The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

The American West: The Myth and The Mirror


January 20 – April 1, 2018

The American West is a national and international symbol of American exploration, national identity, and manifest destiny. The exhibition explores the art of this iconic region of the United States created within the last 150 years by using the Museum’s Western Art collection. The myth represents how artists optimistically skewed and romanticized view of the American West. The mirror serves as artistic pursuits to reflect the truth.

Image Credit:

Richard Thorpe McLean, Miss Paolo’s 45, 1972, Oil on Canvas, Museum purchase with funds provided by the Edward J. Gallagher, Jr. Memorial Fund