Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West
March 29–June 8, 2009
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor
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Held in conjunction with the film exhibitions The Old West: Myth, Character, and Reinvention and The West: Myth, Character, and Reinvention by Andy Warhol.
Into the Sunset brings together over 120 photographs made by a variety of photographers. These works illustrate photography's role in popularizing ideas of the sublime landscape, Manifest Destiny, and the "land of opportunity," as well as describing a more complex vision of the West, one that addresses cultural dislocation, environmental devastation, and failed social aspirations. Organized thematically, Into the Sunset includes photographs dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, incorporating a range of artistic strategies, motifs, and concerns, and featuring the work of approximately seventy photographers, including Robert Adams, John Baldessari, Dorothea Lange, Timothy O'Sullivan, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, Edward Weston, and Carleton E. Watkins. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog.
The exhibition is supported in part by the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim Foundation.