the latest stop on the ‘Go West! Art of the American Frontier’ tour for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West,'” explains Bruce Eldredge, the Center’s executive director and CEO. “The UMFA is the fourth venue for this well-traveled—and well-received—exhibition, following shows at the High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia (2014); the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Springs, California (2015); and last year’s stint at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska.”

Go West!” features some of the Center’s most extraordinary artwork from a “Who’s Who” in art of the American West. “At a time of year when our foot traffic slows,” Eldredge adds, “’Go West!’ allows us to share our collections with a wider audience. We dispatch our most important and most popular works to other museums throughout the country during our ‘off season,’ and return them to the Center in the spring as we gear up for increased visitation.”

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to bring these beautiful and important works to our community, where there are so many devoted fans of art from our region,” says Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA executive director. “… this a must-see exhibition.”

“Go West!”, on view December 3, 2017 – March 11, 2018, features 80 works of art and objects by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists. Altogether, they exemplify the ways in which newcomers mythologized their vision of the region, and Native peoples sought to preserve…

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