Navigating the West, a dynamic exhibition featuring sixteen iconic river paintings and fifty drawings, reveals for the first time how George Caleb Bingham (1811–1879) created his art and artistic persona at a time when American painting, like the country, was dramatically shifting. Then and now our nation’s waterways—how they are used, controlled, and the lives of the people closest to them—remain a current and important issue.
Look for a monitor in the exhibition that highlights the artist’s creative process and enjoy an interactive area that lets you channel your inner Bingham by tracing his figures onto canvas. All ages are invited to participate.
The exhibition has been organized by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri. It is supported in part by generous grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Fort Worth presentation is supported by the Mr. And Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts and the Crystelle Waggoner Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
After premiering at the Amon Carter, the exhibition travels to the Saint Louis Art Museum, on view from February 22–May 17, 2015. It closes in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from June 15–September 20, 2015.