Above: Unidentified photographer, Charles Schreyvogel Painting on the Roof of His Apartment Building in Hoboken New Jersey, 1903.
“Ideology...is the embracing factor of our investigation...Ideologies, like myths. are based on a historical agenda that can be made to reveal itself. When viewed through a new perspective, images often yield this agenda—one taken for granted and therefore never acknowledged by nineteenth-century viewers.”
Organized by National Museum of Art Curator William Truettner, the exhibit contained 164 paintings, prints, sculptures, watercolors, and photographs. The show ran for several months in Washington, D.C., before heading to Denver and St. Louis.
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Foreward by Elizabeth Broun, Director, National Museum of American Art
"An Overview of Westward Expansion,"
“Ideology and Image: Justifying Westward Expansion,” Introduction, William Truettner
Chapter 1: Prelude to Expansion: Repainting the Past, Truettner
Chapter 2: Picturing Progress in the Era of Westward Expansion, Patricia Hills
Chapter 3: Inventing “the Indian,” Julie Schimmel
Chapter 4: Settlement and Development, Elizabeth Johns
Chapter 5: “The Kiss of Enterprise”: The Western Landscape as Symbol and Resource, Nancy K. Anderson
Chapter 6: “Doing the ‘Old America'”: The Image of the American West, 1880-1920, Alex Nemerov