October 15, 2016 – February 12, 2017
Westward Ho! an exciting proclamation coined in the early 1800s, signified the dawn of exploration and development of the American West. This spirited idea continues through present-day, as travel throughout the region occurs using the fastest and most efficient modes of transportation available: trains, planes, and automobiles. Traditional artistic depictions of the landscape are frequently idyllic and seemingly untouched by man. However, some artists capture images of neon signs, classic cars, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, biplanes, or locomotive engines that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Others may include the steel train tracks, asphalt thoroughfares, or concrete airport runways that have left an unforgettable mark on the land, forever affecting nature as well as American history. In this exhibition, visitors are encouraged to look at this unique, and often overlooked, side of the West through works of art, and consider the ways transport technologies have impacted their lives and changed the Western scene.
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
The Museum is closed on Mondays. First Thursday of each month is free from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.