The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925

This exhibition of 65 bronze sculptures by 28 artists will be the first to examine broadly sculpture’s role in the socio-cultural transformation of the American West between the years 1850 and 1925. Representations of American Indians, cowboys and cavalry, pioneers and prospectors, and animals of the plains and mountains served as visual metaphors for the Old West and, as such, were collected eagerly by an urban clientele. The exhibition will explore the aesthetic and cultural impulses behind the creation of statuettes with American western themes based on historical fact, mythologized fiction, or, most often, something in between. Among the artists represented are Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, and Paul Manship.

Exhibition Opening

Event Details:


  • When: 

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

  • Where: 

    Metropolitan Museum of Art
    1000 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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