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

February 7, 2014 - May 10, 2014

Curated by Kirk Ambrose, Associate Professor of Art History, Chair of the Art & Art History Department, Editor-in-Chief of Art Bulletin, and Stephen V. Martonis, Interim Director, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder.

American West features selections from the substantial nineteenth- and twentieth-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 in this exhibition 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.



Charles Partridge Adams, American (1858 - 1942)[+]
Untitled [mountain sunrise scene]
1920-1925
oil on canvas
9 x 12 inches

Gift of Lorine Pickett, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 53.13.02 Photo: Jeff Wells © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder

Muriel Sibell Wolle, American (1898-1977)[+]
Taos Church (1847 Ruined)
n.d. (20th century)
watercolor on paper
25 x 18 ¾ inches sheet

Loan from the CU Museum of Natural History, Anthropology Department Photo: Kerry Doran / © CU Art Museum & CU Museum of Natural History © Muriel Sibell Wolle / CU Museum of Natural History

Eve Drewelowe, American (1899-1988)[+]
The Tetons- Wyoming
1936
oil on canvas
32 x 38 inches

Gift of Mary Rogers Thoms, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 85.1744 Photo: Kerry Doran / © CU Art Museum © The Drewelowe Collection, University of Iowa

Harvey Otis Young, American (1840 – 1901)[+]
Branding Scene
c. 1885-90
oil and watercolor on paperboard
22 11/16 x 33 7/16 inches

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Keely, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder, 59.244 Photo: Kerry Doran / © CU Art Museum © CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder