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Legion of Honor Museum
May 24, 2016
Peter Hurd, A Ranch on the Plains, 1954

The Wild West on View at the Legion of Honor

The Wild West exhibit has ended. Please visit the Legion of Honor for current exhibitions.

Artists have long been inspired by the promise and peril of the American West. See more than 170 paintings, prints, historical objects, and other works that trace our shifting sense of the country’s last frontier in Wild West: Plains to the Pacific at the Legion of Honor from June 18-Sept. 11, 2016.

Mined from the wide-ranging collections of the Fine Arts MuseumsWild West explores artistic responses to the natural and cultivated landscapes of the western United States from the frontier era to the present. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, historical artifacts, and ephemera in a thematic presentation that celebrates the abundance and diversity within the region’s physical environment. This is presented as a companion exhibition to Ed Ruscha and the Great American West at the de Young Museum, July 16-Oct. 9, 2016.

The American frontier has long existed in the popular imagination as a land of unlimited promise and potential. As the landscape has been reshaped throughout history by prospectors, loggers, farmers and urban developers, generations of artists have also invented and re-envisioned it in their works to fit the preoccupations of their times. Images of the land’s exploitation contrast with those that document the natural beauty and unique geological features of the region, including depictions of the Western national parks. 

Included in Wild West are works by Albert Bierstadt, Maynard Dixon, William Keith, Thomas Moran, Eadweard Muybridge, Chiura Obata, Bill Owens, Frederic Remington, Ed Ruscha, Fritz Scholder, Michael Schwab, Wayne Thiebaud, Carleton Watkins and other artists, whose diverse range of approaches to the theme contribute to a multifaceted picture of the American West.

Tickets for this special exhibition and general admission and can be purchased online or on-site at the Legion of Honor.

Bring a group of 10 or more and take advantage of special group benefits! Benefits include discounted tickets, no waiting in line at the admissions desk, private tours, and priority booking with access to preferred time and date. For more information and to download a group order form, please visit the Legion of Honor online.

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