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Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley

June 6, 2015 – August 29, 2015

John Mix Stanley (1814 – 1872). "Untitled, Teton Valley Scene," 1855. Oil on pagper, 5.75 x 8.75 in. Museum Purchase from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund and Lakeside Foundation. 1.14

John Mix Stanley (1814 – 1872). “Untitled, Teton Valley Scene,” 1855. Oil on paper. Museum Purchase from William E. Weiss Memorial Fund and Lakeside Foundation. 1.14

Reviving the work of John Mix Stanley as a leading American artist, the special exhibition Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley brings together, for the first time, works representing every aspect of his remarkable artistic career. A remarkable traveler and adventurer, Stanley helped shape our national identity and western legacy. Little-known today despite being one of the most important painters of American Indians in his day, Stanley was also an excellent portraitist. This exhibition draws from the Center’s own collection as well as those of other cultural institutions and private collectors.

Here is a partial list of lenders to the exhibition: Amon Carter Museum, the Autry National Center, the Gilcrease Museum of Art, the Yale University Art Museum and Yale’s Beinecke Library, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Painted Journeys is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Join us also for a special symposium on the exhibition’s public opening day, Saturday, June 6, 2015

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  • Stanley and Spectacle: the Itinerant Artist and Object in Mid-century America, presented by Dr. Emily C. Burns, Assistant Professor of Art History at Auburn University
  • An Artist Explorer: Stanley’s Western Travels with the Government, presented by Peter H. Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
  • John Mix Stanley in Washington, presented by Dr. Lisa Strong, Director of Art and Museum Studies MA Program and Associate Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University
  • The “Doomed Indian”—Stanley and American Perception, presented by Mindy N. Besaw, Curator of the Whitney Western Art Museum through December 31, 2014, then Curator at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • A Peoples’ Voice: John Mix Stanley and the Figure of the Indian Orator, presented by Dr. Scott Manning Stevens, Native American Studies Director at Syracuse University

Following its run at the Center of the West, Painted Journeys travels to:

  • Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma, October 3, 2015 – January 3, 2016
  • Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington, January 30, 2016 – May 1, 2016

Necklace. Loan from Naoma Tate.

Necklace. Loan from Naoma Tate.

Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist

June 19 – October 10, 2015

American Indians have been producing and wearing jewelry for thousands of years. They have worked as silversmiths for more than a century. The jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, and silver pieces are recognized around the world as a distinctly American art form.

Adornment in the West: The American Indian as Artist celebrates this rich and vibrant heritage of creativity, artistry, and design, and showcases jewelry created by past and contemporary master American Indian artists. The Center of the West is grateful to trustees and private lenders for fostering this exhibition.


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