The Modern West: American Landscapes, 1890–1950

Hammer Building, Level 2
March 4, 2007–June 3, 2007

In the first major exhibition to explore the role of the American West in the development of modernism in the United States—a movement traditionally associated with the East Coast—the works of some of the most influential artists of the last century and a half will be highlighted. Together, pieces from Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Jackson Pollock, and others challenge the notion that the art of the West is unrelated to modernism in the United States and demonstrate that the vast, rugged land of the West, in fact, left an indelible mark on modernism. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Modern West features approximately one hundred paintings, watercolors, and photographs that collectively redefine commonly held perceptions of modernism as well as western art.

Q&A with Curator | Exhibition Extra 

Curator: Emily Ballew Neff, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Curator at LACMA: Austen Bailly, American Art.

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Generous funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Los Angeles presentation was made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation.

In-kind support for the Los Angeles presentation was made possible by official hotel sponsor Millennium Biltmore as part of the Millennium on View program.


Image: John Henry Twachtman, United States, 1853–1902, Emerald Pool, Yellowstone, c. 1895, oil on canvas, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT., bequest of George A. Gay, by exchange, and The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund.