Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea

Apollo Magazine

Ideas about the American West have long featured historical falsehoods and racist clichés. This exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. (28 July–14 January 2024) aims to address such misconceptions with works by 48 modern and contemporary artists from the region’s marginalised communities. The opening section, ‘Caretakers’, focuses on the stewardship of land, language and culture, featuring watercolour drawings such as Eagle Dancers (1917) by Awa Tsireh alongside contemporary reinterpretations of traditional pueblo design by the likes of Ka’ila Farrell Smith.

July 21, 2023