Wendy Red Star: American Progress

Wendy Red Star: American Progress presents work by the artist, Wendy Red Star, who was raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana. Red Star’s work is informed by her cultural heritage and engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance.

This exhibition, installed throughout the first floor of the museum, explores the ideas of Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny through the lens of John Gast’s 1872 painting, American Progress. Gast’s painting exemplifies the justification of American settlers driving Indigenous communities off their land during the 19th century.

Red Star addresses the racism, displacement, and culture that expanded our country into the Western United States through original immersive installations created specifically for this exhibition, explorations of our shared histories, and colorful lithographs that present her own genealogy. Much of the artwork in American Progress is created specifically for this exhibition and has never been on view before.