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Creating the American West in Art

Presented by Frist Art Museum at Frist Art Museum, Nashville TN

Mar 05 2021
Jun 27 2021
Creating the American West in Art

The American West is an idea and a process as much as it is a location. Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, depictions of the people, landscapes, and wildlife of the West fostered a sense of American identity that was rooted in a pioneering spirit of adventure and opportunity. Through nearly eighty paintings and sculptures ranging in date from 1822 to 1946, made by such artists as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, C. M. Russell, Frederic Remington, E. Irving Couse, John Sloan, and Maynard Dixon, this exhibition explores the nuances of a complex American West, including its often-challenging history, especially in relation to Indigenous people, and its vibrant cultural and artistic diversity.

Organized by the Petrie Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum.

Image: E. Martin Hennings. Rabbit Hunt, ca. 1925. Oil on canvas, 35 1/2 x 39 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: William Sr. and Dorothy Harmsen Collection, 2001.449. © E. Martin Hennings

Source: Frist Art Museum


FREE/Frist Art Museum members and visitors 18 and younger
$10/Seniors (65+)
$8/Military (with ID)

*To receive military or senior rates, please call (615) 744-3277 Monday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

Every Monday, reservations for a new week will become available. Advance timed tickets may be purchased up to three weeks in advance. Frist Art Museum members must obtain advance timed tickets as well, at no charge. Memberships may be purchased online.

Contact: (615) 244-3340

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Additional time info:

Frist Art Museum is currently (January 2021) open four days per week, Thursdays through Saturdays, 10am-5:30pm, and Sundays 1pm-5:30pm.

Martin ArtQuest (MAQ) will be open Thursday–Sunday from 1pm to 5pm each day. Request your free MAQ ticket at Guest Services when you arrive at the museum. MAQ tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. MAQ is operating at reduced capacity, so there may be a modest wait. 

Open hours and days of the Frist Art Museum are subject to change due to local COVID-19 health and safety regulations.

The Frist Art Museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Frist Art Museum

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
(Neighborhood: Downtown)

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