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Unknown, Buffalo, 1884, 11 x 15 inches, chromolithograph
This exhibition elucidates the breathtaking variety of the fauna of the American West of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The spectrum of indigenous wildlife on the American frontier – from wild horses and bison to eagles and rattlesnakes - will be on view through sixty-four vintage engravings by legendary artists including John James Audubon, Karl Bodmer, Alfred Jacob Miller, and Frederic Remington. Through a generous loan from UM’s Department of Wildlife Biology, corresponding animal specimens will also be on view.
Horses played a foundational part in the history of the American West. From Spanish breeds used by Native Americans to early explorers, early mining industry pit ponies, and today’s professional rodeo lines, equines played a critical role in human work and leisure. Horse traces the art and culture inspired by what was merely, at first, the most pragmatic and efficient form of travel and power available to early Americans. The exhibition charts the imagery of horses in Western art through the creative output of graphic artists, printmakers, photographers, painters, and sculptors. Included are works from the MMAC Permanent Collection, as well as several loans from private collectors, by artists Aden Arnold, Rudy Autio, Sheryl Bodily, MaryAnn Bonjorni, Fra Dana, Monte Dolack, Nick Eggenhofer, Stephanie Frostad, George Gogas, Michael Horse, Louise Johns, Bruce Lubo, Alfred Jacob Miller, Henry and Peter Meloy, Sheila Miles, Frank Morbillo, Charles E. Morris, Eadweard Muybridge, Ace Powell, Karen Rice, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Ben Steele, Ted Waddell, Olaf Wieghorst.