This fall, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA, will present 75 artworks on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum, featuring works of western American art, including bronze sculptures and paintings. “Art of the American West: Highlights of the Haub Family Collection from the Tacoma Art Museum” will be on exhibit at the Lightcatcher building September 30, 2017 – January 7, 2018. This collection of western American art is unrivaled in its scope in the Pacific Northwest.
“Western American Art is enjoying a huge resurgence in the country,” said Patricia Leach, Executive Director of the Whatcom Museum. “This is the first time the Haub Family Collection is on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum, and we believe this exhibition is going to ‘wow’ our visitors.”
“Art of the American West” includes prominent nineteenth-century artists who influenced views of Native Americans, mountain men, cowboys, and pristine American landscapes, including Henry Inman, Paul Kane, John Mix Stanley, and Charles M. Russell. From the twentieth century, the exhibition includes artists who brought modern art movements west and who explored the western history and American identities, such as Maynard Dixon, E. Martin Hennings, Robert Henri, and Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as artists who are active and working today. Contemporary Native American artists John Nieto and Kevin Red Star take a fresh approach and portray Native American culture in a modern light, and pop artist Bill Schenck uses humor and satire to challenge long-held assumptions about the American West.
The artworks in the exhibition examine ideas of American identity over time, delve into storytelling and myth-making, and explore the vast American landscape. Visitors will see how concepts of the West, both real and imagined, have continually changed and evolved, and still influence people today.
“Tacoma Art Museum is thrilled that the Haub Family Collection is traveling to the Whatcom Museum. The 75 works in the exhibition span nearly two hundred years of American art history and are sure to impress visitors who can explore the portrayals—both real and imagined—of our iconic region,” said Faith Brower, Haub Curator of Western American Art at Tacoma Art Museum.
About the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art
In July 2012, Tacoma Art Museum announced the largest gift in the museum’s history by Erivan and Helga Haub of 295 western American works of art from their private collection. The donation has transformed Tacoma Art Museum into one of the leading museums in the country featuring western American art. The collection enables the Tacoma Art Museum to fully explore the art history of the West. Together with its Northwest collection, the museum offers a comprehensive understanding of the Northwest region as part of the expanded history of the West, and illuminates how that broad history has shaped regional artistic responses. For more information, visit www.tacomaartmuseum.org.
About the Whatcom Museum
The Whatcom Museum offers a variety of exhibitions, programs, tours, and activities about art, nature, and Northwest history for all ages. Its multi-building campus is located in the heart of Bellingham’s downtown arts district. The Lightcatcher Building is open Wednesdays – Sundays, Noon – 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibition and admission visit www.whatcommuseum.org.
“Art of the American West: Highlights of the Haub Family Collection from the Tacoma Art Museum” was organized by Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Wash. This exhibition is supported by Mary Summerfield & Mike O’Neal, the Whatcom Museum Advocates, Sue Lobland, the Whatcom Museum Foundation, and the City of Bellingham.
Member Preview Reception
Friday, September 29, 5 – 7 p.m.; Free (Members Only)
Lightcatcher | 250 Flora Street
Join us for the opening of this exhibition, on loan for the first time from the Tacoma Art Museum. This collection of western American art is unrivaled in its scope in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy light appetizers, wine, and live music.
Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, beginning September 30, 1:30 p.m.
Lightcatcher | 250 Flora Street
Take a docent-led tour of the exhibition. Tours begin in the lobby of the Lightcatcher, last one hour, and are included with admission/free to members.
Museum Advocates Lecture with Faith Brower, Haub Curator of Western American Art at Tacoma Art Museum
Thursday, October 12, noon – 1 p.m.; Free
Old City Hall | 121 Prospect Street
Join the Advocates for a presentation by Faith Brower, Haub Curator of Western American Art at Tacoma Art Museum. Brower will talk about the new exhibition at the Lightcatcher featuring a selection of artwork on loan from the Tacoma Art Museum, the Haub Family Collection of Western American Art, which is unrivaled in its scope in the Pacific Northwest. The collection includes prominent nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists who have influenced views of Native Americans, mountain men, cowboys, and pristine American landscapes.