Fighting for the West

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Summary

Concerns the controversial exhibit "The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920" at the National Museum of American Art, now known as the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in 1991. Describes the debate over the exhibit in a Senate Appropriations Committee and the complaints of a perversion of history by the Smithsonian. Article defends the Smithsonian's analytical approach to American history and art in the exhibit.

Subject

  • National Museum of American Art (U.S.)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum

Category

Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

Contained within

The Nation (Journal)

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu

Date

July 29/August 5, 1991

Topic

  • Art
  • Art, American
  • Controversies
  • Ethnology
  • Exhibitions
  • History
  • Art objects
  • Art--History

Place

  • United States
  • North America

Physical description

pp. 163-166

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