The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles That Move the Modern West Opens to the Public Saturday, October 15 at the Tucson Museum of Art

October 7 / 2016



Contact:  Kelly Wiehe
Director of Communications & External Affairs
(520) 616-2687

TUCSON, ARIZONA (September 27, 2016) – What defines the modern American West? A new exhibition of painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture at the Tucson Museum of Art examines the evolving modern landscape through images of transportation modes that transformed the West. Fifty works explore how trains, planes, and automobiles have impacted daily life and changed the western scene. Images of classic cars, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, biplanes, and locomotive engines are featured in the exhibition, as well as roadways, and diners, showing the influences of transportation on works of art and the history of the American West.

“When the final spike of the transcontinental railroad was laid in 1869, the American West was forever changed. In less than 50 years, automobiles and airplanes further ushered in the modern world. This was truly a remarkable feat, and for well over a century, many artists have focused upon these subjects in their works of art,” said Christine Brindza, Glasser Curator of Art of the American West. “I am thrilled to share this exhibition, which blends art and history, not only with visitors who enjoy art, but scholars and enthusiasts, too.”

The exhibition features works by artists including Ansel Adams, Maynard Dixon, Woody Gwyn, Beth Loftin, Howard Post, Ray Strang, and Dennis Ziemienski.

The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.

The New Westward: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles That Move the Modern West will remain on view TMA through Sunday, February 12, 2017.


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The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block’s mission is Connecting Art to Life. The Museum was founded 1924 in the El Presidio Historic District of downtown Tucson. It is Southern Arizona’s premier presenter of fine art and art education programs.
The Museum features permanent and traveling exhibitions of Modern and Contemporary, Native American, American West, Latin American, and Asian art. The 74,000 square foot Museum offers guided tours, education programs, and studio art classes in a contemporary building. The Museum’s Historic Block of 19th and 20th C. adobe and Mission Revival-style buildings, encompassing an entire four-acre city block, includes the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art, displaying the Museum’s notable art of the American West collection, the highly acclaimed Museum restaurant Café a la C’Art, and additional exhibition and studio spaces. For more information, please visit or call (520) 624-2333.  Follow the latest events on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. TMA is a private 501(c)(3) charitable arts and education organization.

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