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.
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.