Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined
April 8 – May 14, 2017
Westward expansion was one of the most transformational elements in American life throughout the nineteenth century. Printed imagery played an important role in the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about the West and those who inhabited it. Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined features 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore these depictions and the influence artists had on the perception of the wild west. The works featured in Imprinting the West explore the potent imagery of the time that shaped how the American Indians and the west were understood.