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Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea

March 19 - August 21

$10
A woman in intricate red garb stares directly forward. She sits against a photographic background of an artificially lush landscape. She is surrounded by photo images of animal wildlife.

Ideas about the American West, both in popular culture and in commonly accepted historical narratives, are often based on a past that never was, and fail to take into account important events that actually occurred. The exhibition Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea examines the perspectives of 48 modern and contemporary artists who offer a broader and more inclusive view of the West, which too often has been dominated by romanticized myths and Euro-American historical accounts.

This exhibition presents an opportunity to examine previous misconceptions, question racist clichés, and draw attention to the multiple communities and histories that continue to form this iconic region of the United States. Working in various media, from painting and sculpture to photography and mixed media, the artists featured bring a nuanced and multifaceted history into view. Many Wests highlights many voices, including artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian American, Latinx, and LGBTQ+, who stake a claim in the American West.

Details

Start:
March 19
End:
August 21
Cost:
$10
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https://www.whatcommuseum.org/exhibition/many-wests/

Organizer

Whatcom Museum
Phone:
3607788930
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Other

Accessibility
Wheelchair accessible
Diversity
BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
Event Type
Exhibition
Pandemic Info
Open
Kid Friendly
Yes

Venue

Whatcom Museum
250 Flora Street
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
Phone:
3607788930
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